Falsie care: How to keep your lashes in tip-top shape

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By Redzhanna Jazmin

Falsie care: How to keep your lashes in tip-top shape

A strip of falsies can save any look. Think your graphic liner looks weird? Throw on a set of lashes! Struggling to get your eyeshadow to stop creasing? Cover up the damage with a huge set of lashes! Feeling more drab than fab and looking for a quick fix? Falsies will have you feeling like a baddie in no time!

It’s takes a while to get the hang of them, but once you’ve had a little practise with strip lashes, you’ll never want to go back. There’s just one obstacle: Once they’re on, then what? Good question. We’ve got just the guide for you.

Mind you, this isn’t a guide to applying falsies—that’s a whole different ball game. No, this is a guide to what to do once the falsies come off. If you’re hoping to get more than just a few uses out of your lashes, heed our advice. As with most things in life, proper care and technique is an absolute must when it comes to extending the life of your fake lashes. Ahead, we’re covering absolutely all of the essentials:

Step 1: Removing your lashes

This is arguably the most important step of lash care. One wrong move could have dire repercussions on your falsies, your real lashes, and the delicate skin around your eyes—yikes! 

Rather than ripping them off right off the bat, try dissolving the glue with makeup remover instead. Simply soak a cotton pad in your choice of remover and hold the wet pad over your eyes until the glue is fully loosened.

One thing to avoid when it comes to removing falsies are oil-based cleansers like cleansing balms or micellar water. While they are a very efficient way to remove makeup, they can leave an oily residue on your lashes that makes it more difficult to apply lash glue next time around. If you’re already guilty of doing this and are now panicking, fret not—in this case, it’s best to use a little eye makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to cleanse the oily residue from the strip of the lashes.

Step 2: Peel off any glue left on the lash band


Now that your falsies are officially off your face, it’s time to tackle the lash band. We can almost guarantee that there will some leftover glue stuck to the band even after a good soaking, so make sure you’re removing every last bit of residue.

Failing to do so may make it more difficult for you to glue the lashes back on in the future. Not to mention, the excess glue can attract dirt and bacteria that can lead to some pretty nasty eye infections—pretty much the last thing you want when getting geared up for a night out!

Step 3: Give your lashes a bath

The next step in our guide to proper lash care is a good soak in warm, soapy water. Submerge the entire lash strip in the soapy bath, scrubbing gently to remove any excess makeup.

Step 4: Rinse and repeat (if necessary)

Look, it’s not a perfect process. If, after a rinse and thorough inspection, your lashes are still grubby, just give them another pass in the soap bath.

TIP: If the makeup residue is proving difficult, you could also add some liquid makeup remover into the bath for a more heavy-duty cleaning solution.

Step 5: Leave your lashes to dry


The final step is to just leave your lashes to air dry—or, if you’re in a rush, pat them dry with a clean towel or tissue. Voila!

There you have it: Your guide to falsie care. It takes just ten minutes and makes a world of difference—have fun lashing out!

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