Eyelash extensions are a popular way to get long, full lashes without daily mascara application. However, many people still wonder if they can wear mascara over their extensions. The short answer is yes, you can wear mascara with eyelash extensions as long as you use the right type and application method. While individual synthetic hairs create a beautiful, wide-eyed look, many extension wearers still crave the added dosage of drama that only mascara can provide. Many are wary that mascara could damage their careful lash work or cause expensive extensions to slip out prematurely. We will discuss everything you need to know about wearing mascara safely with lash extensions.

The absolute best mascara for eyelash extensions is an oil-free formula. Oil-based components can cause the individual lash hairs to loosen from the extensions over time. Opt for a water-based mascara without any oils or waxes listed in the ingredients.

When applying mascara to extensions, work in small sections and be extremely gentle. Wiggle the brush from the base of the lashes upwards in a fluid motion without applying too much pressure. Pressing or rubbing the wand risks dislodging the false lashes.