How To Remove Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions will change your entire beauty routine in a moment, giving you an enviable, no-effort look that lasts for weeks without the need to add falsies every day. After around a month, your fluttering fringe may not look quite as polished as it did when you left the salon. In reality, you’ll probably be left with a few stubborn stragglers as your eyelash extensions begin to fall out.

We can support you if you don’t have time to schedule an appointment with an eyelash specialist for a fill-in or want to take a break from your lash routine. If you’re able to say goodbye to your fake lashes, keep reading for eyelash extension removal tips from top lash experts.

But first: should you take off lash extensions at home?

You might be feeling bold enough to handle the lash removal process on your own now that you’ve found out how to cut your hair and master the art of the DIY pedicure—but removing lash extensions is best left to the pros, as it includes stripping away surgical-grade adhesive. You not only lack the knowledge and equipment that a lash specialist would use during the procedure, but you also risk infecting the eye region with bacteria and resulting in an infection. “You should always wait for a professional to remove false eyelashes for the protection of your eyes and the health of your natural lashes,” says Andra Ciulei Marin, eyelash extension stylist and Artistic Director at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in NYC.

While you might be desperate to remove all of the remaining lashes at once, it’s challenging to do so on your own, and removing the tweezer is the last thing you can do. “Pulling out lashes that are still growing could result in gaps that take a long time to regenerate,” Ciulei Marin warns.

What’s the good news? While you won’t be able to conduct a professional-style removal in the comfort of your own home, there are steps you can take and supplies you probably already have on hand to help speed up the process. Don’t be shocked if it takes a few days or weeks to come off. “If you neglect all the usual persuasions, the stragglers can fall off even faster,” says Clementina Richardson, celebrity lash expert and creator of Envious Lashes in NYC.

How To Remove Eyelash Extensions

How do I remove eyelash extensions at home?

1.Use an oil-based makeup remover:

When it comes to removing eyelash extensions, the majority of the “don’ts” your lash technician told you after your application are now encouraged, including the use of an oil-based makeup remover. If you don’t have one, try the IPSY-favorite SUNDAY RILEY CEO C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, which is tough enough to break down waterproof mascara while still providing a healthy dose of vitamin C and vitamin E that provides much-needed protection. “Glycols, which are widely used as solvents in cosmetics, have been shown to dissolve adhesive bonds,” Ciulei Marin states. Using an oil-based cleanser daily will aid in the weakening of the eyelash glue bonds.

2.Take a hot shower:

Another big no-no while applying a fresh set of lashes? Heavy water. Although taking a long, steamy shower might not be as successful as when the lash adhesive is still setting, it may help release the eyelash extension glue. Heat and moisture are two recognized enemies of lash adhesives, according to Ciulei Marin. “When applied in large and intense enough amounts, these elements, alone and particularly together, can dissolve cyanoacrylate.”

You shouldn’t expect to see all of your lashes fall out after one hot shower, just as you shouldn’t expect to see all of your lashes fall out after using an oil-based cleanser. “It will take a lot of steam and hot water to affect the lifetime of the eyelash extensions if a good quality adhesive is used,” Ciulei Marin says.

3.Try using castor oil:

If you’re in a rush to get rid of your lashes, castor oil can be used as an overnight remedy to remove the bonds while you sleep. Mineral oil, palm oil, coconut oil, canola oil, and castor oil have all been shown to weaken extension adhesives, according to Ciulei Marin.

During your evening skincare routine, coat a spoolie or q-tip in castor oil and brush it on your lashes after you’ve removed all of your eye makeup. “Rub the swab or spoolie along the top of your lash line where the extensions are bonded, being careful not to get any oil in your eyes,” Ciulei Marin suggests. If oil does get into your eye, flush it out with water right away. Although castor oil is generally healthy, it’s a good idea to test it on a small patch of skin before using it on your face.

4.Don’t pick or pull at your lashes (fake or real):

Even if you’ve done all of the above and are still stuck with a single stray lash, avoid the temptation to use the tweezer because you risk damaging your natural lashes. “Picking at your lashes is the very worst thing you can do,” Richardson says. “Bald spots will appear along the lash line as a result of this. Since the extensions are attached to the natural lashes, picking on the extensions would also remove the natural lashes.”

Pulling and picking your lashes will result in sparse lashes, but doing so regularly can be harmful. “Continued pulling of your eyelashes could result in severe follicle damage, which could be irreversible,” Ciulei Marin warns.

5.More mascara:

Instead of eyelash extension removal, consider concealing them with lengthening mascara and eyeliner. Ciulei Marin advises, “Using a strong black liner on your upper lid will hide those stragglers right up.” Not only can mascara help blend stubborn extensions that appear to be clinging to your lashes for dear life, but it can also help weaken the adhesive that keeps the extensions attached to your natural lashes. “I know bras and mascara are the two most underutilised things in this lockout, but my advice is to wear mascara every day,” Ciulei Marin says. “Because most mascaras are filled with waxes and oils, it should wash right off after around a week of use.” Use an oil-based makeup remover to gently remove your mascara at night to speed up the process.

6.Be gentle:

When your extensions have fallen out, treat your natural lashes with care, particularly when applying or removing makeup. “Avoid intense rubbing and avoid applying too much pressure to the lashes or eye area,” Ciulei Marin advises. Instead, if you want your natural lashes to look longer, use an eyelash cream to nourish and enhance the hair and follow these tips.

While waiting for eyelash extensions to fall out isn’t ideal, these expert tips will help fake lashes fall out more quickly without harming your natural lashes before you can get to the salon.

Is it safe to remove eyelash extensions at home?

It’s tempting to pull those extensions out one by one, but it’s not healthy for your natural lashes. “Unfortunately, there are no over-the-counter or DIY oil-based items that can safely strip lash extensions,” says Clementina Richardson, the creator of Envious Lashes and a celebrity lash expert.

If your once complete, eye-opening lash extensions are beginning to tangle and fall off piece by piece, and you can’t get to the salon for a touchup, you might be wondering if you can remove them at home. And, hey, if you can give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home, use a waxing kit, and dye your roots with drugstore dye, you’re a beauty expert. So why not?

Be prepared for any bad news: Unfortunately, removing eyelash extensions safely is not possible. That’s right. Though a fast YouTube search can turn up a slew of DIY eyelash extension removal methods involving Vaseline, coconut oil, castor oil, baby oil, and even tweezers (yikes! ), lash experts claim these methods aren’t recommended.

The truth: You shouldn’t remove lash extensions at home

It’s tempting to pull those extensions out one by one, but it’s not healthy for your natural lashes. “Unfortunately, there are no over-the-counter or DIY oil-based items that can safely strip lash extensions,” says Clementina Richardson, the creator of Envious Lashes and a celebrity lash expert. “Because the extensions are attached strand by strand, removing them yourself will pull out your natural lashes and trigger bald spots that may never grow back.”

So what can you do?

In a nutshell, you should wait it out. According to Richardson, the extensions will gradually grow out and shed with your standard lash period, which takes around six to eight weeks.

Rather than succumbing to temptation and picking at those extensions, concentrate on caring for them. According to Richardson, using a lash treatment cream and brushing them with a spoolie once a day can help avoid tangles, which can irritate and enhance the desire to pick.

How do you remove professional eyelash extensions?

All good stuff, unfortunately, must come to an end at some point. Although lash extensions can appear to be perfectly stunning, they may also be incredibly annoying if they are misapplied or if the lashes begin to grow out in all directions.

When this happens, the best thing to do is get them removed and replaced by a trained lash technician. It’s best if you go to the same lash artist who did your lashes, so they’ll know exactly what materials and techniques they used.

Things you need for eyelash extension removal

  • Professional eyelash extension glue remover.
  • Under-eye gel pads.
  • Micro Swabs or Q-tips.
  • Cotton pads.
  • Timer.

Type of professional eyelash glue removers

Gel Remover:

To remove a partial or whole collection of eyelash extensions, use a standard gel eyelash glue remover. Before using, give the bottle a good shake and let the gel settle for 2-5 minutes before attempting to extract the extension from the natural lash.

Its consistency is thick enough to stay on the lashes, but if the remover is left on the lashes for too long, the texture may become watery and irritate the eye, so it’s best to leave it to the pros.

BL Gel Remover 15ml is the most common form of gel remover.

Cream Remover:

The best way to remove fake eyelashes is with a cream remover. The entire collection of eyelash extensions is removed with a cream-type lash glue remover. This remover has a thick cream-like consistency that is easy to apply and stays put on the lashes without running into the eyes or face.

Both levels of lash practitioners should use a cream-style lash remover.

For the best results, use BL Cream Remover Plus.


Do not use professional lash extension removal on yourself in any situation.

Professional eyelash extension remover is made of powerful glue-dissolving ingredients that can be dangerous if they get into your eyes. As a result, it can only be handled by experts.

If you remove your extensions with a lash remover, use a thick, cream-based lash glue remover, and DO NOT do it on yourself. Find a mate with steady hands instead.

How to use eyelash glue remover?

*This instruction only applies to the Gel or Cream lash removers.

  1. Make sure you have a professional eyelash extension glue remover on hand.
  2. Place eye pads under your eyes and tape or cotton pads on top of them. This is a must-do procedure to shield the delicate skin around the eyes from the strong remover product.
  3. On a clean surface, place a drop of lash glue remover.
  4. Using a micro swab, apply the lash glue remover to the eyelash extensions.
  5. Wait for approximately 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the extensions with a swab or tweezers.
  7. Rub up any residual lash glue remover on the natural lashes with a fresh lint-free swab.
  8. Rinse the natural lashes thoroughly with a cotton pad or cotton swab soaked in water.
  9. Brush the lashes after drying them with a mini fan.
  10. The eyelash extensions have been removed.

Pro tips on how to use professional lash extension glue remover

  1. The blooming effect can be caused by rubbing or fiddling with the extensions immediately after applying the remover. Delete the extensions after waiting at least 25 minutes.
  2. Before adding any liquid (water, lash bath) to the lashes, thoroughly clean the natural lashes’ remover. A blooming effect may be caused by leftover remover on the lashes.
  3. It could irritate your eyes or affect your next set’s retention if you don’t correctly cleanse or rinse off the remover. Using a lash bath, thoroughly strip the remover from the natural lashes.


  1. After each use, close the lid tightly. Since eyelash adhesive removers are solvents, exposing them to air can cause them to degrade.
  2. Eyelash extension removers may cause the container’s air to expand in rare cases due to their solvent nature. It won’t impact the product’s consistency, but be mindful that it may release a considerable amount. (However, this is only under exceptional circumstances.)

How does eyelash glue remover work?

Chemical additives in professional eyelash extension glue soften the strong bonds from the lash extension glue, allowing extensions to slip off safely.

When a licensed professional performs, removing lash extensions is a painless and simple procedure that takes less than 10 minutes.

When do you need to remove lash extensions?

Because of the average growth period of eyelashes, eyelash extensions may need to be removed after two or three weeks of use. Any extensions would have grown out and destroyed the overall design around two weeks after the initial submission.

Alternatively, if lash extensions were misapplied (for example, several natural lashes fused) and cause irritation to your eyes, these extension lashes should be removed.

Do lash extensions ruin your natural lashes?

No, it won’t. You won’t even feel your extensions getting removed.

The only time lashes extensions harm or damages your natural lashes (natural lashes falling out in clumps) is if they were misapplied in the first place. Removing multiple lashes that have been fused would be a painful and time-consuming process.

Consequently, we strongly advise you to stop applying for lash extensions on yourself and instead search out a reputable lash technician with certification.

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