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Twitter Question: How Do You Protect Your Eyelashes After Wearing Falsies? columnist Bianca Valerio gives the lowdown on falsies and extensions. Learn how to remove them without damaging your delicate lashes.

Twitter question from @AveSoriano: “How do you protect your eyelashes after wearing falsies? Is there an advisable period for ‘giving it a rest?’”

Hey love, this question is really important because there is such little information out there when it comes to eyelash health and maintenance

Treat your lashes as you would your hair: with TLC.

To prevent dryness and damage, we give our tresses regular treatments. Same with your lashes. Due to the chemicals they’re exposed to, such as mascara, eyeliner, and lash glue, they too, need a breather and nourishment to keep them lush and healthy. 

I actually earned my certification in lash extensions from Lash beLong™ (the same company that makes Ardell Lashes) from the U.S. Let me share some vital info that’ll give deeper insight into lash care:


Take waterproof mascara, for example. Waterproof mascara is to lashes as hairspray is to hair. In order to hold the curl, especially in humid temperatures like in the Philippines, waterproof formulas are more effective, but also harsher on lashes. 

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Lash extension is the process wherein a single false lash is glued onto a person’s individual lash. Just imagine carrying a dumbbell for a long period of time without rest. This same theory applies. Lashes can only take so much weight and tension. As a result, lashes break and fall off. 

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Apart from this, most lash extension technicians are not properly trained. In the U.S., lash technicians are skillfully trained and certified before they can actually practice it as a profession. 

In many cases, unskilled lash technicians aren’t as patient and meticulous about gluing with a false-to-real lash ratio of 1:1. Others just glue the false lash strand onto two or onto a small clump. This strains your real lashes because they cannot grow out normally since they’re glued to the false lashes. 


Then there are some who don’t realize that they’re gluing the false lash strand to the actual lash root or skin, which should never be the case. Lash extension glue is not the same as your regular lash glue bought at beauty stores. It’s more potent in order for the false lashes to be more long-wearing, therefore they can cause more damage if they’re not used properly. 

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Regular lash glue like DUO FILM, though safe to use, of course, still require us to be careful, especially when removing false lashes.

Since the skin around our eyes is very delicate and prone to the most damage like wrinkle formation, we should pull off false lashes with the least amount of force or tension. You can do this with either of the two steps:

For strip lashes (long false lash type):

1. Apply some oil-based make-up remover to weaken the lash glue, making it less uncomfortable to remove. Then hold your eyelid taut. Slowly pull off the false lashes, starting from the inner eye area going outward. 

2. If you’re used to wearing false lashes, you can skip the make-up remover and carefully remove it using the steps cited above. 

For flares (individual lash clumps):

1. Apply some oil-based make-up remover to weaken lash glue. Normally, just with this process alone, you should already easily make the flares come off.

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2. In some cases, if flares are not pulled off with care without make-up remover, our own lashes come off, too. So best to do step 1 to be sure.

To keep our lashes from becoming dry and brittle, you can use lash serums as they’re infused with nourishing ingredients. They keep lashes strong and growing healthily. 

If you don’t have those, something as simple as olive oil does the trick! Conditioning our lashes with olive oil is like giving it a much-needed treatment. Rub in a drop or two after your regular night routine so it works its magic as you sleep.