Lash extension is the best way to get perfect-looking falsies. But it’s not always easy to achieve the look you want with lash extensions without making mistakes. This can be frustrating, but here are some things to avoid, so you don’t have to sing a sad song about lash extensions falling out:
You Didn’t Wait Long Enough Before Getting Them Wet
By looking at them under a magnifying glass, you can tell when your lashes are ready to go. But if you don’t have one on hand, wait at least 48 hours before getting them wet. This gives the glue time to set up, so it doesn’t come off with the extensions themselves.
You’re Going Swimming
Swimming is not a good idea for your lashes. Water makes the glue on your lashes weaker and faster to come off. You should avoid swimming if possible, or use good swimming goggles if you must go underwater. Also, avoid swimming for long in chlorinated or saltwater pools.
You’re Using Oil-Based Products
If you’re using oil-based products on your lashes and around your eyes, they can break down the adhesive that holds your extension in place. This is especially true if you use waterproof mascara or gel liner with extensions.
If this happens, it’s essential to remove the product as soon as possible so that it won’t damage any remaining adhesive. If there was any damage done at all, then it may be necessary to have them removed by a professional technician.
You Haven’t Stopped Picking at Your Lashes
It’s natural to want to check on the progress of your eyelash extensions. This is especially true if you’ve had them in for a few weeks and they’re not quite full yet. But if you do this over and over again, even just a few times, you may be causing damage that will lead to early removal of the extensions and possible loss.
Instead, try using tweezers or lash brushes only when they need attention. If stray hairs stick out from under or around each lash, carefully pluck them out with tweezers as needed. In general, try not to pick at your lashes until after 24 to 48 hours have passed since last removing them. Doing so early can cause breakage among individual strands already growing into place.
You Applied Too Much Eyeliner
You applied too much eyeliner above or below the lash line, and it’s rubbing off on your extensions. If you’re wearing eyeliner, apply it lightly and in a thin line around your lash line only, not all over your eyes. If you have a lot of product on your lashes, this will cause them to feel heavy and uncomfortable when they move up or down during application. When removing any makeup with an eye makeup remover wand, be careful not to get any onto the extension. It can damage them if left there for too long.
You’re Not Brushing Your Lashes Regularly
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your new lash extensions last as long as possible is to brush them regularly.
This will help remove any dead skin cells from the surface of your lash roots and prevent buildup, which can lead to clumping and falling out. You should brush at least once a day or more if you have extra time.
Your Lashes Are Still Too Wet
If you’ve applied your lashes and then gone back to remove them, you will likely be removing too much glue. The adhesive needs to dry before applying the lashes. They will fall out if you apply them after they are still wet.
The Adhesive Is Old and Weak
It’s important to check the expiration date on your lash adhesive. If you don’t see one, use your best judgment and apply the glue when it feels fresh. Old glues are usually weak, even if they look fine in the bottle.
You Didn’t Cleanse Your Lashes Properly Before Application
If you’re new to lash extensions, it might be tempting to skip this step. But as any mascara wearer knows, your lashes need a little help too. It’s important to cleanse the area around the lashes after applying them so that any residue left on your skin doesn’t cause problems later.
To do this:
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate sensitive eyes or skin. If possible, avoid using oil-based makeup removers because they can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Instead, opt for fragrance-free or water-based options.
- Use a cotton swab, the kind used for makeup removal, to swipe away any remaining makeup residue from around the base of each lash extension individually before putting them back on again. This will also ensure that there aren’t any stray hairs sticking out.
Your Lash Technician Didn’t Use Enough Glue
If you’re new to lash extensions and they are falling out so quickly, it could be because your lash technician didn’t use enough glue. Glue is the most important part of this process. It holds everything in place, including your natural lashes and extension strips.
If you notice that your extensions are separating from your natural lashes, it’s likely because the glue was not applied correctly on both sides of the base of your natural lashes. This can be easily fixed by having them reapply more glue.
Your Lash Technician Applied the Extensions Improperly
If you can see the glue or line where your extensions were applied, then that’s a problem. Your technician should have applied them to your natural lashes to blend in with yours. If not, it’s likely that they haven’t done so correctly and will end up making you look like a raccoon with fake lashes on one eye and real ones on the other.
If you’re unsure what to do about your falling-out situation, try a few things before visiting the professionals. First, try cleaning and conditioning your lashes before applying them to ensure they don’t have old or dry glue.
Next, try out some of these tricks to see if they work: using a brush instead of fingers; pulling gently but firmly while holding still using tweezers; rubbing gently with a lash brush over any stubborn clumps until they come off easily; dabbing gently with cotton balls instead of tugging directly at lashes with tweezers.
It’s important to remember that lash extensions are intended for short-term use. They only last for about three to four and should be removed before they fall out completely. If you want your eyelash artist to keep your lashes in great condition, it’s best to visit them every three weeks or so, so they know how often they need to apply glue or remove clumps of lashes during each session.