Sometimes only OTT lashes will do. XXL lashes help when you’re flirting during a first date, posing for an epic Insta pic, trying to skip the queue at the hottest nightclub, or going to a fancy dress party.
Your usual lash look is understated: all you need is to lift and curl your eyelashes. But when you want to go big with your lashes, can you pop some falsies on top of your lifted lashes?
Avoid wearing stick-on and magnetic false lashes with a lash lift. The false lashes put pressure on your natural lashes, weakening the lash lift’s lifting, and curling effect. Removing stick-on false lashes can also make a lash lift fall flat, especially if you scrub and use an oil-based cleanser.
A lash lift is your staple for pretty, polished lashes. It’s your everyday vibe. But you grab your falsies on the rare occasion you want highly bat-able, make-an-entrance lashes. Warning: False lashes might get you noticed, but wearing them can ruin your lash lift.
I’ll give you the scoop on why you want to think twice before wearing false lashes with a lash lift.
Can You Wear Falsies With a Lash Lift?
Is one day of statement-making lashes worth threatening your lift and curl? No? Then don’t wear false lashes with a lash lift.
Here’s the deal:
- False lashes spoil your lash lift while you’re wearing them
- False lashes spoil your lash lift when you remove them
But how exactly can falsies make you lose your lash lift results too soon? Let’s find out!
False Lashes Spoil Your Lash Lift While You’re Wearing Them
There are two types of false lashes: magnetic and stick-on.
Stick-on false lashes have been around longer. You apply glue to a strip of lashes and stick it to your lash line using tweezers.
The new kid on the block, magnetic false lashes, use teeny magnets instead of glue to stay put. You apply two strips of magnetized lashes to each upper lid, one on top of your natural lashes and one under1.
These are ways false lashes can flatten your lash lift while you apply and wear them:
- You need to grasp, pull, and press your natural lashes to fit falsies to your lash line. All this fussing can weaken their lift and curl.
- False lashes weigh down on your natural lashes, working against their lift and curl. Wearing falsies on the reg can also break your lashes or make them grow in the wrong direction.
- You might find false lashes uncomfortable to wear, making you rub or play with them. Every time you fiddle with your falsies, you up the chance you’ll mess up your lash lift.
Alert: You risk your lash lift most when you apply false lashes within 24 hours of your procedure (as results take a day to fully set).
Wearing false lashes can also risk your lash lift results indirectly through an eye injury, allergy, irritation, or infection.
It’s easy to poke your eye with your tweezers or fingers while applying falsies – or you could even scratch your eye with the false lashes. And you expose yourself to allergy and irritation risks through the glue or substances from which the false lashes are made. You could also get an infection if you apply dirty falsies (or touch your eyes with unwashed hands).
Eye infections and injuries trigger symptoms like watery eyes and need treatment that can spoil lash lift results, so you want to avoid these eye issues to keep your lift and curl (…though, your lash lift results will likely be the least of your worries if your eye is injured or infected!).
False Lashes Can Spoil Your Lash Lift When You Remove Them
Unlike lash extensions, which you can wear for up to 6 weeks, you should peel off your false lashes before bed.
Get clued up on more differences between false lashes and extensions.
Taking off your falsies can leave your lash lift looking the worse for wear. What’s worse, it can also damage your natural lashes or make them fall out.
The trickier it is to remove false lashes, the more harm you do to your natural lashes and lash lift.
Magnetic lashes are the easiest and gentlest to remove, but it’s still possible that you’ll lose a few lashes in the process.
Stick-on falsies are a stickier sitch for several reasons:
- When you apply your falsies, you might get glue onto some of your natural lashes. Then when you pull off the falsies, off go those natural lashes, too!
- Some glue might stick around on your lash line and lashes after you’ve removed the falsies. Suppose the glue won’t budge when you try to clean it off gently. If it’s particularly stubborn, you might need to rub it like crazy with an oil-based cleanser to get rid of it. Oy, that’s double trouble for your lash lift! Rough handling and oil can both wreck your lovely lift.
- You could be so exhausted while getting ready for bed that you grab your false lashes, tug, and hope for the best… Yikes! Do. Not. Try. This. Your lashes won’t forgive you!
Want more falsie dos and don’ts? Beauty influencer Laura Lee dishes the deets.
How Can You Make Your Lash Lift Look More Dramatic Without Falsies?
So you’ve decided to skip the falsies to protect your lash lift. But you need more va-va-voom for your lashes.
You’ve got options to make your lash lift more wow:
- Option #1: Add a thickening treatment to your lash lift for a fuller lash line.
- Option #2: Have your lashes tinted after they’re lifted for a bigger lash makeover.
- Option #3: Give yourself a bold winged eye with liner and a few coats of mascara (but first read all about wearing makeup with a lash lift.)
Or you could do all three for max impact!
What should you take away from this article?
Avoid wearing false lashes with a lash lift because they can ruin your results.
You can mess up your lift and curl when you handle your natural lashes while applying falsies; wearing falsies all day can weigh down on and flatten your lash lift; and removing your falsies can weaken your lash lift’s effects, especially if you need to use an oil-based cleanser and lots of rubbing to get them off.
- Caitlin Cox – medically reviewed by Stephanie S Gardner, MD (2021). Magnetic Lashes: Are They Safe? Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/beauty/magnetic-lashes-safety (Accessed on 8 August 2022)
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Asako Ito is the Co-Founder of Divine Lashes and a certified eyelash stylist. She has garnered acclaim for her cutting-edge techniques in the lash industry.
Holding multiple certifications and licenses, including Luxury Eye, THE LASH SHOP, World Microblading, and The Lash Bible, she has a constant thirst for knowledge. These credentials reflect her commitment to excellence and staying at the forefront of lash and brow artistry.
With over 10 years of experience, Asako continuously increases her knowledge both as a technician and educator by collaborating with top lash artists worldwide. You can read her full bio here.