When you’re working with a new lash tech, you can end up with enormous lash extensions that look like a Snapchat filter by the time you get home. So, you might want to cut them down or get them off. But is it safe? Can you trim eyelash extensions?
You shouldn’t trim eyelash extensions as you can accidentally cut your own natural eyelashes or poke sharpies like scissors into the eye. Moreover, trimming false eyelashes unevenly makes your lashes blunt, odd, or simply lousy, thus losing their gorgeousness.
If you feel your extensions are too long, there are other ways to make them work without losing your luscious lashes.
So, join me to know why you shouldn’t trim longer lashes, what to do if your extensions are too long, and ways to trim long eyelashes and eyelash extensions.
Ready? Let’s cut right in!
Can You Trim Eyelash Extensions?
While it is technically possible to trim your lash extensions by yourself, it is not recommended for several reasons.
From aesthetics to safety and branching issues, there are many ways you might ruin your natural eyelashes and eyelash extensions when trimming them on your own.
Most people get their desired lengths of eyelash extensions at the salon. So, there’s no need for modifying or trimming them at home.
Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t trim eyelash extensions by yourself:
1. Loss Of Your Natural Lash Fibers
When you trim eyelash extensions, you might accidentally cut your natural lashes. That’s because extensions are affixed to real lashes.
Moreover, you won’t realize you’re cutting into your own eyelashes until the deed is done.
2. Growth Cycle Of Natural Eyelashes Is Impaired
The moment you trim fake lashes, the growth cycle of your natural lashes permanently gets altered. Hence, your real eyelashes won’t grow back as they used to.
3. Lousy Appearance Of False Lashes
Another major disappointment with trimming false eyelashes is their odd appearance. This happens because cut false lashes have a blunt end instead of the tapered ones.
Moreover, their soft and fluffy look completely disappears.
4. Accidental Eye Damage
Whether you use small lash scissors or tweezers for trimming fake eyelashes, using sharp objects near the eye is a big no-no. This is a bigger problem, especially if you’re doing it independently, regardless of a few strands or the full set of eyelashes.
5. Poor End Results
As eyelash manufacturers create false eyelash fibers with natural tapering, it’s also lost whether you trim around the outer edge or the inner corner. As a result, they’ll appear haphazard in the end.
Why Do People Trim Eyelash Extensions?
Nobody thinks of trimming their eyelash extension fibers when getting their lashes done.
Otherwise, it’s always easier to let the lash tech know your concerns and let them make corrections when you’re in the salon. Most people realize it after getting home. Hence, they try to shorten the length on their own.
1. False Eyelashes Don’t Match The Eye
Most people trim lash extensions when their fake lashes aren’t the right match for the shape and size of the eye.
For instance, getting extremely curly extension fibers can make a smaller eye size look even smaller. Read more about different eye shapes and eyelash extensions for them.
2. New To Long Eyelash Extensions
If you’re getting longer false eyelashes for the first time, getting acquainted with them might take a while. It’s not wrong to feel too different like it’s a wrong fit for you.
3. Lash Extensions Pushing Up Against The Glasses
If you wear spectacles, long eyelashes can often push up against the glasses and feel weird on your eyes after a while.
As a result, you might want to trim your lashes within a day or two of getting them.
4. Long False Lashes Irritates The Eyes
Even if you don’t wear glasses, you can feel your eyelash extensions are too long if they irritate the eyes. This is especially true if they’re a significantly larger size than your own lashes.
How Do You Check If Your False Eyelashes Are Too Long?
So you’ve decided to cut your fake extensions. But how long are your lashes really? Unless you measure at least a few strands, how would you know you aren’t just overreacting to a new style?
The best way to measure your eyelashes before trimming them is using twine as it’s curled.
Lastly, crosscheck the length with a rule or tape, and you’ll know the length of your eyelash extensions.
How To Trim Eyelash Extensions That Are Too Long?
While it’s not good to trim your fake eyelashes, you’ll find several guides online to do it. I wanted to highlight the general steps these guides will give you so you can assess the risks involved at each step.
Honestly, I was hesitant to include this section in the article, but I decided to still add it so you can have a complete picture.
But before we start, I urge you not to do it because the benefits outweigh the risks.
Tools You Need
To trim false eyelash extensions, you’ll need nothing more than a tweezer (with sharp ends) and small scissors.
In addition, some people also use a mascara wand for precise trimming.
You need to get your tools cleaned and disinfected to facilitate trimming your fake lashes.
You might wonder, can you cut eyelash extensions with scissors?
Yes, you can cut fake eyelashes with small lash scissors or manicure ones. But this is only possible if you have perfectly steady hands.
Bear in mind that you’re risking permanent eye or skin damage every time you twitch.
Hold your tweezers horizontally to isolate your lash fibers once you’re ready to cut your false eyelash extensions into shape.
Next, you should use lash scissors to snip the lashes at a shorter length without pulling or snagging.
Tips To Do It Well
You keep your eyes closed when you’re getting lashes done at a salon. But once you’re on your own, false eyelashes aren’t easy to trim.
Always trim your eyelashes one by one instead of several fibers at once. This way, you can nearly manage any unprecedented mistakes.
To get around the lack of tapering and blunt ends of lashes, try to apply mascara at the end. This will make them more natural. Read more on the right mascara for lash extension wearers.
Don’t continue pruning until you’re fully satisfied because there’s a chance you might cut your lashes too short.
What To Do For Lash Extensions That Are Too Long?
When your false eyelashes are too long, you can decide to get your next style in a shorter size.
But if you badly want to repair your long lashes, the following will help you find a good solution.
1. Try It For a Few Days
Not everyone adores extra-long extensions. Hence, it may well be a phase where you’re feeling indifferent.
So, I recommend trying at least half a week before chucking long new false eyelashes altogether.
2. Contact Lash Technician
Before you decide to trim false eyelashes on your own instead of at the salon, it’s best to seek the help of your lash tech first.
3. Removing Lash Extensions That Are Too Long
You can always remove the current fake lash extensions if they irritate your eyes or ruin your looks.
Read more about removing eyelash extensions at home.
4. Get A New Pair
You can also get a new pair of false eyelashes, preferably in a shorter size or natural look.
And when you want them to look thicker or fuller, just apply mascara.
5. Curling The False Lashes
Some people recommend curling your eyelash extensions to shorten them, but I don’t.
However, it’s always better to trim eyelashes than curl them because curling destroys the bond created by the glue.
6. Assess The Length Before Application
You can also crosscheck the length of the false eyelashes the lash tech is planning to apply before they do so. This way, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.
7. Share Your Concerns With The Lash Artist Before The Process
Suppose you’re not a big fan of long false eyelash extensions. In that case, you can make a separate appointment to discuss your preferences and dislikes first.
Final Thoughts On Trimming False Lashes
So, it’s crucial to choose extension fibers that fit your eyes by talking in detail with the lash tech in your next appointment.
Long eyelashes might be a burden, but when you cut extensions on your own, you put your eyes in bigger danger.
Just like doing eyelash extensions on yourself, I hope you understand it’s not good to trim false eyelashes on your own. Doing so can be detrimental to your natural lashes because you can cut into your skin in the process.
Truth be told, it’s always better to ask a lash artist when in doubt. Moreover, you can always get a new set without hurting your natural lashes.
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