How to Care for Your Investment
So you’ve just dropped a pretty penny to have your lashes done. They look great now but how do you keep them looking great? That’s up to you! Your homework is to make sure you’re cleaning and protecting your natural lashes and extensions so that they stay fabulous. Proper eyelid hygiene will also ensure your natural lashes and eyes stay healthy.
Here’s what you need to know:
The trio above are going to be your lashes’ best friend. I call these the “non-negotiables”. Here’s why:
Cleansing your lashes and eyelids morning and night is the most important step in keeping your lashes looking fabulous whether or not you have been wearing eye makeup. The Cleanser is formulated to be gentle on the extensions but it will get rid of any makeup, oil, dirt or germs that settle on your lashes. Leaving your lashes dirty not only degrades the adhesive bond, but is just plain yucky.
The Protector is used in the daytime, during your normal morning beauty routine. It makes makeup removal super easy as it creates a barrier against humidity, oily residue and other impurities. This is a must in order to keep the adhesive bond as strong as it can be. You’ll get longer life out of your extensions.
Eyelash extensions are safe and non-damaging to your natural lashes when done correctly but it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra boost for your own lashes. The Revitalizer will nourish your natural lashes with peptides and vitamin B5 — the same ingredients found in some lash growth serums — so that you will always have a healthy, strong base of natural lashes for the extensions to be applied to.
Tips on how to care for your eyelash extensions:
The first 2 hours are the most important. This is when the glue is still going through the curing process. However, even after this time you need to treat your extensions with care.
If you want to darken your natural lashes, it will have to be done prior to your extension appointment. It is not advisable to have tinting done after your extensions are on because the process might debond the glue, leading to premature loss of your extensions. Also, the additional chemicals applied during the tinting or perming process may react with the glue.
Oil is eyelash adhesive’s number one enemy and will cause the glue to break down. Even oil in your daily moisturizer around the eye area is a no-no. Check your beauty products and nix the ones that contain oil. Sephora carries a few oil-free mascara and eyeliner brands so check with them to find ones suitable for wear with your extensions. Alternatively, I also carry mascaras and eyeliner that wont damage your eyelash extensions.
Don’t risk snagging your lashes and pulling them out! Cotton fibers could sneak their way into tiny gaps in the glue/lash bond and that would just be uncomfortable.
Sleeping face down can crush and crimp your lashes.
It helps to keep the lashes separated after being wet. Brush them 2-3 times a day to get rid of any tangles which can put pressure on your natural lashes’ hair follicle.