Love the look of thick and dark lashes, but aren’t sure how eyelash extensions will work with your glasses or contacts? You’re in the right place! To clear things up once and for all, we sat down with Zach Falb, also known as the Eyelash King and NovaLash’s Global Distribution & Education Manager. Today, Zach’s answering all your burning questions about wearing eyelash extensions with contacts or glasses!
Can I Get Lash Extensions While Wearing Contacts?
With the right brand, absolutely! Thanks to NovaLash’s training, service standards, health and safety precautions, and focus on client comfort, our lash professionals can safely apply lash extensions while you’re wearing contacts. To ensure your eyes remain comfortable, your stylist will make sure your eyes are fully sealed before they start the service.
If your stylist uses tape to keep your eye open and get to hard-to-reach areas, it’s a red flag. Keeping the eye open during the application process exposes the eye to the lash adhesive fumes, which can be especially irritating if you’re wearing contact lenses. If you plan on wearing contacts during your lash appointment, asking if your stylist ensures your eyes are closed during the service will be key to finding the right professional for you.
How Can I Change My Contacts With Lash Extensions?
Once your lash extensions are applied, it’s completely safe to remove your contacts. To change your contacts while wearing extensions, follow these steps
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Find a mirror with good lighting so you can see what you’re doing
- Gently lift the eyelid or the skin around the eye, avoiding putting pressure on the lashes
- Remove or insert your contact lens
During this process, avoid tugging on your lash line. Over time, repeated pressure on this area can affect the life of your lash extensions and could damage your natural lashes.
Can I Use Eyedrops While Wearing Lash Extensions?
Glycol, a common ingredient in eyedrops, can break down the bond between your natural lashes and extensions. If your eyedrops contain glycol, use moderation when placing them to avoid them running over the lash line. After using your eyedrops, gently rinse your eye area with clean water to remove residue.
Can You Wear Lash Extensions With Glasses?
Definitely! If you plan on wearing glasses with your lash extensions, bring your glasses to your appointment. Your lash professional will ask you to put your glasses on so they can see how far your natural lashes are from the lens and how much longer your lash extensions can be. Since lash extensions shouldn’t touch your glasses lens, your lash artist may recommend focusing on increasing the thickness, darkness, and density of your lashes. Thick, dark extensions create a defined lash line and make your eyes pop behind glasses without compromising your comfort as your natural lashes grow. Plus, this style creates more strength and structure, so your extensions may last even longer than usual!
My Eyelash Extensions Touch My Glasses. What Should I Do?
For best results, lash extensions shouldn’t touch or rub against your lenses, even if you’re due for a fill soon. When your extensions touch your lenses, they may become uncomfortable and even affect the bond between your natural lashes and your extensions. If this happens to you, talk to your lash professional about your options. There are different lash extension options (like curlier or thicker fans) and one of these styles will likely work better with your glasses.
With the right lash professional, wearing lash extensions with glasses or contacts is a healthy, safe, and convenient beauty option. Find a well-trained lash extension stylist near you today!
A special thanks to Zach for this interview. To get more great eyelash extension tips from Zach, follow him on Instagram @the_eyelash_king. You can also find Zach sharing tips, tricks, and inspiration through NovaLash’s official channels: