What Products to use?
Hello Lash Dolls! How is everyone doing? I wanted to update a new blog on which make up products to use and not use. As some of you may know I use one of the best adhesives in the market right now and I recently kept updated with their blog. This blog below was not written by me, it was written by Megan from BB. I hope this helps and educates you dolls a little more! Makeups to Avoid Certain makeups can breakdown the adhesive quicker than others. To understand why, you must know that cyanoacrylate is a polar molecule. Molecules can either be polar or nonpolar. In general, polar molecules are dissolved or broken down by other molecules that are polar. The same is true with nonpolar molecules – nonpolar molecules are dissolved or broken down by other molecules that are nonpolar. Many makeups contain both polar and nonpolar molecules. Since cyanoacrylate is polar, products that contain more polar molecules should be avoided around your eyes. Foundations and powders don’t have direct contact with your lashes, so they are generally safe to use no matter what the chemical composition. I will mostly be focusing on eyeliner, eyeshadows, and makeup removers. Makeup Removers Many oil-based makeups, including makeup removers contain molecules that have a polar head (or a polar part to the molecule). This polar part will “attack” the cyanoacrylate and weaken the bonds between the lash extension and the natural lash. Makeup removers and oil-based makeups should be avoided at all costs. Even makeup removers that state they are oil-free often times contain polar molecules. Makeup wipes are also not the best option for the same reason. Eye makeup should be cleaned using the Borby Lash Bath (1 cup distilled water to 1 Tbsp baby shampoo and the tiniest pinch of baking soda) and your hands. If you are wearing eyeliner, or makeup that requires a little more attention to remove, it is best to use a micro swab or lip disposable gloss applicator. You don’t want to use Q-tips as the fibers will get caught in the lashes. Eyeliner Wax-based eyeliners should be avoided. Most eyeliner pencils contain some kind of wax, if that helps you identify wax-based eyeliners. Eyeliners that contain wax help the eyeliner stick to your eyelids and also your lashes. When wax-based eyeliners are removed it becomes a battle of whether or not they will be taking the lashes with them. The lash trend lately has been leaning for a more natural and full look, so many girls have chosen to avoid eyeliner all together! But if you are still set on using eyeliner the best eyeliners are liquid or gel based. Erin’s favorite lash-friendly liner is Black Track by Mac, it’s a gel liner you apply with an angled brush. Eyeshadow Most eyeshadows are safe and easy to use with lashes, because they aren’t immediately touching the lash line. However, to be safe cream and paste shadows should be avoided as they are more likely to dissolve the adhesive and make your lashes fall off. Final Words of Advice The best way to preserve the adhesive and get the most out of your lashes is to limit the amount of physical strain your lashes experience. Meaning, the less you tamper with your lashes, besides the recommended washing and brushing, the better condition they will be. Your lashes are supposed to be fun and an expression of you, so don’t stress too much about your makeup usage. Comment with questions and leave your love below. xoxo, Megan