Eyelash extensions are a luxurious investment in your beauty routine. Whether you get them filled regularly or just for special events, you want your lashes to last as long as possible. Since lash extensions are attached directly to your natural lashes, they will last until the hairs naturally fall out. While you can only prolong their life for a few weeks, proper maintenance will keep lashes looking their best until your next fill.
Lash extensions are available in a variety of materials such as silk, mink, synthetic or human hair. Your lash artist should give you specific instructions to care for the material in your extensions, but here are some general guidelines to care for most lash extensions:
Avoid water for the first 24 hours. The cardinal rule of lash extensions is to avoid getting them wet for the first 24-48 hours after application. During this time, the glue is still setting up and can be weakened by moisture.
Sleep on your back as much as possible. Keeping your face away from your pillow will reduce excess rubbing and friction on your lash line. If you're a dedicated side or stomach sleeper, a silk pillowcase can be a good alternative.
Forget the Mascara. The reason you got extensions in the first place was to have long, luscious lashes without the makeup. Consider skipping mascara while you have falsies, as it can shorten the life of your lashes. If you want to add mascara for a special night out, use only extension-safe formulas and apply one coat to the tips.
Use Oil-Free Face Products. Oil will actually dissolve the glue holding your lashes in place, so it's a hard "no" while you have extensions. Use oil-free or water-based eye-care, skincare, and makeup. Be especially careful with your eye makeup remover, as it has the potential to rub too harshly along the lash line. If you use cotton rounds or pads, make sure they are saturated so the cotton doesn't snag your lashes. It may be a good idea to avoid waterproof makeup while you have extensions, as these products can be difficult to remove and lead to premature lash loss.
Apply cleanser and conditioner. To go the extra mile, protect your lash investment with a cleanser and a conditioner (or "sealer") specifically formulated for extensions. These products will contain lash-safe ingredients to keep dirt, oil, and makeup from interfering with the delicate adhesive bond. Experts recommend gently brushing these products through with a spoolie in the morning and evening to keep lashes fresh and tangle-free.
Mostly importantly, get your lashes filled on schedule. Although these tips will keep your lashes looking lush longer, regular eyelash extension appointments are key for maintaining your beautiful look.