Washing, reusing and storing false eyelashes.

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False eyelashes can really pull a makeup look together. Whether you are a girl that likes to wear half strip lashes on the outer corner of your eye for parties, or you are a makeup artist with dramatic coloured lashes fit for a high fashion editorial shoot, the false lashes can make all the difference. If you are a mindful consumer or frugal (or just stingy like me) you might want to learn a few ways to properly wash and care for your eyelashes to get multiple wears out of them. In my experience false eyelashes look their best when they are a bit “lived in” and I often use a clean mascara wand to “distress” eyelashes prior to their first use, but more on that in a future post. So, if you want to learn about how to clean and care for false eyelashes keep reading.

  1. Remove old glue.


Gently pull off any leftover glue from the strip of the lashes, you can use your finger nails or a pair of tweezers for this. It is worth mentioning that you should be extra careful to not damage the strip as this is the part that keeps the structure of the eyelashes intact and once damaged you will have to toss your false lashes. Luckily because most eyelash glue is latex based the removal of excess glue is not too difficult.

  1. Wash lashes in warm soapy water.

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To remove any eye makeup or foundation from your eyelashes gently submerge them in a bowl of warm soapy water, I prefer to use Dr Bronners scent free soap for this. Gently run your fingers along the strip of the lashes and from the base to the tip of the hairs to dislodge and remove any gunk. I like to add a bit of Dettol or the like in the water for extra germ killing action.

3. Rinse.


Gently but liberally rinse all the soap out of your lashes as any leftover soap will mix with the moisture surrounding the eye and cause your (or the model’s) eyes to become watery and stingy. Place your rinsed eyelashes on some paper towel, take care to reshape them while they are wet, and leave them in a well ventilated area to dry for a couple of hours.

  1. Disinfect – not necessary for personal lashes.

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Because I use my lashes on models, and I take a lot of pride in having a clean and hygienic kit, I always lightly spray them with an alcohol solution and rub a cotton swab soaked in alcohol along the strip before I pack them away. This is to kill any leftover pathogens and ensure no one will contract an infection from my kit. I again leave these to dry properly before I pack them away.

6.  Store.

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To store eyelashes in a clean and sanitary way I like to layer them between pieces of dry paper towel or cotton pads and keep them in small plastic tubs (I wash and re use these when I wash my eyelashes) to stop them from getting dirty or squished in my kit bag or on set. For private use I think it is okay to reuse the packaging they came in just give it a wipe down before returning the lashes.

This is the technique I have been using for years in the field and it has never steered me wrong. Let me know in the comment section down below what your favourite kind of lashes to wear are.

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