10 tips to take make the most of your eyelashes extensions

We all know that mascara is one of those beauty products that can instantly transform how we look and feel. So, wouldn’t it be great to wake up looking and feeling like you had already applied a lengthening, thickening mascara? The answer is yes, it would be.

Enter eyelash extensions. Effectively beauty’s biggest timesaver, imagine waking up every single morning with a full, dark set of Bambi-level lashes.

Fake eyelashes (or even just a damn good mascara) make a great temporary fix, but if you’d rather not fuss around with glue or are looking for a longer term option, eyelash extensions are the one.

Take it from our Fashion Editor, Charlie, who had hers first put in two years ago, and has been going for refills ever since.

Here, she shares the dos and don’ts she’s learnt over the years for keeping her lash extensions in tip-top condition…

1. DON’T get them wet for 24 hours

To ensure the glue has proper time to set, and will give your extensions the best chance at lasting, you should avoid getting them wet for the first 24 hours. This including hitting the gym (sweat) or going for a steam or sauna. Moisture of any kind should be avoided.

2. DO brush them once a day

When you go for your first appointment, you should be given a special brush to use to comb your extensions. This should be done once a day to avoid them from becoming tangled and keep them looking as lush as possible.

3. DON’T use oil-based products

The biggest warning you’ll be given for taking care of your extensions is to avoid oil-based products, as they can break down the glue and cause them to fall out. This not only means skincare, but makeup as well. You can use mascara on your extensions if you wish, but it should definitely NOT be oil-based.

4. DO clean them with a ‘special’ eyelash cleaner

If you’re unsure if your current skincare products are oil-based, it’s better to be safe and switch to a specific eyelash shampoo. You don’t have to use it every day (if you’re not wearing mascara – and with extensions you’ll probably find you don’t need to), but 2-3 times a week will help keep your lashes cleansed and moisturised, without compromising the adhesive bonds.

5. DON’T go in with eye makeup on

When going for your eyelash extension appointments, go without eye makeup on to save time. They’ll only have to remove it anyway, so it’s better to go in prepared.

6. DO get them refreshed every 2-3 weeks

Eyelash extensions do need maintenance, so to keep them looking fluffy and natural it’s best to go every 2-3 weeks. You can usually book in for 15 minutes slots (depending on how many you need to be replaced). The longer you leave it between appointments, the longer you’ll likely need for a refill.

7. DON’T pull them out

Your lash extensions will naturally fall out as they wear and, as tempting as it can be, do not pull them out yourself because this can do damage to your natural lash and eyelid. Either head in for a refill, or to have them professionally removed.

8. DON’T just go to the first place you find

Eyelash extensions applied correctly are amazing, but applied wrong they can compromise your natural lash greatly. Do your research when choosing a place and don’t be afraid to head in for a consultation. Perfect Lash and Boudoir Lashes London are Charlie’s recommendations.

9. DO have a break

If you’re planning to commit to lash extensions long term, it’s a good idea to give your natural lashes a break every now and then. Just one month off in a year should suffice.

10. DON’T forget your sunglasses on holiday

I’ve noticed that whenever I’m on a summer holiday, my extensions tend to fall out quicker. I believe this is due to the hotter temperature making the glue more malleable. So make sure you wear sunglasses if you’re spending loads of time in the sun to keep them protected.

Originally published in Glamour Magazine.