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wearing makeup with eyelash extensions.

What Makeup Products Can I Use With Eyelash Extensions?

Use only oil free, water based products because the oil in the makeup products can weaken the bond which could result in Eyelash Extensions falling off prematurely. For makeup products, think about how you are going to remove the product at the end of the day safely without damaging the Eyelash Extensions and how the product will wear on your skin after a few hours. Here are some oil free products that you can buy:

  • Skincare – All Rodan + Fields Skincare products, except Complete eye makeup remover
  • Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 25
  • Lancome blush subtle delicate oil-free powder blush
  • Philohophy Take a deep breath oxygen gel cream moisturizer
  • Clinique Stay matte oil free makeup.
  • Maybelline Lasting gel eyeliner.
  • Maybelline Oil Control Loose Powder.
  • Napoleon Perdis Oil free creamy eyeliner pencil
  • Nars Eye paint eyeliner
  • Alima Pure Satin matte eyeshadow.
  • Elf Mineral eye shadow
  • Youngblood mineral foundation
  • Youngblood mineral eyeshadow
  • Bare Minerals eyeshadow
  • Shiseido Pureness matifying compact oil free foundation.
  • Shiseido Pureness matifying moisturizer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super oil free foundation
  • Glo Minerals concealer
  • Nude by nature mineral foundation
  • Neutrogena Skin clearing micro liquid foundation
  • Neutrogena oil free makeup remover
  • Estee Lauder double wear foundation
  • Face Atelier ultra pro foundation
  • Mac Pro Longwear foundation
  • Mac Studio face and body foundation
  • Mac Oil Control Lotion
  • Mac Studio Fix Foundation
  • Mac Eyeshadow
  • Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Not too close to lashes)
  • Mac Pro Longwear Eyeliner (Waterline only)
  • L’Oréal Mattique oil free foundation
  • L’Oréal True Match foundation
  • Stila natural finish oil free makeup
  • Stila Sheer color tinted moisturizer
  • Almay oil free makeup remover
  • Tarte cheek stains
  • Nars Aqua Gel oil-free moisturizer
  • Nars Makeup remover water
  • Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer
  • Laura Mercier silk crème oil free photo edition foundation
  • Makeup forever HD invisible cover concealer
  • Shiseido Bronzer
  • Shiseido Urban Environment oil free UV protector broad spectrum SPF 42
  • Peter Thomas Roth Untra-lite oil free sunblock SFP 30
  • Keihl’s oil free ultra-facial collection
  • Estee Lauder Bronzer Goddess Liquid bronzer
  • Dr Dennis Gross skincare daily glow moisturizer
  • The Balm Timebalm kiwi facial scrub.
  • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
  • Lush cosmetics Herbalism
  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
  • Hourglass Liquid powder foundation mattifying oil free
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  • Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
  • Cover FX oil free foundation
  • Murad Oil mattifier control SPF15
  • Bareminerals Prime Time foundation primer oil control
  • Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer
  • Origins High potency Night-A-Mins Oil Free Range
  • Scindinavia setting spray – The Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays
  • Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Pencils (Not Khol, too hard to remove)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Long Lasting Easy Cream Eyeshadow. (Not too close to lashes or waterline only)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils (Be careful removing the product)
  • Two Faced Shadow Insurance 24+ Anti Crease Eyeshadow Primer
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Remover Micelle Solution
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
  • Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
  • Mascara – You shouldn’t need mascara at all but if you really have to only use Mascara specifically designed for Eyelash Extensions. – Max 2 Special Mascara, Wonder Lash DV Glowing Mascara or Xtreme Lash Mascara.

As you can see, there are many products which are safe to use and there are many more products out there. What are your favourite products?

If you are in doubt, just check the ingredient list. Stay away from Mineral Oil, Oil, P.E.G. (polyethylene glycol), propylene glycol or other glycol based ingredient products. The higher these ingredients are on the list the higher the concentration of the ingredient within the product. Always use water based and oil free products. Keep all products away from the actual Eyelash Extensions as much as possible and maintain oil control on the skin. Blotting paper is a good way to keep natural oils under control throughout the day. Remember to keep your eyelashes clean and healthy by cleaning them regularly with Lash and Brow cleaner. Preventing any buildup on the lashes is the key.


    1. Thank you for your question. I understand your concern and often ingredient lists can be confusing.
      I’m not an expert or scientist on specific ingredients however I did find a great article here https://www.thedermreview.com/butylene-glycol/.
      You should always consult your doctor before using any products you are unsure about.
      There is a basic scientific rule of thumb when it comes to choosing products that go with eyelash extensions. The glue used in most cases is cyanoacrylate based which is a polar molecule.
      Polar molecules are dissolved or broken down by other polar molecules and vice versa.
      So since cyanoacrylate is polar, products that contain more polar molecules should be avoided around the eye area as they will break down the glues structure.
      Butylene glycol is not a solvent. It is a type of wax found in mascaras and does not dissolve adhesives.
      I hope that helps.

  1. Hi I used esteemed Lauder Take it Away make up remover lotion. Water based. That one ok?? Thanks so much!