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How to Remove Eyeshadow with Eyelash Extensions

by Sandy Taylor

Removing your eyeshadow with eyelash extensions can be tricky. However, with the right techniques, you can easily remove your eyeshadow without ruining your eyelash extensions.

The best way to remove eyeshadow with eyelash extensions is to use a cotton pad with oil-free makeup remover to wipe off the bulk of the eyeshadow on your eyelids. Use a cotton-tip and oil-free makeup remover to remove eyeshadow along your lash-line. 

In this post, I connected with a few beauty gurus and asked them to share with me their best tips for removing eyeshadow with eyelash extensions.

Use Oil-Free Makeup Remover

Laura Burns, a makeup artist with over 15 years of experience in the TV and film industry suggests that finding a good quality oil-free makeup remover is important. Oil-based products will dissolve and weaken the bonds of the lash glue which will make your eyeshadow removal process a nightmare.

What You Will Need:

  • Oil-Free Makeup Remover
  • Cotton Pad
  • Cotton Tip (Q-Tip)
  • Oil-Free Facial Cleanser
  • Oil-Free Moisturizer or Eye Cream

Step-By-Step Instructions for Removing Your Eyeshadow with Eyelash Extensions:


Step 1: Wet a cotton pad with the makeup remover and take the bulk of eyeshadow off your lid.


Step 2: To take off makeup right around your lashes, wet a cotton tip with the oil-free makeup remover and gently glide over the lash line, being careful not to pull on the lashes.


Step 3: Finish by washing with an oil-free cleanser. Use gentle pressure around the lashes. Use only patting motions. Do not rub.


Step 4: Apply an oil-free moisturizer or eye cream to your eye area. If you generally use an oil-based moisturizer on the rest of your face, that’s totally fine, just steer clear of your eye area.


And after you’re done, here are the results:


Here’s a video showing you step-by-step how to do this process:


Additional Tips

Avoid All Oil Based Makeup Products (use Micellar Water)

Natalie Chung, a St. Louis-based makeup artist and Licensed Esthetician, suggests to plan ahead and not use any form of oil-based makeup, eyeliner, mascara, or any other face products that contain oil.

Most lash adhesives are oil-based. When you mix one oil-based product with another oil-based product, they will mix together, creating a messy look. By avoiding all oil-based products, you can use one oil-free makeup remover (Micellar water) for all your makeup removal needs.

As for removing eyeshadow on eyelash extensions, Natalie recommends doing the following:

  1. Using a cotton round and a couple of drops of micellar water to clean the lid gently back and forth.
  2. Use a clean Q-Tip with micellar water to remove eyeshadow along your lash line (don’t rub)
  3. Simply let your eyelid air-dry afterward.

Use Lint-Free Products

Melina Cespedes, the founder of Lash Society Miami, suggests using lint-free Q-Tips. By using lint-free Q-Tips, you will avoid getting cotton residue stuck in your lash extensions. Cotton snags and you want to stay clear of anything that will latch onto your lashes.

If you do use makeup wipes for removing makeup, make sure they are lint-free and oil-free.

Use Gentle Pulling Motions

Melina also suggests starting at the lash line with your micellar water-soaked cotton swap and use gentle pulling motions to work your way from the inner corner of your lid, up and outward towards your temples. This will help not land any debris on your lash extensions or lash line.

Stay Clear of Waterproof Products (Eyeshadow and Mascara)

Melina explains that waterproof makeup products like waterproof eyeshadow and mascara stick to your skin “like crazy glue”. Since lash extensions are synthetic hairs that do not have pores, you will need to rub them harshly in order to remove the waterproof makeup. This increases the chance that you might accidentally rub off your eyelash extensions.

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