How do you fix uneven eyelash extensions? If you’ve gone a while between in-fill appointments for your lash extensions, this is bound to happen. In this article, we explain exactly what you should do.
In short, it is best to fix uneven eyelash extensions by booking in to see your lash technician, as it can be fiddly to fix them at home. However, you can do so with tweezers, as well as using a clean mascara wand to gently brush out clumped extensions.
Why Do Eyelash Extensions Fall Out?
There’s no one answer as to why eyelash extension can get crumpled, bent, or fall out. It will depend on a number of different factors, including how you look after your extensions, as well as your sleeping habits.
However, these are a few of the reasons why your eyelash extensions may become uneven or bent:
Your sleeping position
The way that you sleep can cause real problems with your eyelash extensions.
If you regularly sleep on your side, the friction between the side of your face that rests on your pillow and your extensions might cause them to become uneven, clumped, or fall out.
You can help to counter this by sleeping on your back. If you find this uncomfortable, it’s probably worth investing in a contoured sleep mask.
These are molded so as to leave a space between your eyes and the surface of the mask.
This space ensures that the mask doesn’t press up against your extension and crumple them, and wearing the mask ensures that your extensions aren’t going to come into contact with a pillow.
If sleeping in a mask doesn’t sound doable, you could also invest in silk or satin pillowcases, as these are less likely to cause friction with your extensions.
You’re also protecting your skin and hair by sleeping on silk, too.
The growth cycle of lashes
Your natural lashes have a growth cycle. They can take anywhere from six to eight weeks to grow.
But this growth phase comes alongside a shedding phase, meaning that the entire eyelash growth cycle can take from four to eleven months to complete.
Depending on your growth cycle, you may experience eyelash shedding more rapidly than other people.
As a result, your eyelash extensions may become uneven faster than that of your friend’s, for example.
Before you get your eyelash extensions, you should take care to thoroughly vet the salon and technician that you plan to visit.
Shoddy work can result in uneven eyelash extensions, and you’ll feel frustrated that you’ve paid good money and spent your time on a wasted appointment.
If your technician has poor placement of the extensions, they may not be properly secured, which might result in them becoming uneven.
Similarly, if they use too much or too little adhesive, or aren’t focused on getting your extensions to look symmetrical, you can get uneven eyelash extensions.
If you use eye cream, moisturizer, or cleansers that are oil-based, these can wreak havoc on eyelash extensions.
Oil-based beauty products disintegrate the adhesive used to apply your eyelash extensions. As a result, your extensions will become looser and may become uneven as a result.
When you get eyelash extensions in, you should aim to avoid using oil-based beauty products around your eyes and eyelids.
Falling asleep in your make-up is bad for many reasons. But it’s also not great for your eyelash extensions.
Your eyelashes are there to protect your eyes as much as anything. They catch and collect particles of dirt and debris throughout the day, preventing them from falling in your eyes.
If you fall asleep without having cleansed your extensions, all of this nasty grime and residue will build up, and might cause clumping and uneven eyelash extensions.
Similarly, if you fall asleep in mascara and heavy eye make-up, this can cause clumping.
Always remove your make-up at the end of the day, and thoroughly cleanse your eyelash extensions.
For detailed instructions, check out my post on how to remove mascara from eyelash extensions.
How To Fix Uneven Eyelash Extensions
1. Use tweezers
Ensure that you’re using super sharp, precise tweezers in order to fix any uneven or crooked extensions.
You should also have steady hands if you do this, as you may also dislodge other lashes in the process if you’re not careful.
You can use a tweezer to fix uneven eyelash extensions in the following way:
- Warm your tweezers up with a blow dry, but take care that your tweezer isn’t too hot. Touch it to the skin of your wrist to ensure that it’s warm, but not boiling. The warmth will help you to re-shape and re-situate the eyelash.
- Gently use the tweezer pincers to grab the bent, crooked, or uneven eyelash, and gently bend it back into shape.
2. Use a clean mascara spoolie
If your eyelash extensions are more clumped together or criss-crossed than uneven, you can brush them out again with a clean mascara wand or spoolie.
- Gently clean your extensions of any make-up and mascara using a remover that isn’t oil-based. Ensure that your extensions are dry by gently patting them with a clean towel.
- Next, take a clean mascara wand or spoolie, and brush your extensions out. You can do your upper lashes first, followed by your lower lashes.
- Doing this before bed once you’ve removed your make-up, and in the morning once you’ve cleansed your face, is a great way of preventing your extensions from getting tangled.
3. Go to your eyelash technician
Getting an in-fill appointment booked is really one of the best ways to fix uneven eyelash extensions.
Uneven lash shedding is just one of those things that happen, even for those of us who are very careful with our extensions.
Aim to get an in-fill appointment every two weeks if you experience more rapid eyelash shedding and unevenness.
Fixing uneven, bent, or crooked eyelash extensions is not the easiest procedure, so if you feel at all uncertain doing so, then you should aim to book to see a reputable eyelash technician.
They are trained professionals and should be able to get you looking your best with relative ease.
How To Tell If You Have Bad Eyelash Extensions
You can typically tell if you’ve got a bad set of eyelash extensions if you experience any of the following:
- Brushing your extensions causes discomfort.
- Your extensions irritate your eyes, as they poke or push into them.
- The application process is painful. You might experience some eye watering when you get your extensions applied, but you should never experience a burning or stinging sensation for an extended period of time.
- Your extensions are all one length. Your technician should customize your extensions to complement your eye shape, which means that the length of the lashes themselves should vary.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
You can use either a lash primer or clear mascara in order to coax your lopsided eyelashes back into place. You could follow this with either a normal or heated lash curler, but don’t use heat on eyelash extensions.
You can use eyeliner and mascara to cheat the appearance of fuller eyelashes at home. Use winged eyeliner to add the appearance of fuller, darker lashes without any gaps until you can next attend an in-fill appointment.