We know it’s tempting to peel off your falsies, toss them on the edge of your sink, and forget about them until the next morning. But as anyone who uses their eyelashes more than once can tell you, faux lash care is a process—and it should be, since it’s one of the products closest to your eyes. “The most important tip to reuse lashes has to do in how you remove them,” says Romero Jennings, Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC Cosmetics. “The majority of damage will happen when you are taking them off, so be gentle when grabbing the false lash hairs and do a light separation, then gently pull off.” After that, it’s time to clean. Below, Jennings’s very own routine for lash cleansing and care.
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WHICH PRODUCTS SHOULD YOU USE TO CLEAN FALSE EYELASHES?
Following that super-gentle removal, Jennings uses MAC Cosmetics’ Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover on his personal lashes, “since it has the correct balance of oil and gently removes mascara and lash glue without damaging the lashes.” Then, “use your favourite gentle face cleanser to lather up the lash, then rinse and dry on a paper towel overnight in a well-ventilated room.” The same goes for vegan and non-vegan lashes. “All lash types can be cleaned successfully with sensitive care,” he says.
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EYE MAKEUP CLEANSER
Make it a point to avoid using facial oils and oil cleansers on false lashes though, since Jennings says the slippery ingredient might make it difficult to apply lash glue next time around. “It is not ideal for false lashes and can challenge the hair integrity and lash base structure,” he adds.
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HOW SHOULD YOU DEEP CLEAN FALSE EYELASHES?
Overdo it with the mascara and lash glue? Grab a pack of makeup wipes or a reusable cleansing cloth soaked in remover. “When cleaning lashes, I love to lay the false lash between a fresh makeup wipe, then gently roll the wipe between my fingertips,” says Jennings.
The makeup artist then uses the MAC Cosmetics #204 Lash Brush to remove extra residue clinging to the falsies. “Make sure you are brushing in the direction of the lashes while cleaning!” he explains. “I love using this brush because it has a soft pointed tip, so it is great for separating clumpy mascara on your own eye lashes as well.”
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MAKE YOUR FALSE EYELASHES LAST LONGER
You put in the extra effort to keep your makeup brushes in shape when you clean them—so do the same for your falsies, too. “To make sure lashes keep their shape, I use the MAC Cosmetics #204 Lash Brush (make sure you rinse first!) to fluff and shape the lash on top of the lash case before leaving to dry,” says Jennings. It’s one more step to do at night, sure, but your future self will thank you.
The story originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.