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The good news: Your extended lashes look exceptional. The bad news: Give up half of your makeup. In this post, we will focus on the use of makeup as a possible problem with the durability of extended lashes. 

Some makeup can shorten the durability of lashes. To understand why this is so, we first need to know a little more about cyanoacrylate, an essential ingredient in adhesives.

The solubility of a substance is highly dependent on polarity. Molecules can be polar or nonpolar. In general, only substances from polar molecules are dissolved in polar solvents and only substances from non-polar molecules are dissolved in non-polar solvents.

Cyanoacrylate is a polar molecule and therefore make-up containing polar molecules should be avoided. Most makeup contains both polar and non-polar molecules. Of course, we will not teach our clients stylists to use only non-polar make-up from now on. :)

Oil-based make-up removers and make-up removers should be avoided. These contain polar molecules that "attack" cyanoacrylate, which is reflected in the weakened bond between the extension and the natural eyelash. Powders and foundations are generally not in direct contact with the lashes, so we will focus more on eyeliner, eyeshadows and makeup removers.

The biggest problem is caused by the use of eyeliner, as it is applied to the line right next to the lashes. If the customer does not want to give up eyeliner, then it is recommended to use "cake eyeliners" or powder erasers, which are applied with a pointed brush. Most eyeliners - liquid, gel or pencil - contain oils and waxes that are not exactly cyanoacrylate-friendly.

The use of eyeshadows is in principle not problematic for extensions because they are not so directly on the lash line. However, it is advisable to avoid cream eyeshadows.

Use of mascara: Strict NE on the upper lashes (on the lower lashes).

Keeping cleanliness is also crucial for the durability of the lashes. Not only are clean lashes more beautiful, but they will also be more durable. Looking at the hardened remnants of old makeup on the lashes is not in anyone’s favor. As a stylist, I often hear from clients: I don’t dare clean my lashes because I’m afraid the extensions will fall out! In fact, extensions will fall out sooner if we don’t clean the lashes. Our skin secretes fat through the sebaceous glands, which are the main enemy of eyelash glue. On the other hand, excessive washing of the eyes or rubbing the area around the eyes has a bad effect on the extensions. Cleaning eyeliners in particular is difficult. In all types of eyeliner (gel eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, pencil eyeliner), despite consistent cleaning, there is still the possibility of accumulation of residue along the lash line.

There is an effective and simple recipe for cleaning makeup:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon baby shampoo
  • a pinch of baking soda. 

The use of cotton swabs and pads can be problematic due to leaks and jamming of the fibers between the extensions. It is better to have a gentle brush or cosmetic sponge for cleaning.


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