Can I Wear Mascara With Eyelash Extensions?!

aftercare Nov 11, 2020

Can I wear mascara with eyelash extensions?!

One of the biggest questions I get asked from my clients is...Can you put mascara on lash extensions?

I tend to hear this from new clients because they aren't used to having full, fluttery lashes! Their current routine is to apply mascara every single day. The truth is, when you have high quality lash extensions that are applied correctly, you won't need mascara!

Really, I won't need mascara?

I don't wear mascara on top of my lash extensions and neither do my clients! The only time mascara is ever used on top of eyelash extensions is because you've gone too long between fills. In that scenario, you may be able to hide the sparse areas with some mascara, although I wouldn't recommend it. More on that in just a second!

The whole point of lash extensions is that you don’t have to wear mascara so this is pretty ironic. If you've waited too long between fills, you may feel like reaching for your tube of mascara!v

Can you wear mascara with lash extensions?

The answer is: yes, you can if you have Classic lash extensions. Mascara will ruin Volume lash extensions because it ruins the fan effect of the lashes so you'll want to avoid that as much as possible.

While some brands of mascara are better than others, make sure you communicate with your lash stylist first because their products vary as well. 

Your stylist likely recommends avoiding mascara because the oils in the product can cause the adhesive to no longer be effective. After mascara application and removal, you'll be prone to more fallout when compared to a normal cycle.

Quick tip: if you do apply mascara, have a plan of how you are going to get it off. You do not want to leave mascara on your lash extensions because it can be unsanitary and harder for your lash stylist to fix!

What mascaras are lash extension friendly?

This is hard to say because the reality is - any mascara is going to do more harm than good for the life of your lash extensions.

When it comes to choosing the perfect mascara for your lash extensions, focus on looking for specialty brands and ones WITHOUT oil. Water-based mascara is truly key. Most speciality brands focus on ingredients that won’t break your adhesive but the mascara in general isn’t hard to scrub off. 

Oops! I used mascara on my lash extensions....

Don't panic! This can be resolved! Follow these simple steps!

Clean your lashes really well. 

You'll need to find an oil-free makeup remover to gently cleanse your lashes and remove the mascara. Gently brush through your eyelashes until they are clean.

I have a full tutorial on this process here!

Schedule your fill or new set.

Are you due for a fill anyway? Get in touch with your stylist and let them know ahead of time! You'll likely need some additional time in the chair to properly clean your lashes and and add a few more than usual to compensate for the additional fallout if there is some.

In extreme cases, remove your eyelash extensions at home.

If you used an oily mascara and didn't have any remover on hand, on top of already needing a fill, you may only have a few las extensions remaining. And now guess what? Your lash artist is BOOKED. In this scenario, I would use the Salty Lash Extension Gel Remover to gently remove them from home. 

If you do this, let your stylist know to book you for a full set for your next appointment!


Since you are adding things to your lash extension self-care cart, also consider investing in your own wisp brushes, a suggested natural eyelash growth serum, and a specialty face wash and brush so your lash extensions are being properly taken care of.

Here are a few of my FAVORITE lash extension products:

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me by Instagram DM @saltylash or here

In the greater Phoenix area? You can book your appointment with me by sending me a DM!


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