This is a common myth that became widespread after media outlets spread misinformation about lash artistry using photos and stories from worst-case scenario non-certified techs' work. If a certified lash tech applies the lashes properly, neatly separating your natural lashes one by one, allowing them to grow out as they are intended, you will not see damage to your lashes. When lashes are clumped together, too much glue is being used, or the tech uses too large of a false lash on natural one, damage may occur. That's why it is so important to know the lash artist you are using has had proper training. I would highly recommend checking out this article if you are interested in reading real-life stories of women wearing lash extensions for years at a time.
As a part of each consultation I have with my clients when they come in, if they wear glasses at any time, we can talk about adjusting the lash length we apply to suit the glasses they wear and how they wear them on their face. Some wear them low on their nose while others wear them closer to their eyes. Many of my clients wear glasses and this is not an issue whatsoever!
Short answer is yes! Long answer is yes, but you need to be aware of what you use. Mascara is certainly okay if you are using non-waterproof mascara. When water-proof mascara is used, most people have noticed that it is much harder to remove. Therefore, oil-based makeup removers are required. We highly recommend not using oil-based anything around the eye area, as that will break down the glue used to bind the lash extensions to the hair. Water-based makeup removers, such as micellar water (rinse-free cleanser + makeup remover!), would be the proper way to remove makeup around the eye without disturbing the lash extensions.
Makeup around the eyes is still fine, as well. Sometimes eyeshadow falls on top of the lash extensions, but you can gently use a cue tip dipped in micellar water to remove the fallout where you don't need it.
Complimentary to your session is an Aftercare Instructions Guide that you get to take home and will cover everything you need to know about achieving the maximum lifespan of your lash extensions as possible!
At our studio, we use lightweight extensions that give you a full look, but do not weigh down on the eyes. All of our clients have noticed how weightless the lashes feel.
Depending on what you are sensitive to, it is a valid concern to always bring up to your lash artist. However, we use only medical grade glues, tape, and other equipment to ensure the most sanitary and safe experience possible with each and every client. When sitting down for the first time to get your lashes done, we recommend a "patch test" to see if your eyes become affected during the process to follow. The glue does not touch the client's skin, but sometimes glue fumes that are close to the eye can cause slight redness that relieves after about 30 minutes to one hour after your session.
There are many articles online regarding this subject but it is ultimately up to the client whether or not they should. As mentioned previously, all equipment we use is medical grade and the glue does not ever touch the client's skin at any time. It is targeted exclusively to the natural lash hairs. In advance, you can always ask what ingredients are in our glue and we would be happy to provide.