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Can You Put False Lashes on Eyelash Extensions?

Do you frequently use lash extensions? Then you are probably accustomed to the beautiful, long lashes that appear in the mirror each morning. But here’s the thing. Sometimes we want a bit of drama! So it can be tempting to resort to thick strip lashes when you have a party or event that calls for drama, drama, and drama! Despite our shared appreciation for cosmetics, as lash experts, we beg you: don’t!

Now we noticed that this is a popular question among lash users, so we thought to share our thoughts. First off, it is not a question of “can you?” but “should you?”

But don’t worry, we will get to that in a minute. If you are new to the lash world, you probably don’t know the difference between false lashes and lash extensions. So here’s a quick definition of both for clarity.

Eyelash Extensions Vs. False Lashes – Definition

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes to make them look longer, fuller, and darker. When you get individual lash extensions, you’d need a semi-permanent adhesive to connect a synthetic lash to each of your own lashes.

Depending on the studio, lash extensions can be from synthetic fibers, real or fake mink, or silk fibers. Most studios offer different lengths, curl patterns, and colors of extensions so that clients can make their own looks.

While false lashes, commonly called strip lashes, can be found at any drugstore or beauty supply shop. Now that you have an idea of what we are talking about, let’s jump right into all the reasons why you shouldn’t put false lashes on eyelash extensions.

Why You Shouldn’t Put False Lashes on Your Lash Extensions

False Lashes Add Too Much Weight

Here’s the thing with eyelash extension installations — they have to be applied delicately. Lash technicians must maintain a balance between the weight of the extension and the strength of your natural lashes.

For example, some lash pros make sure to put on lash extensions with a length and width that your natural lashes can handle without any problems in the long run. To keep your natural lashes from getting hurt, it’s important to keep this balance in check.

But what happens if you put a pair of strip lashes on top of your extensions? They add more weight! And neither you nor your real eyelashes want that. More often than not, whole chunks of natural lashes will fall out because of how heavy strip lashes are. When your natural lashes get too heavy, they can start to fall out along the lash line, which takes a while to fix.

False Lashes Damage Your Natural Lashes and Lash Extensions

Taking off false eyelashes can be hard on both the extensions and your real eyelashes. When you take off your false eyelashes, you will also have to take out your extensions.

Falsie glue is strong and tricky. It will pull out your natural lashes because it is too strong for the extensions to hold on to. You’ll want a fill even more than you did before you used the fakes. And you will also hurt your own eyelashes. The glue on the false eyelashes will also pull out your natural eyelashes, sometimes causing damage you can’t fix.

False Lashes on Lash Extensions Look Fake

Let’s be honest here. Eyelash extensions make false eyelashes look fake; you know what we mean. They look like a mess. Most people’s natural lash lines are curved, which doesn’t work well with straight strip lashes.

This makes them look fake and more like “falsies.” It can be really embarrassing when people ask if your eyelashes are fake. That is why you’d hear lash experts tell their clients to wear either strip lashes or eyelash extensions, but not both. Or, better yet, ditch the strip lashes and go for eyelash extensions.

False Glue Is Very Hard to Remove

The glue on your lash line will stay there forever. To get rid of false glue the right way, you need to use water and rub your eyes. But remember that you can’t rub your eyes if you have eyelash extensions because you’ll damage them.

You’d need to take off your extensions as you can’t take off the glue without hurting your extensions (and your natural lashes). So basically, you’ll have to live with the false eyelash glue on your lash line for weeks. This is until you can remove your extensions and safely remove the glue.

False Lashes Are a Waste of Money

False eyelashes are a fast and cheap way to add a little something to your look. You can’t use them every day. And that is just a waste of time and money. The best thing to do right now is to get eyelash extensions.

You can spend between $200 and $300 on each application. But it can last up to two months and make you look great. We can not stress this enough but don’t add anything; leave them as they are.

If you add a false lash, you will be spending more on removal and lash treatment. Moreover, it is a fact many people get extensions, so they don’t use falsies. So why bother adding falsies?

There Is No Need for Falsies

To buttress our previous point, we are just going to say it — falsies are unnecessary. You have put a lot of money into getting eyelash extensions. You’ve spent a lot of time picking the right style, curl, length, etc. Why would you ruin your eyelash extensions by putting strip lashes on top of them?

Talk to your lash technician if you want a different look for that very special day. With eyelash extensions, you can do anything you want, and it will look so much more natural than with false eyelashes.

What Happens If You Put False Eyelashes on Your Extensions?

We can see why it would be appealing, since adding false lashes to your extensions can make you look very bold. Your lashes will be strong and make a strong statement. You just have to decide if this wild look for one event is worth ruining your eyelash extensions the next minute.

How Do You Put on Fake Eyelashes When You Have Eyelash Extensions? And What Happens Next?

With all that said, if you still wish to put fake eyelashes on your extensions, we should help you get it done seamlessly. How can you put it on, so you have the least damage to your extensions and natural lashes?

First, put the strip of your fake lashes as close to the lash line as possible. However, try as much as possible while doing this to avoid the strip touching your natural and extended lashes.

Once this is in place, you can use a liner devoid of oils to fill in the gaps. Then, you can brush the fake and extended lashes together so no one can easily point out you’ve got the two attached. Not so difficult, right?

If you’ve been able to apply your fake lashes successfully, you should remember that the following are the possible events that will follow.

You’d notice you now have a bolder look — and that’s probably your reason for wanting one in the first place. However, you can’t keep wearing your fake lashes. A time comes when you need to pull it off. At that point, you’d find out the glue is no joke, and you’d have to pull out the strip with some of your natural and extended lashes.

With that, you’d have to return to your stylist and get a new fill for your extensions. So, the big question is: is it worth it?

Is getting to make an extreme statement by putting on fake lashes for a little while worth damaging your natural lashes and extensions? We sure don’t think so. But the ball is in your court, and it’s your decision to make.


Can You Wear Strip Eyelashes on Eyelash Extensions?

You can wear strip lashes on top of your eyelash extensions, but it’s not a good idea. When it’s time to remove the false ones, this can hurt the extensions and your natural lashes.

Will Putting Extensions on My Eyelashes Hurt Them?

No, eyelash extensions won’t hurt your natural lashes if a skilled lash technician puts them on. Your technician’s team should be able to add extensions with the right amount of care to protect your natural look.

What Kinds of Makeup Can I Wear With My New Eyelashes?

One benefit of eyelash extensions is that you don’t have to wear eye makeup anymore. But people who want a little boost can choose the mascara, eyeliner, and other products that don’t contain oil. We think that talking to a makeup artist is the best way to find the right look for important events.

Can You Wear Magnetic Eyelashes on Eyelash Extensions?

Well, the short answer is yes. You can wear magnetic lashes on top of eyelash extensions. But like wearing fake or stripped eyelashes on top of extensions, you’ll only risk damaging your extensions and natural lashes. And that would be a waste of money on both.


If you only wear strip lashes for one night, you might look great, but the damage they do to your lash extensions will last for weeks. When you place heavy false lashes on top of extensions, it pulls down the extensions, your natural lashes, and the adhesive.

You would never dribble something sticky or tacky over your eyelash extensions, and strip lashes are no different. The glue from strip lashes hardens in your extensions, clumping them together and sometimes ripping them out.

It’s easy to tell if you’ve used strips or individual false lashes because it’s almost impossible to get all the glue out of the roots (even for a lash technician). Picking out bits of glue during an appointment is hard! And it often cuts into the time your technician has to put on extensions or fix ones that are broken.

Falsies Over Eyelash Extensions? Just say “No”! If you’re getting ready for an event and your extensions are looking a little thin, it’s hard not to want to try putting fake hair on top of them. But it’s not worth it! Instead, make an appointment for a fill before your big events. Your eyelashes will be grateful.

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