We get this question all the time, and to get straight to the point—yes, you can wash your faux mink lashes! Doing so will get rid of any nasty mascara and glue build-up along the lash and lash band, saving you from possible eye infections.
Washing your faux mink lashes also prolongs their lifespan, which helps you save a bit of cash in the process. The more times you reuse your false lashes, the less money you have to spend on new ones.
But before we teach you how to wash your faux mink lashes, you need to make sure that you are using faux mink. The washing process for faux mink lashes is not the same for natural mink lashes. Different types of lashes require different forms of maintenance.
If you aren't sure whether your false eyelashes are faux mink or real mink, don't worry. We're here to help you tell the difference. Afterward, we'll teach you the proper way to wash faux mink lashes and give you more tips on how to make them last longer.
Let's dive in, shall we?
What's The Difference Between Faux Mink Lashes and Mink Lashes?
Faux mink lashes are a synthetic version of mink eyelashes. They're both incredibly lightweight, soft to the touch, and natural-looking, which makes it hard to tell them apart.
The easiest way to tell whether your using faux or natural mink lashes is to do a burn test. Real mink falsies tend to burn faster. But since we don't want to waste our money burning our precious false lashes, here are some other things to help you differentiate the two:
Take A Look At The Curl
The first tell-tale sign that you're using faux mink is that their lash tips tend to stay curled for longer. Real mink eyelash tips tend to lose their curl faster and need constant maintenance to keep them from losing their original shape. It's the same reason why you need to be more gentle when washing real mink lashes. One wrong move and you might ruin the curl forever.
Faux mink lashes also tend to have more style options, from subtle and natural to glamourous and dramatic. Real mink eyelashes, on the other hand, tend to have fewer style options because they lean towards the more natural side.
Another major difference between real mink eyelashes and their synthetic counterpart is the cost. Synthetic lashes are much more affordable than real mink lashes. If you spent less than $50 on your false eyelashes, then they're probably faux mink. Real mink lashes tend to cost anywhere between $75 to $100 (or more).
Once you're sure that your false eyelashes are made of faux mink continue reading. We'll teach you how to wash your faux mink lashes next.
How To Wash Faux Mink Lashes
If you're currently wearing your fake lashes, you'll want to remove them first. But don't just rip them out all willy-nilly. We're all guilty of doing this—especially when we're tipsy and we want to get them off immediately—but we have to stop doing it.
Pulling out your lashes carelessly not only damages the falsies themselves, but you might also end up damaging your natural eyelashes as well.
Removing Your Eyelashes The Right Way
Before removing your eyelashes make sure to wash your hands or grab a clean pair of eyelash tweezers. To remove your lashes, whether strip lash or individual lashes, start from the outer corner of your eye.
Lift one edge of the lashes just enough to securely grab the lash band. If you're having trouble because the lash glue is too strong, don't keep pulling. You can use eye makeup remover or coconut oil to soften the lash glue and make it easier to remove.
Gently pull the fake lashes from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. Make sure to pull from the lash band, do not tug at the lash tips to avoid damaging it. Once it's off, voila! You can now clean it.
Washing Faux Mink Lashes
To wash your faux mink lashes you need some cotton swabs, a clean towel, eye makeup remover, tweezers, and some warm water. We know what you're thinking - can you get faux mink lashes wet? Yes - when you follow our tips carefully, this is perfectly safe.
Lay your lashes on the towel, after first ensuring it's clean and dry. Get a cotton swab and dip it in eye makeup remover. Start gently rubbing off any makeup and mascara build-up from the lash tips using the cotton swab. Try to follow the direction of the curl.
Once you're done washing the lashes, it's time to move on to the lash band. Repeat the process but this time pay special attention to the lash band. Make sure to soften as much dried glue as possible. When the glue on the lash band has softened enough, gently peel it off from the lash band using the tweezers.
Get another cotton swab and dip it in the warm water and repeat the same steps as before. This gets rid of any residue and remaining glue from the lash and lash band. When you're done cleaning, leave your lashes on the towel to air dry, then place them in their original mold to retain the curve of the lash band.
Can You Reuse False Lashes?
One of the main reasons why you should wash your lashes, other than to avoid infections, is so you can reuse them. If you wash your lashes often, you can use them up to 20 times—how sweet is that? There are other ways to ensure that you make the most out of your lashes, we even wrote a blog post all about it. Check out our guide on How to Care For Faux Mink Lashes.
To be realistic, how long your fake eyelashes last still depends on the brand of lashes that you buy. Low-quality lashes won't last very long even if you wash them. If you want long-lasting lashes, it only makes sense to buy high-quality lashes. Lucky for you, we know just the eyelash brand.
FlutterHabit - Durable & Premium Quality Faux Mink Lashes
If it's luxe, long-lasting faux mink lashes you're looking for, FlutterHabit has exactly what you need.
FlutterHabit DIY eyelash extensions are one of a kind. We wanted to create lashes that had the look of professionally done eyelash extensions but with the affordability and ease of application of strip lashes.
Our faux mink lashes come in six different styles ranging from the perfect natural everyday look to the glamorous red carpet style. Each box contains six sets of lashes and can be worn for up to 5 days (or more). That means your lashes are covered for an entire month.
If you're getting luxe lashes, you need to pair them with some luxe lash glue—otherwise, what's the point? FlutterHabit's false eyelash glue is known for being one of the best lash glues on the market. It is long-lasting, quick-drying, and FDA-approved. Plus, it comes in both black and clear options.
Buy your first box of FlutterHabit lashes today and get the long lashes of your dreams—don't forget the lash glue!