We're generally in the 'less is more' camp when it comes to beauty, but when it comes to eyelashes we immediately switch allegiance.
We want more lashes, fuller lashes, thicker lashes and darker lashes, so that with every bat of our eyelids we feel confident. More prominent eyelashes mean you can go minimal on face makeup and still look preened and presentable. Plus, it saves us money on mascara.
However, we aren't all blessed with the lashes of a goddess and so eyelash extensions are an easy, and immediate, way of fluffing up our natural assets.
The problem is though that removing eyelash extensions once they've run their course is a tricky business, and should usually be undertaken by a professional only.
With the government's new quarantine rules now in place, we are unlikely to be able to book an appointment with a lashes experts for a while to come — so we're having to take matters into our own hands.
If you need to remove eyelash extensions, but are worried about lash loss and damage then here's how to do it with minimal stress.
How to remove eyelash extensions
Gently remove any remaining eye makeup — being rough could cause damage to both your extensions and your natural lashes, so be patient and use a sensitive eye makeup remover applied via a cotton pad.
Once you’ve removed any makeup, steam your face to help loosen the extensions. To do this just fill a bowl with hot water, place a towel over your head and hover your face just above the bowl. Steaming is great for your skin too, as it helps to flush out pores and prevent blackheads, so you could repeat this step more often if you're skin needs some extra TLC.
For this third step you're going to need olive oil. Oil effectively breaks down the adhesive used to stick the lashes to your lash line. Apply some oil to a cotton ball, and gently wipe it across your lashes, being careful to avoid your eyes (trust us). Continue to wipe the lashes until the extensions start to fall off.
Once your lashes have fallen off, rinse your eyes with water to get rid of any residue and add a hydrating eyelash serum if you have one to hand.
If you're worried about removing your lash extensions yourself then you can leave them to drop out naturally. A full cycle of lash regrowth takes around six weeks and so your extensions will start to drop out as your own lashes do.
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