When it comes to makeup, a busy girl often finds it’s her best friend AND her worst enemy at the same time! Our Technicians at Kiwi lash n brow chat to client’s every day about how sick they are of applying smudgy mascara or sticking on tricky falsies for a night out. That’s why we all love eyelash extensions, which keep us looking fabulous, fancy-free and ready to face the day as soon as we roll out of bed! When you’ve come home from your lash appointment, its always a great idea to check that your other products are compatible with extensions—this way you can be sure that your lashes will stay gorgeous day after day. Here are a few tips, so you can serve major face with amazing lash extensions!

The first thing to look out for when doing a product check is whether any of your favourite face products are oil-based. You’d be surprised at how many products on the market contain sneaky oils (micellar water, we’re looking at you!), so always look at the ingredients list for the best idea of what you’re using on your face. Oil-based products can be great for your skin as a moisturizer and makeup remover, but unfortunately have the exact same effect on extensions; the oil dissolves the glue bond so that your lashes are removed with your makeup! If you’ve got an oil-based product that you’re too attached to, just try and avoid the eye area (including the brows) so that your gorgeous extensions will stay strongly bonded to your natural lashes!

Most first-time lash clients ask us the same question—do I need to wear mascara with my lashes? The simple answer is not at all! Our lash artists have undergone years of training to ensure that every set they apply is perfectly customized to your eye and will enhance your face beautifully. We choose the lash length and thickness according to your needs and the health of your natural lashes, so that your lashes are just as luscious (or lusciously subtle!) as you like. If you need to put mascara on your extensions straight away, then we will not have done our job properly!

In fact, mascara is a lash technician’s worst enemy—sweeping mascara through delicate extensions ruins them, clumping all the lashes together and clogging the roots. If you can’t bear to part with your mascara, putting a small amount of the very tips of the lashes will not damage them too much, but for peace of mind we recommend using MAX2 Mascara which is a gentle mascara formulated especially for extensions.

So we’ve ditched the mascara, now what? The eyeliner and eyelash extensions are a match made in heaven. A crisp liquid liner is always a hot look teamed with lashes—however, it is best to avoid gel-based or waterproof liners so that your extensions won’t turn into a hot mess! Waterproof eyeliners tend to get stuck in the fine bases of your lashes and are difficult to remove without giving your eyes a rough scrub—never fun for those poor extensions! A great solution to this is swapping your old faithful for a liquid liner formulated especially for eyelash extensions—there are many K-Beauty brands which offer extension-friendly products, our favourite being Kate liners for a smooth application and an envy-inducing flick!

Alternatively, you can mix things up with a soft smudgy pencil, an ideal product for those delicate extensions is the Blink Eyeliner Pencil. Make sure to remove your makeup with those oil-free cleansers regardless of which look you choose, as clean lashes are happy lashes!

Last but certainly not least, our technicians at Kiwi lash n brow always stress the importance of washing your extensions with the right product! Just like a hair shampoo, a proper lash shampoo will remove those last traces of everyday dirt, oil and those stubborn bits of makeup that refuse to move at the end of the day. A little investment in the right product will give back in a big way, as this extends the longevity of your extensions and means you will pay less at the salon in the long run. Kiwi lash n brow has its own eyelash extension shampoo that is gentle on lashes and easy to apply as part of your beauty routine—you’ll be surprised at how your extensions will benefit!