How to Wash Your Face with Lash Extensions: Step-by-Step Guide - eslashes

How to Wash Your Face with Lash Extensions: Step-by-Step Guide

July 01, 2023 10 min read

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If you just got lash extensions for the first time you're probably wondering how to wash your face now that you have lashes. I'll be honest with you, having lash extensions does require changing up the face washing routine a little bit. However, once you get into the routine it will be like second nature.

Maintaining lash extensions can seem tricky, but with the right techniques and products, you can keep them looking fabulous while ensuring your skin stays healthy. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the best practices for washing your face with lash extensions, helping you avoid common mistakes and maximize the longevity of your gorgeous lashes.

Understanding Lash Extensions

What are Lash Extensions?

Lash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes to enhance their length, fullness, and curl. They are a popular choice for those looking to boost their natural beauty without the daily hassle of mascara.

Benefits of Lash Extensions

Lash extensions offer a variety of benefits, including saving time on your daily makeup routine, giving you a more youthful appearance, and providing a dramatic yet natural look. They are also water-proof, and prevent running mascara or eyeliner! 

Why Proper Face Washing is Crucial

Preventing Eye Infections

Keeping your eye area clean is essential to prevent infections. Lash extensions can trap dirt and bacteria, so maintaining cleanliness is a must.

Maintaining the Longevity of Your Lash Extensions

Proper aftercare also helps extend the life of your lash extensions. When cared for properly, they should still look beautiful and full when you head in for your lash fill appointment. 

Why You Should Remove Makeup Before Bed

Preventing Skin Issues

Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores, leading to breakouts and other skin issues. This is especially problematic for oily skin, which is more prone to acne. Removing your makeup before bed also helps allow your skin to breathe and turn over the cells for a youthful glow. Leaving makeup on overnight can give the skin a dull appearance and can even promote pre-mature aging over time.

Leaving your makeup on for one night (shouldn't) do too much damage. But I have noticed a huge difference in the glow of my skin by using the right skincare products to properly remove all my makeup before bed. :)

Maintaining Lash Extensions

Washing your face properly helps reduce the amount of natural oils and dirt from getting onto your lash extensions. Of course the lash extensions need to also be cleansed using lash-friendly products. 

Promoting Overall Skin Health

Proper makeup removal ensures that your skin can breathe and repair itself overnight. This is the best way to maintain a healthy complexion and avoid common concerns like dullness and irritation. Like I mentioned earlier I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin by properly washing my face every night before bed. This is just my personal opinion but makeup wipes can be drying and irritating for those with sensitive skin. 

The Importance of Properly Washing Your Face, Especially with Makeup

Removing Makeup Residue

Thoroughly washing your face removes makeup residue that can build up and cause irritation or infections, particularly along the lash line.

Preventing Eye Infections

Eye infections can occur if makeup and dirt accumulate around your eyes. Proper cleansing helps avoid this risk.

Keeping Lash Extensions Clean

Regular and proper face washing helps keep your lash extensions clean, ensuring they last longer and look gorgeous. Washing your lash extensions also helps prevent lash mites. Yes, little bugs that can live along your lash line, how disgusting! 


Preparation Before Washing Your Face

Removing Makeup

Before washing your face, it's important to remove any makeup, especially eye makeup, with an oil-free makeup remover. This helps to prevent the breakdown of the lash glue. Some eye-makeup products have oil in them. It's best to avoid these and use oil-free products if you can. 

Choosing the Right Products

I like to take a gentle approach to washing my face. Personally I use the elf Holy hydration cleanser on my face. E.L.F. also has a cleanser that is specifically formulated to sensitive skin. Figuring our your skin type can really help you choose the best cleanser for yourself as we are all different. You should be able to easily find an oil-free cleanser that suits your specific skin type.

Avoid oil-based products as they can weaken the adhesive bond of the lash glue. I do know some people who use oil-based cleansers and just avoid using them along the lash line and their lashes have been fine. The main thing is to prevent oil from constantly being on or near your lashes. From what i've seen, a little bit won't cause all your lashes to fall off. However, better to be safe than sorry and I try to use mostly oil-free products. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Your Face with Lash Extensions

Follow a few of the easy steps below and use lash-safe products to help extend the life of your lashes. 

Step 1: Remove Eye Makeup with Oil-Free Makeup Remover

If you wear heavy eye makeup, the first step is to gently remove the eye makeup using an oil-free makeup remover. Soak a cotton pad in the remover and press it against your closed eyelid for a few seconds before wiping away.

Keep in mind the cotton shouldn't drag along the lash line at all as the cotton fibers can become tangled up into the extensions. If you are worried about this, simply use a soft towel with your remover instead of using the cotton pads. The good news is, using a facial cloth is better for the environment anyways! 

Step 2: Use a Gentle Facial Cleanser

I recommend choosing a gentle facial cleanser that is free from oils and harsh chemicals. There are so many different types of gently face wash like gel cleansers, milk cleansers or even foam cleansers. The cleanser you choose is ultimately up to you.

Choosing a gentle face wash based on your skin type goes a long way in your skincare routine. Personally, I use the elf holy hydration cleanser as I can be prone to dry and dehydrated skin that is a bit sensitive. (This works for me, through trial and error you'll find what works for you!) 

Apply a small amount of the cleanser to your face, avoiding direct contact with your lash extensions. Get your hands or a round facial sponge under a little running water to dampen them. Next, massage the cleanser around your face in a gentle circular motion. Make sure to be gentle around the eye area, but don't skip over it! Using your ring finger to cleanser under the sensitive eye area tends to be more gentle than your pointer finger. 

Step 3: Avoid Oil-Based Products

Oil-based products can break down the adhesive bond of your lash extensions. Stick to water-based products to ensure the longevity of your lashes. Don't worry as you can still get a hydrating product that doesn't include oil. Look for ingredients that are humectants like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or even aloe vera. 

A common concern I heard from a makeup artist is that oil-based products are the best for removing a lot of makeup like heavy foundation. I would say that as long as you aren't getting the oil based remover near the eye, and are then washing the oil based cleanser off properly with a face cleanser it should be ok.

One of the general rules is to just avoid oil based products as much as possible, and do not put them directly on the lash line. And one rule to follow with lash extensions is never use waterproof mascara. Oil is basically the only thing that takes it off easily. 

Step 4: Rinse with Lukewarm Water

Option 1: Rinse your face with cool water (use lukewarm if you don't like cold), ensuring that you don't splash water directly onto your lash extensions. Option 2: Next, I like to remove the cleanser using a damp microfiber face cloth. These can be found on amazon, at the drugstore or even at the dollar store in the beauty section.

It's important to use a clean face towel every day, so buy a pack and stock up! You may have to repeat this rinsing process twice to remove all of the face cleanser.

Step 5: Wash your eyelash extensions. 

Next, it's time to get your eyelash extensions wet! Apply 1-2 pumps of a lash safe cleanser onto the lash line with your eye closed. Using a clean makeup brush or a lash cleansing brush, carefully and gently massage the cleanser into the lash extensions. Use a squirt bottle to carefully rinse away the lash cleanser. Hold a clean towel below the eye while you are doing this to avoid getting water everywhere. 

Step 6: Pat Dry with a Lint-Free Towel

 Now that you have clean eyelash extensions and a clean face, carefully pat them dry with a clean towel. The next step is to dry your lashes with a fan on cool, then fluff them with a mascara wand or spoolie. 

Detailed Steps and Tips

Removing Excess Oil

Use micellar water to remove any excess oil from your face. It is gentle and effective, making it ideal for use around the eye area.

Using Micellar Water

Micellar water can be used as a cleanser on days when you are not wearing heavy makeup. It cleanses the skin without disrupting the lash glue bond.

The Importance of Using a Gentle Touch

Always use a gentle touch when handling your lash extensions. Rubbing or tugging can lead to lash loss and eye irritation.

The Best Products for Washing Your Face with Lash Extensions

Oil-Free Cleansers

Oil-free cleansers are your best bet for maintaining the adhesive bond of your lash extensions. They cleanse effectively without compromising the glue.

Gentle Cleansers Suitable for Sensitive Skin

For those with sensitive skin, opt for gentle cleansers that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Using Harsh Products

Avoid using harsh products that can damage both your lash extensions and your natural lashes. Stick to products designed for sensitive skin.

Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes can cause lash extensions to fall out prematurely and can also irritate the delicate skin around your eyes.

Additional Tips for Maintaining Lash Extensions

Using a Clean Spoolie Brush

Brush your lash extensions daily with a clean spoolie brush to keep them looking neat and prevent tangling.

Avoiding Direct Contact with Water

Try to avoid getting your lash extensions wet, especially within the first 24 hours after application. If your lash technician uses a lash bonder or an eyelash sealer at the end of the appointment you may be able to get your lashes wet right away.

The use of superbonder cures the eyelash adhesive within minutes instead of waiting the usual 24-48 hours. Always check with your lash artist to find out the waiting period they recommend before getting your lashes wet. 

Use a microfiber cloth or soft a cloth for a more controlled approach to washing. Using a handheld showerhead can be too rough on your lash extensions. I'd recommend sticking with a small amount of cleanser, your hands and a clean soft cloth to wash your face more carefully. 

Expert Tips from Lash Technicians

Proper Care Techniques

Lash technicians (myself included) recommend using a lash shampoo specifically formulated for extensions. This helps to remove makeup residue and keep your lashes clean.

Recommended Products

You can consult with your lash technician for product recommendations that are safe for use with lash extensions.

However here are a few of my top picks:

The best cleanser for your lash care routine:

  • Eslashes Gentle Lash Cleanser
  • The Best Affordable oil-free face cleansers:
  • Elf Holy Hydration Daily Cleanser (this is what I use currently!)
  • Cetaphil pro foaming face wash 
  • The Ordinary Squaline Cleanser
  • Elf Skin Pure Skin Cleanse
  • Paula's Choice Calm Ultra- Gentle Face cleanser
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Daily Foaming Cream Face Cleanser 
  • Garnier Micellar Water
  • Marcelle oil-free Makeup Remover 
  • Neutrogina oil-free makeup remover 


DIY Lash Extensions: A Cautionary Note

Risks of DIY Lash Extensions

Applying lash extensions yourself can be risky and may lead to eye infections or damage to your natural lashes. It is best to seek professional help.

Seeking Professional Help

A certified lash technician has the training and expertise to apply lash extensions safely and effectively, ensuring the best results.

Importance of a Gentle Skincare Routine

Benefits for Natural Beauty

A gentle skincare routine helps to maintain your natural beauty by protecting your skin and lashes from damage.

Maintaining the Health of Your Natural Lashes

Proper care ensures that your natural lashes remain healthy, providing a strong foundation for your lash extensions.

Understanding Micellar Water

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar water is a gentle cleanser that contains micelles, tiny cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. It effectively removes makeup and impurities without the need for rinsing.

Types of Micellar Water

Some micellar waters contain added oils to help break down waterproof makeup, while others are oil-free and better suited for use with lash extensions. Always check the ingredients to ensure you are using a lash-safe product.

Using Micellar Water

To use micellar water, soak a cotton pad and gently wipe your face in a circular motion. This method is gentle and effective for removing makeup and cleansing the skin without disrupting the lash glue bond.


Watch Our Video on How To Clean Lash Extensions FULL Tutorial

Note: In the video tutorial, eslashes gentle lash cleanser is used. It is a recommended product for sensitive eyes, as it does not cause any irritation.

Conclusion: How To Clean Eyelash Extensions

In conclusion, washing your face with lash extensions requires careful attention to detail and the right products. By following the simple yet effective steps outlined in this guide, you can maintain the health of your natural lashes and the longevity of your lash extensions. Remember to always use a gentle touch and avoid oil-based products to keep your lashes looking their best.


  1. How often should I wash my eyelash extensions? It is recommended to wash your eyelash extensions at least once a day to maintain their cleanliness and longevity.

  2. Can I use baby shampoo to clean my lash extensions? No, it is not advisable to use baby shampoo as it may not effectively cleanse the extensions. Opt for a gentle lash cleanser specifically formulated for extensions.

  3. Why is it important to dry the lashes with cool air? Hot air can cause the adhesive to weaken, leading to premature lash extension loss. Hot air can also straighten the curl of the lash extensions. Using cool air ensures the longevity of the extensions.

  4. Can I use any mascara wand to comb the lashes? It is best to use a clean mascara wand specifically designed for eyelash extensions to avoid damaging the lashes.

  5. Where can I purchase the recommended lash cleanser and after-care bundle? You can find the eslashes Oil-Free Gentle Eyelash Extension Cleanser and the eslashes After-Care Bundle here. 


At eslashes, we are committed to providing comprehensive support to lash technicians and their clients. As part of our dedication to exceptional aftercare, we are pleased to offer a valuable resource: the FREE Lash Extension Aftercare Guide. This convenient digital download contains essential instructions to ensure proper maintenance and longevity of lash extensions.

Download eslashes free client aftercare guide here. 

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