Lash Lift Gone Wrong: Potential Risks and Side Effects

Women have always longed for long luscious eyelashes. Some of us are lucky enough to achieve a dramatic effect with mascara only. Those born with poor, sparse lashes are turning to new trends in the cosmetic industry.

One of them is lash extensions, which is perfect for those who want dramatic, makeup look. For those who want to look more natural, but still noticeable, lash lift treatment is a hot new trend.

Since it is similar to perm and chemical products are applied to your lashes, it carries certain risks. Keep reading to find out what can go wrong with your lash lift and how to fix it.

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What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Lash Lift?

A lash lift is a cosmetic treatment in which your lashes are curled and lifted up with the help of chemicals. No fake extensions are added – only your natural lashes reshaped, making them look longer and fuller.

Even though the whole lash lift treatment is very simple, safe and painless, and lasts for only one hour, the treated area (your eyes) is very sensitive. The consequences of lash lift gone bad can be either mild or more serious.

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Scenario #1: Lash Lift Treatment Didn’t Work 

Why does this happen?

Make sure you removed all traces of mascara and makeup, otherwise it can affect the lash lift treatment. On the other hand, it might not be your fault. The lash lift artist should use high-quality products and know their job well, and the results will be there.  

Also, it is very important to follow the lash lift aftercare tips and not to use makeup or any other products around your eyes for at least 24 hours.

What to do?

Ask for a new treatment or a refund.

Scenario #2: You Lashes Are Over Curled

Why does this happen?

It is probably your lash lift artist’s fault. They have to know how long the perming solution needs to be left on your lashes. Most of them are removed after exactly 12 minutes, and then the lashes are lifted and curled.

However, there are various types and brands of solutions and some of them mustn’t be left there for more than 6 minutes. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the botched lash lift. But this is not yours to know – your artist should know the materials and equipment well.

What to do?

The first thing you can do is wait and your eyelashes will go back to their normal shape after a couple of weeks. Also, ask for a refund because the job was not done properly. If you have an important event coming and you don’t want to go there with funny looking lashes, there are ways to straighten them.

Your lash lift artist needs to know how to relax a lash lift, so your eyelashes don’t look so curly. You will probably be given some oil because it works best for fixing over curled lash lift.

Scenario #3: Lash Lift Damaged Your Natural Lashes

Why does this happen?

Again, lash lift is not risky if done properly. So, the artist might have left the perming solution for too long or used some low-quality products or it could have been something else. This is why it is important to find an experienced artist.

On the other hand, if you didn’t follow the aftercare routine advice, then it might be your fault as well.

What to do?

If the lash lift treatment damaged your lashes (which is very rare), there’s not much you can do about it except to wait for them to grow back. It will take some time and you can try using some serums or oils that are said to speed up the process of growing, but they don’t do much.

Therefore, it is very important to prevent this from happening. So choose a reputable artist and a salon with many satisfied clients.

Scenario #4: Irritation and Infection

Why does this happen?

Some people have sensitive skin, and even though silicone pads are applied around the area, the skin can be irritated by the perming solution. Also, you have to be extra careful after the treatment to avoid getting an infection. The infection can be a side effect of your artist working in unsterile conditions. So, you can see how important it is to check the salon’s background before you decide on it.  

Sometimes, a tint is added to make lashes look darker and avoid using mascara. That means adding more chemicals to the lashes, which increases the risk of infection.

What to do?

Before you have a treatment, warn your lash lift artist about any skin condition you have. If you think you might be allergic to the perming solution or the tint, ask for a patch test before the treatment. If you wear contacts, remove them before the treatment and wear glasses instead. Be careful during the aftercare period.

If the treated area is unusually swollen, red, and painful, contact your lash lift artist immediately. If the situation looks very serious, pay a visit to your dermatologist. You might need to cure it with antibiotics. Bear in mind that irritation and infection are not very common after the lash lift treatment. Again, it is vital to carefully choose the lash lift artist.

How Does the Botched Lash Lift Affect You?

  • First of all, a lash lift treatment is not cheap and it is normal to expect amazing eyelashes. So, if it doesn’t work, you will feel disappointed. But that is the most harmless outcome.

If a lash lift somehow damages your lashes, it can affect your self-esteem. People have reported that after a lash lift damaged their eyelashes, they were so embarrassed that they didn’t want to leave the house. Some of them wore sunglasses all the time to cover up sparse lashes.

  • Also, if you want to recover from a botched lash lift as soon as possible, you will probably have to avoid wearing makeup. This can be hard for people who wear makeup every day for work. Also, imagine how those women who have done the eyelash lift before an important event might feel if their lash lift goes wrong?

So if you have a celebration, like a wedding, and you plan to have astonishing eyelashes for it, be careful. Maybe the best thing to do is to do one treatment two months before the event and if everything goes well, another one before the wedding. That’s how you’ll be more sure that the treatment works for you and that you chose a good lash lift artist.

Better Safe than Sorry

If you want to make sure nothing will go wrong and to end up with fabulous lashes, prepare properly for the treatment. Remove all the traces of mascara, or even better, don’t wear it at all for a couple of days before the treatment.

More importantly, carefully choose your lash lift artist. Find someone experienced, clean, and professional. The best thing is to ask your friends and acquaintance for recommendations. Don’t let the price affect your choice of an artist. Low prices usually mean a lack of experience and quality materials.

The Importance of the Lash Lift Aftercare

After the lash lift treatment, you are supposed to get aftercare tips from your esthetician. You should also check for the aftercare instructions online, in case your lash lift artist forgets to mention something. If you stick to them, it is unlikely that your lash lift will be unsuccessful.


Lash lift is a very popular treatment right now. It is affordable, simple, with a lot of women finding it practical in every day life. Also, a lash lift is a pretty safe treatment in general, and there is nothing to worry about if you follow all the aftercare advice given.

Only remember to focus on the skillfulness and experience of the artist and the other factors mentioned above, when choosing an aesthetician.

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