Do You Apply Mascara Before or After Applying False Eyelashes?

Posted by Bridget Reed on 28 November, 2022

Do You Apply Mascara Before or After Applying False Eyelashes?

Are you unsure whether or not mascara can be applied before or after applying false eyelashes? Well, no worries! Lashify® here to set you straight.

When it comes to mascara and false eyelashes, you might be surprised that you’re not actually meant to wear them together. However, the timing and the type of lash you’re wearing can impact this.

In general, you should never apply mascara to eyelash extensions. In fact, you shouldn’t even need mascara when you’re wearing eyelash extensions, since they’re bringing the drama to your eyes already. That said, if you’re wearing a strip lash (especially if you’re only going for a half lash), there’s a chance you might want to bring mascara into the mix.

The eyelashes offered here at Lashify® come in a variety of styles. Some give a more light and natural look, while others offer complete boldness and volume! Regardless of which you pick, though, let’s discuss why you won’t want to wear mascara with them.

Can You Wear Mascara With False Strip Lashes?

You can wear mascara with strip lashes, so long as you choose the correct mascara formula. Avoid fiber mascara, as well as waterproof versions that may prove difficult to get off in the long run, especially if you plan to reuse your falsies. 

You should also choose an oil-free option, or you risk loosening the adhesive that’s keeping your lashes in place. 

Should I Apply Mascara Before or After Strip Lashes?

In general, if you’re wearing mascara with falsies, you should put the mascara on beforehand. That way, your natural lashes will blend in better with the fake ones, especially if you’re only wearing a half lash. 

Applying mascara before strip lashes can even help the lashes better adhere to your natural lashes, so they’re sure to stay on even longer.

You could also apply mascara on top of your false lash strips, but you should keep in mind that this might make them harder to clean when you’re done wearing them and, therefore, harder to remove. 

Can You Wear Mascara With Lash Extensions? 

This one’s a no from us. We don’t recommend that you wear mascara with lash extensions, especially if you’re wearing Lashify Gossamers®. All that tugging can mess with the adhesive holding your lashes on, and you shouldn’t need mascara with them anyway! 

What Order Should You Apply Your Makeup In, Then?

Let’s chat about what order to put the rest of your makeup on in so that you can ensure the long, luscious lashes you’ve always wanted. 

What You Will Need:

  • False eyelashes — for beginners, aim for a pair with a thin spine. We recommend ourAmplify Gossamer® lashes, as our exclusive spine is designed to grab and hold onto the natural lash with minimal bonding.
  • Eyelash adhesive or bond — If you’re wearing Gossamers, we recommend our Whisper Light™ option
  • Eyebrow scissors
  • Tweezers or the Fuse Control® Wand

Trimming the Fake Lashes

Step 1

Trimming your false eyelashes to make sure they fit the natural size of your eye can help you achieve the most natural look, whether or not you’re using mascara. The first thing you’ll want to do is take a pair of tweezers or your Fuse Control Wand to pick up a pair of unused false eyelashes and then lay the lash over your own upper lash line. 

Hold the lash so that the inner corner aligns with where the shortest hairs on your natural lash start. The outer corner, where the lashes are, is what you’ll be cutting, and the inner corner should never be cut.

Step 2

Next, use the tip of your tweezers to grab the part on the lash where you’ll cut. Pinch the band to make a slight indication as a reference point on where you’ll cut. Take the time to measure each eye separately, as it is possible that one eye could be wider than the other.

Step 3

After you’re done measuring the lashes, you can begin to trim from the outer edges. Start off with small cuts so that you don’t accidentally trim too much. Make sure to measure the lashes against your own to ensure the length matches up.

If you’re wearing Gossamers, you really shouldn’t need to trim much of anything — that’s because our lashes are applied a bit at a time to ensure the perfect fit for any eye.

Applying Eye Makeup

If you’re using eyeliner or eyeshadow, apply that before your eyelash extensions. 

If you’re wearing strip lashes, this is also when you’d apply any mascara that you might be using.

Applying the Fake Lashes

It’s time to walk through how exactly you’d apply strip lashes if you’re using them as part of your full beat. Just remember that these aren’t the same steps you’d follow if you were applying Gossamers — and you can read more about the best way to apply Gossamers here! 

Step 1

Use your fingers to grab the lash strip and wiggle either end. This loosens the lashes a bit, making them better fit the shape of your lid. Then, use your tweezers to grab the lashes with the lash band facing you. 

Use just a drop of glue, squeezing it from the tube to the tip of your application tool. Then, rub it along the band. A little goes a long way. 

Step 2

After you apply the glue, wait for it to dry for 30 seconds. Allowing sufficient time for the glue to dry on the lash band will make the lashes more likely to stay in place. 

Step 3

You can use either your tweezers or fingers to apply your false eyelashes. Grip the lashes from the center and carefully place them on top of your natural lash line, as close as possible. Tilt your head back while relaxing your lids. Starting from the center makes it easier to get the lash set in place, and then you can begin to adjust the ends. 

Gently push the lashes down towards your lash line, being careful not to move them too much, so they don’t lose their shape. Applying lashes takes a bit of practice, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Fake Lashes Be Reused?

Yes, they can, although it does depend on what kind you buy. While self-adhesive lashes that don’t require glue are meant to be single-use only, most other kinds of false lashes can be worn more than once. 

The most important thing to remember is that you need to clean those lashes before you wear them again, to avoid any buildup.

How Do I Remove Fake Lashes?

If you’re looking for a product that’ll help you get those lashes off as easily as possible, we’ve got options for you.

The first is our Melt-Away Remover. You can take this product, saturate it on a cotton round and then hold it on top of your eye for 30-60 seconds. You want to make sure to allow time for the bond to break apart. After this timeframe, your Gossamers® should just slide right off. Afterward, remove any excess bond left on your natural lash.

You can also use this makeup remover by taking a clean spoolie brush, dipping it into the bottle, and then brushing through the false eyelashes until they begin to release, and then brushing it through your own individual lashes.

The second option for removal is our Release Lash Remover, which is an on-the-go portable remover. This bond contains dissolving oils that keep the natural lashes protected and nourished during the removal process. Simply take the applicator and then brush through the lashes. Once again, the lashes will slide right off.

Whichever method you use, wipe off any extra glue left on your lids after you’re done.

Key Takeaways

If you’re wearing false lash strips, you can wear a bit of mascara as long as you apply it beforehand. However, mascara shouldn’t be applied to lash extensions, especially not Gossamers. These eyelash extensions give you everything you need, so you don’t even have to worry about layering on mascara (or having it flake, transfer, or wear off throughout the day). 


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