Now that summer is in full swing, you may be wondering if it’s possible to wear your favorite lashes to the beach or pool without having them fall off. We know eyelash extensions applied with individual lash adhesive will stay on for sure. They’re supposed to stay on for weeks – even months – at a time. But not everyone has the money or time for that. And if you’re like me, you also won’t want to commit to it, either.
By the way, if you didn’t know that tidbit about individual lash adhesives, you can read all about them here. Or by clicking on that picture over there. Either works.
So is there hope for those who can’t leave the house without their falsies?
Can you wear fake eyelashes to the beach or pool and have them stay on? Is it really possible to waterproof false lashes?
Let’s find out in my little experiment!
Sunny went with a strip lash style that could easily blend with her natural lashes. Anything with a knotted band is great, so picking up a pair of #213 Black lashes was a no-brainer (which doesn’t explain why she’s holding up a pack of #415 Black lashes in the photo below, but… oh well!)
Unfortunately, after having buckets of water splashed at her face, the lashes didn’t even last five minutes on her eyes. Water and lashes never make for a pretty combination because moisture will warp the shape and curl of false eyelashes – especially if the lashes are made of 100% human hair. Moreover, we learned that clear glue turns white when wet – yikes!
Individual lashes look incredibly natural, so if I were to opt for lashes at a beach or pool, these guys would be my choice. I wore flares in this experiment since I find them easier to use than singles. (I actually tried this experiment with individual single lashes a while back. You can check out what happened to them in this post.)
Several buckets of water later, my lashes looked like either someone blew all their boogers on them or a family of lice decided to make my eyelashes their happy home due to the lovely effect of clear glue turning white when wet. They stayed on better than Sunny’s strip lashes did, but they fell off whenever I wiped water from my eyes until I eventually had no more eyelashes left.
Pretty gross, right? Yeah… I think this round fails in more areas than just one.
Okay, I’m thinking maybe it will be a good idea to fuse my natural lashes and individual flare lashes with a coat of waterproof mascara to make sure they don’t budge at all this time. (Oh what, waterproof glue and waterproof mascara? That’s genius.) Seems like the perfect way to waterproof the lashes, right? Let’s see the results after dunking my face in water several times.
But first, let’s admire my hair and how pretty my lashes look before getting wet. I always like putting mascara on my finished flare lash application because nothing screams “My lashes are REAL!” like a set of clumpy-looking mascara-coated lashes. (You know it’s true. Just look at the photo below. You would never guess those aren’t my real eyelashes, right?)
Also note, not a trace of white glue/boogers/wannabe eyelash lice to be seen on my eyes.
… and it looks like the supposed dynamic duo of waterproof glue + waterproof mascara didn’t work after all. I’ll give credit where credit is due: they definitely stayed on longer than the first two rounds. However, I still had that gross booger/lice-looking business happening on my eyelashes and after several more splashes of water, my perfectly applied lashes started to get loose and eventually fell off.
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Have you ever tried waterproofing your false lashes? Did any of your methods work? Let us know in the comments below!