If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to wear mascara after getting eyelash extensions, the simple answer is yes, you can. It is technically possible to wear mascara after getting lash extensions although most lash artists highly discourage it. After all, the primary reason why most people get lash extensions aside from effortlessly having full lashes every is to reduce the use of mascara.
There are lash extensions safe mascaras out there that you can use if you can’t shake off the urge of keeping mascara in your makeup routine. But here are just some of the types of mascara that you should avoid at all costs after getting lash extensions.
Although waterproof mascara may seem like a really good option for most makeup enthusiasts due to its durability, it’s actually quite dangerous for your lashes especially if you have newly installed eyelash extensions. Waterproof mascara can make your eyelash extensions brittle and prone to breakage.
The longevity of waterproof mascaras is awesome but it only means that it will be a lot harder to remove than other mascaras. Removing waterproof mascara will require some pressure and an oil-based makeup remover which are both a big NONO for your lash extensions. Pressure can cause your lash extensions to fall out prematurely while the oil-based makeup remover will weaken the glue holding your extensions in place.
Tube mascara is another type of mascara you should avoid. It’s really sticky and can be tricky to remove. Cheap tube mascara can also damage your expensive eyelash extensions and reduce its longevity.
Fiber mascaras are like DIY eyelash extensions for people that want to give the illusion of length and volume to their natural lashes. It works by adding small fibers to your natural lashes to make it look more dramatic and full. Fiber mascaras on their own sound interesting, but fiber mascaras on top of the eyelash extensions? It’s not exactly a good idea. Fiber mascara, like waterproof and tube mascaras, is difficult to remove. And besides, why would you need fiber mascaras when you already have eyelash extensions.
The best choice for you if you want to keep wearing mascara on top of your lash extensions are mascaras that have an oil-free formula. As mentioned earlier, when oil comes into contact with the semi-permanent lash adhesive on your lash extensions, it can cause quite disastrous results.
There are two things that can happen if you keep using oil-based mascara, one is that the glue on some of your flares loosens and re-dries, which can cause some of your lashes to stick together. Another is that the oils will dissolve the glue altogether which can cause your eyelash extensions to prematurely fall out.
In order to preserve the longevity of your lash extensions, being mindful of the adhesive bond between your falsies and lash line is the key. You can also use water-based mascara to fill in gaps between your lashes once your lash extensions start to shed.
Ultimately, it is your choice whether you still want to do it. As long as you’re careful and smart about it, nothing can go wrong!