How to prep your lashes for extensions

If you’ve never used DIY lash extensions, or eyelash extensions of any kind, you may be wondering what you need to do in order to properly prepare your lashes.

What helps DIY lash extensions last longer? Are there extra products you might need? There are many questions you might have and need answers to, and we can help!

If you need more information about how to apply your DIY lash extensions, we have all the tips and tricks you might find useful. Especially if you’re a beginner to applying DIY lash extensions, we can help you improve your application abilities by leaps and bounds. If this sounds like it will be helpful to you, please keep reading for our complete breakdown.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Eyelash extensions, including DIY lash extensions, can last up to six weeks. A perfect application allows your extensions to stay attached for as long as the natural growth cycle of your lashes, which is approximately six weeks long.

If you want to ensure your eyelash extensions last as long as possible, we strongly recommend looking into eyelash conditioner. Many of these products are made specifically for prolonging eyelash extensions.

If you’re unsure, have sensitive skin, or generally want recommendations, we recommend discussing eyelash conditioner with your beauty technician or your medical health provider. For great products for your lashes, check out sites like Paris Eyelash Academy.

How to prepare your face for eyelash extensions

If you’re planning on getting eyelash extensions, whether at home or with the assistance of a beauty tech, there are a few steps that might be useful to follow. Especially if you’re a beginner, we strongly recommend following every step carefully.

Avoid wearing waterproof mascara

We highly encourage you to avoid wearing waterproof mascara for at least three days before your appointment or set date for application. This is because anything other than perfectly clean and product-free eyelashes will make it far more difficult to apply your extensions accurately. If you wear waterproof mascara, you risk your lashes coming off prematurely or them moving throughout your appointment.

Wash your face

Before heading off to your appointment, you should also wash your face. Be sure to pay special attention to your eye area, as this will allow your lashes to be as clean and oil-free as possible before your technician gets started. Additionally, if you’re applying extensions on your own, washing your face will make it far easier to apply your DIY lash extensions accurately.

Take a shower and wash your hair

In order to keep excess oil from getting onto your lashes, we also recommend taking a shower and washing your hair relatively thoroughly before applying the extensions. A majority of these steps are related to reducing the amount of oil around your eyelashes, meaning that oil production in your face can be a serious barrier to overcome for beginners.

In addition to washing your hair, we recommend pulling your hair out and away from your face. Your hair can fall into your eyes and face more often than you might realize, so putting your hair into a ponytail, bun, or another style that keeps hair from your face can be incredibly helpful.

Don’t apply oil-based products on or around your eyes

If you typically wear any products with oils, we strongly recommend not applying them to your face before your appointment or planned application time. This also includes moisturizer and sunblock, in addition to almost all makeup products.

In order to be as safe as possible, try not to put any products on your face in the hours leading up to your appointment.

Don’t put on contacts

If you wear contacts on a regular basis, don’t put them in for your appointment. If you’re applying DIY lash extensions at home, you may feel comfortable without visual aid.

However, if you’re going in for an appointment with a beauty technician, wear your glasses for the walk or car ride there. This will help you to avoid getting extensions caught in your eyes unnecessarily, and it will also help you keep extra products away from your lashes.

Don’t curl your lashes

If you normally curl your eyelashes, we highly recommend you avoid curling them before your extensions are applied. Even if your lash curler is perfectly clean and has no dirt or oil residue, it’s necessary to keep your lashes as natural as possible. Most beauty technicians are comfortable applying extensions to a natural and uncurled set of lashes. 

Further, if they prefer to work on curled lashes, they will have the tools available to curl your lashes to their liking. Do not risk curling your lashes unnecessarily, as you may need to reschedule your appointment or pick a new day to apply your lashes at home.

It’s worth preparing properly

If you’re planning on getting eyelash extensions or applying DIY lash extensions at home, there’s a lot of preparatory work involved if you’re looking for the best possible results. In order to ensure your lashes last as long as possible, as well as to apply your lashes as accurately as possible, we hope you follow all of our suggestions. Good luck with your first set of eyelash extensions!