How Long Do Lash Extensions Last?

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If you’re planning on getting eyelash extensions or applying DIY lash extensions at home, you likely have several questions about how to prepare or if the investment might be worth it. How long do DIY lash extensions, or lash extensions in general, last? How should you prepare before getting your extensions applied? What else might you want to know?


We know a lot about makeup and eyelash extensions, and we can any questions you might have about the application process. If you’re looking for adequate information, especially if you’re getting lash extensions for the first time, you’re in the right place. For more help with your DIY lash extensions, and lash extensions in general, please keep reading!

How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?

In general, eyelash extensions can last up to six weeks. This can also include the DIY lash extensions you might apply at home, as long as you practice the same care as your beauty technician. Eyelash extensions will not normally last longer than six weeks because that is the typical eyelash growth cycle. This means that your extensions may be essentially permanently bonded to your natural lashes.


If you want to extend the longevity of your eyelash extensions, there are a few steps you may want to follow in order to ensure they are applied correctly. Additionally, you may want to invest in eyelash conditioner. Eyelash conditioner, whether you’re applying DIY lash extensions or getting them professionally done, may strengthen your lashes and provide healthy minerals to your lashes.

How to Prepare Your Face for Eyelash Extensions

If you’re a beginner to eyelash extensions, we highly recommend following several steps. By following these steps carefully, you will help to ensure your lashes stay on for as long as possible, that they won’t move around extraneously during the application process, and that your lashes will be applied accurately and straight.

Avoid Waterproof Mascara for at Least Three Days

If you wear waterproof mascara regularly, or might wear it for any reason before your extension appointment, we strongly recommend avoiding this product for a period of time. Specifically, as a bare minimum, we suggest you avoid waterproof mascara for at least three days before your scheduled appointment or the day you’ve chosen to apply your DIY lash extensions. Waterproof mascara can be an excess product for longer than most other makeup items, meaning your extensions may not be glued very securely to your natural lashes.

Wash Your Face

We also suggest you wash your face, paying special attention to your eye and lash area, before attempting to apply eyelash extensions. This will help you eliminate excess oil before your appointment, ensuring a secure and accurate application by your beauty technician. Further, if you wear makeup products regularly, washing your face thoroughly will allow you to remove excess product before your appointment.

Wash Your Hair

In addition to washing your face, please take a shower and thoroughly wash your hair before your appointment. Our hair touches our faces more often than you might think, meaning it’s necessary to wash your hair to remove excess oil.


Additionally, if you have long hair, we recommend pulling it back from your face. Putting it into clips, pigtails, a ponytail, or a bun will help ensure there is little to no oil transfer from your hair to your lashes. Reducing oil levels, as previously mentioned, will help your DIY lash extensions adhere securely and maintain the desired shape.

Don’t Apply Oil-Based Products

While you may normally apply moisturizer and sunblock to your face, we strongly recommend avoiding these products to your face before your extension appointment. This is because these products may introduce excess oils to your lashes, especially if applied around your eyes.


You may also want to avoid applying any makeup products around the eye area if you’re getting eyelash extensions. This is because many of these items include oils to some measure. Further, putting products on your lashes before your appointment or application date may make it difficult for the glue to adhere properly.

Don’t Put on Your Contacts

You should also avoid putting in your contacts. Your contacts might do a couple of negative things if you’re planning on getting extensions. This is especially because the extensions may get caught in your lenses or eyes if you aren’t careful. Additionally, contact solution may get onto your lashes if you aren’t careful, meaning you may be introducing excess product.

Don’t Use Your Lash Curler

We also recommend you avoid curling your lashes before your extension appointment. Further, even if your curler is product-free and perfectly clean, most eyelash extension technicians tend to be more comfortable working on your natural lashes. If your tech prefers to work on curled lashes, they will likely have the necessary tools. It is much better to avoid performing excess work and risking misaligned extensions. You may want to reschedule your appointment instead.


If you’re a beginner to eyelash extensions, or if you’re applying DIY lash extensions at home for the first time, we hope you found our tips and tricks helpful. Try to prioritize reducing the amount of oil on your face and around your lashes if you’re getting extensions in the near future, and this will help you ensure the best possible experience.