If you’re a regular falsies wearer, then you are probably a pro at keeping them in tip top condition and getting the most wear possible out of each pair. However, for those of you that aren’t as familiar with maintaining the quality of your favourite false lashes, we have ten useful tips and tricks on extending their life and ensuring they don’t lose their shape!
Step #1 for looking after your false lashes
First of all, always make sure that your hands are washed thoroughly before handling false eyelashes to prevent the risk of infection, as it is hugely important not to get any bacteria in or around the eyes.
Always use tweezers or a lash applicator to very gently remove the false lashes from the tray, starting at the band in the outer corner, slowly peeling all the way along. Don’t pull away the lash from the tips, as these tend to be much finer, and therefore aren’t as durable as the lash band itself.
Be sure to invest in a high quality, reliable lash adhesive. We recommend using DUO Strip Lash Adhesive which is available in both clear and dark tone, and provides a comfortable yet long-lasting hold of your lashes.
Don’t apply too much adhesive, this will affect the band and how much use you get out of the lashes, as it will be much more difficult to remove a thick layer of glue, in comparison to a thin, evenly spread layer.
Always apply your lashes after you have applied your face and eye makeup. Getting eyeliner, eyeshadow and other makeup on the lashes means that you may not be able to reuse them. Try to always make applying your false lashes the last step in your makeup routine.
Don’t apply mascara directly to the false eyelashes, this will not only change their appearance, but it will damage their shape and quality. If you want to wear mascara as well as false eyelashes, then we always suggest applying a thin coat to your natural lashes, before applying the falsies.
When removing your strip lashes, we recommend using the same initial method of removing the lashes with tweezers or an applicator as you would remove them from the tray. Start at the outer edge again, and gently peel the lash away from the eye, being cautious of the skin and making sure to pull from the band and not the lash tips.
If you feel you need to, you can also use some baby oil on a cotton bud to gently swipe along the lash band to break up and loosen the adhesive. The lashes should then slide off much more easily. This step depends on your personal preference, but either removal method is safe to use.
Once you have carefully removed the lashes, the next step is removing as much adhesive from the lash band as possible. The best way to complete this step is to hold the lash with an applicator in one hand, and use thin tweezers in the other hand for controlled, precision and very carefully pick/peel away the dried layer of adhesive. You may find that this will come off in one piece, however sometimes you may have to take a little more time to ensure as much as possible is removed from the lash band.
Cleaning the lash band is essential for those that reuse their lashes quite frequently as it eliminates any potential build-up of bacteria, as well as any makeup residue. We recommend using a gentle, eye makeup remover that is suitable for sensitive skin. Pour a small amount onto the tip of a cotton bud and gently swipe the cotton bud along the lash band. Repeat this step until both false lashes are clean and free from adhesive, makeup and germs.
One of the final but most important steps in taking care of your lashes, is finding a safe and convenient place to store them. You can simply just pop them back into the box you received them in, however some lash boxes are only made out of plastic, so they aren’t that protective.
The House of Lashes Precious Gem Lash Case is the perfect, pretty and practical way to effectively store up to three pairs of your favourite false eyelashes, ensuring they remain in their original shape and condition. This compact case comes in three stunning colours, and also has room for some miniature eyelash accessories such as adhesive, tweezers and small scissors. It also has a mirror, making it the perfect travel companion for all of you lash lovers out there!
What is your top tip for taking care of your false lashes?