How to Clean Your Eyelash Extensions

Why Cleaning Your Extentions is Important!

We all know that false eyelash extensions are expensive to have and maintain that is why it is so important to understand how to clean you extensions correctly. We have put together the ultimate guide covering how to clean your extensions, what to do, what to avoid and we have added in some super handy tricks and tips to keep your extensions looking gorgeous! It is an amazing feeling waking up with your eyelashes already done looking fresh and fluffy but to keep them this way you must clean and maintain them correctly. However, whilst eyelash extensions are time saving and convent they can sometimes be a struggle to clean especially if you are new to the world of false eyelashes and extensions. Those who wash and cleanse their extensions correctly between lash appointments have much more lashes left in comparison to those who don’t. If you have little to no lashes left you will have to splash out on getting a full set done rather than an infill. An infill / refill is usually done when you have 50% of your lashes remaining, any less and it’s a full set needed! These tips and tricks will help you safe some coin since your extensions will be lasting much longer!

When Should You Clean Eyelash Extensions?

  • Always wait at least 48 hours after having your extensions applied before attempting to clean your extension. You should also be sure to keep your lashes dry and avoid water and steam until the 48 hour period is over.
  • We recommend you clean your extensions at least 2 – 3 times a week. However, if you want to keep your lashes super fresh and fluffy you should clean them every day especially if you wear eye makeup or have oily skin.
  • You should clean your lashes before bed, this is so your lashes will be fresh for the following day and all debris and dirt will be have been removed.
  • If you are working out and working up a sweat we recommend you clean your extensions to avoid a build-up of sweat and dirt in your lashes. You should also clean them if any salt, sweat or oils get onto your extensions.
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Eyelash Extensions Cleaning Do’s:

  1. Always wait up to 48 hours after you have got lash extensions before cleaning them. If you clean your extensions before this, you run the risk of damaging your lashes as you could break down the glue bond between your natural lashes and the extensions. This will result in a loss of lash extensions and leave them looking a hot mess.
  2. After you have waited up to 48 hours to clean your extensions, we recommend you keep cleaning your lashes at least 2 – 3 times a week to keep them in the best condition possible. Remember if you keep your extensions clean they will last longer resulting in longer gaps between infill appointments.
  3. Avoid using any makeup remover, cleansers or products that contain oil. This is because the oil in these products breaks down the glue bonds between your natural lashes and extensions. There are many products out there to buy that are made specifically for lash extensions. These products contain anti-bacteria solution to maintain the falsies and your eyes health. We recommend you use one of these for lash extension products, however if you don’t want to just make sure anything you use of your lashes is oil free.
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Eyelash Extension Cleaning Don’ts:

  1. Don’t use products such as micellar water on your lash extensions. These products are not suited or designed for lash extensions and could damage your lashes and the glue bond between your natural lashes and extensions.
  2. Never use makeup remover wipes on your extensions. Makeup wipes usually contain oils, emollients and glycols. These oils will make your extensions fall out much earlier than they would do naturally. You will have to only leave 1 – 2 weeks before betting an infill and these costs add up pretty fast. Make up wipes also don’t get up all your makeup on your face let alone your falsies and this is very unhygienic.
  3. Don’t rub your eyes whist cleansing. The more you rub your eyes the quicker the extensions will fall out. You should avoid wearing as much eye makeup if you find you have to rub your eyes whilst cleaning to get all the product off. The rigorous rubbing on your extensions will not just damage your falsies but also your natural lashes as these are getting pulled out due to the friction.
  4. Avoid sponges, face clothes, makeup pads, rounds, balls and buds. These are not suitable to use with extensions in and all cause your lashes to fall out prematurely. This is because all of the above will tough and pull at your lashes.

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Avoid Wearing Eye Makeup

Since you already have gorgeous fluffy lashes there really is no need to apply a pair of falsies or mascara. That is the point of false eyelash extensions… not needing to do anything to your lashes. It is important that especially when your lashes are due an infill to grab a pair of falsies or apply a coat of mascara to get your lashes looking super full again. However, this could cause more problems than the problem you had to begin with as you will damage your extensions. If your extensions are damaged that means you will have to get a full set of extensions rather than an infill and it will cost an unnecessary pretty penny. You should also avoid wear eye shadow as when you apply these products to your eye lids you will get fall out which will end up in your extensions. This will cause your lashes to look dirty and clumpy, it will also make it even more work to clean them. Instead of a powder eye shadow why not opt for a cream based eye shadow, this will remove the problem of fall out and will keep your extensions cleaner. However, if you can’t resist wearing eye makeup you must make sure you remove it correctly at the end of the day to avoid damaging your lash extensions. Letting any eye makeup build up on your lashes will leave them looking a hot mess and could cause inflammation to your eye lids and no one wants that! There is also more make up products you should avoid if you want to keep your extensions healthy. Avoid products with glycerine and oil in, this will cause the bonds between your natural lashes and the extensions to break down and therefore causing your lashes to fall out much faster than they should. You should instead opt for a more mineral base or eyelash extension safe makeup which will not damage your falsies. These products are not as heavy on the eyes and lashes are your regular products and will not damage your extensions or your natural lashes. If you are super into full eyelashes and really can’t resist applying mascara to your extensions then you may want to try a mineral based or extension friendly mascara created by professionals to ensure it doesn’t damage your eyelashes.

Use an Oil Free Makeup Remover

This is important as the oil in many makeup removers will damage your extensions by breaking down the bond between your natural lashes and the extensions. You should opt for an oil free makeup remover especially made for eyelash extensions as this is the safest option. To use this apply some to a spoolie and brush through your lashes until they are fully cleaned, this will remove any makeup and bits of debris. It is best to clean the spoolie thoroughly after or use disposable mascara wands. If you decide not to use a makeup remover or cleanser specially made for extensions then make sure it is oil free.  

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Avoid Using Cotton Pads

You should not use any cotton pads, rounds, balls or buds on your lash extensions. This is because it can create a build of cotton fibers in your lashes which defeats the objective of cleaning your extensions. The cotton pads will also snag and rip your extensions out leaving your lashes in a hot mess. Instead opt for a spoolie or clean mascara wand to gently remove any excess makeup or debris. You should apply the cleanser to the spoolie and brush through your lashes with it. Repeat this process until you are happy they are thoroughly clean and all product is removed from the lashes.


Nourish Your Eyelash Extensions

Just like you would care for your hair, you should for your lash extensions. Make sure you are super gentle with your lashes, avoid any rubbing, oil and keep them nourished. There is plenty of products out there for you to use on your extensions to keep them looking fluffy and soft. Remember the more you care for your lash extensions the longer they will last and the less they will cost to maintain!

We have a wide range of different styles and materials to make sure we can match everyone’s lash needs!
Luxury 3D Mink Lashes – can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Lashes – vegan and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Multi Packs – vegan, three pairs of lashes and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Synthetic Lashes – vegan and can be worn up to 20 wears if looked after.
For more information on cleaning and caring for your lashes to maximum wear from them. Click here to view our guide!

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If you have any further questions regarding our lashes please click here to view our FAQ. If your question has not been answered, please contact us via email at info@lashenvybeauty.com 

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