Mascara with Eyelash Extensions

The Art of Layering: Combining Mascara with Eyelash Extensions

Thursday 14th Mar 2024 |

Long, voluminous lashes? Sign us up! Long lashes have sparked a beauty revolution, with eyelash extensions becoming a go-to solution for those seeking lush lashes. However, for some, not even the lash extensions are enough. So, can you combine mascara with eyelash extensions? The answer lies in the delicate art of layering.

Below are some important things you need to know if you want to use mascara with your eyelash extensions. Professional extensions are expensive so you want to make sure they last as long as possible.

Understanding the BalanceYou can get the most comfortable DIY lash extensions that offer an enhancement to lashes, adding length, thickness, and curl to give you the most natural looking wide eyed effect. However, you may want additional intensity or drama beyond what extensions alone can provide. This is where the art of layering mascara comes into play. By strategically applying mascara to eyelash extensions, you can exaggerate your lashes even more to make your eyes POP! But, be careful not to ruin your extensions in the process.

Choosing the Right Mascara

We all have our favorite mascaras, but some of them just aren’t good to use on your extensions. If you can find a mascara that is specifically formulated for use with extensions, make this your top choice. They are designed to be gentle on the lashes and compatible with the adhesive used for extensions. Look out for options that are water based and oil-free. They should also be lightweight, non-clumping, and super easy to remove. Waterproof mascaras, for example, are a no-go. They are difficult to remove and can cause your extensions to fall out.

Technique MattersThe key to successfully layering mascara with eyelash extensions lies in the technique. Here’s a step-by-step guide to achieving flawless results:

  1. Start with Clean Lashes: Begin by ensuring that your eyelashes and extensions are clean and free of any makeup residue or debris. Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove any traces of mascara or eye makeup.
  2. Choose a Disposable Wand: To prevent cross-contamination and maintain hygiene, use a disposable mascara wand or spoolie for applying mascara to your eyelash extensions. This helps prevent bacteria buildup and preserves the longevity of both the extensions and the mascara.
  3. Apply Mascara Sparingly: Less is more when it comes to layering mascara with eyelash extensions. Only apply a minimal amount of mascara to the tips of the extensions, avoiding the base or roots where the adhesive is located. Gently wiggle the wand from side to side to coat the tips evenly.
  4. Focus on the Ends: Concentrate the application of mascara on the outer ends of the lashes to create a lifted, winged effect. This helps accentuate the shape of the eyes and adds a subtle touch of glamour without weighing down the extensions.
  5. Avoid Excessive Buildup: Be cautious not to overdo it with mascara, as excessive buildup can lead to clumping, flaking, or premature shedding of the extensions. If necessary, use a clean spoolie to comb through the lashes and separate any clumps for a more polished look.
  6. Opt for Touch-Ups: Reserve mascara application for special occasions or touch-up sessions between eyelash extension appointments. Regularly applying mascara to eyelash extensions can compromise their longevity and may require more frequent maintenance.

Tips for Success

Once you’ve got the technique down, you should be good to go. Here are a few extra tips to help you get the best look possible and to keep your lashes long lasting!

  • Choose Wisely: Select a mascara that complements the style and shape of your eyelash extensions. Whether you prefer volumizing, lengthening, or curling effects, choose a mascara that enhances the natural beauty of your lashes without overpowering the extensions.
  • Be Gentle: Handle your eyelash extensions with care to avoid damage to the lashes. This can make them fall out, and you don’t want that. When applying mascara, use a light touch and avoid tugging or pulling on the lashes. Gentle, precise movements yield the best results.
  • Invest in Quality: Invest in high-quality mascara and eyelash extensions to achieve optimal results. We know, they’re more expensive, but they are not only more comfortable, but they also look better and last longer.
  • Consult a Professional: If you’re unsure about how to properly layer mascara with eyelash extensions, seek guidance from a trained esthetician or lash technician. They can provide personalized recommendations and tips based on your unique needs and preferences.

There’s nothing more striking than a dramatic eye, with beautiful long lashes. Using mascara on top of your extensions can take your lashes to new heights (or lengths). By following the right techniques, choosing products that work with your extensions, and being gentle, you can achieve a dramatic look while maintaining your perfect lashes. Practice and experiment, but follow these tips to keep your lashes looking fresh.

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