Although applying temporary eyelash extensions is fairly common these days, it is vital to know how to remove them safely. With BeautiSecrets, you will find an easy step-by-step explanation and tips for removing eyelash extensions at home.
Increase the life of your eyelash extensions in 5 easy steps.
1. Change your sleeping position―lie on your back.
2. Gently wipe your eye makeup off with a cotton pad.
3. Use a clean spool wand to comb the extensions.
4. Apply a drop of baby oil to the extensions so that they don’t become dry.
5. Avoid touching, pulling, or twisting them.
Lash extensions are available in three different types―synthetic, silk, and mink. Varying in sizes, ideally from 6 mm to 17 mm, each strand is glued to a single eyelash one at a time. With the natural growth cycle of each lash, the extension attached to it will also fall out naturally over time.
However, if you wish to remove it before that, there is a quick and easy method you can try at home. Go over the steps on how to remove eyelash extensions safely provided below.
Remove all the makeup.
It is essential to use the recommended products to remove makeup. Avoid using Vaseline, baby oil, tonic, baby wipes, regular soap, or shower gel as these products can irritate the area around your eyes.
For your entire face, except the eyes, use your regular cleanser (based on your skin type) to remove all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup. On the other hand, if you have super-oily or acne-prone skin, use a toner or a foaming cleanser.
As for the eye makeup, avoid using cotton balls as they leave some strands behind; use your fingers instead.
1. Apply a small amount of eye makeup remover onto your index or middle finger, and in circular movements, gently remove makeup from the lids.
2. Simultaneously, use cotton pads to gently wipe off the remover from the lids; starting from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner. Make sure you don’t rub or drag the upper lid.
3. If there is makeup left at the corner of your eyes or at the bottom lash line, use a lint-free Q-tip to get the job done.
Prepare a facial steam bath.
One of the most popular treatments at spas, a facial steam bath helps loosen dirt and debris lodged in your pores. However, in this situation, we want the extensions to slightly loosen their grip on your natural lashes. To prepare the bath, follow these steps.
1. In a pot, heat at least 4 – 5 cups of water; you can add a few drops of essential oil or dried herbs as well.
2. Once the water is just about to boil, take the pot off the stove and pour the steaming water into a bowl.
3. Place the bowl on a low table so that you can comfortably bend over it.
4. Cover your head with a bath towel and hold it close enough so that the steam can moisturize your skin.
5. After 10 minutes or so, remove the bath towel off your face and discard the water.
Gently wipe off the extensions.
Now comes the part where you actually remove the extensions. Whether you have synthetic or mink extensions on, these steps will work just fine.
1. Take some olive or coconut oil onto a clean cotton pad. Avoid using cotton balls or baby wipes for this step.
2. Being extra careful and gentle, swipe the cotton pad over your eyelashes. Make sure you don’t use force or rub the pad over your lashes.
3. Repeat step #2 until the false lashes begin to fall off naturally (this means, without you using force, or tugging and pulling them).
Wash your face and moisturize.
Finally, once all the extensions are out, you need to properly cleanse and moisturize your face.
1. Splash some warm to lukewarm water over your face and neck area.
2. Depending on your skin type, take some cleanser in the palm of your hands to work up the foam.
3. Gently and in circular motions, spread the cleanser all over your face.
4. Splash water with your hands to remove the cleanser. Next, pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
5. And finally, apply moisturizer (non-oily moisturizer if you have acne-prone skin) all over your face.
Almost all women dream of lush and glamorous eyelashes. But to achieve this, many of us lose focus on understanding the risks of using eyelash extensions. You can have an allergic reaction to the chemicals present in the extensions’ adhesive, or they can damage your natural eyelash follicle.
Which is why, we suggest you purchase and use products from a reputed brand to avoid any such issues. Consult with your local salon, or speak to a professional for the same. And, if you’re having trouble removing the extensions, do not tug or pull them off. Visit a reputable salon immediately for a proper eyelash extension removal process.