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The idea of splashing out on lash extensions is often that we can enhance our natural assets without faffing about with mascara or even eye makeup at all, but sometimes upping the ante with a jet black lash coater is just too irresistible. Whether your lash extensions are coming to the end of their life and need a boost, or if they’re fresh and fluffy but you’d like some extra flutter for a special occasion, your precious eyelash additions will be safe with this lot. Before you start waving your wand around, here’s a few general pointers on the mascara + eyelash extension equation:
Do be gentle, and focus on ends only. You don’t want to be tugging a mascara wand from root to tip if you can avoid it: you’re far more likely to rip out your extensions, possibly along with natural lashes, not to mention compromise eyelash glue and dissolve your bonds, or just end up with some very odd looking, jaunty extensions. Easy does it.
Do use a dry spoolie or lash comb to softly (oh so softly) lift and detangle lashes, whether or not you’re using mascara.
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. Plus, it’s make your eyelash extensions feel brittle and dry. A no-go. Ditto…
Don’t use oil-based mascara (hence the title of this edit). Lash conditioning oils that are normally a bonus will dissolve eyelash extension glue. Not ideal.
Don’t use fibre-based mascaras (these types of mascara are typically of the ‘volumising’ genre). The body-building fibres will get tangled in your lash 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. Not the time to be fibrous. Now onto the good guys…
Starting practically at the beginning of time in the dynasty of mascara, who knew that such a classic could cater perfectly to modern eyelash infatuations? Launched in 1971, it was a world first in the water based mascara market, and the smooth, slick black formula is still sleekly bigging up lashes to this day, thankfully for lash extension wearers without the addition of oils and fibres that are often tricky to avoid in the much-evolved mascara market. It’s a simple no-brainer that will serve you until your lash extensions are no more- there are no bells and whistles, just soft, sooty lashes for under a fiver.
From one time-honoured staple to another, 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. Clump-free and lash-defining, 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.
More lash fortifying serum than mascara per se, this oil-free gel is designed to revive clumpy, crusty mascara, but it works well for taming and neatening up lash extensions. The not overly bristly wand gets lashes back in line, while conditioning ingredients such as panthenol and copper in theory help to keep your natural lashes luscious and healthy, although that one’s hard to verify. If you’re after lifted lashes without the risk of gloopiness or clumps, and with a lick of subtle definition (reaaaal subtle), a little Resurrection will fit the bill.
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.
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.
But stick with me, because this is the mascara choice for lash extension legend Daxita Vaghela post extension removal, when you're feeling kind of bald of lid and feel like you look like an egg without your fluffy fringe of faux lashes. With intense black mineral pigments and a long-lasting formula, it’s the perfect lash sidekick for when extensions have moulted away/ been prized from your eyes but you still want your makeup to be ALL about the lash. If you're taking a break from the lash bar, consider it.
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