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I love having eyelash extensions. I don’t get them all the time because after a while the upkeep gets a little too costly for my taste, but man oh man do I dig the convenience…and the waking up looking a little more pretty. That’s nice too.
I wrote about my eyelash extensions before, and I did a comparison of my natural lashes before and after to show wether or not it damaged my lashes or made them fall out. You can read the HERE but spoiler alert, my lashes were fine.
I’ve been back on the eyelash extension bandwagon for a while because I’ve been doing a bit of travel the last few months. As a matter of fact by the time you read this I will probably be on the beach in Aruba, hay girl haaaay. There is no better time to have ash extensions than on vacation. Trust me. But this time around I’ve learned a thing or two about taking off your makeup with eyelash extensions that really cuts down on how much they shed between appointments.
The first thing you need is a Micellar water makeup remover. My favorite is Bioderma but a budget friendly dupe (that actually works just as well TBH) is the Garnier Micellar Cleanser.
It’s oil free and super gentle, which is what you want for the extensions, but it is also capable of removing longwearing waterproof makeup.
Now as you can see I’m about to put the cleanser on a washcloth. No, it’s not because I really love the challenge of getting makeup stains out of my laundry. Putting the cleanser on a cloth rather than a cotton pad is super helpful when you have lash extensions because it doesn’t leave behind any lint. Personally I have a giant collection of cheap clothes that I use to wash my face just for this purpose so I’m not so worried about the stains.
I have lost many an extension trying to get the lint from a cotton pad out of my eyelashes. I’m just sayin.
Once I pour some of the cleanser onto the cloth I like to place it on my closed eyelid for a few moments and just let it sit. No rubby rubby, no swipey swipey. Just leave it there and let it do its thing.
Once you have held it on there for around 30 seconds to a minute you can gently wipe away the majority of what’s on your lid, avoiding the immediate lash line area. Because for that we are going to get a bit more precise.
Grab a cotton swab and soak one end of it it the Micellar Water. Really make sure you get it soaked. Then gently rub away the remaining makeup that is close to your precious baby lash extensions. It shouldn’t be too difficult to remove because you already loosened it up quite a bit by letting the cleansing water soak into it, but be gentle. It’s better to go back over it a few times than to get rough and damage the base of your extensions.
If I have them on hand I like the precision tip cotton swabs because duh, they’re more precise. But I’ve been using the regular ones and they work fine as well you just have to be slightly more careful.
Bing bang boom, your makeup is off and your extensions are still in good shape. When I took these photos I had my extensions on for nearly three weeks and this is how well they held up, which so really really impressive. The time prior to this set lasted nearly as well and that was through swimming and sweating and falling face first into the ocean off a paddle board…so I think I’ve nailed the process at this point.
Hope that helps if you have been having a hard time washing off your waterproof winged liner and smokey eyes and what have you without damaging your pretty extensions! I’m gonna go get ready to swim around looking like Beyonce with my fly ass lashes now.