Long, voluminous lashes are all the rage these days, and there’s no faster (or fuss-free!) way to get them than through lash extensions.
Seriously, it’s why lash extension services are a dime a dozen in Singapore, these days. If you’re a wearer or someone who’s contemplating getting them, there is one factor you have to take into consideration, though: a makeup remover for eyelash extensions.
Using the wrong cleanser is a sure-fire way of losing those meticulously glued-on lashes, no matter if you’re using wipes, micellar water or an oil cleanser. Ugh. This brings to mind the question, though: what can you use to preserve the integrity and number of your lashes?
Luckily for you, Daily Vanity has you covered. Here are 14 gentle makeup removers for lash extensions that will keep them in place, intact, and more fluttery than ever!
Best makeup removers for lash extensions: Cleansing balms and oils
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
Indulge your skin and lashes with this gentle formula that contains a blend of sunflower and ginger root oils to instantly dissolve even the toughest makeup and nourish the skin for a glowing complexion.
Not only that, it also helps to purify and refine skin’s surface while taking care of uneven skin tone!
It’s got glowing 4.5 stars from 115 reviewers, thanks to an excellent, non-greasy texture that can clean off an entire face of makeup in just under 30 seconds.
Users also particularly like that they only need to use a very small amount of product, making it a super economical buy and a more sustainable option compared to single-use makeup remover wipes.
The Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm retails for SGD50 at all Sephora outlets and on sephora.sg.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm
This revolutionary ‘sherbert’ formula works perfectly for those with eyelash extensions. The mild, gentle formula carefully eases makeup off your face without dissolving the adhesive holding your lashes together. Oh, and did we mention that no double cleansing is needed?
Yup, this one step cleansing balm does everything, including tightening pores and re-hydrating skin, too.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil
The name of this makeup remover may sound like a contradiction (an oil-free facial cleansing… oil?) but the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil actually uses natural oils (rather than mineral) to melt away makeup, gently removing all impurities and dirt without harming your extensions.
Yup, there’s no wonder why it is considered one of the most gentle makeup removers for lash extensions, then!
The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil retails for S$24 at all Sephora outlets and on sephora.sg.
Best makeup removers for lash extensions: Cleansing waters
Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water For All Skin Types
One of the best gentle makeup removers for eyelash extensions is, undoubtedly, the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water. Containing a powerful formulation that still feels mild and soothing on skin, it lifts away dirt, oil, and makeup without any harsh rubbing or over-drying.
Yup, that sounds especially ideal for your long, fluttery extensions! This one is also oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free, which just sweetens the deal, really.
Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water
Revered by makeup junkies and beginners alike, the Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water removes makeup effortlessly all whilst being gentle on skin.
Apparently, one to two cotton pads is all you need to remove a full face of makeup! Plus, it is formulated with 16 more amino acids than your normal green tea, which enables skin to stay hydrated and dewy without compromising your extensions.
The Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water retails for S$21 at all Innisfree outlets as well as the official e-store on Shopee.
Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes
Known to be especially great for those with sensitive peepers, the Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes has a mineral-oil free, gel type texture that makes it particularly ideal for lash extension wearers.
Seriously, a quick swipe or two removes even the most stubborn of makeup, with users loving how it doesn’t sting or irritate eyes under any circumstance!
The Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes retails for S$21 (30ml) and S$44 (100ml) at all Make Up For Ever boutiques and on sephora.sg.
Shiseido Refreshing Cleansing Water
A water-based cleanser that promises to wipe away all dirt, impurities, and oil in one fell
swoop swipe, the Shiseido Refreshing Cleansing Water also helps to maintain your skin’s natural balance — hydrating and cleansing it without leaving it feeling stripped or tight.
The best part? How it is oil-free, alcohol-free, and non-comedogenic, making it one of the best picks as to gentle makeup removers for eyelash extensions.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Considered to be a holy grail cleanser amongst many circles, the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water is a shoo-in for our gentle makeup removers for lash extensions list. It has a soap-free formula that attracts oil, impurities and makeup to the surface of skin, allowing for easy, effortless cleansing even with your lash extensions on.
And if you don’t believe us, just check out the long list of glowing reviews on Sephora’s site. Trust us, this product is legit.
The Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water retails for S$17 (100ml) and S$33 (200ml) at all Sephora outlets and on sephora.sg.
Best makeup removers for lash extensions: Face washes
Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser
Reformulated to be much more hydrating and gentle than before, the Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser is definitely a top contender when it comes to being one of the best gentle cleansers for eyelash extensions. It clears up to 99% of skin impurities off your face— yes, even those built up in your pores— and is also oil-free and dermatologically tested.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
A gentle formula that is guaranteed a place on our best gentle cleansers for eyelash extensions list has to be the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.
It is exceedingly gentle, but still manages to get the job done all whilst working to tone, soothe, and smoothen your complexion.
Lashes? Intact. Skin? Glowing. Guess you really can get the best of both worlds, after all!
The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser retails for S$23 (50ml) and S$63 (150ml) at all Fresh and Sephora outlets as well as online at sephora.sg. The brand also launched a jumbo 400ml version this year, retailing for S$113.
Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser
No alcohol, artificial pigments or parabens are found in this gentle cleanser, which means it works great for lash extension wearers.
It also contains skin-nourishing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera extract that is known for moisturising and calming skin, keeping your skin feeling clean and refreshed (and your lashes on point, of course).
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
Don’t let its minimalist packaging fool you— the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is actually a cult beauty product, with the oil-free, non-lathering gel formula being a big hit ever since its inception.
The fact that it is gentle and oil-free makes it all the more perfect for lash extension wearers, of course, with the papaya and grapefruit extracts working magic on your complexion instead of relying on harsh chemicals.
No doubt about it— it is definitely one of the best gentle makeup removers for eyelash extensions as it is.
The Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel retails for S$27 (236ml) and SGD32 (472ml) at selected Sephora outlets and on sephora.sg.
Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser
Baby soft skin that doesn’t threaten the integrity (or number) of your long, voluminous lash extensions? It is more likely than you think with the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser.
Cited to be one of the best new cleansers out there for those with sensitive skin, the product’s gentle nature also ensures that you get hydrated, revitalised skin after every wash. Mm, sounds good to us!
Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel
A product that is both safe for sensitive skin and your lash extensions is the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. This one actually helps brighten, clean, and smooth skin due to the inclusion of Hydrangea Leaf in its formula.
Oh, and not forgetting that it also reduces excess oil production as well as the appearance of enlarged pores. Score!
The Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel retails for S$50 at selected Sephora outlets and on sephora.sg.
For more recommendations of great makeup removers, you may want to consider the winners of the best makeup removers at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2022.