Anyone who wears false lashes with any regularity knows that a few coats of mascara can seriously amplify your look. But just like mascaras for lash extensions, you'll want to find the right partner for your favorite set of falsies so that the adhesive won't be affected. The best mascaras for false lashes are actually pretty straightforward: they are all water-based.
According to celebrity makeup artist Geoffrey Rodriguez, whose clients have included Gigi Hadid and Emma Watson, water-based mascaras are ideal because they won't negatively interact with lash glue. On the other hand, oil-based mascaras, he explains, "can remove or cause the lash strip to separate." (It makes sense then why so many eye makeup removers are oil-based — the emollient dissolves adhesives and waterproof makeup in a snap.) Similarly, mascaras with lash-hugging fibers don't play nicely with glue either, so avoid those as well.
The easiest way to identify the right mascara is to look at the ingredients list because water will always come first. From there, the best one will come down to personal preference: do you want volume? Length? Subtle definition? Or a cocktail of all of the above?
Finally, for the most longevity, Rodriquez suggests this order of application: First, curl your lashes (this helps support the weight of the falsies, he explains), then coat your mascara and give it time to dry, and then apply your fake lashes. Applying mascara on top of your falsies — even a water-based one — is still not advised because it too "can remove or cause the lash to separate," he says.