If you aren’t already cleaning and disinfecting your false eyelashes between uses, you should start now. Greatist provides some tips for proper false eyelash cleaning. You’ll always want to start by washing your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes. After removing the false eyelashes, place them on a clean towel and use eye makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to wipe them down. You can apply the product with a cotton ball or swab to ensure you’re getting it into the nooks and crannies. Next, you’ll want to go over the lashes with a bit of warm water to remove any residue and leftover glue before letting them sit to air dry. Finally, always make sure to toss the eyelashes whenever they start to become damaged or if you are unable to get them completely clean of glue and residue, such as old makeup.
Remember that when it comes to synthetic lashes, you won’t want to reuse them more than a few times, regardless of how thoroughly you clean them between uses. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, ophthalmologist Ilyse Haberman stated that anywhere from five to eight times is plenty for reusing false eyelashes. You can hit the upper end by ensuring you take care of them properly and keep them clean and debris-free. This also includes storing them in a clean and dry location between uses.