Yes, you can wear makeup with eyelash extensions, however, it’s normally recommended to wear as little as possible so it’s easier to remove without affecting the lash extensions. There are also certain kinds of makeup that you should avoid wearing entirely when you have eyelash extensions.
You can wear most, if not all face makeup when you have eyelash extensions, however, you’ll want to make sure that all the makeup you are using is oil-free, especially any makeup that will be applied around the eye area like foundation, concealer, and makeup primer. Any moisturizer or products you use in your daily routine may need to be changed if any of them contain oils.
A cream, powder, or liquid-based foundation or concealer is best to use with eyelash extensions. When it comes to highlighter, contour, bronzer, or blusher, you’ll be able to be more versatile with what products you are using as these do not focus too much around the eye area, however, if you’re going to use powder products to do your base makeup then it’s the general to use all other powder products for the rest of your face make up otherwise it doesn’t look natural or sit well on the skin.
If you’re someone who uses setting spray to set all your makeup down for the day, then you’ll either want to try and avoid using it with your eyelash extensions or make sure you cover your lashes when applying it. This is because setting-spray has a lot of alcohol-based ingredients which can break the adhesive bond between your lash extensions and your lash line.
The setting spray residue may also settle in your lashes and become sticky, causing your lashes to stick together and will be hard to remove with an oil-free makeup remover.
Other beauty products like hairspray and dry shampoo also have high quantities of alcohol-based ingredients which can alter the adhesive on your lashes, so it’s best to keep your eyes covered when applying these or avoid using them for the period when you have eyelash extensions applied.
Can I wear eye makeup with eyelash extensions?
Yes, you can wear eye makeup with eyelash extensions.
Water-based mascaras or oil-free mascaras are recommended to be worn with eyelash extensions, as mascaras that contain oil will weaken the bonding agents that hold your extensions in place on your lashes.
As the bonding glue loosens and then re-dries, it can dry and cause some of your lashes to stick together so they’ll look wiry instead of fluttery. The weakening of the bonding glue can also cause your extensions to fall out entirely and you can be left with very sparse eyelashes.
For this reason, beauty stylists may caution you on wearing mascara altogether as it significantly reduces the lifespan of your eyelash extensions.
The recommended time to start wearing mascara with your eyelash extensions is when they’re coming to the end of their life and you need to fill in the gaps using the mascara until you can get to your next appointment. So if you do want to keep your eyelash extensions in the best condition possible, then it’s probably best to avoid mascara or at least only use it on your bottom lashes to even things out.
You should avoid using an eyelash curler as it can cause the lash extensions to come away from your natural lashes, and anyway, the lash extensions will be curled enough naturally.
You should also avoid using waterproof mascara as this can be very difficult to get off without an oil-based makeup remover or by tugging at your eyes, which can cause your lash extensions to fall out.
You can wear eyeshadows as long as they are oil-free, but you may find that eyeshadow becomes prone to getting into your lash extensions which makes the maintenance of them more difficult. If you’re going to be using sparkly or powdery eyeshadows, you’ll want to make sure you tap off any excess product before applying it to your eyelids to decrease the amount of fallout on your lash extensions.
If you do manage to get some eyeshadow in your lash extensions, then you can use a clean spoolie to brush your lashes to get it out. When removing eyeshadow you should use an oil-free makeup remover and try to be as gentle as possible, especially when removing product anywhere near your lash line. Tugging too hard around this area can cause the bonding agent to weaken and you may begin to pull the lash extensions away from the lash line.
Can I wear eyeliner with lash extensions?
Yes, you can wear eyeliner with lash extensions but you should try to wear as little as possible as taking it off can weaken the lash adhesive and cause your lashes to fall off.
You’ll also need to make sure that the eyeliner you’re wearing is oil-free as this can easily weaken the lashes. Liquid and cream eyeliner products can also easily build up on your lashes meaning you’ll have to carry out more maintenance on your lashes and also clean them more which will tug at the adhesive.
You should always avoid wearing waterproof eyeliner with lash extensions as this will be impossible to remove without a heavy-duty oil makeup remover and without tugging vigorously at your lash line which will cause the lashes to loosen and to fall out.
The best kind of eyeliner to use on your lash line is powder eyeliner as this can easily be removed with oil-free micellar water or cleanser.
Depending on what style of eyelash extensions you get, there may not be a need to wear any additional eye makeup as your lashes may already create a dramatic or winged effect that nicely shapes your eyes.