Hello unicorn fam! We've all experienced that soul-crushing moment when you're no longer able to use your favorite pair of lashes due to wear and tear over time, or if there's been a massive build up of residue. Although this is sadly inevitable, there are ways you can preserve your lashes so that you can get maximum usage out of them before having to buy more! We at Dollar Lash Club have come up with some steps on how to clean, maintain, and store your lashes:
What you'll need:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Liquid make-up remover
- Cotton swabs or cotton balls
- Tweezers or cuticle nippers
- A clean mascara brush (optional)
- Lash casing
Step 1: Clean your hands and tools
Before touching your eyes or lashes, be sure to wash your your hands thoroughly. Also sanitize your tweezers or cuticle nippers using rubbing alcohol and the cotton swabs/balls. Cleaning your hands and tools helps prevent transferring any bacteria that may cause eye infections.
Step 2: Remove your lashes
If your lashes aren't already removed, do so by gently peeling them off the lash line. You can also apply loosen the glue by applying make-up remover to a cotton swab and carefully transferring the remover onto the band using an outward twisting motion.
Step 3: Clean off any make-up residue using make-up remover
Sparingly apply your make-up remover to a cotton ball/swab, then starting from the band and working downwards towards the tips of the lashes, gently pat and wipe off any make-up residue. Do this on both sides of the lashes. Try to be sparing with the make-up remover, as too much liquid may cause the shape of the lashes to lose it's curl or cause them to clump together. Don't worry too much about the glue, as that will be covered in the next step.
Step 4: Continue to sanitize and loosen up the glue with rubbing alcohol
Sparingly apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball or swab. Rub and pat the cotton ball or swab along the lash band. Don't forget to do this on both sides. Again, be sparing with the rubbing alcohol as too much liquid can ruin the lashes. This should loosen up and stubborn glue.
Step 5: Using your tweezers or cuticle nipper, remove the glue residue
If you're using tweezers, carefully pick away at the remaining glue residue. If you're using cuticle nippers, snip off the glue bit by bit. Make sure to be gentle and precise while doing this so you don't damage the lash band! If the glue is still too stubborn, you can repeat steps 3 and 4 to help loosen up the remaining debris before trying this step again.
Step 6: Sanitize the lash band one more time
Once all the glue and gunk is removed, end off with a clean finish by sweeping the lash band with a cotton band/swab and alcohol one more time.
Step 7: Fluff your lashes by brushing them out (optional)
If you want to go an extra mile and fluff up your lashes, brush them out from the band working outwards towards the tips of the lashes using a clean, unused, mascara brush. Do this on both sides of the lashes to ensure maximum fluffiness!
Step 8: Store your lashes in it's casing
Once your lashes are cleaned and fluffed, store them in proper lash casing. Make sure to press the band against the casing so that it sticks to the cases curved form. This helps the lash band keep it's curve, otherwise it will straighten out over time. It's important to preserve the lashes' curve because this helps for future application and to prevent lifting at the corners!
Know when you buy new lashes
If your lashes are bent, broken, missing hairs, clumped, or so overused that no amount of cleaning will fix them, it's time to discard them and buy a fresh new pair! This is normal, as no falsies last forever! It's also important to throw out overused lashes because bacteria can accumulate over time, even with cleaning. Wearing old, dirty lashes can cause an eye infection, and that's never a good look!
Lucky for you, we at Dollar Lash Club make it easy to buy fresh new pairs of your favorite affordable, yet luxurious, mink lashes! So when the time comes, check out our online store!
We hope this piece will help all of you unicorns out there in your journey to properly clean, maintain, and store your favorite lash whiskers! Keep calm and glow on, unicorn fam!