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Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home? How to Do It Without Lash Loss

Removing eyelash extensions properly can be just as important as putting them on in the first place! ‘Cause the truth is – no matter how beautiful your lash extensions were at first, there’s going to come a time when they look kinda awkward.

Since your lashes don’t all fall off at the same time – thank God – there’s going to be a strange transition period when most of your lash extensions have already fallen off and been replaced by your natural, shorter lashes but there are still a few long, misplaced stragglers hanging on.

Not a great look. But as ready as you are to pluck off what remains of the extensions – it’s important that you don’t force them off your eyes. That can cause damage to your actual lash line and result in sparse lashes that take seemingly forever to grow back.

So let’s get to helping those last few persistent extensions ease gently off your lashes. Here’s how to remove eyelash extensions without damaging your natural eyelashes!

How to Remove Eyelash Extensions

There are a number of tips and tricks to gently remove eyelash extensions. The thing is – some of it can be costly. And some will take time and effort. You’ll just have to read through the options and decide what method of eyelash extension removal works best for you.

Here’s your best bets to removing eyelash extensions!

Professional eyelash extension removal

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Eyelash extensions are bonded tight to your lashes using surgical-grade adhesive that’s designed to withstand water, soap and sweat. The result is that it won’t come off easily.

So the easiest option, of course, is to go back to your lash technician. Whereas you can remove eyelash extensions by yourself, it’s simplest to have your lash technician do it. The process is no fuss, no muss – you just lie back and relax.

But it’s also the priciest.

Most lash extension salons will only remove eyelash extensions free of charge if you’re about to have another set put in. Otherwise, they’ll charge you around $20 just to have them removed.

It might be worth it to you, though, if you want to absolutely avoid the risk of losing some of your natural lashes in the eyelash extension removal process.

Get an eyelash extension remover

If you got your lashes done in another city or your lash technician insists on charging exorbitant fees for lash removal, a super easy option to remove eyelash extensions at home is to simply order a bottle of eyelash extension remover.

Blink Gel Remover is hands down the most effective for the job – it’ll easily take professional eyelash extensions off in a matter of minutes without damaging your natural lashes.

Sure you’ll have to wait until it arrives. But if you have Amazon Prime, it’ll get there in a day – and most of us can live with shabby, uneven eyelash extensions for an extra day.

Not to mention, there will probably be a time when you find yourself in this very situation again. And when that happens, you’ll know exactly how to remove eyelash extensions at home and have the tools to do it.

Plus, the process of using a remover is super simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

That’s it. And now the process. Here’s how to remove eyelash extensions with a remover gel:

  • To use this eyelash extension remover, do one eye at a time so you can see what you’re doing
  • Squeeze the paper towel in between your top and lower lashes before you squeeze your eye tightly to prevent the product from getting in your eye.
  • Dab a little remover gel onto the disposable mascara brush or Q-tip and apply the gel to your lashes, trying to target where the extension glue is.
  • Leave the gel on for around 3 minutes.
  • Run another disposable mascara brush through your lashes or a fresh Q-tip over your lashes. The extensions should come right off.

Rinse the solution off your eyes with cold water before opening your eyes to avoid any burning or stinging.

Note: If your lash technician did a particularly sloppy glue job or used way too much glue, you might prefer to saturate a cotton pad with the remover and place it on your lashes – eyes closed tight – so it can sit for a few minutes. Voila! Extensions removed 🙂

Loosen the eyelash extension glue

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If you simply have a few stragglers you want to take care of and don’t want to get the eyelash extension remover, you can manually remove eyelash extensions at home without solvents or removers.

Just keep in mind that the below instructions work best for straggling or near-mature lash extensions that are already at the end of their life cycle and just need that little extra push to let go.

For newly-installed lash extensions, the above two options – going to a lash technician or getting a professional-grade eyelash extension remover – are the best ways to remove eyelash extensions.

Okay, let’s get started removing the last few stragglers!

This step is all about coaxing – not pulling. The worst thing you can do to remove lash extensions is to try to pluck the lash out by its root – this is painful and you can end up waiting a long time for those lashes to grow back in. Do not do this!

Instead, you want to gently coax just the lash extensions off without harming the natural lashes that they’re attached to.

Start by cleaning your face of makeup so you can see exactly where the lash extensions begin on your lashes. Next, you’ll want to loosen the lash extensions with steam.

All this requires is that you fill a bowl with steaming hot water and place your face over it. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel so the steam can’t escape and stay like that for around 15 minutes.

Another more pleasurable option is to take a hot bath or shower. The steam will naturally looses the bonds of the eyelash extension glue so the extensions are easier to remove and you get the double perk of opening up your pores as well!

Remove eyelash extensions with oil

There’s good reason why in order to make your lash extensions last, you want to avoid applying oil products around your lashes – oils weaken the glue that bonds lash extensions to your natural lashes.

The result? You can remove eyelash extensions at home simply using oils that you have at home. Not anything will do, of course, but any oil that you have that’s also good for lashes, like castor oil, coconut oil, or olive oil works great.

So how do you remove eyelash extensions with oil? Simply dip a cotton ball, cotton pad or Q-tip in the oil of your choice and start very gently swiping at your lash line – where the glue is. The oil will help loosen the glue, allowing the extensions to gradually fall off.

The only caveat is that the process can take awhile – it’s definitely not going to be as quick as using a professional-grade eyelash extension remover. So expect to make several gentle swipes to get all your straggling lash extensions off.

Rinse the oil off your lash line and you’re all done!

Eyelash Extension Removal Aftercare

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Congrats! Your eyelash extensions are off and your natural lashes are ready to start from a clean slate. But is the slate as good as it can be?

Your lashes have been through a lot – weeks of having glue attached to them plus the trauma of pinched and pulled lashes if you got a bad lash extension job. So why not show them some TLC after removing the eyelash extensions?

The easiest way to do it is with an eyelash conditioner that contain nutrients, amino acids, peptides and extracts to nourish and moisturize as well as strengthen and fortify lashes against thinning and breakage.

You can choose from one of the best eyelash conditioners or simply make your own DIY lash serum! Either way, it’ll help repair your eyelashes so they thrive after eyelash extensions. They deserve it, after all.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated in 2020.

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Kanyi - August 23, 2017

Glad I found your website. I removed nine after wearing my lashes for a month and now my eyes look horrible.

Won’t fix for a long time cos I want my natural lashes to grow back.

I’ll keep these tips in mind for when next I fix.

lauren - January 3, 2018


Marie Najjar - March 6, 2018

I wore lashes for a 3 week period. Looked great!
Needed to have removed and re-done.
The lash remover burned my eyes like H***!

luci - April 14, 2018

I had extension put on three weeks. Look good for the first week but I already had long lashes and the ones put on were of equal length, maybe a little longer. Well, they started hitting my glasses and very bothersome. So I tried taking them off with coconut oil. I’m so upset. I don’t think there are many of my own lashes left and I CANNOT get the last few off. I’m going to try the steam but I’ve been trying to oil them off for three days now. Why wont these come off??? I look ridiculous.

Tina - May 1, 2018

It’s absolutely necessary to condition the eyelashes. And I wish I knew that before! My choice number one is Cherish Lash serum now and I won’t replace it with anything else. It made my eyelashes so well-groomed and simply gorgeous. Thanks for a great article))

Ginny McCloskey - July 2, 2018

Had my first eyelash extensions put on today to look nice for our daughter’s wedding in 2 weeks. Oh my! I look like a clown. The lashes are stiff and swoop up almost touching my eyebrow. They also itch and feel like flappers when I blink. The girl said I could get fuller lashes at my first fill-in appointment. These are thin and not at all lush. I can see gaps between my lashes. My natural lashes are fuller. Your article is great. At least I know these “little brooms” can be removed professionally. So disappointed. Also, 2 hours were allotted for my appointment. The girl was done in 45 minutes!! Also, was not given an choice with any variety of lashes. Paid $100.

    Rhonda - August 19, 2018

    I got some today and feel the same! I look ridiculous. I told her I wanted a more natural look and got this. I’m going tomorrow to get them taken off. What a waste of money!

Jeanne - August 22, 2018

I hate my extensions – much more maintenance than I expected, and they were uneven to begin with. They started to fall off on their own on one eye, and still thick on the other, so I decided to remove what’s left on my own. (It’s been only 1 week since they were applied.). I followed the steps on this site, and others – steam for 10 minutes, and apply olive oil with cotton. They didn’t budge. So now I’m going back to do the whole process again.
By the way, I steamed using a clothing steamer which should be better than any other method – the steamer produces steady steam and I can easily control the amount of steam by moving it closer or further from my face. Ugg! Never again. I’ll just live with my regular lashes and use Latisse, which WORKS!

De - January 23, 2019

Well I had first time lashes and lasted3 days!! I looked ridiculous ? and couldn’t stand the feeling of them, and they hit my reading glasses. It was such an extravagant waste of money ? So last night after everyone went to bed, I sat up and set to with this advice. It worked, however it took a long time to do it. I didn’t time it but it was well over an hour. I think the steaming helped in the end.
thank goodness I don’t look like a freak any more. Give me mascara any day.

Becca Hoelscher - February 19, 2019

After getting my lash extensions removed, my lashes became shorter, thin, and straight. I did some research on various lash serums and found dermalmd eyelashes serum to be the best review! I gave it a try and OH MY GOD! My lashes have grown so much! I have more lashes, they are longer, and it’s not thin anymore! I got a lot of people asking me if my lashes were fake and what I did to my lashes. I recommend these to anyone especially anyone out there with Asian lashes. As an Asian myself, I suffer from short thin lashes, so dermalmd serum will definitely help!

Lauris - March 4, 2019

I love my extensions and have been going every three weeks for about a year, but am checking out this site, since I am considering going back to my real lashes. And glad I did will be making sure I get them removed by the technician.

Fran Matks - May 2, 2019

I had them done yesterday and hate them. I feel ridiculous and looks horrid. Going to try to get them off.

P - May 4, 2019

Omg I just had my lashes put on yesterday for the first time and I’m allergic to them! I’ve spent the better part of the day steaming and using oil but it’s so hard to get them off. I wish there was an allergy test first to see how they would react for me 🙁 This is really painful

    Lash tech - January 21, 2020

    You can have the technician apply just one lash that is the same length as your other lashes…just to test if you’re allergic

Herlinda Gomez - October 29, 2019

I have had my extensions for one week. Going tomorrow to have them removed. Have had swollen eyes since I got them. Hoping the swelling would go away. Should not cost more than 30 dollars. Heading to europe the next day, hopefully my eyes will look normal after all the swelling. Hopefully I won’t have any reactions after removing them.

A TJ - January 21, 2020

Anyone knows if makeup remover works to take them off? Most of them are full of oil, right?
I got my eyelashes done yesterday. They gave me dead black eyelashes and mine are blonde. They told me they had my eyelashes color, that’s why I was disappointed about this. But that’s not everything! It was all wrong when I, already laying there, found out the “technician” that was doing my eyelash extensions was a student of said process. Student? Okay, no problem, but in the end both my cousin and I found out they were given a 1 day course and their teacher find people to pay to be “models” for their practical procedures. I say I was more like a guinea pig. I don’t blame the student, I blame the owner of the place I went. Unfortunately I can’t simply go back there to take those off because I’m afraid of what they’ll do to me, there were no cameras there except for their phones and they kinda take pictures of everything, but don’t share 98% with us. I woke up with one of my eyes irritated as h***, it’s red and I don’t know what to do. Will wait a bit longer to see if the glue weakens on its own a tiny bit and try to take them off at home.

    Lila S. - January 22, 2020

    Oh no! Sorry to hear about your experience – getting bad eyelash extensions is a terrible disappointment. I can understand why you don’t want to go back there – they sound extremely shady – but some sort of review should be in order, so at the very least they don’t keep doing this to other customers! As for makeup remover – most aren’t quite oily enough to do the job. Even with oils, it takes quite a few swipes to get the extensions off (and that’s for extensions that have been on a couple weeks) so makeup remover is going to be a harder battle. The best bet is to get the remover gel as it’s the easiest way to take off new extensions where the glue is still strongly bonded on. Good luck!

    www.eyelashextensionsbcnj.com - February 6, 2020

    Wow… That is absolutely horrible! I can’t believe they gave not only subpar customer service, but they also didn’t give you what you wanted! The worst part too is you can’t really monitor the procedure and see what’s happening until after the eyelashes have already been applied with glue.

    Have you tried any of the tips posted onto this article?

    PS. Great article on removal! This can save you not only time from going back to the studio but also money by doing it yourself!!

    Thanks, Amelia

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