There is nothing like putting on a fresh pair of lashes. Somehow by the 13th or 14th wear you're wondering if you're going to make it to 20 wears?
Here are our 3 reasons why you may not be getting the usage you want from your lashes and how you can help increase your lash-span and lash care!
1. Oily Eyelids
We all produce sebum, aka oil. The amount of Oil production varies from person to person but its job is to protect and lubricate our skin.
The reality is that oils will naturally break down the chemical bonds of the glue used in holding the eyelashes together. With time and exposure to the natural oils from our eyelids and eye makeup, the strength of that glue bonds will naturally deteriorate and weaken. Unfortunately, those of us with oily-er eyelids will experience a shorter lash-span in comparison to those with "dryer" eyelids.
Consider wearing an eyelid primer with your eyelashes to help with combating excess eyelid oil production even if you're not wearing eyeshadow. While, it won't prevent the oils from being produce, it can help limit the amount of oil your lashes come in contact with, which, in turn can increase your lash-span
2. Oil in Mascara
no nO NO! We see it in a lot of makeup tutorial videos where they tell you to apply another coat of mascara to blend your natural lash with your false lash. Don't do it. Mascara can contain lash-condition oils and/or propylene glycol which can break down the glue bonds in your lashes.
If you do put on your lashes after mascara application but still wear lash-conditioning mascara or mascara that contains propylene glycol, your lashes are in contact with these ingredients and it will decrease your lash-span. It will last longer than those who blend their mink lashes with mascara.
Consider using a mascara that does not promote "lash conditioning" or "propylene gylcol so you can increase your lash-span. Apply your lashes on AFTER you put on mascara. Most importantly, do not apply mascara to your Mink Lashes...ever.
3. Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
All bi-phase and micellar water makeup removers claim to be oil-free and safe for eye use but they are in fact NOT oil free. The very nature of bi-phase and micellar cleansers contains bits of oil molecules. Micelles, pardon while I geek out, are essentially small lipid spheres. They are both hydrophobic (oil loving) and hydrophilic (water loving) and when they are poured onto a cotton pad, the hydrophobic side is exposed which attracts all the dirt and makeup.
The issue with this is as you're trying to release your eyelash from your eyes with cotton tip applicator dipped in a micellar water cleanser, you're exposing your eyelash band to trace amounts of oil which, as you've learned, can weaken your lash band.
Remove your lash with a truly oil free eye-makeup remover, we like the Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Solvent . We recommend dipping a q-tip in the eye makeup remover and gently dabbing along the lash line to release the lash. This exerts the least amount of pressure on the lashes because there is no tugging. Then using a fresh q-tip damped with water water, gently brush along the lash line to clean off the glue and eye makeup remover.
All of these tips may help increase your lash-span. While this is not a guarantee that your lashes will last the recommended wear times, it will at least help you get into the double digits of wear times. These observations and tips are based on my personal experience and personal research. Please keep in mind that all of our experiences are different and what works for me, may not work for you.
Let me know if you found this article to be helpful or not!