LASH extensions are having the beauty world in a frenzy right now, with celebrities and influencers constantly snapping pics of themselves with those long, fluttery falsies. But for some people, getting extensions can be scary. Wearing them is a big commitment and not everyone feels so comfortable going through that process. It’s no surprise that there’s also a lot of confusion about different aspects of this trend, including whether or not you can wear eyeliner with lash extensions. There are so many concerns when it comes to adding things like mascara or eyeliner to your new lashes. Will it pull on the extensions? Will it be too heavy for them? Or even: will the combination of both just look weird? With so many things to think about, here’s everything you need to know on whether or not you can wear eyeliner with lash extensions.
Can you wear eyeliner with lash extensions?
Yes, you can wear eyeliner with lash extensions, however, do so with caution. Lash extensions are not a permanent fixture, and can be removed at any time. Filing your eyeliner too close to your lash line may damage the extensions if they are too long. Additionally, if the eyeliner adheres to the extensions, it may be difficult to remove in the future. Also, removing the eyeliner will likely result in small black or brown specks on your eyelids
How To Apply Eyeliner When You Have Extensions?
Prep Your Extensions
The first step to applying eyeliner with extensions is to make sure that your natural eyelashes are properly prepared. Depending on the type of extensions you get, you may need to be extra mindful about how you treat your natural lashes from the very beginning. For example, if you have classic eyelash extensions, you’ll probably be able to get away with normal eyelash care. However, if you have individual eyelash extensions, you’ll need to be super gentle with your natural lashes for the first two weeks. Because extensions are applied one lash at a time, you’ll need to make sure that your natural lashes aren’t caught in between the extensions. This means that you should avoid using eyelashes curlers as well as any other method that could pinch or pull at your natural lashes.
Define The Corner Of Your Eye
Eyeliner is used to define the shape of your eyes – especially the corner of your eye (also known as the “end of your eye”). This is your guide for putting on eyeliner with extensions, as it will ensure that the fake lashes don’t obscure your natural eye shape. Make sure you go along the edge of your natural lash line and then extend the line outwards towards your temple. With eyelash extensions, you may notice that the end of your eye is slightly closer to your eyebrow than normal. This is because the extensions have the potential to be in the way of where you would normally draw the end of your eye.
Define The Top Of Your Eyelid
The top of your eyelid is right above the end of your eye. You can draw a simple curved line to help you create the illusion that your eyelashes extend all the way across your eyelid. Depending on how thick you want your eyeliner to be, you can use either a thin or thick eyeliner. Because eyelash extensions can be extremely long, you may need to pull your eyelids back a bit to ensure that the tips of the fake lashes don’t obscure the eyeliner you just put on.
Defining The Bottom Of Your Eyelid
The bottom of your eyelid is located below the top of your eyelid. This is where you’ll want to put your tear duct. Depending on your eye shape, you may want to put the tear duct in a different location (e.g. closer to the corner of your eye). This is a good way to make sure that the fake lashes don’t obscure your natural eyeliner.
Applying Mascara & Touching Up
Mascara is used to adding volume and length to your natural lashes. Because extensions aren’t real lashes, they won’t be able to hold a lot of product or volume. That being said, you’ll want to make sure that you put on a lighter amount of mascara when you have extensions on. Because extensions aren’t real lashes, they’ll be affected by the weight of all the mascara on your real lashes. So, you’ll want to be careful not to apply too much product to your real lashes. The rule of thumb is to apply less product than you normally would.
Applying Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner is used to create the thinnest line possible on the upper lid. It’s super important to put on liquid eyeliner when you have extensions because it’s the only way to block out any light that may be getting through the fake lashes. Because extensions are applied to your real eyelashes, they can’t be 100% opaque. So, it’s important to use liquid eyeliner to seal off the gaps in between your real lashes and the extensions. With extensions on, you’ll want to apply your liquid eyeliner a little bit further away from your eye than you normally would. This is because you’ll want to make sure the liquid eyeliner doesn’t touch the fake lashes. If the two meet, it can potentially cause the extensions to fall out.
Apply Darker Colored Eyeliner With A Pencil Brush
Darker-colored eyeliner has the potential to clash with the extensions. That’s why you should use a darker colored eyeliner with a pencil brush. With extensions, you’ll want to put the pencil brush on your eyelid instead of the lash line. That way, the product will rest against your eyelid and not get into the extensions.
What Type Of Extensions Do You Have?
1.4″ or 2.5″
The most common type of extension is the 1.4″ lash extension. These extensions are about 1/2 inch long, and they come in either a natural or black color. The 1.4″ lash extensions are perfect for everyday use because they’re small enough to be undetectable, but still have a lot of volumes. You’ll get the most volume with these lashes if you wear them without any mascara on your real lashes because it will give you the illusion of thicker lashes when you have them on.
2.5″ Lash Extensions
The 2.5″ lash extensions are one of the most popular types of extensions because they have a lot more volume than the 1.4″ extensions. The 2.5″ lashes are about 3/4 inch long, and they come in either natural or black color. These are perfect for special occasions because you’ll get a lot of volume with these lashes, but they’re still undetectable when you wear them during the day. The black color is slightly more noticeable than the natural color, so if you do decide to go with the natural color, make sure to use dark brown mascara to help cover up any unnaturalness that may be visible in your eye area.
The 3D lash extension is a really unique type of extension because it’s made out of two different types of materials: one type is made out of wax and one type is made out of acrylic resin. The wax material gives it its shape and helps it adhere to your real eyelashes, while the acrylic resin gives it its strength and durability once applied to your real eyelashes. The 3D lashes come in different lengths: from 1mm – 14mm long. The shorter lengths are usually used for short-length false eyelashes (eyelash extensions), while those that are longer can be used on medium-length false eyelashes (eyelash extensions). You can choose from 10 colors for each length.
Eyeliner Tips When You Have Extensions
1. Don’t Use Too Much Eyeliner.
You don’t want to use too much eyeliner because that will make your natural lashes look longer, which is not what you want. Apply your liner in the same way that you would apply it without the extensions.
2. Don’t Apply Eyeliner On The Inner Corner Of Your Eyes.
You don’t want to apply any eyeliner on the inner corner of your eyes because it will make you look like a raccoon! If you do decide to apply some eyeliner in the inner corner, make sure to only put a small amount on there and blend it out with a makeup blending brush so that it doesn’t stand out any more than what it already does.
3. Don’t Overline!
Overlining is when you place the liner on all of your eyelashes, instead of just one or two at a time as you should normally do when applying eye makeup. Overlining can cause your extensions to get stuck against the lash line and cause them to break off, so be careful not to overline! Even if they’re not broken off yet, they may break off later on and start falling down onto your natural lashes, which will be very noticeable and unattractive; this is why I recommend not overlining in the first place!
The Bottom Line
If you want to wear lash extensions, you can’t put mascara or eyeliner on your lash line. But you can apply a thin eyeliner pencil to your lash line and still make your eyes look great.