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How to Care For Eyelash Extensions

What to Do and What Not to Do With Eyelash Extensions

The great thing about eyelash extensions is that when you wake up in the morning, you're basically good to go. In fact, many women who have them often find that thanks to the customized shape and darkened color of the lashes, they can skip their eyeliner and mascara altogether. While eyelash extensions should last for about four to six weeks, there are a few things you can do to keep them in tip-top shape along the way. Find out the major dos and don'ts of lash extension care when you read more.

Do: Avoid water for the first 24 hours. That means no showering. You can take a cool bath, however. Just keep in mind: lash extensions are water-resistant, not waterproof.

Don't: Get your lashes directly in heat's way. "So if you're baking and you open up the oven, let the heat come out first," says Liv Contreras, co-owner of Lashfully, a San Francisco-based eyelash-extension lounge. Lash extensions are heat-resistant, not heatproof.

Do: Use a heated lash curler if you'd like, but only if it's on a very low heat.

Don't: Use heavy eye creams or oils near the extensions since they can loosen the glue.

Do: Use mascara if you'd like, making sure it's not waterproof, and that it's only applied at the tips. Just be sure to use an oil-free product when removing the mascara.

Don't: Use cotton on the lashes, as the fiber will attract lint. Instead, use a soft cloth and water when removing liner and shadow.

Do: Feel free to swim. "You just want to spray them afterwards with bottled, nonchlorinated water because that will prevent the adhesive from breaking down," explains Liv.

Source: Flickr User Shandi-lee

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