How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions (Step By Step Guide)

How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions

Every girl loves a new set of eyelash extensions to get her through the week or the month.

Having on a pair of false lashes is an amazing way to save the time spent while getting your make-up done, especially if you work a job that requires you to look your best,  and yet you have little time to get your make-up done in the morning.

Looking to take off your lashes before they are ready to come off themselves? Or some eyelash extensions are already falling off and you want to quicken the process by taking off the rest? Removing your eyelash extensions yourself at home is an option as long as you are prepared to be as careful and gentle as possible while doing it.

Below a step-by-step guide is provided on how to safely remove your false eyelash extensions.

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Eyelash Extensions Explained

Eyelash extensions are a beauty supply that is attached to the natural lashes to either increase the length or volume. They are also known as false lashes and they can either be fixed using a strong adhesive or lash glue, or they can be fixed using a mild adhesive.

When attached to the lashes with a strong adhesive, they can last as long as six weeks while those attached with a mild adhesive can be taken off at the end of the day.

Here, we are focused on how to remove lash extensions that are fixed with the strong adhesive, the process might be tricky and would take a while, but is safe and effective.

How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions

Taking out your eyelash extensions might sometimes be a real chore, you would need to be patient and calm while taking them out because your eyes are sensitive and you do not want them getting irritated by any harsh movements.

Completely throw the idea of pulling them off with your fingers out the window and leaving it there, it would only irritate your eyes and it would definitely sting as well, we don’t want any of that now do we? To avoid these, below are simple and quick steps to help you safely take off your eyelash extensions from the comfort of your home.

Step 1; You Would Need To Wash Your Face

First of all, you have to start by washing your face carefully, making sure that you do not forcefully rub your eyes in a bid to get your lashes off. Washing your face is simply meant to help rinse off other makeup products that must have built up around your eyelash extensions and are keeping them in place.

You should make a conscious effort to carefully rinse the mascara, eyeliner, or eye shadow that has settled around your eyelash extensions to make the other steps for safely removing them easier.

Step 2; You Would Need To Steam Your Face

Get a bowl large enough that when you put your face over it, it reaches every bit.  Fill the bowl with hot water that is still steaming, get a towel and place it over your head such that it covers the sides of your face.

Put your face over the bowl with the towel resting on your head to restrain the steam from getting away from your face. Leave your face resting over the bowl for a few minutes so that the heat begins to soften the lash glue gradually.

Step 3; You Would Need to Warm Some Oil

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After steaming your face, you would need some warm oil that would be used on your eyelash extensions. Pour some coconut oil into a small bowl and heat it a little, you shouldn’t let it get too hot because you will be applying it around your eye area which is a very sensitive area that you do not want to irritate with hot oil.

You can easily heat the oil in a microwave for a few minutes. While coconut oil is best suited for this process, you can alternatively make use of castor oil, vegetable oil, baby oil, mineral oil, or olive oil.

Step 4; You Would Need to Soak Cotton Wool in the Warm Oil

Following this, the previously warmed oil will be put to use. Simply get one or two pieces of cotton wool and soak it in the bowl with warm oil. Make sure you soak the cotton buds in the oil immediately after it has been heated, it would be useless if you soak it in an already cooling bowl of oil.

After soaking it, use the cotton wool to cover your eyes, focusing on the lashes so that the oil’s warmth begins to dissolve the eyelash glue. Keep the cotton wool resting on your eyes until the warmth leaves it, your eyelash extensions should begin to feel lighter and as though they are about to come off by this time.

Step 5: You Can Now Begin To Remove The Lash Extensions

Lastly, you would need to completely take out the lash extensions slowly. With the cotton wool that has oil, carefully move it against your lash line in a bid to cause the loose lash extensions to start falling off. This should be the easiest and most satisfying step, you would not have to feel any discomfort as the lash glue should have dissolved and the lash extensions would be coming off without any extra pressure.

However, if you notice that you have to pull at it for the lash extensions to come off, your best option is to visit a professional to take it off, yanking them off will cause damage to your natural lashes and most likely irritate your eyes.

A key thing to note is that you must perform every step carefully. We can not overemphasize how fragile and sensitive your eyes are, you want to make sure you don’t hurt them in the process. You should also make sure you clean the oil off your face after removing the eyelash extensions by washing it and using a facial cleanser to avoid acne breakouts as a result of excess oil on the skin.

You also need to avoid using force or aggression while taking out your lashes, if the process proves stressful or complicated for you, the safest option is to get a professional to take them out for you, it would be less imposing on you and they would be careful and are sure to get the job done. And please, do yourself a favor and throw out the lash extensions, they might look just fine to you but it will be unhealthy to repeat those lash extensions.


You may suddenly feel the need to remove your eyelash extensions even before they are due to start coming off themselves. For whatever reason you want to take them out early, what matters the most is that you do it safely.

Your natural eyelashes are sensitive and so are your eyes which they cover, safely and carefully completing the process of taking out your eyelash extensions is of utmost importance. In a situation where you find the steps for getting them removed as a chore or you do not trust yourself to do it as gently as is required, contact your lash technician to take them out for you.

At all costs, put your safety first.

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