I always get so many questions about my eyelash extensions so I figured I should just dedicate an entire blog post to caring for them! Eyelash extensions are having a huge moment in the beauty industry right now because more aestheticians have mastered the procedure and it is gaining a lot of popularity. Three years ago, I bought a Groupon for eyelash extensions and they came out horrible!! But now, you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting at least three highly rated lash studios. You will also see more and more beauty bloggers with eyelash extensions because they look amazing, and well, they’re much easier than applying false eyelashes or a thousand coats of expensive mascara. So I wanted to talk to you today about how to care for eyelash extensions and how to get that beauty blogger, omg-your-eyelashes-look-amazing look!
First things first, you have to do some research on eyelash studios near you. Don’t just drive down the street and stop at the first lash studio you find. When I was deciding to try eyelash extensions again, I Googled “eyelash studios near me” and went through all of the rates and reviews for each studio. PSA: you should look for the studios with the most amount of reviews AND the highest star-rating. If there is a studio with 4.5 stars with 400 reviews versus a studio with 5 stars and only 3 reviews…. Go to the 4.5 star/400 reviews location!! Those three perfect reviews could have come from the people that work there trying to lure in customers. I always go to the places with the most amount of reviews because those are the places that have more experience and you will get better results. I go to Amazing Lash Studio because they had hundreds of reviews and a high star rating. Eyelashes will be much easier to take care of if they are applied safely and correctly.
The first 48 hours: after you have your eyelash extensions on, don’t get them wet for at least 48 hours or two days. Don’t wash your hair, don’t wash your face, don’t go swimming, don’t get really sweaty. You want the glue to have enough time to fully dry and set in place, or else your extensions will fall out at a much faster rate. And also try not to touch them in the first 48 hours. Your hands could have oils on them and it can cause the glue to not dry. And don’t apply mascara in the first 48 hours!!
After the first 48 hours is up, you are now free to wash your hair, wash your face, apply mascara, go swimming, etc. But it is always a good rule of thumb to avoid touching your eyes as much as possible. Try not to just sit and play with your eyelashes or else you will accidentally take some out. Also try not to rub your eyes! If my eyes are itchy or tired, I’ll just press my fingertips on my eyelids and move them back and forth. I never ever rub my eyes or scratch my eyelashes. And when I wash my face, I don’t rub the cleanser on my eyes.
To clean your eyelashes, lightly rub your non-oily facial cleanser around your eyes and gently onto your eyelashes. I always get the soap on my finger and will start at the base of my eyelid and then wipe out towards the ends of the lashes. Just like applying mascara, except my finger is the mascara brush. It’s important to never rub your eyes with soap and to never use anything with oil on your eyelash extensions. Oil will take your extensions off!
I use the Tula Purifying Facial Cleanser to wash my face and I will put some soapy suds on my fingertips and gently rub the eyelashes to remove makeup and built up dirt. Make sure you are washing your eyelash extensions every few days and be sure to wash them before you go to get your eyelash extensions refilled.
Another important way to take care of eyelash extensions is to brush your eyelashes regularly. I always brush mine in the morning and at night before I go to sleep. This will keep them from tangling and getting ripped out. But you should only brush them when they don’t have mascara on them. Trying to brush with mascara on will definitely rip them out. You can ask the lash studio for a little disposable eyelash brush.
You should also get your eyelashes refilled every two weeks. If you wait too long in between fills, you will lose a lot of eyelashes and they will start to look janky. Or you will lose too many and the studio will have to put a full new set on and it will cost a lot of money. I always set my appointments to have them filled every two weeks!
So here’s the gust of how to take care of eyelash extensions:
- Research the lash studios and find the one with the most reviews + high rating
- Don’t get your eyelashes wet for 48 hours after getting them done
- Never rub your eyes
- Try to avoid touching your eyelashes as much as possible
- Never use products containing oil on your eyelashes
- Gently wash your eyelashes every few days
- Brush your eyelashes regularly
- Refill your eyelash extensions every two weeks
It’s inevitable that some of your eyelash extensions will fall out in between fills, so I highly recommend using a really good mascara to blend in your non-extension eyelashes and make it look less janky. I use the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara because it makes my eyelashes look like they’re all extensions even though I’m missing some.
I also use NeuLash every night before I go to sleep to keep my natural eyelashes underneath the extensions growing really long and full. Obviously I’m not going to have eyelash extensions forever, so I want my natural eyelashes to grow long and beautiful when the extensions do come off. And NeuLash works wonders y’all!! It made my eyelashes grow like crazy after I had my first attempt at eyelash extensions taken off three years ago!
I hope this guide on how to take care of eyelash extensions was helpful! I really love mine and love how easy it is to still look feminine without any makeup on. But taking care of eyelash extensions is super important in order for them to keep looking good between refills!