So, you have just treated yourself to a beautiful new set of eyelash extensions. They offer a wonderful way to improve your natural beauty without the need for any makeup. Keeping them well-maintained is key, as they can last up to 6-8 weeks by following after-care tips from professional eyelash extensions artists.

Realizing the money and time that goes into this beauty trend, any of you would not want to risk ruining your gorgeous and new lashes before the next refill appointment. Trust us on this: one of the best ways to extend the life of your lashes is to know when and how to wash your face with eyelash extensions properly.

Wisp Lashes, your professional lash salon answers all your questions about washing face with eyelash extensions. We’ll explain when it’s safe to wash them, how to do it properly, and which products to use. No more confusion, just hello to an easy skincare and cleansing routine for your lash extensions.

When Should You Get Your Eyelash Extensions Wet?

The rule for the longevity of eyelash extensions is simple: the longer you keep the lash glue intact, the longer your extensions will last.

Water and oil are the biggest culprits that can weaken the glue with which your extensions are attached and eventually causing them to fall out prematurely. However, the condition of not wetting only applies to fresh extensions. Once the lash adhesive is completely cured, (experts advise keeping the extensions away from water for at least 24 to 48 hours), you can get your eyelash extensions wet without any hassle. 

Can You Get Your Eyelash Extensions Wet

The lash adhesive is not water-soluble, so once your lashes are completely cured, you can go about your routine. In fact, some water is essential to rehydrate and keep your natural lashes healthy and strong. Just remember, a healthy lash line equals more lash extensions!

Should You Wash Your Face and Extensions Regularly?

For a clean and radiant-looking skin, you need to wash your face regularly and properly to remove dirt, makeup, and excess oil that accumulates on your skin. Since your skin naturally produces oil, it can pose a greater problem for those with oily skin, an active lifestyle, or sweat a lot.

 If the excess sebum and debris are not removed periodically, it will clog your pores, breaking down the lash adhesive over time, causing your classic eyelash extensions or volume eyelash extensions to fall out prematurely. Additionally, if you don’t remove the dirt and bacteria from your lashes by washing your face thoroughly, it increases your chances of counteracting an eye infection.

What Products Should you Use When Washing Face with Eyelash Extensions?

Professional eyelash extensions salon recommends their clients to wash their eyelash extensions with a facial cleanser that is not alcohol and oil based, as both are known to break down the lash glue that holds the extensions with your natural lashes. Use a gentle, oil and alcohol-free cleanser or face wash to wash your face when you have eyelash extensions

Foaming cleansers and face soaps for sensitive skin are the best bet for eyelash extensions as they are less likely to irritate your eyes than a cream cleanser or gel. You could even use oil-free baby shampoo. Water-based products wreak the least havoc on your beauties.

What products should you use when washing your face with eyelash extensions

Before you pick up something from a nearby store, ensure that you have a recommendation from your lash stylist on lash-safe products. They might also advise diluting these products with water to make them a little less harsh on the lashes.

Many lash artists suggest clients to use micellar water for cleaning lash extensions with which they are able to maintain excellent retention.

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What is The Best Way to Wash your Face with Eyelash Extensions?

Keep your eyelash extensions intact and your skin nourished with these 7 easy steps to washing face with eyelash extensions:

1. No Exposure to Water for 24 to 48 Hours After Initial Application

As mentioned earlier, this is the most basic precaution that you must take after you get your new set of volume or classic set eyelash extensions. It is pivotal to do so because the glue needs sufficient time to cure properly so that the lashes can adhere to your skin properly. 

2. Avoid Running Water

Washing your face is not forbidden, but you cannot wash your face as you normally do. If you are wondering how to wash face with lash extensions, then you must splash water on your face or avoid allowing running water to get on your lashes in the shower so that you will not end up washing your money down the drain along with your eyelash extensions. 

The trick is to regularly and strategically wash your face, especially in the shower. Using a handheld showerhead is more effective to avoid your face while showering or you can choose to wear goggles when you are taking shower to further protect your lashes from moisture. Instead of splashing water on your face in the sink, use a facial cloth or a clean, round facial sponge.

3. Remove Your Makeup

Using a round facial sponge you can remove any eye makeup and clean your skin. If you are one of those who can’t ditch using heavy eye makeup even after getting eyelash extensions, then it is best to use an oil free makeup remover or cloth. You know that oil is a notorious solvent that will prematurely dissolve the lash glue. Gently use the soft cloth to remove all makeup from your face, being careful around your eye area and lash lines.

4. Wash Your Face in Sections

After your makeup is removed, the next step is to wash your face using a good lash-safe product. Divide your face into two sections: one section runs down from your cheekbones while the other one runs up from your browline. When using water and facial cleanser for eyelash extensions, wash the lower section that runs below the cheekbones just as you normally would, always taking care not to splash water harshly. For a more controlled approach, you can opt for a washcloth instead.

The area above the browline requires more attention for splash skin care & extensions here too to must be cared of. For this section, gently cleanse the area by creating a foam with your cleanser. While doing so you must at all costs ensure that nothing drips on your lashes. Next, wet a round facial sponge, squeezing out excess water. Remove the cleanser with the facial sponge, following the same rule that no excess water drips from the sponge onto your eyelashes. Keep repeating this step until all the cleanser is removed. 

5. Pat Dry

You can’t simply rub your face with the lint free towel. You need to be gentle when you have eyelash extensions. Gently pat and dry your face with a clean and face cloth. Cover the area above and below your eyes when you pat your face, to avoid hitting the lashes.

6. Moisturize Your Face

While avoiding your lash line, use a lash-safe moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and preserve its elasticity. This skincare routine also preserves aging and ensures a vibrant, and youthful appearance. 

7. Use an Eyelash Sealer

Once you are done with the above steps, use an eyelash sealer to protect your eyelash extensions from your skin’s oil secretions and moisture in the air that might naturally begin to gather again once you are done with your skincare routine.

Additional Aftercare Recommendations for Your Eyelash Extensions

Brushing your Wet Eyelash Extensions: When your lashes are wet, water adds extra weight to your lash extensions. If you try using a brush on your wet lash extensions, there is a very high risk of pulling out the extensions accidentally, ruining your beautiful new set. 

You might be tempted to use a hair dryer in the cold setting to dry your lashes quickly, but doing so could inevitably put a strain on the glue, causing your precious lashes to fall out prematurely. 

Similarly, rubbing your lashes dry, no matter how gentle you are, is sure to cause some amount of friction, causing the glue to loosen. Patience is key – just wait until they dry all by themselves

Makeup Wipes and Eyelash Extensions: Makeup wipes containing oils, emollients, and glycols are designed to moisturize the skin but are the lash glue’s natural enemies. These ingredients tend to have the unwanted side effect of loosening the lash adhesive and ruining your lash beauties.

Should You Use Makeup Wipes With Eyelash Extensions

Remember: You must avoid using makeup wipes that are not designed for use with lash extensions. It’s next to impossible to completely avoid the eyes, even if you think that you have, as the ingredients in the wipes will spread across the face.


Yes, you can wash your face with eyelash extensions, but you must know how to exercise certain precautions to avoid ruining your new set. Wisp Lashes with the help of trained professionals offer you lash extensions and many other beauty treatments in our plush salon environment. Our lash artists are experienced, skilled, and passionate about giving each client their desired look, making them more confident. Call us now to schedule your next lash appointment and benefitting more better lash care suggestions!