They say cleanliness is next to goodliness, but it's much closer to saintliness or at least lessens the chances of an eye infection.
It's also not all about avoiding infection (although that's top of the list). It's about making our lashes last longer and keeping them in tip-top condition.
Most of us have a cleaning routine for our makeup brushes, and even our makeup bag gets a spin around the washing machine occasionally. But often overlook our lashes. We use them every day, sometimes twice daily, and yet we don't give them the same love and attention as the rest of our makeup.
If you're using strip lashes, you can get away with cleaning them less often, perhaps once a week or after 5-10 uses. But cleaning them every day is important if you're wearing magnetic lashes either style, sandwich or with magnetic liner.
Why is it necessary, I hear you ask? Well, first of all, there's the hygiene factor. We're constantly touching our eyes throughout the day, and our lashes come into contact with all sorts of bacteria and dirt.
And then there's the fact that you're reducing their lifespan by not cleaning them. Just like our hair, lashes need to be clean and free from build-up to stay healthy and look their best.
Secondly, if you don't clean your non-magnetic lashes regularly, they'll start to look dull and clumpy. The adhesives will also break down and become less effective.
Here's how to clean your magnetic lashes
What You Need:
- A spoolie or lash brush
- Micellar water (Bioderma is our favourite) or a gentle eye makeup remover
- A dry, clean towel
- Gently remove your lashes with the help of a Lash Wand or your fingers. Be careful not to tug or pull too hard on the lashes, as this can damage them.
- Using a cotton pad soaked in micellar water or a gentle eye makeup remover, gently wipe away any residual makeup from your lashes.
- Pay extra attention to the roots of the lashes, where you will concentrate most of the makeup.
- Use a clean, dry towel to pat your lashes dry.
- Using a spoolie or lash brush, comb through your lashes to remove any dirt or debris.
- Store your lashes in a clean, dry place until you're ready to use them again.
- You can always blow dry them with a hairdryer, BUT the setting must be cool or cold.
If you’re still not 100%, we suggest you read more in our blog - How to Clean Your False Eyelashes.
What other false eyelash application tools will you need?
It sounds obvious, but you need a decent magnifying mirror when applying your magnetic lashes.
You need to be able to see what you're doing, especially when it comes to getting the perfect placement of those tiny magnets on your lash line. We like this mirror from Baddie B.
You'll also need a good quality lash applicator to help you precisely apply your lashes. False Lash Applicator Tool from fasleeyelash.co.uk has a tapered tip which is excellent for getting into those tight corners, plus it's GOLD!
And finally, a good set of tweezers will come in handy for those tricky occasions when you need to remove a stray lash or two. We love these tweezers from Eye Candy London, which have curved tips for easy grip and handling, and it’s a multipack (winning).
Once you get the hang of keeping your magnetic lashes clean, you might need a reminder on how to apply them, so here it is.
How to apply magnetic lashes for the best effect
- Before doing anything, ensure your natural lashes are clean and free from any oils or makeup. Oils can weaken the magnets' grip on your lash line and cause the false lashes to slip and slide.
- Measure the strip lash against your eye to trim it to size if necessary. It should start from the inner corner of your eye and end at the outer edge.
- Gently bend the strip lash in half, so it's easier to work with.
- Using the eyelash applicator or your fingers, hold the lash strip above your upper lash line and align the magnets with your natural lashes.
- Release the strip and let the magnets snap onto your lashes. If necessary, use the lash applicator or your fingers to adjust the placement of the magnets.
- Repeat on the other eye.
- To remove the lashes, gently press down on one magnet while lifting up the strip from the outer corner of your eye. The lash strip should quickly release from your lashes.
- If necessary, use an oil-free makeup remover to get rid of any residual makeup.
- Store your lashes in a clean, dry place until you're ready to use them again.
You can read more about - How to Apply Magnetic Lashes - in our blog.
What happens if you fall asleep in your magnetic lashes?
We've all been there – you're so exhausted after a long night out that you crash into bed without removing your makeup first. But if you wear magnetic lashes, what happens if you fall asleep in them?
The short answer is it's not the end of life as we know it, but it's not ideal either. The magnets on your lashes can cause them to become misshapen and lose their curl overnight. They can also cause your natural lashes to become weaker and more brittle.
So while it's not the worst thing that could happen, we still recommend taking your lashes off before bedtime. Your lashes will thank you for it in the long run.
What happens if you don't take your magnetic liner off before bed?
If you don't take your magnetic liner off before bed, it can cause your natural lashes to become dislodged and fall out. Also, the liner will smudge and transfer onto your pillowcase, which is not a good look.
So, while it's not the worst thing, if you forget to remove your liner before bed, it's best to take it off so that your skin can breathe. You wake up looking refreshed and not like you've been dragged through a hedge (unless that's the look you're going for, Caroline De Maigret).
What's the best product for taking off your magnetic lashes and liner?
We love micellar water, but do you know what it is (we only understood recently)? Micellar water is made from purified water, moisturisers like glycerin, and mild surfactants (surfactants stir up activity in the area you're cleaning to trap dirt and remove it effectively).
The active molecules of these mild surfactants merge to form the micellar (now we know where the name comes from) in a spherical chemical arrangement pulling makeup, dirt and oil away from the skin - We love the science stuff!
It's super gentle and perfect for removing your magnetic fake eyelashes and magnetic liner without damaging your delicate skin.
Other tips on taking care of my magnetic lashes
Read the blog - How to look after False Eyelashes - or keep reading for a few more tricks to keep your fake lashes looking their best:
- Avoid getting them wet. Water can cause the magnets to rust and weaken their grip on your lash line.
- Don't use oil-based makeup removers or products around your eyes, as they will degrade the glue that holds the magnets in place.
- Be careful when applying or removing your lashes not to pull or tug on your natural lashes. This can cause them to fall out (no one wants that).
- Store your lashes in a clean, dry place when you're not wearing them. We recommend a small Lash Box from Glamnetic (the original box will do).
- Remember to take off your liner before bed. See above for more on why.
- If you need to trim your lashes, be sure to do so from the outer edge. Cutting from the inner edge can shorten the lifespan of your lashes and make a mess.
- When cleaning your lashes, avoid using hot water as this can damage the magnets. Instead, use cool or lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
We hope you found this helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us in all the usual ways - use Facebook to comment or message us on Instagram and check out our magnetic false eyelash collection.
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Oh, one last thing, your magnetic eyeliner can't be used to stick your fridge magnets to your fridge freezer Carol, although you can use it to attach some sequins to your hat (that sounds like a bad idea). Maybe stick to using it with your magnetic lashes; it's what it was designed for, after all.