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How to Clean Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions look amazing and make your morning makeup routine much faster. Take care of them so they continue to look good and to extend the time you’ll need between appointments. Cleaning them is easy, but it’s also important to prevent irritation, infections, blepharitis or other issues that can impact your eyes’ health. All you need is a little gentle cleanser, some combing, and a good drying technique.

1. Find gentle Eyelash cleanser. Look for an oil and alcohol-free cleanser. Excess oil especially can break down the adhesive on your extensions. Opt for a foaming   gentle face soap.

Be careful with baby shampoo because it can be drying.

You can dilute a foaming cleanser with a little water to make it gentler.

Seek out a cleanser that is specifically designed for eyelash extensions.

2. Wash your lashes. Wet your lashes with warm water. Put some cleanser on your fingertips and work it gently into your eyelids and lashes. Use up-and-down movements. Don’t use side-to-side motions or tug your lashes so you don’t lose extensions or damage your natural eyelashes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Be sure to clean your lash line well because this is where bacteria and other dirt can build up most.

3. Avoid cotton pads or wipes. Don’t use cotton pads or balls to clean your lashes. The fibers can get stuck in them and you’ll need to carefully pick those out. Also skip using cleansing wipes because those can loosen or rip out your extensions.

Drying and Combing

1. Dry your lashes naturally. After washing your lashes, gently pat your face dry with a towel, but avoid your eyes to protect your extensions. Let your lashes air dry instead. To speed up the drying process, you can wrap some toilet paper around your finger and gently blot your lashes.

If you want to be especially careful of your extensions, just let your lashes sit on the toilet paper for a few seconds so the water can be absorbed.

2. Blow them dry. Set your blow dryer on its coolest setting. Next, blast your lashes for about ten seconds on each eye. Be sure to keep the dryer about arm’s length from your face. Don’t do this too often because you want to maintain the adhesive in your extensions.

3. Comb them out. Close one eye. Using a clean, dry mascara brush, gently roll it over your lashes. Next, fluff out the lashes a bit with the brush. Don’t drag the brush through the base of your lashes.