For most women, eye concealer is a non-negotiable part of their everyday look; this is because they use concealer to hide dark circles, tired under-eye look, acne scars, and discoloration.
However, despite the brightening effects that it can bring to the under eyes when applied, can you wear concealer with eyelash extensions? If so, what kind of concealers should you use or avoid?
Yes, concealer can be worn with eyelash extensions. What matters is the kind of concealer used, how it is applied, and how it is removed. Avoid runny liquid concealers and most importantly oil-based concealers as they can dissolve the glue used to apply eyelash extensions.
Read on to discover the suitable type of concealer that you can use with your lash extensions and how to apply them without compromising their appearance.
In this article, I will also share different tips to remove concealer with eyelash extensions and the mistakes to avoid when removing concealer with eyelash extensions.
Best Concealers for Eyelash Extensions
While eyelash extensions are designed to improve the look of our short and boring lashes, the use of concealers provides the benefits of being able to hide eye bags, discoloration, and fine lines under our eyes.
With eyelash extensions, you should opt for concealers that would cling to the under eyes and not to the lashes extensions. Here are the best types of concealers that you can wear with eyelash extensions:
- Oil-free Concealers: Oil-free Concealers are the best to wear with lash extensions, they are easy to blend and non-greasy, thereby granting you an easy application and blending. The key to lasting eyelashes is to bypass makeup products that contain oil.
Oils are notorious to be a solvent agent for the adhesive used to apply eyelash extensions and can even be used at home to remove the extensions.
In addition, oil-free concealers are great because not only are they lasting on the skin; they are highly resistant to creasing.
- Stick Concealers: since liquid runny concealers are most likely to break down the glue of your eyelash extensions in the absence of acute attention, I think stick concealers are a better option because they are not watery and all that is required is a little dot of the stick and a bit of blending.
Stick concealers are naturally thicker than their liquid counterparts are and would excellently cover blemishes. However, you shouldn’t use them as a base on the eyelids because they might touch the lashes.
- Creamy Concealers: asides from being able to give your under eyes an improved coverage when compared to liquid concealers due to their opaque texture. Creamy concealers are great for the under eyes and can conceal any unwanted spot or discoloration.
- Powder Concealer: another type of concealer that you can use with your extensions are powder concealers. They mostly serve different functions and can be used both as a base for your eyeshadow and concealer for the under eyes.
They are light and blend easily thereby preventing you from putting pressure on the lashes extensions.
Concealers to Avoid With Eyelashes Extensions
When it comes to using makeup around the eyes with lash extensions, it is imperative to pay attention to the ingredients in such products. This is because the wrong kinds of products can affect the durability and appearance of your extensions.
Below are some of the types of concealers that you should not wear with eyelash extensions.
- Oil-based Concealers: concealers that are oil-based will most definitely wreak havoc on your lash extensions. If an oil-based concealer comes in contact with your extensions, it can diffuse the glue that was used to keep the lashes in place.
- Waterproof Concealers: just as you should avoid waterproof eyeliners, stay away from waterproof concealers, although the product itself might not be the problem, getting rid of the concealer after a long day can be.
Waterproof concealers will most likely require you to use an oil-based makeup remover and this can increase the risk of the extensions falling out.
- Runny Liquid Concealers: liquid concealers that are runny take time to set; they do not have an instant grip on under eyes and should not be utilized as an eyeshadow primer. In addition, they take time to blend and may not instantly give you the finished look you are looking for.
How to Apply Concealer With Eyelash Extensions
This part of the article is crucial, as this is where the chances of ruining the appearance of the lash extensions are the highest.
To apply concealer with lash extensions, the first step is to be certain that you have the proper tools. Invest in quality brushes and beauty blenders. This would guarantee a smooth and precise application thereby preventing you from unnecessarily touching the extensions.
You should also not forget to get a magnifying mirror, as it will assist you in achieving precise application of the concealer.
When applying concealer as a base for eyeshadow, your head should be tilted backward as you carefully apply the concealer on your eyelids with a small angle brush. Be sure to keep the brush away from your extensions as you apply the concealer; make sure to use the right amount to avoid leaving a mess
When applying the concealer under the eyes keep your eyelids lifted. Take a flat brush or cosmetic sponge to apply the concealers below the eyes. You can employ the use of your fourth finger.
After its application, dab lightly with the sponge to blend the area where the concealer is. Ensure you blend the concealer well to avoid them staining your extension when you lower your eyelids.
How to Remove Concealer With Eyelash Extensions
Oil-based removers are only meant for stubborn eye makeup. You should not use them at all with lash extensions, they can directly cause your extensions to weaken and remove.
Oil-free eye-makeup removers are the only type of removers that you should use to remove concealer from your under eyes. They are friendly to lash extensions and do not leave remnants when used.
There are different types of eye-makeup remover that do you can get off Amazon. I recommend presoaked makeup removers that are oil-free.
In a situation whereby your concealer touches the extensions during the application, here is what you should do:
- Step 1: Take your oil-free eye makeup remover
- Step 2: Soak a lash comb in the makeup remover and use a paper towel to eliminate the excess liquid
- Step 3: Allow the eye-makeup remover to cover the extensions. This will dissolve the concealer; now gently comb the residue out.
- Step 4: You can finish the cleaning by washing your face with an oil-free lash cleanser
- Step 5: After drying out, now brush the extensions.
4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Concealers With Eyelashes
Over the years, I have seen some mistakes being repeated more frequently than others. Therefore, I wanted to share with your the 4 most common mistakes I have seen.
Mistake #1: Makeup Wipes
Avoid using makeup wipes to remove concealers especially when the product is on the eyelids. These wipes contain oils and pigments that are enemies to your synthetic lash extension. They can make your lashes fall off early.
Mistake #2: Tugging on Extensions When Removing Concealer
If you get concealer on your extensions, do not use a paper towel or face cloth to remove the product. This can tug at your extensions thereby causing damage.
Mistake #3: Rubbing Extensions When Removing Concealer
It is imperative to refrain from rubbing the eyes roughly while removing concealer with eyelash extensions.
Instead, use a lash brush that is already wet with an oil-free makeup remover to comb out the dirt. Rubbing the lash extensions roughly can damage your natural lashes so it is important to clean with care.
Mistake #4: Applying Concealer Too Close to Lash Line
Whether you are using an oil-free concealer or a water-based concealer, always remember not to apply the concealer too close to the lash line. It makes the removal process more prone to error.
There is no satisfying feeling than being able to protect the durability of your synthetic lash extensions for them to last longer. However, it is imperative to know what and what not to apply around the eye area.
Concealers are great as they help you cover breakouts but you should generally avoid oil-based concealers and removers. If you use oil-based concealer, you will need oil-based remover and both are a death sentence to your synthetic lash extensions
Always clean your concealer as soon as you no longer need it. You should never go to sleep with concealer or any makeup at all, as they can cause buildup, travel to the extensions overnight, and might even lead to an infection.
By sticking to all these eyelash extensions do’s and don’ts, your lashes will remain in top appearance.
I hope you found this article helpful and helped you make the best choice of concealer to preserve your beautiful lash extensions.
Finally, I would like to conclude this article by sharing a picture of one of our beautiful clients rocking her lash extensions 🙂 Those eyes always make me smile.
If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below! I always love to hear from you.
Further Readings on DivineLashes.ca: if you want to learn more about eye makeup and eyelash extensions, make sure to read my guides on wearing mascara with lash extensions, the best eyeshadows to use when having eyelash extensions, whether or not you can curl eyelash extensions, and how to apply eyeliner with lash extensions.
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