Wearing false eyelashes is a quick and easy way to give your eyes that dramatic look, especially when you want to go easy on the rest of your makeup. But a crucial part of using false eyelashes is removing them properly. It’s rare that your false eyelash and the lash glue will come off in one swipe.
If you, too, tend to rip off your falsies and pick at the residual glue, it’s time to switch up your routine. Here are 7 easy and effective tips on how to remove eyelash glue.
How To Remove Eyelash Glue: 7 Ways
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#1. Warm Water and Q-Tip
One of the simplest ways to remove eyelash glue is to soak a Q-tip in warm water. The warm water will soften the eyelash glue and the Q-tip will help reach all the tiny areas around your eye. The shape of the Q-tip also helps remove all traces of the glue compared to using a cotton ball.
However, note that this will be effective only if the eyelash glue you use is not waterproof. If you’re using waterproof lash glue, our next tip will be your best bet.
Carrier oils like olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil are great at removing eyelash glue. Dip some cotton or a Q-tip in your oil of choice and gently swipe it across your lash line, focusing more on areas where you had applied the glue. The oil will help the glue slide off your skin easily.
Just make sure you wash your lashes off thoroughly with a gentle cleanser to get rid of any oil residue.
#3. Warm Shower
This is the easiest hack of all — all you need to do is indulge yourself with a warm shower and gently rub your eyelash line with your warm washcloth. Make sure the water is adequately warm so that there’s some steam. It will help loosen the adhesive of the eyelash glue.
This method works on the same principle as having a warm shower. Instead of using the steam from the shower, you only steam your face using a bowl of hot and steaming water. Cover your head with a soft towel as you bend over the bowl and let the steam soften the lash glue for a few minutes. Then, gently wipe your eye to remove the glue.
But be careful when doing this, and do not put your face too close to the water as you might risk burning your face.
#5. Hot Towel
This is a safer alternative to steam. All you need is to soak your towel in warm water — not scalding hot — and then apply the warm towel to your eyes. Leave it there for a few minutes, and you can remove the lash glue effortlessly.
#6. Makeup Remover
One of the most convenient hacks is simply using a makeup remover. Most makeup removers are formulated to get rid of stubborn makeup and can work on residual lash glue too.
While you can simply use micellar water, an oil-based makeup remover would be better as it is more effective in breaking down the adhesive. The only disadvantage of using an oil-based formula is you won’t be able to re-use your falsies again as it will render the glue ineffective.
#7. Eyelash Glue Remover
If you don’t want any DIYs and just need a quick and effective way to remove eyelash glue, you can simply purchase a lash glue remover. This product is targeted at effectively removing the adhesive from the fake eyelash without irritating your eyes.
Does Vaseline Remove Eyelash Glue?
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Yes, Vaseline is also a great product to help remove eyelash glue. This petroleum jelly works like oil and can easily weaken the glue and help you remove the false lashes safely.
However, be careful with how much Vaseline you use. Using profuse amounts around your eye can lead to irritation like pink eye and sty.
Why Is It Important To Completely Remove Eyelash Glue?
Eyelash glue is developed using various components like solvents, cyanoacrylates, formaldehyde, latex, parabens, and adhesive agents, so it can serve its purpose of securing your false eyelashes to your natural eyelashes.
While it’s safe, eyelash glue is only intended to be used temporarily. It is essential that you remove your eyelash glue completely to avoid irritating your skin as it is applied so close to your eyes. Allowing eyelash glue to stay on for an extended time can also cause damage to your natural eyelashes and in worse cases can cause infections.