Can You Wear Mascara With Eyelash Extensions? Only on Classic Lashes!

Can you wear mascara with eyelash extensions

While it’s true that lash extensions offer you freedom from mascara and several other eye makeup products, not everyone can ditch mascara in a wink. For many of us, mascara offers the crowning touch to your makeup routine. Before you continue the old regimen, it’s important to know what it does to your new lashes. So can you wear mascara with eyelash extensions?

You can wear mascara with eyelash extensions. However, you should only wear mascara with classic eyelash extensions and not with volume lashes. Also, You should avoid waterproof mascara on lash extensions because it’s difficult to take off. Instead, go for a water-based solution.

The following article will shed light on the pros and cons of using mascara with lash extensions, why mascara can be used on classic lash extensions but not on volume lashes, things to bear in mind when applying mascara on your lash extensions, and types of mascara you can use on fake lashes. Get ready to find out the stepwise instructions on how to apply mascara like a pro to your lash extensions too.

Should You Wear Mascara With Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extension on top lashes

The first thing to remember is that mascara can’t be applied on all types of lash extensions. While it’s a good bet for classic lashes, the same doesn’t apply to other sets like volume or hybrid eyelash extensions. Remember that classic lash extensions consist of one extension to one natural eyelash while volume lashes is multiple extensions to one natural lash. A mega volume fan contains six to even sixteen lash extensions per natural lash.[1]

There are two reasons why you should avoid mascara with volume lashes and hybrid lashes:

  1. Extra weight. When you wear mascara on a volume fan, it can add a huge weight to your new eyelashes, leading them to weigh down and fall out prematurely.

    Instead of applying mascara onto one single lash, you are essentially applying mascara on the multiple lashes composing the fan. Extra mascara = extra weight.

  2. Closing the fan. Volume lashes give you the advantage of extra… volume! Shocker I know. If you apply mascara on a volume fan, the fan will close and the lashes will be mingled together in mascara. Mascara on volume eyelash extensions defeats the purpose.

Pros And Cons of Mascara With Lash Extensions

Mascara enhances your lashes whether you like to flaunt your natural lashes or gorgeous new extensions. But, when you apply this eye product to lash extensions, many things can go wrong unless you know full-well what you’re doing.

While eyelash extensions are relatively new, wearing mascara is not. The old and the new can coexist but it’s important to know the pros and cons of wearing mascara with lash extensions.

Let’s find out!

Why Wear Mascara With Lash Extensions

History says mascara was used in Ancient Egypt since 4,000 B.C.[2] According to National Geographic, mascara was also used for ophthalmological health.[3] It got so popular, this eye makeup tool is used by over 106 million women in the U.S today.[4]

Extensions on eyelashes are a game-changer for many. But to keep them looking gorgeous, you need to do routine maintenance until you go back to the salon for a refill.

Here are the temporary benefits of putting mascara on lash extensions:

  • Your lash extensions look thicker, ensuring a bold and bright look.
  • Mascara can change the color of your extensions if you use a contrasting-colored mascara.
  • It can increase the length of fake lashes.
  • When your lash extensions are sparse and you need a refill, one or two coats of mascara can help you extend the appointment slightly.
  • Certain mascaras are infused with ingredients like peptides, stem cell complexes, Vitamin E, biotin, and keratin. That’s how they can help in growing your natural lashes besides keeping them healthy.

Why Not To Wear Mascara With Lash Extensions

Several beauty products contain toxic chemicals and that’s why they might be bad for you. A study looking at the correlation between eyelash loss and usage of mascara found that eyelash fall was observed in 19% of cases.[5]

But what does mascara do to your lash extensions?

  • Most mascaras contain oils [6] like sesame oil, eucalyptus oil, lanolin, etcetera. And, when oil comes into contact with lash adhesives for prolonged hours, it can slowly break the bond between extensions and natural lashes. This will make your lash extensions fall out prematurely.
  • As mascaras are typically heavy on natural eyelashes, they turn out to be heavier on longer, thicker, and fuller lash extensions. This will lead your new lashes to break, droop down, or lose their shape unless they’re lightweight (For example, mink lashes are featherlight).
  • Mascara lets the cat out of the bag because it makes your fake lash extensions look even more fake. It becomes more apparent that you’ve got eyelash enhancements.

What Type Of Mascara To Avoid On Lash Extensions

Mascara on counter

Not all mascaras are good for false eyelashes, regardless of whether yours are made from synthetic or natural fibers.

Waterproof Mascara

A type of mascara that’s resilient against water, tears, and sweat, waterproof mascara is hardly ever good for any type of lashes. The key components of this mascara are Teflon (the non-stick coating on your cookware) and Dimethicone copolyol (a type of silicone).[7]

That’s the main reason why they end up damaging the bond created by the lash adhesive and subsequently leading to the early falling-off of lash extensions.

Due to its water-repellant nature, this type of mascara often makes your lashes brittle and dries them out too.[8] If you’re thinking of mascara for daily-wear, the waterproof version is definitely not the right one.

Finally, waterproof mascara is very difficult to remove. There are just a handful of ways to remove it without intense rubbing, pulling, or snagging. That’s also why it can cause lash extensions to fall out early.

Mascara With Oils

The biggest turn off in most mascaras for lash extensions is oil. That’s because oil is capable of damaging the eyelash glue and breaking the bond between eyelash extensions and natural lashes. You must actively avoid mascara with ingredients like lanolin, castor oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, paraffin, mineral oil, turpentine oil, linseed oil, eucalyptus oil, and sesame oil[9].

Tube Mascara

Tube mascara is a product that coats lashes by forming tubes around each lash. While this mascara is easy to remove from natural lashes, on eyelash extensions it sticks like tar. Hence, prolonged use of tube mascara ends up damaging lash extensions.

Fiber Mascara

This type of mascara comes laden with dry fibers like silk, rayon, or nylon to make your lashes look thicker and denser. Unlike tube mascara, this is very hard to remove and that’s why it’s not recommended for lash extensions.

Types Of Mascara You Can Use on Lash Extensions

Whether you’re smitten by a plant-based mascara or an organic one, not all premium products are safe for eyelash extensions. Instead, you should look for a water-based mascara that’s exclusively for false lashes.

While most mascaras are produced with oils, additives, and artificial waxes, the water-based one is made with a pH level that’s natural. That’s why they’re safe for the sensitive skin around the eyes. They dry quickly and can be removed with nothing but warm water.

Typically, such a product won’t have oils and silicone products. You might see beeswax, witch hazel, pro-Vitamin B5, fruit extracts, and chamomile. Try this Alluring Max mascara with all the right ingredients.

How To Apply Mascara To Lash Extensions

Unlike applying to natural lashes, mascara on eyelash extensions works differently. That’s also the same reason why you need to be extra careful. It’s mainly because eyelash extensions are bonded to natural lashes and a wrong move can damage them or cause them to fall out earlier than usual.

Here’s how to apply mascara to eyelash extensions:

  1. Wash, dry, and comb your lashes.
  2. Gently apply a coat of mascara on your natural lashes and extensions.
  3. Make sure to start applying from the middle and go towards the tips.
  4. Remember not to apply mascara to the roots.
  5. Avoid adding more than a coat or two of mascara to false eyelash extensions.

Can You Wear Mascara on Bottom Lashes?

Mascara can be worn on your bottom lashes with eyelash extensions. However, make sure you are using a water-based mascara that will be easy to wash off. Because eyelash extensions are typically only applied on top lashes, applying mascara on bottom lashes is less of a concern.

What To Remember When Using Mascara On Lash Extensions

If your lash extensions aren’t too thick or heavy, wearing mascara will safely enhance your look. But if you aren’t careful about picking the right product to apply it correctly, it’s easy to damage your stunning new extensions in a wink.

Here are the main things to keep in mind when putting mascara on eyelash extensions:


When you’re wearing mascara on false eyelashes, it’s important not to follow the same method as you do on natural lashes. However, try to pick a wand that doesn’t grip tightly on the lash extensions.

The best way to apply mascara on the lash extensions is by starting the middle of the eyelash and moving forward to tips. The trick is to lather the tips and not touch the base because it can damage the bond created by lash adhesives, making them fall out early.


As for removing mascara that’s applied on lash extensions, extreme care is necessary to avoid them from falling out ahead of time.

First off, you should keep off makeup removers with oils. Once you’ve picked the right cleanser, clean the mascara gently, especially without rubbing or pulling. Make sure to use lint-free applicators or towels to minimize snagging too.

Sleeping Etiquette

Lastly, never wear your mascara to bed no matter how healthy or safe it sounds. Letting mascara stay overnight leads to eye pain, bacterial infections and corneal erosions[10]. Wash and comb lash extensions after removing the mascara without fail too.

Final Thoughts

While mascara can bolden and lengthen lash extensions, using mascara on lash extensions isn’t normally necessary.

If you still wish to use mascara on your eyelash extensions, make sure you are wearing classic lashes and not volume lashes. Mascara on volume lashes will add too much weight and close you volume fans.

Moreover, certain mascaras can disintegrate bonds created by lash glue to keep the extensions connected to your natural lashes.

Another important thing is to avoid mascaras that come with oils and artificial waxes as they can degrade the retentiveness of extensions too. Never use waterproof mascara because they consist of silicones and toxic substances that damage your extensions quickly. Also, keep off fiber mascaras. and tube mascaras.

Always stick to water-based mascara solutions when using mascara on lash extensions. These are easy-to-remove and less-drying than the waterproof variety. When applying mascara on eyelash extensions, avoid touching the roots and work from the middle to the tips.

All that being said, it’s a good idea to choose a thicker lash extension (think 0.03mm, 0.05mm, or 0.07mm[11]) than ruining your extensions with repeated use of mascara.

Talk to us in the comments about how you want to apply mascara to lash extensions or what you want to achieve with it and we will help you out!


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  1. Wearing extensions with glasses can be a beauty tip however applying mascara can be too much. Thanks for setting it right.

    1. Hey Gammy, thank you for leaving a comment:) We’re happy to hear that you found the information helpful!

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