Are Magnetic Lashes Safe? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Though we may never part ways with our favorite mascara, we still enjoy swapping it out for some false lashes every once in a while. Of the many varieties out there, magnetic lashes are by far the most popular (and the easiest) style to pop on for a more dramatic look. However, it begs the question: Are magnetic lashes safe? (Spoiler alert: Yes, they are.) Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What are magnetic lashes?

Magnetic lashes have small magnets along the lash strip. To get them to adhere to your lids, you apply magnetic eyeliner to your upper lashline and the faux strip will attach and stay in place for the rest of the day. Like other types of false lashes, they are reusable and relatively easy to remove. Just a gentle pull (and some micellar water) would pop those babies right off at the end of the night. 

Are magnetic lashes safe to wear? 

Magnetic lashes are FDA-approved and adhere to safety requirements. Most lashes are made with iron oxide, which is a common ingredient found in makeup, skincare and some sunscreens. Plus, there are little to no studies that show magnetic lashes are harmful. 

Though considerably gentler than falsies that rely on glue for application, magnetic lashes are still prone to damaging your natural lashes and potentially irritating the skin around your eyes. Which is why you should still be very careful with how you apply (and remove) magnetic lashes. 

What are the potential side effects of wearing magnetic lashes?

  • Eye infections. Always apply and remove lashes with clean, dry hands. You don’t want to risk trapping any bacteria around or in your eye. Bacterial growth can lead to infections like conjunctivitis (aka pink eye) or blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids).
  • Allergic reactions. While magnetic lashes are generally considered safe, some people may have an allergic reaction to key ingredients found in them like iron oxide. Do a patch test on your skin (preferably on the inside of your elbow, behind the ear or a small line on the outer corners of each eye) and wait 24 hours before applying the magnetic eyeliner and lashes to your entire lid. If you do have a reaction, discontinue immediately. 
  • Loss of natural lashes. If you pull off the lashes in a rough matter or wear falsies daily, you’re at risk of breakage, bald spots or having your natural lashes grow in the wrong direction. Remember: Be gentle during the removal, so you can prevent any lash loss in the future. Also consider giving your lashes a break every once in a while and return to using your go-to mascara or a lash serum instead. 
  • MRI risk. Doctors recommend removing magnetic lashes before getting an MRI. According to one study, the faux strips can become a safety concern and lead to injury if pulled into the machine.

Overall, if you have any concerns or questions about trying magnetic lashes (especially if you have preexisting eye conditions), please consult with an optometrist or ophthalmologist first. 

How do you apply magnetic lashes?

Now that you’re onboard the magnetic train, here are four steps to applying them safely every time:

  1. Wash your hands before applying any lashes (or makeup in general).  
  2. Use the magnetic eyeliner to draw across your lash line, starting from the inner corners and working your way out. 
  3. Wait a few minutes before applying the faux lashes on top of the liner.  
  4. Use the lash applicator tool to gently set them in place and viola. 

How do you remove magnetic lashes?

So, you’ve been rocking your falsies all day and it’s time to remove those bad boys. Similar to the application process, it takes four simple steps to take them off.   

  1. Use the lash applicator tool to gently peel away the lashes starting at the outer corners of your eyes.
  2. Apply an oil-based makeup remover over your lids and wipe away any remaining eyeliner using a cotton pad. Tip: A pointed cotton swab is a great way to get into hard-to-reach areas near the lash line. 
  3. Use rubbing alcohol, micellar water or a gentle cleanser to thoroughly clean and sanitize your magnetic lashes. This will help prevent any bacteria growth and keep your lashes clean for reuse. 
  4. Let the lashes dry completely before storing them away for next time. 

Bottom Line

Magnetic lashes are safe, easy to use and gentler than most other false lashes. It’s all about how you’re applying and removing them. As long as you’re being gentle with both, you can rock your falsies without causing any potential side effects. Now, it’s time to flutter those lashes and give your best smize. 

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