Our eyes are the window to our soul, and our eyelashes are essential in accentuating them. They add definition, beauty, and mystery all at the same time. That’s why we want to ensure we are doing everything right regarding taking care of them.
If you’ve ever had eyelash extensions, you know they can get dirty quickly because they are constantly in contact with your skin and hair. And if you don’t clean them regularly, they can start to look dull and clumpy. And most of us don’t want that!
This article will show you how to clean eyelash extensions and keep them looking gorgeous for weeks to come! But before we jump into that, let’s first talk about why you need to clean your lash extensions.
Eyelash Extensions: Why You Need to Clean Them
We know cleaning our makeup brushes is important, but what about our other beauty tools? We often ignore cleaning our eyelash extensions, even though they come in close contact with our eyes. Not only is this unsanitary, but it can also lead to irritation and infection.
Here’s why you need to clean your eyelash extensions:
- To prevent irritation and infection: It’s usual for a bit of water, tears, and oil to get on your lash extensions throughout the day. But you are unaware of the number of bacteria also transferring to your lashes. If you don’t clean your lash extensions, this bacteria will continue to build up and lead to eye infections such as the pink eye.
- Increase the age: Don’t you love how your lash extensions look when you wear them the very first time? They are brand new, fresh and perky. But over time, they will lose their shape, become clumpy and sometimes fall off. And their age will start to show. So, cleaning is the only solution to make them look new again.
- Decrease your time on makeup: We often think we need to put on more makeup to cover up our lash extensions. But the reality is that all we need is clean lash extensions. When our lash extensions are clean, they look more natural, and we don’t need to spend as much time on our makeup.
- Enhance the bonding process: Imagine you have just applied a new set of lash extensions. Two weeks later, you notice that some of your lash extensions are falling off. This happens to oils, tears and dirt accumulation between your natural lashes and lash extensions. This layer should be clean for the bonding process to happen.
- Prevent breakage: When dirt covers the eyelash extension strands, they become heavier and start putting intensive tensions around the base. And with time, you will notice that your natural lashes are becoming thinner; sometimes, you might even lose them.
Are these reasons convincing enough for you to start cleaning your lash extensions? We hope so! Now let’s jump into our step-by-step guide on how to clean eyelash extensions.
How to Clean Eyelash Extensions
Now it’s time to give your eyelashes a new life and make them look like the new ones. So be with us until the end of this article to know all details about cleaning eyelash extensions.
To clean your lash extensions, you will need:
- Makeup remover( oil-free)
- Cotton pads
- Lash shampoo
- Water(cold & hot)
Step 1: Remove your eye- makeup
Eye makeup is the biggest enemy of our lash extensions! Mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow all play their part in making our lash extensions clumpy and dull. So, our cleaning process always starts with removing all the makeup from our eyes.
Using glycol-free or oil-free makeup remover, start from the inner corner and then move towards the outer corner with a gentle patting motion. Now take a clean cotton ball, and repeat the same process until you note an apparent change in the cotton ball.
Note: If you are trying to remove heavy foundation or waterproof mascara, ensure that you use a separate cotton ball for each eye to avoid cross-contamination.
Step 2: Wet your eyes
After the removal of eye makeup:
- Fill a bowl with cold water.
- Splash some water with fingers on your face, especially try to cover your lash line.
- Close your eyes for a few seconds and let the water sit on your lashes.
Cold water will help close the pores and prep your skin for the next step.
Step 3: Apply lash shampoo
Take a minimal quantity of any lash shampoo( avoid using regular shampoo as it might contain harsh chemicals that can damage your lashes) and apply it to your wet lashes. Before applying eyelash shampoo, pour some quantity into your palm to avoid direct contact with the shampoo bottle with your eyes.
Now at one time, work on only one eye. Gently massage your lashes in a circular pattern with the help of your fingertips and fingers for at least 60 seconds. Avoid using any scrubbing motion as you do with your hairs.
If your lashes start to feel dry, you can use a wet cotton swab to apply more water and reactivate the lash shampoo.
Step 4: Rinse your lashes
Now, the rinsing period starts! Splash hot water on your face and help the water reach your lash line with your fingers. Now close your eyes for a few seconds, so the water can sit on your lashes and remove all the dirt and oil.
After a few seconds, open your eyes and with your fingers, apply pressure on your upper and lower lash line to help the water reach all areas.
Note: If you feel a burning sensation after opening the eyes, close them again and splash some more water on your face.
Step 5: Dry your lashes
This is a step when most of us get impatient and make the mistake of rubbing our eyes with a towel. But trust me, this is the worst thing you can do to your lashes! It will damage your lashes and can disturb the bonding process.
So, instead of rubbing your eyes with a towel, do some walking or jump so the water can naturally evaporate from your lashes. If you are in a hurry and can’t wait for your lashes to dry naturally, you can use a blow dryer but keep it at least 6 inches away from your eyes.
After completing all the steps, you will feel a significant difference in your lashes. Cleaning eyelash extensions is not a difficult task but demands some extra patience.
How to clean eyelash extensions without a cleanser?
Don’t have savings to spend on expensive cleansers? No problem! We have a solution for you, so you don’t have to spend much money. Check out our tips below on how to clean your eyelash extensions without cleanser:
- Start swiping around your lash line with micellar water. For smooth swiping, you can use special oil-free makeup remover pads. These pads have a smooth side and a textured side. We recommend using the textured side first to loosen up any product build-up and then using the smooth side to wipe away any residue.
- After swiping and removing the build-up, it’s time to remove any remaining oils. Soak a cotton ball or pad in some witch hazel and do a final swipe over your lash line.
- Once you are done with the witch hazel, look at your lashes in the mirror. If they look oily, then it’s time to shampoo them! But before you reach for your head shampoo, understand that strands of lashes and head hair are different. They require different products and different washing techniques.
- Using baby shampoo is the best way to clean your lashes without over-drying or to damage them. The best way to apply shampoo on eyelashes is to use a spoolie brush. Soak the brush in water and then shake off the excess. Squeeze some baby shampoo on the wet brush and lightly scrub your lashes in a circular motion.
- Close your eyes, leave shampoo to action for a minute and then start rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Avoid these things when cleaning eyelash extensions
Sometimes we get so excited to try new things that we forget the basics. And our eyelashes are not something we should experiment with. Below are some things you need to avoid when cleaning your eyelash extensions:
- Don’t use oil- I know some people like to use natural oils to take their makeup off, but this is a big no-no for lash extensions. Oils are one of the main reasons why people lose their lash extensions early. So avoid using any oil, including coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.
- Avoid hot water: We always want to jump in a hot shower after a long day, but that’s not the best idea if you have lash extensions. Avoid using hot water even if you try cleaning your lash extensions without any cleanser. Instead, consider using lukewarm water (with less than 50% of hot water).
- Don’t use makeup remover wipes: Baby wipes might be gentle on your face, but they are not gentle on your lash extensions. So ditch the wipes and go for oil-free makeup remover pads or cotton balls soaked in micellar water.
- Don’t rub your eyes: We know it’s tough, especially when something gets into our eyes when cleaning the eyelash extensions. Rubbing works like a brush and can cause lash fallout. So instead of rubbing, try flushing the area with lukewarm water.
Eyelash cleaning works like putting the final touches on your makeup. Just as you wouldn’t leave the house with smudged lipstick or unkempt hair, you wouldn’t want to step out with dirty lash extensions. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also lead to eye infections. So it’s essential to clean your lash extensions without damaging them.
It’s simple. Avoid using oil-based products, hot water and makeup remover wipes. Instead, use micellar water, witch hazel and baby shampoo to clean your lash extensions. Follow the steps, and you will have clean, beautiful and long-lasting lash extensions.
Important Note: Don’t forget to consult your lash artist before trying any new cleaning method. Different lash artists might have different recommendations based on the products they use. So it’s best to get advice from a professional before proceeding.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to clean eyelash extensions with micellar water?
Micellar water is a solution made up of micelles, tiny balls of oil that use their hydrophobic properties to attract dirt, oil and makeup from the skin.
For using it to clean eyelash extensions, dip the cotton pad in the solution and start from the base of your lashes and go upwards in a soft motion. After the first cleanse, dip the cotton pad in lukewarm water and go over your lashes again. This time don’t go upwards; instead, go from the inner to the outer corner.
How to clean eyelash extensions in the shower?
When cleaning under the shower, be careful not to let the water stream directly contact your face, especially your lash line. You can do this by tilting your head back and to the side.
To stop yourself from rubbing your eyes, you can close them or put on a shower cap. First, wet your face but don’t let the water directly hit your lashes. Pour some baby shampoo or lash cleanser on your palms, then rub it until it forms into a light lather.
Apply the suds to your lashes with the help of your fingertips, move your fingers from the base of your lashes and then wiggle outwards. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.