Just before Christmas I decided to have my eyelashes done for the first time and went for a classic set. I can safely say I am now an addict. I absolutely love having eyelashes that look fuller and longer. The other benefit is that they also cut my makeup routine in half as there is no need to curl my eyelashes or coat them with mascara. When you have a classic set it’s recommended you have an in-fill every 2-3 weeks and I wanted mine to last as long as possible. So I started researching what I could do to increase their longevity. Below are my 5 tips to make yours last longer too:
Sleep on your back.
This might sound like too much to ask for some people (that’s if you don’t already sleep on your back), but it’s very important, especially for the first couple of nights after application. The glue can take a little while to dry fully and you might also find you get weird kinks. After the first two nights you can go back to your normal sleeping position, although still be careful not to sleep on them too much.
Give your eyelashes some TLC
When removing your makeup, be careful not to rub your eyes over but gently wipe around them using a muslin cloth. I use the one you get with the Liz Earle cleanser, which is very gentle to the skin and I would highly recommend. Try not to use cotton pads or puffs as the fibres could get stuck on your lashes and cause irritation as well as weaken the extensions and mess them up.
Make sure you comb them
I tend to brush my eyelashes when I wake up in the morning and just before I go to bed. No one wants to go out with wonky-looking or criss-crossing eyelashes, so make sure you use a clean mascara brush. You can buy them anywhere; eBay, Amazon etc. Close one eye, place the brush at the bottom line of your lashes and brush them out.
Wash your lashes daily
This doesn’t apply for the first 48 hours after application, but you need to make sure you are washing your eyelashes and keeping them clean. This is not only important for the longevity of your eyelash extensions, but it’s mainly important for their hygiene. By washing them daily you ensure you are not getting any bacteria growth, sebum and dead skin cells building up on your eyelids and in between your eyelashes.
There are many oil-free soaps recommended out there that you can use but in my case, simple water and a mascara brush work just fine.Wet the brush and brush your eyelashes as usual; I do this every morning and evening and it takes me about 10 seconds.
Resist playing with your lashes
Each of us loses about 2-5 lashes a day. It’s the natural cycle of an eyelash, they grow and then they fall out only to be replaced by new ones. When you have eyelash extensions, this will help push them off. If an extension looks out of place, avoid playing with it, twisting it or pulling it, as you will risk losing your natural eyelashes. Let them fall out naturally and in the meantime brush them back into position with a mascara brush.