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Can You Put Mascara on Eyelash Extensions? What Mascara is Safe for Lash Extensions?

A lot of women love to feel confident, glamorous, and sexy when wearing a pair of wispy eyelash extensions. The truth is, lash extensions can help you speed up your makeup and morning routine, while also boosting your confidence! They are a hassle-free and low-maintenance step that you will enjoy for both formal and everyday wear.

However, do you know how to maintain your lashes and give them the best upkeep? What about mascara on lash extensions? Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?

So if you are wondering whether you’re allowed to wear mascara on top of lash extensions, then keep on reading as we answer this question and even more down below!

Can you put Mascara on Eyelash extensions?

In most cases and with most looks, we recommend that you pass on this step. The first thing to remember is that mascara can’t be applied to all types of lash extensions. Some exceptions allow you to wear mascara, such as when you have a hybrid applied by a skilled lash esthetician that consists of silk and natural fibers. However and in most cases, you should skip applying this makeup product because:

A) It only adds extra weight to your natural lashes, causing them to fall out and shed prematurely.

B) You are getting that clumped look and effect while your lashes are already wispy and voluminous on their own, so no need for this step.

C) You will struggle to remove the mascara without tugging your natural lashes or extensions.

Why do Women like to wear Mascara with eyelash extensions?

Oftentimes your lash esthetician will tell you how to take care of your lashes and what you’re allowed to do and what not. In some salons, you can even purchase a lash serum and an eyelash extension mascara that is made specifically for your extensions. In this case, you should go for a natural plant-based mascara that’s exclusive for false lashes. Some of the benefits of wearing this product are:

  • Your lashes will look more voluminous
  • They will look pitch-black
  • You can hide that uneven gap if your lashes start to shed

PS: Buying mascara wands, spoolies, lash serums, and mascaras that are specifically made for lash extensions can get pretty pricey.

Top 3 Reasons why you shouldn’t be wearing Mascara with your Eyelash extensions

Most mascaras contain oils, and oils can weaken your glue and cause it to break your eyelash extensions. Why pay $50+ for a lash refill if you’re going to destroy them with your mascara? You should avoid mascaras that contain sesame oil, eucalyptus oil, lanolin, etc. Here are some reasons why mascara might be your enemy:

1. If you have longer lashes (such as a Russian volume) you will experience breakage, droopy looks, and faster-unexpected shedding.

2. Your lashes will look really uneven and fake, especially if you go in with two or three coats. You might end up with an uneven and droopy look if you reapply the product throughout the weak.

3. You will ruin the artwork and the approach of your lash tech. The texture of your lashes will change as you continuously apply mascara on top over and over again.

What Mascara is Safe for Lash extensions? Best Mascara for Eyelash extensions

If you can get your hands on a plant-based mascara that contains beeswax, witch hazel, fruit extracts, or chamomile as its active ingredient, you should give it a go! On the other hand, make sure that you avoid the following types:

Waterproof mascaras – these are resilient against water, tears, and sweat, making them too heavy to wear on top of your lashes. They can also easily dry out your extensions.

Mascaras with oils – any type of rich and thicker oil is capable of damaging the eyelash glue and breaking the bond between eyelash extensions and natural lashes.

Fiber mascaras – this tube will have some small and dry fibers like silk, rayon, or nylon in it. Their main purpose is to make your lashes look thick and pitch-black. However, this can backfire in your case because the product is impossible to remove.

How to apply Mascara to Eyelash extensions?

If you must do this step make sure that you have the right type of product since otherwise, you will regret your decision. Use your organic mascara and follow these steps:

Step 1: Wash, dry, and comb your lashes with a small lash spoolie.

Step 2: Add just one coat of product to your lashes, starting at the middle portion of the eyelash.

Step 3: Do not go too close to the root of the lash. Let them dry down properly.

Step 4: Add as much mascara as you want to your bottom lashes.

Step 5: Spritz your face with a makeup setting spray. It will prolong your makeup wear while also hydrating your lashes, preventing them to clump or stick together.

Ready for your flawless lashes?

So, where do you stand when it comes to wearing mascara on top of your eyelash extensions? Take all of our recommended tips into consideration and only then make your move. Remember to do regular refills, and invest in your lash material for a ‘luscious’ outcome!

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Ajla Suceska is a Certified make up artist and a professional Nail Technician who lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has successfully completed 3 distinct make up diplomas and also worked as makeup artist in Etre Belle (A German makeup brand). Besides being a professional makeup artist, and a nail tech, she loves writing beauty articles and contributed to a number of top websites online. In simple, Ajla Suceska is a 23-year old beauty expert who simply lives and breathes fashion and beauty