What’s the perfect beauty match for lifted, curled lashes? Groomed, glossy brows, of course! This combo completes your polished look. That’s why more and more beauty lovers are having a lash lift and brow lamination in one session.
Doubling up procedures in the same sesh is a time-saver, but can it simplify things too? Can you use the same products for a lash lift and a brow lamination?
No, lash lift products should not be used for brow laminations. Lash lift solutions are not meant to touch the skin directly and have strong chemicals because they must curl the hair. They are not safe to use for brow lamination treatments.
Having said that, some companies started offering lash lift products that are multitaskers capable of lifting lashes and taming brows (2 in 1 product). So, you need to know which is which before you try getting a bonus beauty boost from your lash lift products.
Stay with me as I point out what products are good for lash lifts and brow laminations and why you need to check that you’ve got the right products before you use them for both procedures.
Let’s get started!
Can You Use Lash Lift Products For Brow Lamination?
Before answering whether you can use lash lift products for brow laminations, I have a question: What products are you using for your lash lifts?
Not all lash lift products are the same. Some contain harsh ingredients, and others are gentler. Some even have strengthening keratin, moisturizers, or volumizers added.
The only lash lift products safe and effective for brow laminations are formulated to be gentle on skin yet powerful enough to curl the lashes. These products must be labeled as skin-safe and suitable for both procedures. Look for added protective ingredients for the skin (bonus: these will also take care of lashes during lifts!).
During a lash lift, products only touch the lashes, not the skin, thanks to protective silicone pads called shields. On the flip side, brow laminations don’t use shields. The products are applied to the brows and get onto the skin underneath. And that’s why brow lamination products must be skin-friendly, whereas lash lift products can be stronger.
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How Can Lash Lift Products Create Brow Lamination?
Lash lifts and brow laminations produce different results:
- Lash lifts: lashes are lifted at the root, curled, and fanned out.
- Brow laminations: brows are groomed to get hairs facing the same direction, disguise bare patches, and look fabulously feathery.
How is it that lash lift products can lift lashes and also tame bushy brows? What magic juice is this?
The multitasking magic comes down to how the products get both lash and brow hair flexible, so we can make it do what we want it to, and then they lock in the results.
There are two products at work:
- A softening solution breaks down lash and brow hairs’ protein bonds to let the hairs be reshaped. During a lash lift, the softening solution allows lashes to be lifted at the root and curled around shields. And during a brow lamination, the solution straightens brow hairs and gets them all facing in a vertical direction and looking sculpted.1
- A setting solution fixes the new lash and brow shapes for up to 8 weeks.
Both procedures finish with a slick of nourishing oil on the lashes or brow hairs to return whatever moisture the products might have stripped.
So, although lash lift and brow lamination results differ, the procedures are similar in that they both use products that soften, reshape, and set the hairs framing your eyes.
There’s a catch, though. Products made for lash and brow enhancement (the 2-in-1 wonders) can do both jobs, but they might not work as well as products made exclusively for either lash lifts or brow laminations. The two procedures have different needs, and products with one purpose can be formulated to meet these needs more precisely.
Risks of Using Lash Lift Products for Brow Lamination
What will happen if you use a lash lift product not approved for the brow area for your lamination?
You’ll likely get angry, red skin!
That’s because products designed for lash lifts specifically will have stronger chemicals. During a lash lift treatment, you mush curl the hair follicle. During a brow lamination, you don’t need the curl so much. It’s more about direction.
Moreover, the solution used when you lift the lashes is never touching the skin directly. Instead, it touches the silicon shield.
What about brow lamination?
The solution will inevitably touch the skin.
That’s why brow lamination products are much softer and have more skin protection properties.
So what are the possible side effects you might experience if you use a lash lift product for brow lamination?
You might experience side effects like redness, peeling, itching, bumps, and swelling.
Your side effect risk is higher if you have reactive skin, so think twice about getting your brows done if you’ve got a condition like rosacea, eczema, or sensitive skin or if you’ve had contact dermatitis in the past.
You also up your chance of irritation if you use prescription retinoids or have a chemical peel or microblading too soon before your lamination. Stay away from retinoids for at least 2 weeks before and avoid chemical peels and microblading a month before. Plus, wait at least 2 weeks between brow tints and 6 to 8 weeks between laminations2.
Must-follow safety rules! Do a patch test before any procedure using chemicals on the skin. Apply a little of the products to your inner arm and leave them there for 48 hours to see if they trigger a bad reaction. And only go to a pro for procedures on the sensitive eye area. Find someone qualified, licensed, and experienced in doing brow laminations safely and stunningly.
Can You Tint Lashes And Brows With The Same Product?
Lash lifts and brow laminations are frequently combined with a tint to darken the lashes or brows for extra definition.
When it comes to tinting, one product does its job equally well on lash and brow hairs! A dye made for lashes and brows (not hair dye) can make you look more striking in a flash, especially if your natural hair is a light color.
Lifted lashes and laminated brows are the ultimate duo to make you look polished all day, every day. With zero effort. So, it’s no wonder the procedures are combined for twice the eye-enhancing perks.
If you’re considering making a lash lift and brow lamination an even more winning pairing by using the same products for both procedures, first check that your lash lift products are skin-safe and suitable for brow laminations. If it isn’t, then you should avoid using it on brows.
What’s my preference?
I stick to using 2 different products to ensure you’re using something specially formulated to give you stellar eyelash or brow results.
- Kristeen Cherney – medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP (2020). Is Brow Lamination a Safe and Effective Alternative to Microblading? Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/brow-lamination (Accessed on 5 September 2022)
- Tatjana Freund (2022). Everything You Need To Know About Brow Lamination. Retrieved from https://www.elle.com/beauty/a41019536/what-is-eyebrow-lamination/ (Accessed on 5 September 2022)