When you first get eyelash extensions, it can be a bit daunting to take care of them properly so that they last as long as possible.
So, I thought I’d put my lash stylist experience to use by telling you exactly how to make eyelash extensions last longer!
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to keep your lashes looking gorgeous for weeks on end!
Let’s get started!
#1 Be Gentle!
Ok, I’ll admit this might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people are not gentle with their lash extensions.
Avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on your lashes, as this can cause them to fall out prematurely.
Be careful when applying makeup and cleansers around the eye area, as well. One of the main reasons that people’s lash extensions start to fall out prematurely is because they’re not being gentle enough with them!
#2 Use an Eyelash Extension Sealer
Consider a lash sealant your insurance policy. Swiping an even layer on every morning helps lock your extensions in place much longer.
If you need a little more help understanding the application process, here are the three easy steps:
Step 1: Remove Excess
You may notice excess product on the brush. Get rid of it by sliding the brush across the tube’s opening — a little goes a long way!
Step 2: Go Along The Top
Position the lash sealant brush along the top of your lash line before gliding it along the bonded area (i.e., where your natural lashes meet your lash line).
Step 3: Finish Underneath for Long-Lasting Eyelash Extensions
If you have ultra-voluminous lash extensions, apply another light layer under your lash line. I suggest sticking to a dabbing method here rather than a sweeping motion.
Pro-Approved Eyelash Extension Sealers
There’s simply too much choice when it comes to sealers for lash extensions. But luckily, I’ve tested many over the years, and had good results with these two:
- Blink Black Diamond Sealant — It contains acrylic and hyaluronic serum to ensure your extensions stay adhered and conditioned. Black Diamond Sealant
- BL Crystal Drop Eyelash Coating Sealant — Enriched with essential B vitamins and acids, it forms a barrier around your delicate eyelash extensions and protects against potentially damaging elements (sweat, water, etc.).
#2 Skip The Waterproof Mascara
I typically recommend avoiding mascara altogether for longer-lasting eyelash extensions, especially on volume lashes. Why? Because it’s much trickier removing eye makeup with extensions attached — you risk tangling them!
However, if you feel you want to add even more drama to your look, avoid waterproof mascara and eyeliner at all costs. The amount of rubbing needed to remove the products at the end of the day (or night) can cause ultra-premature lash extension loss and poor retention. Who wants that?
#3 Sleep on Your Back
Apologies to my pillow-smooshing ladies out there — your sleeping habits aren’t helping your lash extensions last longer.
For superior maintenance, try your best to sleep on your back. Moreover, I recommend investing in a silk pillowcase. That way, if you do rollover, your lashes are less likely to get tugged out.
Pro Tip: Check out my article on how to sleep with eyelash extensions for more tips to preserve them while you zzz.
#4 Use Oil-Free Makeup Removers
An oil-free makeup remover is the only way to go with eyelash extensions. Using anything else is a one-way ticket to extension losses. Why? Because the oil breaks down the adhesive, causing your extensions to fall out.
The same goes for using oil-based cleansers and serums on your face — keep them well away from your lash line!
#5 Clean and Brush Your Eyelash Extensions Daily
Ultimately, the most effective way to have good lash extension retention is to keep them clean. If you’ve already got a skincare regime up and running, then you’re already halfway there!
But the best way to keep your lashes clean and secure would be to add an oil-free, extension-safe cleanser into your morning and night routine.
Pro Tip: If you want to know which cleanser I recommend, check out my article on the best eyelash extension cleansers here.
I’d also suggest brushing your lashes daily with a clean mascara wand or a lash cleansing brush after your cleansing regimen. During sleep, your lashes can tangle, so giving them this extra bit of TLC can seriously make them last longer.
These are the types of brushes I normally use.
Here’s how to clean and brush your eyelash extensions like a pro:
Step 1: Cleanse
Wash your face with an oil- and alcohol-free eyelash extension cleanser. Ensure it’s specifically formulated for extensions to prevent unnecessary damage. Go gently when removing eye makeup.
Step 2: Massage
Use your fingertips or a lash-cleaning brush to gently massage the cleanser into our lash line. Take your time and use light touches; the eye area is super sensitive.
Step 3: Rinse and Brush
Rinse your face with fresh water until the cleanser is removed. Gently pat dry and use a clean mascara wand to fluff your eyelashes. Not only will this help them last longer, but it will also keep their oh-so-fabulous shape.
Make Eyelash Extensions Last Longer FAQ
What Type of Eyelash Extensions Last the Longest?
Volume lash extensions will last longer than classic lashes. The reason lies in the application method used in both these techniques.
Since classic lashes are applied in a one-to-one ratio to the natural lash, the bonding surface between the glue and the natural lash is limited.
Volume lashes on the other hand are applied in a many-to-one ratio. This means volume fans surround natural lashes and therefore benefit from a much larger bounding area.
Pro Tip: If you are curious about the various techniques used to apply lash extensions, check out my complete guide on classic vs volume vs hybrid right here!
Is It Bad to Have Eyelash Extensions for a Long Time?
Not at all! Several of my clients have maintained their lash extensions for years with regular refills and excellent retention.
This is because when extensions are applied professionally and correctly, they will not damage your natural lashes.
Why Did My Eyelash Extensions Only Last a Week?
There are generally two main reasons that would explain such poor retention and make your lash extensions fall that quickly.
It could be that the quality of the application was poor, or it could be that your aftercare routine wasn’t up to par.
If you take good care of your lash extensions and they still don’t last more than one or two weeks, it’s time to find a new technician for your lashes!
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
On average, you should expect your eyelash extensions to last between two and 4 weeks. However, how long eyelash extensions last is dependent on your natural lash life cycle.
Since an eyelash extension is attached to a natural lash, the extension will naturally fall off when the natural lash sheds.
The complete cycle of eyelashes is about 90 days ± 5 days.
This is why it’s important to get refills every two to three weeks to maintain a full, fabulous look.
Making Eyelash Extensions Last Longer – Key Takeaways
I hope this post has given you some insight into how to make your eyelash extensions last longer. Remember, extensions are an investment, and like all investments, you must take care of them to get the most out of them.
By sticking to my top five tips and tricks, your fluttery friends are bound to last as long as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to share your own eyelash extension tips, please leave a comment below. I read every single one!
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