Can You Wear Eyelash Extensions with Glasses & Contact Lenses?

By Deana D.| Last updated on February 20, 2024
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⏱️ 7 min read

Imagine this: you’ve just had your eyelash appointment, your eyes are perfectly framed and you’re full of confidence and ready to take on the world. But, you put your favorite pair of glasses on and… No one can even see your new, fabulous lashes.

Or perhaps you’re a contact lens wearer, balancing the delicate harmony between making your eyes pop with extensions and making sure your lenses stay put and feel comfortable.

Don’t worry, we are here to crack the code and list some of the best eyelash extension styles for those who wear glasses, contact lenses, or switch between the two. So, let’s get started!

Can You Wear Eyelash Extensions with Glasses?

The short answer? Yes, absolutely, you can wear eyelash extensions with glasses!

Long gone are the days when eyeglasses would prevent you from showcasing your gorgeous eyelash extensions. With the right approach, glasses wearers can rock their favorite pairs of frames while showing off their stunning lashes.

Here are some useful suggestions to focus on when rocking your favorite pair of glasses with lash extensions:

Choose The Right Style

If you decide to get eyelash extensions, think about the frames of your glasses (but, more on that later, no worries). Choose eyelash extension styles that enhance rather than draw attention away from your frames.

For example, you may want to balance out aggressive, thick frames with more natural-looking lash extensions, and vice versa!

Length Matters

Take into consideration how long your lash extensions are. Steer clear of overly long lashes since they could brush against your lenses and cause smudges or irritation.

In order to achieve harmony between your lashes and glasses, an experienced lash technician can choose the ideal lash length for you.

Frame Fit

Make sure your glasses sit comfortably on your eyes without being too tight. Over time, ill-fitting frames might interfere with your lash extensions and cause damage or premature shedding.

See an optician if you need help adjusting your frames for a more comfortable fit.

Maintenance Routine

Make sure to have a gentle cleansing routine to keep both your eyelash extensions and glasses clean.

Use oil-free cleansers or gentle soaps and avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent premature shedding of the extensions and smudging of your lenses.

By following these simple recommendations, you can effectively integrate eyelash extensions into your glasses-wearing regimen, assuring both style and comfort without compromise.

Can You Wear Eyelash Extensions with Contact Lenses?

The answer here – and you’ve probably guessed it right– is the same. Yes, you can wear eyelash extensions with contact lenses.

With just a few considerations in mind, you can enjoy the best of both worlds without sacrificing comfort or style.

Let’s get into some useful tips on how to wear eyelash extensions with contact lenses safely and comfortably:

Consultation Is Key

Make sure to consult with your optometrist and lash technician before getting eyelash extensions.

They can guarantee that your contact lenses and lash extensions are compatible and can offer insightful advice tailored to your particular needs.

Opt for Lightweight Extensions

When wearing contact lenses, your best option is to get lightweight lash extensions. Steer clear of lash extension styles like volume lashes or mega volumes, that could irritate your eyes and lenses, or create discomfort.

Your eyes are already sensitive when putting the lenses in, so it’s best to have lightweight extensions that will make your morning and night routine easier to handle.

Focus on Lash Placement

Your lash technician should carefully consider the placement of the extensions to prevent them from coming into contact with your contact lenses.

Strategic placement can minimize the risk of irritation and ensure a comfortable wearing experience!

Gentle Cleansing Routine

Just like with glasses, it’s important to have a gentle cleansing routine to keep your eyelash extensions clean and bacteria-free.

Oil buildup can potentially irritate your eyes and lead to lash mite infection, which is very important to consider if you’re a contact lens wearer.

Again, use oil-free cleansers and don’t rub or tug around the eye area because you can only further irritate your lenses and therefore, your eyes.

Things to Consider

It’s essential to note that after getting eyelash extensions, it’s advisable to avoid putting in contact lenses immediately.

The reason behind this caution is that contact lenses are typically stored in a solution, often referred to as contact lens solution or saline solution.

If this liquid comes into contact with freshly applied lash extensions, it can cause them to become wet, potentially leading to premature loosening or damage.

It’s recommended to wait until the adhesive used for the eyelash extensions has fully cured and dried before inserting contact lenses.

This usually takes around 24 to 48 hours, but it’s best to follow the specific instructions provided by your lash technician.

It’s worth mentioning that some lash adhesives are formulated to be resistant to water. These waterproof lash adhesives offer added durability and longevity, even when exposed to moisture from activities like swimming or sweating.

If you opt for waterproof lash adhesive, it can provide peace of mind knowing that your eyelash extensions are less likely to be affected by water or moisture. Just to be certain, avoid putting the contacts in immediately after.


Removing the contact lenses before the appointment is crucial due to the chemicals found in lash extension adhesives. The fumes emitted during lash extension application can dry up your contact lenses, which can be dangerous if they are in your eyes.

Best Extension Styles with Glasses & Contact Lenses

So, let’s get into the fun stuff: the best lash extension styles for those who wear glasses and contact lenses. We’re combining the best of both worlds: aesthetics and comfort.

Here are a few more factors to consider when choosing the perfect eyelash extensions for your face, including the following:

  • Eye shape
  • Eyelash extension type & style
  • The shape of the glasses

Regardless of the type of lash extensions you prefer — classic, hybrid, volume, or mega volume — we are here to help you choose the ideal lash look while wearing glasses!

But before we get into the suitable eyelash styles for those who wear glasses or contact lenses, it’s important to understand the role of lash extension curls. The bigger the curl, the lesser the contact with glasses or contact lenses.

Now, let’s get into the best eyelash extension styles for those with glasses and contact lenses.

Classic Eyelash Extensions

Also known as 1 on 1 extensions, these lashes are applied one by one to your natural lashes, individually.

They offer the most natural look and are preferred by many clients. Classic eyelashes are usually the most popular because they effortlessly and effectively enhance your lashes, making them longer and thicker.

classic lash extensions
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Cat Eye Lashes

This lash extension style gives your eyes that seductive, cat-eye appearance. It’s perfect for you if you wear contact lenses or glasses because they are mostly concentrated on the ends of your natural lashes, providing an elongating effect.

This means that you will have less chance of any irritation, especially because this kind of lash style curls up naturally at the end of your lashes. Cat eyelashes also come with a bonus – they look like eyeliner!

Learn more about cat eyelash extensions here.

cat eye lash extensions
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Squirrel Lashes

If you haven’t heard about this adorable lash style name, here it is, in all its glory.

Just like the name suggests, squirrel lashes make your eyes look almost deer-like, but without the drama of typical cat-eye lashes.

It’s a very universal eyelash extension style, and it suits almost everyone, making it easy for those who wear glasses or contact lenses to try this style out!

Squirrel lash extensions are not that dramatic, but they are still visible even under the frames of glasses.

squirrel lash extenstions style
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Wispy Lash Extensions

For those who want a bit of drama, but still want their lashes to be visible under the frames, wispy lashes are the answer. They usually have a bigger curl, so you can safely put in your contact lenses without any problems.

If you prefer that cat-eye look, you can even ask your lash tech for wispy cat-eye lash extensions and combine these two effects.

wispy cat eye lash extensions
Image source: Instagram @evebeautylab

Best Frame Fits for Eyelash Extensions

If you wear contact lenses only, it’s a bit easier to choose an extension style since they will be visible anyway. But, if you wear glasses, it can be tricky to choose a frame that complements your gorgeous pair of lashes.

Choosing the appropriate frame for eyelash extensions can significantly impact comfort and efficacy for people who wear glasses.

Here are some basic tips for you if you wear glasses but still want your eyelash extensions to be visible and safely done:

  • Choose lightweight frames: Glasses made of lightweight materials like titanium or acetate are extremely lightweight. These frames will be more comfortable to wear, especially when combined with the extra weight of eyelash extensions.
  • Consider frames with a higher bridge: Frames with a higher bridge sit further away from the face, providing more space for your eyelash extensions without interfering with your glasses.
  • Choose frames with adjustable nose pads: Those who wear glasses know the significance of comfort, which nose pads always provide. They prevent your glasses from pressing against your eyelash extensions.
  • Select smaller or rimless frames: Smaller or rimless frames can minimize contact with your eyelash extensions, reducing the risk of them getting caught or tangled.

Final Thoughts

After reading this article, you can rest assured that getting eyelash extensions with eyewear doesn’t have to be hard, as long as you follow the maintenance guidelines and choose the appropriate lash style.

Whether you’re a glasses or contact lens wearer (or maybe even both), eyelash extensions are a great way to express your personal style without the hassle of putting makeup on every day.

Overall, it’s important to prioritize your comfort and minimal interference with your glasses or contact lenses when choosing the right lash style.

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