Can You Wear Mascara With a Lash Lift & Other Lash Perm FAQ

By Katarina V.| Last updated on December 6, 2022
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We love lash lift for so many reasons – it is a quick and safe treatment, the results are subtle yet amazing, and it is very low-maintenance. Still, there are some things clients are not so sure about when it comes to a lash lift. One of the most commonly asked questions is can you wear mascara with a lash lift.

The answer is yes, you definitely can, but keep reading to find out when and which mascara to use in order to maintain your lash lift for the full 6 weeks.

A Bit About a Lash Lift

The lash lift treatment or a lash perm uses chemicals to lift and curl your natural lashes and make them look longer and denser. The procedure doesn’t involve adding eyelash extensions – it just improves the look of your natural lashes.

Lash lift lasts 6-8 weeks. This is the duration of a lash cycle – old lashes fall out and the new ones grow. Lash lift follows the growth cycle of the lashes and as time goes by, your lashes become straightened.

The treatment usually includes lash tint as well, to make the lashes look darker and more prominent. The tint tends to last a bit shorter than the lift, and it starts fading after about 3 weeks.

A Bit About a Lash LiftImage source: Instagram 
@pretty_eyes_by_kellieanne & @elleebana

How Long After a Lash Lift Can I Wear Mascara?

A lash lift does not require any special aftercare, except for protecting your eyelashes from getting wet for the first 48h. One of the aftercare rules also says that you should stay away from mascara for 48 hours after the treatment because the chemical bonds in your lashes are still delicate and it takes some time to harden.

After that, you can wear mascara if you want your lash lift to look even more dramatic. But be careful, you shouldn’t use just any mascara.

Which Mascara Can You Wear With a Lash Lift?

Since your lashes will look enhanced after a lash lift, you may not even need mascara, especially if you have them tinted as well. But if you want to get a more dramatic look, go for a water-based mascara.

It is important that the mascara you choose to wear after the lash lift is oil-free.

When it comes to waterproof mascara, it is advisable to avoid it, because it is much harder to remove. The more you rub, the more you will damage the lash lift curl. Water-based mascaras will be a much better choice, to keep your lash lift look good as long as possible.

Which Mascara Can You Wear With a Lash Lift?Image source: Instagram @deborasantosmakeup

How to Remove Mascara After Lash Lift?

Again, it is important to use products that don’t contain oil to remove your eye makeup. This is especially important in the first 3 weeks after the treatment because oil-based products will make your lashes straighten faster.

Can I Wear Eyeliner After a Lash Lift?

Yes, you can, but not immediately after the lash lift treatment. Wait 48 hours for the lashes to settle and then feel free to use eyeliner. But you may want to try a different formula from the one you usually wear. Find one that is not too hard to remove, to avoid rubbing your eyes and thus affecting your lash lift.

How to Make the Best of Your Lash Lift?

Keep up with the aftercare routine, which is pretty short and easy to follow.

In the first 2 days, avoid getting your eyelashes wet. Be careful when you shower and wash your face, avoid the eye area. Also, skip saunas and swimming. Don’t use oil-based products and any creams in general and stay away from makeup.

To make your lash lift look great as long as possible, brush your lashes with a clean spoolie daily for their entire lifespan. Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t rub your eyes. Sleep on your back if it is possible, for long-lasting results. Sunlight exposure can accelerate the tint fading, so that’s another thing to avoid.

How to Make the Best of Your Lash Lift?Image source: Instagram @beautybyus_appingedam

Stay Away From the Lash Curler

The whole point of the lash lift is to ditch the eyelash curler. When you curl your lashes with a curler, the effects are not long-lasting.

You may feel tempted to use a lash curler to make your lash curl more dramatic, but you can do more harm than good and ruin the whole look.

Is Lash Lift Worth It?

For the average price of $100 in the USA, you can have great lashes for up to 8 weeks. It shortens your morning routine and you don’t even need to apply much more additional makeup when you have good-looking lashes.

The treatment is very popular and its popularity seems to be growing. It is not as high maintenance as eyelash extensions and looks much more natural, which makes it perfect for an everyday look.

So, if you’ve decided to go for a lash lift, make sure you find a certified and reputable lash artist in your area.

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