Can You Put Mascara on Strip Lashes?

Strip lashes are a fun way to enhance the appearance of your natural eyelashes. They add volume, length, and a little drama to your look. Many women wonder if they can, or should, top off their beautiful lashes with their favorite mascara.

In short, yes, you can carefully apply mascara while also wearing false eyelashes. Mascara can be added for an extra boost of volume and help the color of your natural and false lashes match perfectly. Although mascara can help blend your old lashes with the strip lashes, so they look more cohesive, mascara can also end up damaging your falsies. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your strip lashes in great shape.

The professionals at realize that adding mascara to your strip lashes is ultimately a personal decision, and your technique may depend on what products you use, the shape of your eye, and your level of experience.


6 Tips for Using Mascara with Fake Eyelashes

We will give you six general tips to make putting mascara on your false lashes a little easier, so your look lasts all day and all night.

1. Apply mascara in steps

For best results, we recommend applying mascara to eyelashes in very thin layers. First, apply a thin, even layer of mascara to your curled, natural eyelashes. Give the mascara a few minutes to dry completely. Then, put on your strip lashes by following the package's instructions or using your own tried and true method. Allow the adhesive to dry completely before following up with another thin layer of mascara, if necessary. Since strip lashes are adding lots of volume to your eyes, you can likely get away with using less mascara than you usually would. Remember, less equals more.

2. Use a high-quality mascara that does not clump

We know that even the best mascaras can get clumpy as they age or if they dry out in the tube. Be sure you use a mascara brand that you trust and frequently use, so you are not dealing with a surprise while trying to do your makeup. There's nothing worse than realizing your mascara is clumpy after you've put it on your strip eyelashes, so try to at least test the mascara on your natural lashes beforehand.

 If you're going to be applying mascara to your strip lashes, look for a mascara applicator that does not tug on your lashes too much. Soft, densely packed bristles will help gently apply the mascara to your strip lashes compared to those plastic wands that tend to roughly separate your lashes as you apply the mascara. However, the type of mascara you choose also comes down to your personal preference and the kind of mascara applicator you're most comfortable using.

3. Keep in mind that mascara may make it harder to reuse your strip lashes in the future

Did you know you can get multiple wears out of one pair of strip lashes? If you are looking to use your strip lashes more than once, know that mascara may make that a little more challenging. Mascara will break down on the lashes over time and make it harder to wear without noticing product flaking. Mascara can also weaken the lash band and make the lashes a little heavier, so it's harder for the adhesive to support. Remember that thin layers of mascara with falsies are always better than thick layers.

4. Stay away from mascara that contains oil

Oily mascara formulas will slip around on your strip lashes, and it could eventually loosen up the adhesive you use to keep your strip lashes on your eye. Obviously, that's going to be a problem.

 Rather than oil-based mascaras, look for water-based mascara formulas that won't affect the glue holding your false lashes on. According to an article by Elite Daily, you can know if your mascara is water-based by looking at the list of ingredients. If water is listed as the first ingredient, you're good to go.

5. Skip the waterproof mascara, too

 While good in theory, waterproof mascara can end up being a pain when you finally want to wash your face. Waterproof mascara formulas are also very difficult to clean off of false eyelashes. Keeping waterproof mascara on your false eyelashes over multiple uses can lead to flaking and uneven texture, especially when you need to handle them during the application process. 

6. Clean up your strip lashes after each use

 If you have strip lashes made of synthetic material, you can use rubbing alcohol or oil-free eye makeup remover to clean your lashes off at the end of the day. It's a bit of a tedious process, but it can help prevent product buildup and bacteria from remaining on your falsies.

 According to an article published on Greatist, you can use cotton swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol or oil-free makeup remover to rub off eye makeup and glue from your synthetic lashes. Follow up with another cotton swab soaked in warm water to clean off leftover mascara. Reshape the lashes and allow them to dry on a clean towel. Do not try this cleaning method with minks or lashes made of other natural materials because the products could damage them.

 False eyelashes require a bit of practice to get right, but once you have the correct technique down, the process is much easier. Many women get comfortable enough with falsies to wear as an everyday part of their makeup look. You can also have fun experimenting with different shapes and styles depending on the occasion.

 To learn even more about our strip lashes, visit, where you can browse our products and read more of our blog posts. 

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