Can you Wear a Mascara after A Lash Lift?

By Rabbiya Rabeel
Feb 05, 2024
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If you've just had a lash lift, you might be curious can you wear mascara afterwards? In this article, we'll dive into the essentials of combining mascara with a lash lift.

Can You Wear Mascara After a Lash Lift

Yes, you can wear mascara after getting a lash lift.

Adding mascara can further enhance the effect of the lift, making your lashes appear even more voluminous and defined.

However, it's important to follow certain guidelines and timings to ensure you don't affect the quality and duration of your lash lift.

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When Exactly Can You Wear Mascara

The ideal time to start wearing mascara after a lash lift is at least 24 to 48 hours post-procedure. This waiting period is crucial as it allows the lashes to fully set in their new curled position.

This is an average waiting time, which is based on Luxe Cosmetics' expertise and experience of top lash lift technicians. As well as many users from reddit and quora also reported that putting mascara before 48 hours of recommended waiting time causes side effects on lifted lashes.

What Happens if You Apply Mascara Too Early

Applying mascara too early can cause damage or reduce the effectiveness of the lift and potentially lead to several adverse outcomes and damages:

  • Loss of Curl: Mascara can weigh down the lashes, especially if it's a heavy or waterproof formula.
  • Clumping and Stickiness: If mascara is applied too early it can cause the lashes to stick together and clump. This can create an uneven and unattractive look.
  • Risk of Irritation: The chemical solutions used in the lash lift process can make the lashes more sensitive. Applying mascara too soon may increase the risk of irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Weakening of Lashes: Removing mascara from lifted lashes prematurely can weaken the lashes and potentially cause breakage or damage.

What Kind of Mascara Can You Wear with a Lash Lift?

The best mascaras for use with lash lifts are those that are lightweight and nourishing.

You can wear a water-based mascara, as it is usually gentler on your lashes and less likely to make them heavy.

You can't apply waterproof mascaras as they can be too harsh and dry for lifted lashes. Their strong formulas can potentially weaken the lift or damage your lashes.

You can't  wear mascaras that promise extreme volume as they might be too heavy, causing the lashes to lose their lifted shape.

Tips for Applying Mascara Properly With a Lash Lift

To enhance your lash lift with mascara without causing any damage, follow these helpful tips:

  • Start with Clean Lashes: Ensure your lashes are free from any residual makeup or oils. This helps the mascara adhere better and maintains the integrity of the lash lift.
  • Shake the Mascara: Give your mascara tube a good shake before using it. This mixes the formula well and prevents clumping.
  • Remove Excess Mascara: Before applying, wipe any excess mascara off the wand on the edge of the tube. This prevents clumping and over-application.
  • Apply with Care: Place the mascara wand at the base of your lash line and gently wiggle it back and forth, moving towards the tips. This ensures an even coating.
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How to Properly Remove Mascara from Lifted Lashes

To remove mascara gently use a mild, oil-free cleansers like the following: 

  • Lash Cleanser: Use a gentle lash cleanser specifically formulated for use on lifted lashes. Apply a small amount of the cleanser to a cleansing brush or a clean spoolie, then gently brush through your lashes to remove the mascara. Rinse with lukewarm water to ensure all residue is removed.
  • Micellar Water: Soak a cotton pad with micellar water and gently press it onto your closed eyelid, focusing on the base of your lashes. Allow the micellar water to dissolve the mascara, then gently swipe downwards to remove it. Avoid rubbing or pulling on the lashes.
  • Water-Based Makeup Remover: While not as effective as oil-based removers a water-based makeup remover can still be used to remove mascara from lifted lashes. Apply the remover to a cotton pad and gently press it onto your closed eyelid, then swipe downwards to remove the mascara.
  • Baby Shampoo or Gentle Soap: Mix a small amount of baby shampoo or gentle soap with warm water to create a mild cleansing solution. Dip a clean spoolie or a cotton swab into the solution and gently brush through your lashes to remove the mascara. Rinse with water to ensure all residue is removed.
  • Plain Water Rinse: After using any of the above methods to remove mascara, rinse your lashes with lukewarm water to ensure all residue is washed away. Gently pat your lashes dry with a clean towel or tissue, taking care not to rub or tug on them.

Is Mascara Compatible with Lash Tint

Mascara can be used with a lash tint for extra volume or a dramatic look. Just wait at least 24 hours post-tint to allow the dye to set properly. 

How to Extend Lash Lift Longevity

Here are some practical tips to help extend the life of your lifted lashes:

  • Use Lash Serums: Apply lash growth serum to nourish your lashes and maintain health.
  • Use Lash Conditioners: Use a lash conditioner or a natural oil like castor oil to keep your lashes healthy and maintain the lift for longer.
  • Brushing Your Lashes Regularly: Gently brush your lashes daily with a clean spoolie brush to maintain the structure of the lift.
  • Sleep on your Back: Pressing your face into a pillow can cause lashes to bend and lose their shape.

Final Thoughts

Waiting a short period post-lift and selecting the right mascara are key to maintaining your beautiful results.

For those seeking a convenient at-home solution, Luxe Cosmetics presents the Luxe Lashlift Kit.
This kit offers an effortless way to achieve a professional-quality lash lift and tint in the comfort of your home.

To complement your lifted lashes, using a Nourishing Mascara is the perfect follow-up, designed to enhance and nurture your lashes.

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Rabbiya Rabeel

Rabbiya Rabeel is a skilled writer with 6+ years of experience specializing in the beauty and related niche, bringing a wealth of expertise to her work. Her content is characterized by a dedication to uncovering real facts, steering clear of myths that often clutter the beauty landscape.