When you’re too busy taking over the world to apply three coats of mascara every morning, eyelash extensions are a gift from the gods. Unfortunately, nothing good lasts forever – there’s no magic spell to permanently transform your humble little lashes into the skyscrapers you dream of (if you find one, hook us up).
But with the right aftercare, you can keep your eyelash extensions looking full and fresh for up to six weeks – the cycle in which your own lashes naturally shed.
Whether you prefer a natural flutter, or a set so full you’ll take flight if you blink too fast, here’s how to keep your lashes just the way you like them (at least until your next appointment).
The first 24 hours — while the eyelash glue is still bonding
Be super careful with your extensions. The glue’s still bonding to your natural eyelashes, and you don’t want to alter the shape and volume that you and your technician spent so long designing.
Take the following precautions to avoid damage to the extension bonds:
- Avoid getting your eyelashes wet
- Avoid sleeping on your front
- Avoid saunas, steam and sun beds.
You can relax a little after this first day, but continue to follow the steps below if you want your eyelashes to live a long and full life.
Brush them every day
Using a clean, dry spoolie (mascara wand), brush your lashes gently from root to tip. This will keep them perfectly aligned.
Wash them every third day
You heard us right. Despite the common misconception that getting your lashes wet will damage them, it’s incredibly important to keep them free from bacteria. Otherwise, they’ll build up layers of dust, pollution and makeup, which can damage the adhesive bonds and cause fallout.
Top tip: you can make your own solution at home using 1 part mild baby shampoo with 2 parts water. Use a soft makeup spoolie to sweep the solution from root to end.
Only use oil-free makeup
If you’re going to wear makeup, make sure your products are oil-free. Use liquid eyeliner – not a pencil or gel, as these will damage your eyelash bonds. And avoid mascara, full stop.
Don’t use heavy eye products close to the eye area
Before you reach for that moisture-rich, heavy-duty eye cream, remember that oil-based products will loosen the adhesive bonds and cause your eyelash extensions to fall out prematurely. Take care not to apply heavy products close to the eyes, as the heat in this area will absorb the product.
Don’t pick, pluck or pull
Leave your lashes alone! Touching them can spread bacteria, and even make your natural lashes fall out prematurely. Only eyelash bond remover solution – applied by an expert technician – will remove your eyelash extensions; picking and plucking will pull out everything, extensions or otherwise!
Beauty, sleep on your back
Sleeping on your front can misshape the lashes and damage their delicate curl, so sleep on your back.
Find a good technician
The most important step – the right eyelash technician will design a style that’s right for you. A particular curl and length will look completely different from person to person: an expert will listen to what you want, and design a bespoke arrangement that suits your needs perfectly.