Yes, you can choose to wear mascara with lash extensions. However, it is not always the best thing to do, and there are only certain types of mascara that you are able to use.
After you have had lash extensions added to your natural lashes, it is unlikely that you will want to, or feel the need to use mascara. Given that even shorter and thinner lash extensions still provide a good amount of length and volume, it is not really necessary.
Even so, there are a few different reasons why you may want to add mascara to lash extensions. For example, if you want to add some more definition or color to the lash extensions. This is a popular reason, especially if you choose to have extensions that match your natural eyelash color instead of ones that are black.
Mascara can help to increase the look of the extensions, and it will allow you to have more volume overall. If you have chosen less dramatic eyelash extensions, adding volume with mascara can be achieved.
It is worth noting that this is not necessarily the best decision to make. You will need to be quite careful with the mascara you use, how you apply it, and how you remove it. Even if you are only using the mascara to define your lower lashes, it is important that you use the correct mascara, and you remove it correctly.
What mascara can you use with lash extensions?
The only mascara you should consider using when you have lash extensions is an oil free mascara. It is very important that the mascara is oil free. This is because the oils in a regular mascara will have a negative effect on the lash extensions and the glue that is used.
As the lash extensions are bonded to your natural lashes, you do not want to interfere with the bonding agents and glue. Mascara that has oil in its ingredients will cause the bonding agents to not work as well. The extensions can come away from the eyelashes and will not last for very long.
Even if the bonding agent does not start to come away from the lashes, it can cause the lashes to stick together and become clumpy, which is not ideal, and ruins the overall look.
What are the best oil free mascaras?
While oil free mascara is not overly popular when compared to regular mascara, there are a handful that can be purchased and are safe to use with lash extensions.
Here are some of our favorite choices that are safe to use with lash extensions:
Lash Extension Safe Mascara by The Lash Professional
This mascara is one of the most popular choices when it comes to the best mascara for lash extensions. It is created by a well known, popular and trusted brand, and it was created with lash extensions in mind. It has a great formula, provides a good amount of color, and it is not too expensive to purchase.
New Heights Mascara – Ulta Beauty
This mascara is very well priced and has great reviews. Being water based, it is safe to use on lash extensions and will be easier to remove than regular mascara too. It is available in black, and it is clump free. There are no fragrances or oils used, and it will be a lot softer on your lashes when you use it.
Great Lash Washable Mascara – Maybelline
If you are looking for a great oil free mascara on a budget, the Maybelline Great Lash is the perfect option for you. It has been around for many years and still remains a favorite for many. It comes in a range of different colors, and it is a good all round mascara. It will help to give your eyelashes and extensions a fuller look overall.
While these three options may not be the most popular choices when it comes to mascara as a whole, they are fantastic for lash extensions. While it may be tempting to use your regular mascara, you should avoid doing this.
Non oil free mascaras and those that are fiber based or waterproof will damage the lash extensions rather than enhancing them. Given how expensive getting lash extensions can be, you will want to avoid this as much as possible.
In addition to being oil free, you want the mascara to be free from carbonate and glycol. This is because these two ingredients will also interfere with the bonding agent.
How do you remove mascara from lash extensions?
If you do choose to use mascara with your lash extensions, you will want to ensure that you are removing it correctly. The same applies for any other eye make up you use too.
As we have mentioned above, lash extensions are important to take good care of, especially if you want to get the most out of them. Given this, you will want to be very careful when removing the mascara. You do not want to scrub the lashes too hard or pull on the extensions. This is not good for your natural lashes or the extensions.
Instead, you will want to use a makeup remover that is designed for this purpose and is safe to use. You will want to use a solution that works well and does not involve scrubbing at your lashes.
The makeup remover should be oil free. Once you place this on a cotton pad it should remove the makeup when you gently run the eye. Always ensure you are taking off all the mascara.
You do not want any mascara to be left on the last extensions. Not only will this affect how the lashes will look, but it is unhygienic too. You do not want a build up of dirt and bacteria to gather on the lash extensions.