Magnetic lashes are an innovative new beauty product that is designed to magically adhere to your own lashes via magnets.
For those of us who already wear eyelash extensions, it could be tempting to grab a pair of magnetic lashes and put it on top of our lash extensions when a very special occasion comes up. But is it a good idea?
Can you wear magnetic lashes on top of eyelash extensions?
Magnetic lashes should never be applied on top of eyelash extensions because the removal process of both types of magnetic lashes (magnetic eyeliner or magnetic lash strips) risk damaging the natural lashes and the extensions.
In this article, I will demystify both types of magnetic lashes and explain what will happen to your lashes should you opt to wear magnetic lashes on top of your lash extensions.
Let’s get started!
What Are Magnetic Eyelashes?
Magnetic lashes are a new product designed for people who would like to wear false eyelashes but do not have the skills or patience to apply them. The idea behind magnetic lashes is that they can be applied with a simple click of a button.
Magnetic fake lashes have a strip of magnets that run across the base of the false lash. The idea is that the strip remains hidden and in place via magnetism.
Overall, magnetic lashes are considered safe for the majority of people.
There are two types of magnetic lashes:
- Magnetic lashes using magnetic eyeliner
- Magnetic lashes using lash strips sandwiched together
Many people find them very comfortable to wear. They’re easy to apply if you know what you’re doing and can give you an eye-opening effect.
Fun Fact: Did you know that magnetic lashes can significantly degrade MRI results according to a thesis in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Having said that, magnetic lashes also have their drawbacks.
For instance, I personally much prefer the very natural look of eyelash extensions vs the more fake look of magnetic lashes.
I also love customizing eyelash extensions to the exact requirements of my clients. Magnetic lashes are more of a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
But I digress…
The purpose of this article is to discuss if you can wear magnetic lashes on top of lash extensions so let’s keep moving.
Magnetic Eyeliner Lashes
Magnetic eyeliner lashes are very similar to traditional fake lashes but do not require any glue during the application process. Instead, you apply a magnetic eyeliner that contains iron oxides and acts as a magnet.
The magnetized lashes or magnetic falsies are polarized, but the charge is the opposite of the eyeliner.
This means that when they are placed near each other, they will attract one another. And you thought this was just an ordinary eyeliner!
Magnetic Strip Lashes
Magnetic strip lashes use two strips of fake lashes per eye with magnets along the base of the strip.
One strip is placed on top of your lashes along the lash line, while the other strip is applied below your lashes. Both strips will attract each other and “sandwich” your natural lashes.
Why You Shouldn’t Wear Magnetic Lashes On Top Of Eyelash Extensions
When wearing eyelash extensions, putting on magnetic lashes is definitely more complicated but not impossible. The real problem is removing them without damaging your lashes.
Let’s explore both cases.
Removing Magnetic Eyeliner Lashes With Lash Extensions
As we have already explained earlier, this type of magnetic lashes uses a specific type of eyeliner to adhere the fake lashes to the lash line.
Eventually, you will need to wash off your face and remove the eyeliner.
But what happens if the eyeliner is hard to remove?
You risk rubbing harder to get it off. By doing so, you risk pulling and damaging your lash extensions and your natural lashes.
That’s why we recommend water-based eyeliner that is very easy to remove. Needless to say that magnetic eyeliner doesn’t fit this recommendation.
Removing eyeliner while wearing eyelash extensions is a delicate process.
Pro Tip: I have written an entire article on the topic of eyeliner and eyelash extensions here. In this article, I share the best eyeliners to use with lash extensions and those you should avoid. I also share a step-by-step guide on how to remove eyeliner with eyelash extensions.
Removing Magnetic Strips With Lash Extensions
If you applied magnetic strip lashes on top of lash extensions, you would end up with two magnetic strips sandwiching your natural lashes and extensions.
The magnets on the strips provide a very stronghold. You wouldn’t be able to remove the magnetic strips by simply pulling them forward without ripping your natural lashes out.
Instead, you need to grab the top magnetic lash strip from the outer corner of your eye, lift up and pull it towards the inner corner of the eye.
Not so fast. Have I mentioned that some magnetic lashes are really powerful?
While pulling on the top magnetic lash strip to break the bond between the two strips, you could easily pull on your extensions at the same time if your angle is less than perfect.
Pulling on the extensions will cause unnecessary stress to your natural lashes and could pull them out or cause damage.
It Is Unnecessary
This one might seem obvious but I still feel the need to mention it.
Let’s be honest, eyelash extensions are not cheap. You have invested a considerable amount of money for your initial appointment and you maintain them with lash refills every couple of weeks.
If you are curious about the cost of eyelash extensions, here is a detailed case study I have done where I found that eyelash extensions cost on average $164 for classic lashes and $71 for classic fills.
The eyelash tech spent a considerable amount of time designing a custom look that fits your eye shape perfectly.
Why would you apply generic magnetic lashes on top of your lash extensions then?
It seems counterintuitive to spend money and time on a luxury product and then apply a generic one on top of it.
Just take a look at this beautiful woman rocking her Divine Lashes extensions 🙂
What Can I Do Instead of Wearing Magnetic Lashes on Top of Lash Extensions?
It’s not uncommon to think about DIY lash repair when your lashes are sparse and you’re close to a refill session. But, by adding magnetic lashes, you only end up ruining your extensions and weakening your natural lashes, or even breaking them.
Moreover, eyelash extension treatments are strictly done by certified professionals because working around the eye is critical. Once you get such a treatment, tampering around it on your own with chemicals like magnetic eyeliner can end up damaging your lashes during the removal process.
Instead, ask your lash tech for a voluminous set or use a lash growth serum for lash extensions. This will help you grow natural lashes that are long, thick, and strong to accommodate voluminous extensions and long retention periods.
Pro Tip: If you want to know more about the differences between classic, hybrid, and volume lashes, I have written an entire article on the topic where I share the many nuances between these 3 techniques.
You’ve now learned why magnetic lashes aren’t a safe bet for lash extension wearers.
Because magnetic eyeliner is viscous, it makes removing the product almost impossible rubbing or using stronger removers. Just like wearing waterproof mascaras and eyeliners with extensions, it’s not good to wear magnetic eyeliner falsies too.
Instead of taking the matter of your most sensitive part of the body into your own hands, let certified professionals do it the right way. A quick refill session in less than an hour nowadays.
Here’s a detailed article on the dos and don’ts of eyelash extension to read more about.
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- Einat Slonimsky and Alexander Mamourian (2019). Magnetic Eyelashes: A New Source of MRI Artifacts. Retrieved from https://www.ajronline.org/doi/10.2214/AJR.19.21550 (Accessed on 15 September 2021)