How to wear eyeliner after eyelash extensions

Updated April 17, 2017

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent false eyelashes that will enhance the look of your natural lashes. Since they grow out as your natural ones do, these lashes will last somewhere between two to four weeks. At around £227 a pop, these extensions aren't for everyone. If you do decide to go for it, though, there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying your eye make-up.

Skip the mascara. You won't need it and it will simply complicate matters when it comes time to remove the make-up. You can still use mascara on your bottom lashes, however, since extensions only go on your top lashes.

Check the label on your eyeliner. Avoid cream or oil-based liners. The oil in them can cause the glue that holds the lashes in place to fall out. Kohl liners may be a bit difficult to remove at the end of the day with your extensions. Liquid liner is the best option for lash extensions since it is oil-free and relatively easy to remove.

Apply your liner as usual. Unlike false lashes, eyelash extensions do not adhere directly to your eyelid. Instead, they adhere to your natural lashes with the help of a special glue. Applying eyeliner to your bottom lid should be no problem since there are no extensions down there. Your top lid should be a breeze, too, since you don't have to worry about interfering with the extensions.

You can wear eyeshadow, too. Once again, you're going to want to avoid cream-based shadows since they can affect the glue, but for the most part, eyeshadow is no problem.

Take special care when removing your eye make-up. Don't use an oil-based make-up remover. Rimmel and Maybelline both make excellent oil-free removers. An oil-based remover will likely cause some of your extensions to fall out. Remove all make-up upward and outward with a cotton pad or Q-tip. If you wipe downward, make-up may build up on the lashes, causing them to fall out prematurely.

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