You’ve got some bomb new eyelash extensions, and now you’ve probably got a few questions. How do I take care of them? Can I wear mascara? How can I make them last as long as possible? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Supplies from the Salon

One of the things you’ll be given at the salon is a tool called a spoolie. The spoolie is essentially a comb for your lashes. If you wake up in the morning with tangled lashes or you get a piece of lint in them, use the spoolie. It can get between your lashes more easily than your fingers can! It’s a very useful little item to help you maintain your extensions.

 Wearing Makeup with False Lashes

The good news is you can absolutely wear eye makeup, including mascara, with eyelash extensions. Check out the tips below.

Makeup Tips for Lash Extensions:

  • Use only oil-free cosmetics: Makeup containing oil will weaken the adhesive bond holding your extensions in place.
  • Avoid waterproof mascara: This kind of mascara is too difficult to remove from false lashes, and can damage your extensions when you try to remove it.
  • Avoid eyeliner pencils: Some eye pencils contain oil. Drawing an eyeliner pencil along your lash line creates tension that can potentially weaken the glue on your extensions. Liquid liner is a better choice.

We go more in depth into how oil-free makeup can help your extensions last longer in our guide titled, Why Oil-Free Makeup Is Best For Eyelash Extensions.

    Want to learn more? We created this additional guide to keep you informed, Which Type of Mascara Should I Use with Eyelash Extensions.

    The Best Cleansing Routine

    When you first get eyelash extensions, you may think the way to protect them is to avoid touching them or washing around your eyes. But that would be wrong. The proper cleansing routine will not only extend the life of your falsies, but it’s absolutely necessary for your overall eye health.

    Whatever you do, never go to bed with your eye makeup on – no matter how tired you are. Whether you’re wearing extensions or not, going to bed wearing makeup creates the perfect condition for blepharitis.

    What is blepharitis? It’s an unsightly inflammation of your eyelids that can be caused by bacteria that has built up on your skin. This can occur when you don’t properly remove your makeup at night.

    Find out more about this topic in our article titled, Do You Have Eyelash Mites? Up To 80% Of People Do!

    Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover

    Not only will you need to use oil-free cosmetics with faux lashes, but you’ll need oil-free eye makeup remover, too. Rubbing cotton pads, cotton balls or makeup wipes into your eye area can damage extensions. We have the solution.

    BeautyGARDE Oil-free Lash & Brow Shampoo

    A totally innovative locking brush head contains charcoal, which has anti-microbial properties to draw bacteria away from your eyes. It delivers the gel-based shampoo between your lashes without tugging, rubbing or pulling on your extensions. The water-based formula is completely safe for use with false lashes. It will remove your eyebrow makeup as well.

    Learn more about the best way to clean eyelash extensions in our article titled, Are You Properly Cleaning Your Lash Extensions and Eyebrows?

    One More Tip:

    Use a satin pillow when you sleep at night. The smooth surface won’t catch on your eyelashes like cotton fibers can. You might wake up with better hair, too!