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Can I Wear Fake Eyelashes if I Wear Contacts or Wear Glasses?

Sep 09, 2020
Can I Wear Fake Eyelashes if I Wear Contacts or Wear Glasses?

f you wear corrective lenses for your eyes, like over 75% of us do, you may feel limited on what eye enhancing products you can use.  Whether it’s avoiding certain formulas of shadows or mascaras or opting out of salon eyelash extensions, you may begin to feel like you’re really missing out!  In fact, false eyelashes are a $270 million dollar industry, and that means they’re not just a trend; they’re here to stay. We at Doe Lashes have some great news for you.  Just because you wear contacts lenses and/or glasses to correct your vision does not mean you can’t have the long, voluminous lashes you see on others.  In fact, false eyelashes are completely safe for contact lens wearers and eyeglass wearers alike. 

If you’re a glasses wearer and have given up on wearing false eyelashes because they just bat against your frames all day, you needn’t worry.  You can definitely still get a great, dramatic looking eye with false eyelashes, simply by selecting a pair that isn’t quite as long, or that features a dramatic upward curl which will prevent them from hitting your glasses.  If you do select a pair that is too long and hits your glasses, you can trim them to fit if you don’t want (or cannot) return them.  You don’t have to toss them into the garbage! 

Contact lens wearers have a little more freedom when it comes to selecting styles of false lashes.  The only real concern for you is the lash adhesive.  As long as you select a lash adhesive that is hypoallergenic and ensure that you don’t apply too much glue to the lash band, there is no reason that a set of false eyelashes should interfere with your contact lenses at all.  In fact, no matter how lengthy or fall the lash set is, you should be able to wear it comfortably with your lenses.

Both contact lens wearers and glasses wearers alike, however, should know that you should not wear your false lashes if you have an eye exam scheduled.  Your optometrist will need full access to your eyes and may even need to use drops in them.  Wearing false lashes can interfere with your exam

Doe Lashes creates lash sets that range from subtly dramatic to over-the-top glamorous and everything in between.  We have a lash set that will work perfectly for anyone, and for any situation.  No matter what your event, your eyewear, or the style you’re trying to create, Doe Lashes’ false eyelashesare a great option.  Our high quality, Korean silk fiber lashes are dramatic yet soft and wispy like natural lashes.  The 100% cotton band is weightless, which means once you put on a pair of Doe Lashes, you’ll probably forget they’re there. 

Even if you are a glasses wearer, Doe Lashes has a lash style that is right for you and we can help you determine which set will work best with your frames.  And if you need to wear your glasses and/or contacts while you apply your false eyelashes, that isn’t a problem either.  Follow along and we’ll give you your complete guide to selecting, applying, and removing false eyelashes if you wear glasses or contacts. 


False Eyelashes for Glasses Wearers


Whether you’re a full time glasses person, or you simply wear them for stylistic purposes or when you can’t be bothered with contacts, we understand you still want your lovely lashes.  The only real issue is that occasionally, the wrong pair of false eyelashes can drive you crazy while wearing your glasses at the same time.  This happens when the lashes are too long and/or thick.  When they’re too long and thick, they hit your lenses and can even crush or crumple against them.  This is bad for your glasses and for your Doe lashes, which are reusable up to fifteen times if they are properly cared for and stored.  Lashes that crush or scrape your lenses aren’t being properly cared for and you’ll significantly shorten the lifespan of the lashes if you wear them with your specs. 

So what can you do?  You can pick the perfect set of lashes for your glasses.  Here’s how:

  • Don’t go overly dramatic.  Sure those two inch long faux mink lashes are amazing, but do you really need them for work?  Probably not.  And if you’re planning to wear your glasses with them, think again.  They’re only going to drive you crazy and obstruct your line of vision when they scrape up and down against your lenses. 

Instead, opt for false eyelash sets that are subtly dramatic.  These types of lashes are usually shorter than a typical pair of false eyelashes, yet no less dramatic.  This makes them the perfect solution for glasses-wearers, because they shouldn’t touch the ends of their frames. 

  • Opt for less dense lash strips.  Unless you’re getting ready for a photo op, you don’t actually need a lash band that boasts 5000 lash fibers.  Remember, your goal is eyelash enhancement; you’ll still get a super noticeable look with a lash band that has less fibers.  Less fibers can help if your lashes are just a little too long or if the lash band features lashes in varied lengths.  The longer fibers will barely touch the ends of your glasses, but you likely won’t notice if the fibers aren’t incredibly thick. 
  • Curl, curl, curl.  A great pair of lashes for glasses wearers are sets that feature a really tight upward curl.  A tight, upward curl will not only help open your eyes more, they’ll prevent the lash fibers from hitting your glasses, allowing you to wear lash sets that are slightly longer than you’d be able to wear if the lash fibers were not curled. 

What if you’ve already got some lashes you’d like to wear with your glasses, but they’re just super long.  There are definitely some quick hacks you can try to make those lashes work. 

  • Curl method.  You can attempt to get a long pair of lashes to fit more properly by curling them with an eyelash curler.  This can help especially if you have a set of false eyelashes that isn’t all one length.  If the fibers are different lengths and you are able to curl the lashes, then the lengthier fibers won’t end up hitting your glasses’ frames. 
  • Trim method.  If you have a pair of false eyelashes you just really want to wear and they’re just super long, you can take a pair of scissors and trim the ends a bit.  Be careful here; remember you can always trim more off, but you can’t put back what you’ve trimmed.  Once you’ve done a small trim, try the lashes on to see if the problem is fixed.  If not, trim a little more. 

If you need to wear your eyeglasses while you apply your lashes, that’s possible too.  Simply move your specs down low toward the tip of your nose and apply your lashes using a magnifying mirror.  You should be able to see the lash band and your lash line clearly and be able to apply your lashes easily. 


False Eyelashes for Contact Lens Wearers


If you wear only contacts, or plan to only wear contacts with your false eyelashes, you’ll be happy to know that you really aren’t limited to the styles from which you can choose.  In fact, you can select from the exact same false eyelash strips as anyone else.  The only real precautions you’ll need to make are ensuring that your lash glue is hypoallergenic and that you always apply your lashes and put in your contacts in the correct order.  Here’s how:

  • Contacts first.  If you’re a regular contact lens wearer, you know your contact lenses go in first, prior to anything else.  There’s no difference when considering false eyelash application either.  Your lenses should go in first, followed by the majority of your makeup, and then your false lashes.  You can catch a great application tutorial here
  • Lash glue.  As aforementioned, your lash adhesive should be hypoallergenic.  If it’s not, find some that is.  Don’t use a non-hypoallergenic lash glue with contact lenses.  If the lash glue were to inadvertently get in your eye, it could damage your contact, and that’s a big deal. 

When applying your lash glue, be especially careful to only apply the smallest amount possible.  You want to avoid every possibility of getting glue below your lash line and into your eye area. 

Removing your lashes if you wear contacts or glasses is the exact same.  You’ll use the same removal process that you would use if you didn’t wear corrective lenses.  Simply begin by tugging at the center of the lash band until it becomes detached from your lash line.  Then grasp the lash band at the corners of the band and completely remove it in the same manner. 

Wearing false lashes if you wear glasses or contacts is a totally viable option.  You don’t have to settle for your natural lashes just because you’re wearing corrective lenses.   Selecting the appropriate length and thickness for your false eyelashes is the most important step you can take if you wear glasses.  You can also consider curling or trimming the lashes if they are too long, although this can cause the lases to look less natural.  If you wear contacts, ensure the lash glue is hypoallergenic and be careful when applying.  If you follow these tips you’ll be able to wear false lashes without any issues.