After eyeing all of your friends’ luscious lashes, you’re finally ready to try some out for yourself.
But before you book that appointment, you want to make sure that you’ve done your research and have all your questions answered before getting eyelash extensions.
I totally understand – It can be intimidating to try something new! To help you feel confident about taking the next step, here are some frequently asked questions about eyelash extensions.
Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?
Don’t worry, if you’re not quite ready to toss that tube of mascara in the trash after getting your lashes, you can still use it over your extensions.
Just make sure that you follow some simple rules for wearing mascara over your lashes.
You want to make sure to never wear waterproof mascara and make sure that you have “classic” lash extensions, as wearing mascara on other types (volumizing, cluster, or hybrid) may ruin them.
How to shower with eyelash extensions
Of course, you can shower with your eyelash extensions! I doubt they’d be so popular if you couldn’t.
Just make sure to follow a few tips to keep your lashes looking their best.
You’ll want to wait at least 24 hours after getting them applied to allow time for the bonding agent to properly dry before taking a shower with your eyelash extensions.
And no, you don’t need to take a cold shower, but just try to avoid taking one that is steaming hot (it’s bad for your skin anyway!). A lukewarm shower is best.
How to take care of eyelash extensions
Eyelash extensions are pretty low-maintenance and don’t require a lot of work to keep them looking great.
However, there are a few steps you should take to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck.
- Keep them clean
- Make sure you’re using the right type of mascara
- Try not to rub or tug at your lash area
- Don’t use eyelash curlers with your extensions
- Make sure you have regular fill appointments scheduled (approx. every 2-3 weeks)
Can you curl eyelash extensions?
You should avoid curling your eyelashes when you have extensions and should not use a curler on the extensions themselves.
If you find that you prefer a more pronounced curl or your extensions are losing their curl, talk to your stylist at your next fill appointment and address the issue professionally.
However, if you are dead-set on curling your lashes, make sure that you only curl the part that is your natural lash and do not try to curl the extension.
Can you swim with eyelash extensions?
You’re about to get your lashes done right before your big beach vacation and it dawns on you that you don’t know if all those afternoons hanging out at the hotel pool will wreak havoc on your investment.
Don’t worry! You can swim in your lashes.
Just remember that chlorine and saltwater can both affect your lashes, so cleaning them soon after swimming will help maintain them longer.
If you’re going to be swimming a long time underwater, you probably also want to wear some goggles. But that occasional dip to cool off between drinking margaritas? Totally fine!
Can I wear eyeliner with eyelash extensions?
Having great lash extensions doesn’t mean that you have to give up using your favorite liner.
You can definitely still wear your eyeliner with your extensions.
Try to avoid pencil, gel, or cream eyeliner and stick with a water-based or powder liner. Also, make sure you’re using a proper technique to apply it to avoid pulling or tugging on your lashes.
Can you get a spray tan with eyelash extensions?
Yes, you can still indulge in a spray tan while you’re wearing eyelash extensions.
Just make sure that you protect your lashes during the tanning process to avoid making them clump or discoloring them.
Use the small goggles provided at the tanning salon to cover your eyes during your spray tan, or invest in a pair of your own.
Can you get eyelash extensions wet?
Definitely avoid getting your lashes wet at all for the first 24 hours after you’ve had them applied.
After that, it is okay to get them wet, but avoid constant harsh pressure directly aimed at them.
Your lashes are strong enough to withhold the wet from showers and baths. Just make sure that you’re not using water directly on them to clean them.
You should always clean your lashes daily using a gentle, oil-free cleaner, formulated for lashes.
Can you get your face wet with eyelash extensions?
Yes, you can get your face wet with eyelash extensions and it should not ruin them.
Normal activities like washing your face, showering, swimming, or crying will not ruin your lashes.
Just make sure to avoid harsh water pressure directly on them and if you plan on swimming underwater for an extended period, protect them with goggles.
Otherwise, you shouldn’t worry about normal activities where water gets on your face.
Can you workout with eyelash extensions?
You don’t need to cancel that gym membership to look glamorous.
Oil, heat, and sweat can over time damage your lashes, but don’t stress.
With a little bit of caution, you can definitely keep up your exercise routine and your luscious lashes.
How to help swollen eyelids after eyelash extensions
You’ve somehow had a minor reaction after your extensions were applied and now your eyelids are swollen.
An allergic reaction will typically show up within 72 hours after the lash application.
You should remove your lashes at home or return to your stylist to have them removed.
The symptoms should soon disappear. You might also want to try some of the following things to reduce the swelling and help ease the reaction:
- Apply a cold compress
- Take a Benadryl
- Try some allergy eye drops
- Apply a topical cortisone cream
Eyelash extension growth cycle
If you want your eyelash extensions to look their best, you will need to have them filled in every 2-3 weeks.
The reason for this is that the growth cycle of your natural lashes means that you are shedding them every few weeks, which in turn means that any eyelash extensions attached to your natural lashes will shed as well.
When you return for your fill appointment, your stylist will touch up any lashes lost in the natural growth cycle.
How to make eyelash extensions last longer
Although regular fills are a must to keep your lashes looking great, there are a few things you can do to stretch the time between your appointments just a little bit longer.
These tips include making sure you are extra cautious when cleaning and grooming your lashes at home and avoiding using any oil-based products or heavy creams near your eyes.
How to wash your face with eyelash extensions
If you don’t wash your face properly when you have eyelash extensions it can shorten their lifespan and could also cause an itchy skin condition called Blepharitis.
You should make sure that you are using a makeup cleanser, facial cleanser, foam cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, and following certain steps to ensure your lashes maintain their strength.
How to sleep with eyelash extensions
Yes, your eyelash extensions can suffer damage even during a night of good sleep.
But there are things you can do to protect them while you catch some z’s. Try to sleep on your back or your side if you can and invest in a silk pillowcase, which helps to reduce friction.
You could also get an eye mask designed to protect lash extensions, just make sure it’s a specially designed one. Normal sleep masks can ruin your lashes.
Can you get eyelash extensions while pregnant?
There are no official warnings about getting eyelash extensions when pregnant, but there are also not a lot of studies that have been completed about its safety either
Although it is an external procedure, there are chemicals involved in the adhesive and always the small chance of an allergic reaction.
Nevertheless, many lash stylists will put lashes on pregnant women and many women who had lashes done before they were pregnant continue to do so throughout pregnancy with no adverse effects.
Just like with coloring your hair, do your research first.
Can you wear makeup with eyelash extensions?
Yes, you can definitely wear your other favorite makeup with your eyelash extensions.
There are no limits on using lip products, foundations, blushes, and even concealer and powder eyeshadows.
Just make sure you’re avoiding mascara and other waterproof makeup or makeup/makeup remover that is oil-based.
How to treat chemical burn from eyelash extensions
If the adhesive from your eyelash extensions has unfortunately given you a chemical burn around your eye area, you need to have it properly addressed by a medical professional.
Make an appointment as soon as possible with your eye doctor.
He or she will examine the rest of your eye for damage, can help flush out the chemicals, and can prescribe a topical cream or antibiotic to help it heal faster.
How to wash your eyelash extensions
Keeping your eyelash extensions clean is another key to their longevity.
You should clean your extensions at least once or twice a day.
Also, make sure that you are using a gentle and oil and alcohol-free cleanser on your lashes. Here are some other tips for how to keep your lashes clean and healthy.
Can you go swimming with eyelash extensions?
Just remember that chlorine and saltwater can both affect your lashes and weaken them, so cleaning them soon after swimming will help maintain them longer.
If you’re going to be swimming a long time underwater, you probably also want to wear some goggles for further protection.
But occasional and recreational swimming should be fine to do with your lash extensions in place.
Can you use micellar water to clean eyelash extensions?
Micellar water is a good option for cleaning your lashes, just make sure that you are using an oil-free formula as oil can weaken the glue.
There are steps you can take to safely clean your lash extensions using micellar water and a lot of good product options out there on the market.
Can you wear eyelash extensions in the pool?
Your eyelash extensions will hold up fine with regular swimming in the pool.
Just make sure that you are cleaning them properly after swimming and using goggles, when necessary, for extra protection from the chlorine and saltwater of your eyes and lashes.
Read some of these myths about swimming with lashes to help you feel more confident about taking the plunge.
I hope you’ve found the information in this post about eyelash extensions useful and inspiring. You should now feel completely comfortable joining in on the trend.
I, personally, love the way my lash extensions make me feel and the confidence they give me! Let me know what you think about extensions or share your own experience.
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Until next time…