How To Clean Faux Mink Lashes: The Complete Guide

False lashes make all the difference to your look. Even if you aren't wearing a full face of makeup, as long as you've got your falsies on you'll feel gorgeous—we know we do, last least.

Once you start using false lashes or lash extensions, you'll never want to go back to your natural ones. Sadly, false eyelashes don't last forever. You will have to remove them sooner or later, especially when they start feeling a bit crusty.

Let's be honest, as much as we love our false lashes, we don't always do the best job at keeping them clean. We all are guilty of slacking when cleaning our beauty tools, and the same is true for our lashes. Besides, it is easier to just throw away a dirty pair and wear new ones, right? 

That is if you can afford it. False eyelashes can be pretty expensive. In our opinion, it is a waste of money to keep throwing them away instead of cleaning them. To save some extra cash and prolong the life of your falsies, you need to show them some love.

This guide will teach you how to clean your faux mink lashes so that they last for as long as possible. Cleaning false eyelashes is way easier and more low-maintenance than most people think—it'll be worth it, trust us.

How to Remove False Lashes The Right Way

Before you can start cleaning your faux mink lashes, you need to remove them. But don't just yank them out of your eye. Did you know that there's a right way to take off your lashes? And it's certainly not by ripping them out.

Although it is tempting (and at times satisfying) to rip them off after a night out, doing so will damage your lashes—and not just the faux mink lashes, but you risk ripping out your own lashes too. That's the last thing you want to happen.

Here's how to properly remove your fake lashes without damaging them or your natural lashes:

  1. Wash your hands first. You always want to make sure that your hands are clean before removing your fake lashes. Doing so helps avoid getting bacteria into your eyes. You can also use a clean pair of eyelash tweezers.
  2. Start from either the inner or outer corner of your false lashes. Never tug your lashes from the middle.
  3. Grip the edge of your faux mink lashes and lift the lash band. Once you have enough space to grab the lash band (not the hairs), gently pull the lashes away from your natural lash line and towards the other corner of your eye.
  4. If you’re using individual lashes instead of strip lashes, do the same steps but take them out section by section.
  5. Then, clean them up!

How To Clean Faux Mink Eye Lashes

Once you remove your faux mink lashes, it's time to give them a good clean. Keep in mind that this cleaning process is only applicable for synthetic lashes.

There are different steps to clean mink lashes and other natural lashes. If you need help distinguishing between mink vs faux mink lashes, read our complete guide. That said, here's how to properly clean faux mink eyelashes:

  1. Start by gathering your tools and cleaning supplies. You will need cotton swabs, a clean towel, an oil-free, water-based makeup remover, and clean tweezers.
  2. Place your false lashes on a clean dry towel. Take your cotton swab and drench it in makeup remover. Squeeze off any excess product from the cotton swab.
  3. Use the cotton swab to gently remove the eye makeup from your lashes. Make sure to pay extra attention to the lash bands as well.
  4. Using another cotton swab, dip it in warm water, and repeat the process to get rid of any residue. Yes - faux mink lashes can get wet without damaging them!
  5. Once the glue on the lash band has softened, gently peel the leftover glue with a clean pair of tweezers.
  6. Never squeeze your false lashes dry after cleaning them. Arrange them back into their original shape and let them air dry on a towel.
  7. Place them back into their original box. Ensure that the lash band follows the curve of the mold and doesn't get deformed.

Never soak your lash tips in water or makeup remover for extended periods of time. Getting your lashes too wet can damage the curl of the lash tips. This applies to both faux mink and mink eyelash tips.

How To Clean Lash Extensions

Cleaning lash extensions requires fewer steps but needs a little more care than false lashes.

  1. When cleaning your lash extensions, it's best to do it in the sink and not in the shower. The force of the showerhead is too strong for extensions.
  2. Apply cleanser to a washcloth or your fingers and apply the product to the entire face, including your eyelids. Rub the product in one direction repeatedly on your eyelids. Make sure to do this step gently. Then lean over in the sink and rinse with water using your palms.
  3. Gently pat your face dry with a towel. Wait for your lashes to dry completely before brushing them out (if necessary).

Similar to falsies, you want to avoid submerging your lash extensions in water. We normally advise washing the top and bottom portion of your face separately to avoid this, and then carefully using makeup wipes or cotton pads to clean around the eyes.

But if you feel like your lash extensions need extra cleaning due to mascara and makeup build-up, you can try the steps above.

Can You Fix Bent Lashes?

If somehow you end up accidentally soaking your lashes, there's a good chance they're bent. But don't worry, you can still undo this as long as the lashes are still wet and pliable.

  1. Start by laying the strip along the length of your middle finger. The lash band should be parallel to the side of your finger. Pinch the lash band in between your middle and pointer finger. Make sure that you've secured it in place and that the lash tips wrap around the width of your finger.
  2. With your other hand, brush through the hairs with a spoolie. Brushing the hairs along the width of your finger encourages the lash to regain its curl.
  3. Once the hairs are combed through, put the eyelash back into its original eye mold to recreate the curved bend of the lash band.

How the lashes dry is how they will stay, so make sure to mold them into the shape you want while they're wet. 

How Many Times Can You Reuse Faux Mink Lashes?

It all depends on how careful you are with your lashes and whether or not you clean them. Some lashes are single-use. Our brand recommends up to 5 uses. But if you clean your lashes regularly (and gently) you can use them up to 20 times!

Aside from cleaning your lashes, there are other ways to prolong their lifespan. For more pro tips and advice on making the most out of your lashes, read our blog post: How To Care For Faux Mink Lashes.

Keep in mind that cleaning your lashes might not be enough to make your lashes last longer. It also depends on the quality of the lashes you're buying. If you're getting low-quality falsies they aren't going to last long no matter how gentle you handle them.

Find High-Quality & Durable Faux Mink Eyelashes At FlutterHabit

For premium quality, long-lasting, and stunning eyelash extensions at home, look no further than FlutterHabit!

We have a wide range of lash styles, from naturally long to full-on glam. Our faux mink lashes have the same effect as a pair of real mink lashes. They are just as soft and lightweight but more affordable and cruelty-free.

Each FlutterHabit box comes with six pairs of lashes that usually last for five days. But with proper care and handling, you can prolong their lifespan and have dazzling lashes for months to come.

If you're looking for a fast-drying and long-lasting strip eyelash glue to go with your new lashes, we've got that too—in black and clear! For a fuller eyelash look, go for black. If you want a more natural and seamless finish, choose clear. Can't pick? Buy both!

Ready to elevate your look? Get your FlutterHabit lashes today, and prepare to turn heads the next time you step out.