April 1st 2020
The main idea of lash extensions is that we can enhance our natural assets without faffing about with mascara at all, but sometimes upping the ante with a jet black lash coater is just too irresistible. Before you start waving your wand around, here are some tips on the mascara + eyelash extension equation:
Do be gentle, and focus on ends only. Avoid tugging a mascara wand from root to tip: you’re likely to rip out your extensions, along with natural lashes, not to mention compromise eyelash glue and dissolve your bonds. Easy does it.
Don’t use waterproof mascara. This will cling to your lashes limpet-style, thus will be virtually impossible to remove at the end of the day without severing your eyelash extensions.
Don’t use oil-based mascara (hence the title of this edit). Lash-conditioning oils will dissolve eyelash extension glue, as will propylene glycol.
Don’t use fibre-based mascaras (typically of the ‘volumising’ genre). The body-building fibres will get tangled in your extensions, so will look strange to say the least, while also possibly falling into your eyes during the day and being a beast to remove without nixing extensions/ a natural lash or two at the same time.
Now onto the good guys…
I remember coveting the sixth formers’ tubes of Bad Gal on the bus when I was a lowly year 7, and the achingly cool mascara choice has evolved well to cater for lash extension wearers and mascara nuts alike. While the brush is on the larger side, the tapered end allows you to capture the ends and corners of lashes effectively without getting too much gunk on your eyelids, and most importantly it won’t ravage your lash extensions. Take it to the roots for ultimate volume once your extensions have been removed and you’ve got that post-extension “bald eye” feeling. There’s nothing like removing a set of thick and luscious extensions to make your natural lash fringe feel weedy. Bad Gal will help with the transition period and those panging after-extension feels.
Given the impact of lash extensions alone, you don’t want to be overdoing it with thick, spiderlash style formulas, and this quintessential groomer is the antithesis of bold and bulky mascaras. A straight and narrow brush glides through lashes nicely, and the formula is creamy and richly pigmented yet easy to remove. If “less is more” is on your agenda, this should tick your box.
The safety first option, this mascara is custom designed to go gentle on extensions while still serving up some drama. It tidies and intensifies lashes neatly while washing off easily in water, allowing you to hold onto your precious extensions for as long as possible. It’s not the most glamorous offering, but it gets the seal of approval from lash extension specialists up and down the line, and that’s good enough for us.
With a slim, long wand, Défenicils is perfect for capturing the end of each and every lash, without bringing on the dreaded clumps. With a silky formula, it delivers speedy theatrics, and once your lash extension era is over you can get it into the roots with amazing efficiency and little to no eye poking. Great at separating, although not the most volumising, but then again that’s why you forked out for lash add-ons…
A kohl pencil for your lashes, if emulating Cleopatra is your cup of tea, Bobbi Brown serves up a sooty delight in this bushy brushed mascara. As a disclaimer, it’s not the most long-lasting, but then if kohl rimmed eyes are your thing, you shouldn’t mind the odd bit of smudginess. With a narrow tip to really zoom in on tricky lashes, plus a soft and separating formula that doesn’t bunch lashes together, it’s hard to fault this silver tubed fox, except, you know, price.
Suitable for natural lashes, extensions and post-LVL treatment, this custom designed lashcare mascara has longer bristles on one side of the brush to catch big extensions, and a shorter bristled angle to wiggle product onto lower lashes and into the corners. Basically, it’s drama and subtlety in the same wand. It won’t impair your extension bonds or undo your LVL lift and curl, and it can be eased off nicely with water.
Makeup artist Sara Hill has fashioned the perfect curved wand to lift lashes without snagging, and the silky black formula requires minimal coats for impact, meaning that you won’t be dragging your prize extensions through a bush.
April 1st 2020
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