How Many Times Can You Wear Fake Eyelashes?

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How many times can you wear fake eyelashes?

Well, the answer may surprise you! The average consumer only wears fake lashes 2 to 4 times before they lose their adhesive properties. But, if you want to make your lashes last longer, take care not to apply any oil-based products to them.

Other tips to help your fake eyelashes last longer include: not sleep in them, not using eyelash curlers, and not putting mascara on them. Using a good eyelash glue is also a must. If you do follow all of these steps, your fake eyelashes will last longer.

In this post, we’ll fill you in on the questions you have been wondering about your fake eyelashes. We’ll cover how to make your favorite fake eyelashes last a bit longer, and when you should probably let them go.

Can You Wear Fake Eyelashes More Than Once?

Having to throw away a pair of lashes after one use feels like a waste. Especially when you think about the price you would have gotten them for and how nicely they fit you. The short answer to whether you can reuse fake eyelashes is yes.

 But many factors need to be considered, such as how well you take care of your fake eyelashes. This includes how you clean and store them as well as the material the lashes are made from. 

Regular synthetic can last an average of 4 to 5 uses while mink lashes are a lot more durable. These can last up to 20 uses; they survive to the point where you really can’t use them anymore.

The lifespan of your fake lashes relies heavily on proper care as well as makeup habits. Heavy mascara use is strongly discouraged on fake eyelashes since it makes it harder to clean them. Also, false eyelashes with a thick band tend to outlast thinner ones, since they are more robust.  

Can You Wear Strip Lashes Every Day?

The desire to have great lashes all day every day is compelling. Although nobody can stop you from wearing strip lashes every day. The health risks, in this case, outweigh any perceived gain from everyday use.

For instance, formaldehyde found in some lash glues has been known to cause cancer (carcinogenic). Repeated contact increases the likelihood of developing cancer. Apart from cancer, you risk getting contact dermatitis and other skin-related allergies.

Constantly wearing fake eyelashes increases the weight that your natural lashes have to bear. This together with pulling or tugging on them to remove them predisposes you to traction alopecia.

Finally, false eyelashes can block or clog hair follicles and oil glands, in addition to trapping dirt and germs. Over time the strip lashes become a hotbed of eye infections waiting to raise hell on your eyes.

In short, being able to wear strip lashes every day doesn’t mean you have to. Like everything else in life, moderation is key. Strive to strike a balance between your beauty as well as health.

Can You Reuse Individual Lashes?

Individual lashes can be reused but with certain conditions. First, you must avoid applying mascara on them as it will make it harder to clean them.

And any adhesive used must be carefully removed from the foundation of the lashes. Again, maintenance is emphasized to prolong their lifespan.

Can You Reuse Kiss Lashes?

Kiss has Magnetic Lashes that are robust and most importantly, reusable. They are an ideal alternative for anyone intimidated by the idea of using adhesives. The lashes are sold with a magnetic eyeliner.

Another option is Kiss Falscara Lashes which are marketed as an alternative to eyelash extensions. These can be reused up to three times subject to proper care and removal.

How Many Times Can You Reuse Ardell Lashes?

Ardell lashes are reusable up to 2 or 3 times, however, this varies depending on the user. Maintenance goes a long way to make your lashes last longer.

To make wearing false lashes safer, Ardell has introduced both formaldehyde and latex-free adhesive. The Ardell Brush-On Adhesive is said to contain rosewater, biotin and is sold as a clear or dark solution. 

How Long Can You Wear A Pair Of False Eyelashes?

Depending on the adhesive and skill used to apply the false eyelashes they can last between 3 to 7 days. However, some brands such as Ardell will say that you should wear them for a maximum of 12 hours at a time. 

It is strongly advised not to sleep with the fake eyelashes on. That means taking them off at the end of the night. Also limiting exposure of your natural lashes to eyelash glue ingredients such as cyanoacrylate and formaldehyde will reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

How Do You Clean And Reuse Fake Eyelashes?

Regardless of the material used to make your fake eyelashes, keeping them clean is paramount. This will minimize the likelihood of an eye infection, and ensure that your fake lashes last longer.

Now that you know why you need to practice good lash hygiene, let’s get started!

Here’s a list of things you will need:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels
  • Small bowl
  • Warm water
  • Micellar water/water-based makeup remover
  • Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

First, you need to wash your hands before touching your fake eyelashes. This will prevent transferring any bacteria and dirt onto your lashes. A good scrub with soap and water will do the trick.

Pick up the lashes and place them on a clean paper towel. Proceed to gently remove any lash glue or adhesive from the base. Take care not to pull out any hairs.

The delicate task can be made easier by using a pair of fine tipped tweezers. If the glue is stubborn, swab some water-based makeup remover on it and try again.

Oil based remover doesn’t evaporate and sticks onto the hairs. This makes it harder to put mascara or liner on the lashes as it’ll slide off. With the glue gone the next step is a breeze. Place some micellar water or water-based makeup remover on a cotton swab.

Carefully wipe along the base of the lashes and repeat the same motion for the hairs. Be sure to swipe from the root to tip in one direction, this way you don’t smudge the dirt all over.

Place the lashes on a clean dry paper towel, since the previous one is likely contaminated. Repeat the steps above using a swab saturated with warm water. This is just to ensure that no lash is left unattended.

Mist the lashes with rubbing alcohol to disinfect them and ensure any bacteria we might have missed during the wash is dealt with. Then allow the fake eyelashes to dry on the paper towel.

Lastly, store the lashes in the same packaging they came in. This will preserve the curve of the spine on the lashes. And It’ll be a lot easier to reuse them if they maintain their original shape. To reuse your lashes, simply retrieve them from the packaging and apply as you would a new pair.

When Should You Throw Away Fake Eyelashes?

The best time to retire your fake eyelashes after they’ve served you well is when a hair or two start falling off. And whenever the fringe looks bent from the original shape. At this point, you should have a fake eyelash eulogy handy.

Another sign is when your eyelid swells or becomes infected, but you shouldn’t wait till you see this happen. With single-use fake eyelashes that took a noticeable beating during the night, it’s best to scrap them as soon the party comes to an end.

What Are The Best Fake Eyelashes For Daily Wear?

When looking to wear fake lashes daily it’s recommended you buy ones with ultra-thin bands and thin hairs too. But this doesn’t mean you can’t buy whatever suits you.

The idea is to have lightweight fake lashes that will be comfortable, so you won’t feel like your eyes are too heavily made up. Amongst the brands that come highly recommended are the Ardell Duralash Naturals in the medium style.

These are individual lashes that will work well to add coverage where it’s most needed. Giving you some creative playroom to give your eyes whatever look you feel like for that day.

Another daily wear option is the Tarte Tarteist PRO Cruelty-Free Lashes. The preferred style is the little black dress which is best known for being lightweight and wispy. The lashes are also easily reusable with proper TLC.

The last option is the Make Up For Ever Lash Show Lashes. If you can get over their jawbreaker of a name. You’ll find these lashes to be flexible and perfect for adding a touch of drama and volume. Plus, they’re handmade, meaning the attention to detail that goes into each pair is amazing.

Wearing False Eyelashes: Final Thoughts

Buying fake eyelashes has never been a more purse-friendly choice than now. Fake lashes will blend seamlessly with your regular eye makeup routine no matter how busy a lifestyle you lead.

You can have your favorite lashes lash long enough until you’re just about ready to scrap them. With the right amount of TLC that is. Who said you can’t have beauty on a budget?

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By Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford is a beauty editor at Kintegra Research. She writes stories about beauty for the internet. Obsessively writing about latest makeup trends, beauty tips and tricks, and must-have beauty products. She also has an unhealthy crush on Brad Pitt and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.