HAIRDRESSERS and beauty salons nationwide have now been forced to shut up shop after Boris Johnson ordered all non-essential shops to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But while most people have the food situation sorted, many of us probably haven't thought of the best way to maintain our beauty regime. But luckily for you, we've got all the information you need on how best to remove your eyelash extensions safely from home without causing damage.
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While the thought of giving up your feathery lashes might make you squirm, the reality is, like with any beauty treatments, it's wise to give your eyelashes a break, and with a forced two-week lock down in order, now is the perfect time.
If it does come to a point where eyelash-removal is essential, the Fabulous team have put together a simple guide on how best to approach eyelash removal when the experts aren't around to help, and we even called on the professionals for some sound advice, too.
Grainne McDonald, former Clinique manager told RSVP: “It’s very important to remove them correctly so as to avoid bald patches and thinning.
"Eye lashes generally shed at this time of year – Spring time and again in Autumn – and will regrow naturally, so you don't want to make it worse by hacking your falsies out."
First, choose your product
There a few professional-grade products that are designed to dissolve eyelash glue efficiently.
But because DIY lash removal doesn't always come recommended, there doesn't seem to be a wide range of products available.
That said, the lash extension remover from Nouveau Lashes promises to "effectively and comfortably remove lash extensions whilst conditioning your natural lashes and reducing any risk of damage", and for £10, we'd say it's worth a try.
Alternatively, Grainne recommends using oil to work them off without causing harm to your natural lashes.
While you could use and oil-based face cleanser such as the Simple Cleansing oil, or the Super Facialist Cleansing Oil, both setting you back under £10, Grainne suggests a simple coconut oil which is great for your skin too.
- Simple Cleansing Oil, £3.45 from Superdrug – buy now
First things first, being gentle is key – it's important to keep your lashes in the while removing the falsies.
Grainne recommends massaging the oil into your lashes before letting them rest for 30 seconds – which will allow the lashes to simply slide way from your real lashes.
The Fabulous team have put it to the test and have found a fool-proof way to safely remove the lashes from home – and it really is rather easy.
First, remove all makeup and wash your face with warm water, allowing the steam to help dissolve the lash glue and apply an oil-soaked cotton ball to the closed eye, putting slight pressure on the lashes.
After 30 seconds, simply and gently wipe in a downward motion and the lashes should slid right out – repeat the wiping motion until all lashes have been removed.
But remember not to pull at the lashes, because firstly, ouch, and secondly you don't want to cause damage to your lash line.
- Lash extension remover by Nouveau Lashes, £10 – buy now
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Meanwhile, speaking to Fabulous, Beth, lash expert and owner at The London Dolls, suggested picking up a professional home removal kit, such as which is simple and takes less than 20 minutes to do.
She said: " Apply the removal product wait for 5 mins and wipe your lashes off, repeat if necessary and clean eyes thoroughly with water and a sensitive face wash."
She strongly advises against vaseline or baby oil which could "take hours, days even and your eyes will become very irritated.
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