Learning How To Clean & Care For Faux Lashes has changed my life! Now I can buy all the fake eyelashes I want because I can now wear them more than once! I must confess that I have a serious obsession with faux lashes. It all started with getting lash extensions before vacation this past summer. I have short, straight, blonde lashes, so I absolutely fell in love with long fluttery, wispy, curly lashes. The big problem for me with lash extensions is the fact that I can’t really use oil on them because they fall out much quicker. If you follow me on Blooming in Bedlam, you already know I basically live for oils in my skincare. Faux lashes allow me to have my lashes and oils too, so I have amassed quite the collection! But apparently they get dirty- who knew? I’ve spent the last couple weeks trying to figure out the best way to clean and care for faux lashes instead of just throwing them away when they get all clumpy.
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Cleaning Faux Lashes
If you buy the cheap ones that are a few bucks a piece, it’s probably not worth it to wear them more than twice and just toss them. But, if you invest in some really gorgeous lashes (silk or even faux mink) – and you take good care of them – they can easily last you 30-50 wears. So if you buy a set for $30, then get 30 wears out of them, not only do they look gorgeous and more natural, but they also cost you $1.00 per wear versus $3.00 a wear for the cheaper disposable types.
Every time you wear your lashes, you get bits of lash adhesive, mascara and eyeshadow on your faux lashes. Over time, that residue really builds up making your lashes heavy, clumpy and gunky. But, you can gently and easily clean them to restore them to their former fluffy, wispy, flirty glory.
To start, place dirty lashes on on a bed of tissue or toilet paper and spray liberally with either 70% rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. I actually didn’t have any alcohol, so I threw some witch hazel in an old spray bottle and used that. I actually think alcohol might be too drying since this worked so well. Spray a q-tip with the same solution and very gently rub the lashes until clean. Be sure to rub from the base to the end to remove any clumps. I actually had no idea how dirty these lashes were until I cleaned them because I had only worn them twice. Yuck!
After they are completely clean, either dip them or spray again with cool clean water, rubbing with a clean q-tip to ensure they are completely clean. Make sure to reshape the curl of the lashes and let air dry on a clean paper towel before storing them away.
My Favorite Lash Styles
Now that you know you can get more than one wear out of your faux lashes, you should go on a little shopping spree!
The lashes I actually cleaned in the demo pictures are already really economical, but natural looking and surprisingly resilient. They are the Eylure London Lengthening Multipack Style No. 155. They are wispy and long, but still natural looking with a barely there feel. Perfect for everyday minimal makeup looks.
The lashes I have on in the feature photo are Velour Silk Lashes in Style Perfect Fan. These are in a word- GORGEOUS. They quite a bit heavier, but you will look like a movie star with dark, lush, perfectly fanned out lashes that are TO DIE FOR.
If you want an economical all-in-one kit of great basic silk lashes, brush on adhesive, and a lash applicator, try the My Life’s Complete Kit also from Velour.
What are your favorite styles? Now that I know how to clean and care for faux lashes, I’m always looking for my next set!