Every time you touch an area near your eyes, such as when applying fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions, you are taking on a safety risk because of the eyes’ fragile nature. But the danger doesn’t come so much from sharp tweezers as from the glue used in keeping the fake eyelashes in place! When there’s eyelash glue in eye due to eyelash extension gone wrong you'll need to remove it.
This mishap is possible even with the best fake eyelashes, too, since these require eyelash glue for proper application. But this doesn’t mean that you should skip eyelash extensions for fear of getting it in or near your eyes – synthetic eyelashes make your peepers prettier, after all. The trick lies in proper choice in eyelash glue, in the proper application of the fake eyelashes, and in their proper removal.
When a professional attaches fake eyelashes on your eyelids, your eyes will be shut during the entire procedure so the glue cannot get directly into your eyes. But it’s also not impossible because accidents can happen, such as when glue gets into the top layer of your eyes resulting in irritation, infection and scarring.
There’s certainly a higher risk of getting eyelash glue in eye during a do-it-yourself attachment of the fake eyelashes, as is most often the case. This can happen for a wide range of reasons, from too much glue applied on the fake eyelashes to too short drying time for the glue.
If you're thinking of alternative for eyelash glue, read What can I use instead of eyelash glue? Be aware of the risks involved and choose wisely.
In a Consumer Reports article, several patients have experienced allergic reactions and infections caused by the formaldehyde-based adhesives (i.e., glue) used in the application of their eyelash extensions. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has also cautioned consumers regarding the dangers of eyelash extension glue in eye in particular and eyelash extensions in general.
The specific dangers included:
While you will likely not go blind from eyelash extensions and fake eyelashes, your eyes coming into direct contact with formaldehyde can result in blindness. The importance of choosing a safe yet effective eyelash extension glue cannot be overemphasized. Think no formaldehyde and other chemicals that cause allergic reactions.
Furthermore, this isn’t to say that you should avoid fake eyelashes because these have been proven safe when applied and removed properly. Even people who wear contact lenses can still wear them although certain precautionary measures, such as thoroughly cleaning the eye area before fake eyelash application and avoiding dry eyes.
We have encountered questions like, “What can I use instead of eyelash glue?” or “Can you use hair glue for eyelashes?” These are valid questions because it’s possible to run out of eyelash glue or to experience allergic reactions to the current eyelash glue being used.
Unfortunately, there’s no safe substitute for eyelash glue despite the number of people claiming otherwise. In a Telegraph article, a makeup hack of using homemade alternatives to eyelash glue may result in hospitalization.
An example is a mixture of sugar, honey and water mixed with so-called school PVA glue, an adhesive used for arts and crafts. While the first three ingredients are safe – these are washable, too, when it comes into contact with your eyes – the fourth ingredient isn’t recommended by its manufacturer for uses other than crafting.
This is true for other DIY eyelash glue, too, whether it’s hair glue or Elmer’s glue. Just skip your fake eyelashes if you don’t have a safe eyelash glue and wait until you have purchased it. You should find dozens of safe eyelash glue formulated specifically for the purpose so it should neither be a big issue nor a big expense.
But how long does eyelash glue last? It depends on the eyelash glue but most lasts for a week or so.
If eyelash glue gets into your eyes, we suggest washing your eyes with tap water until it has been removed completely. You should be able to tell since your eyes will start feeling better. You have to avoid rubbing your eyes while washing them; otherwise, you can make matters worse.
This is similar to the process of washing your eyes when an irritant, like dust particles or a stray eyelash, gets into them. You should avoid putting eye drops and ointments into your eyes, as well as asking your friend to blow into your eyes to dislodge the irritant. These are unsafe practices that can further irritate your eyes.
In case your eyes and its surrounding area exhibit signs of an allergic reaction, such as redness, itchiness, and swelling, you should lose no time in seeing your doctor. You may be prescribed medications, among other precautionary measures, to reduce these symptoms and protect your eyes.
Prevention is still better than the cure so in the following sections, we will discuss three methods of removing fake eyelashes and their glue from your eyelids safely. Choose one that best suits your preference, such as using an eye makeup remover since it’s the most convenient.
The easiest way to remove fake lashes at home is to use the best makeup remover wipes. You should have a box of these wipes always if you wear makeup nearly every day because these are specially formulated for this purpose. You may use baby wipes, of course, but the results aren’t the same.
The last step is important because even the best makeup wipes cannot completely remove the tacky feeling left behind by hair glue for eyelashes. Your skin including the area around your eyes will also have time to breathe (i.e., open the pores).
Yet another safe, effective and affordable (i.e., no cost) method to remove eyelash extensions at home is to use steam. The steam from boiling water breaks down the adhesive so the fake eyelashes can be more easily removed from your eyelids. This is also an effective way of cleaning your pores, a must-do in your skincare regimen.
Note: Use the steam method only once a week. Steaming your skin one time too many can cause acne breakouts, sensitivity, and redness, among others. Use the other two methods if you wear false lashes several times in a week.
Hair glue for lashes can also be removed using skin-friendly oil. Oil works by breaking down eyelash glue although it will obviously leave an oily feeling on your eyelid, which can be washed with water and soap.
The best kinds of oil for removing glue for fake eyelashes are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, and baby oil.
Coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil are the preferred types because these have skin-nourishing qualities, thus, these are commonly used as natural moisturizers.
In general, these types of skin-friendly oils are gentler on the skin than makeup removers and wipes. These are then suitable for people who have sensitive eyes or who have dry skin around the eye area.
A few things to remember, however, about using oil.
Many of the steps in using oil for eyelash glue removal are similar to using makeup remover wipes.
Indeed, the removal of your fake eyelashes using one of the three abovementioned methods to loosen the eyelash glue should be part of your beauty regimen. Always wash and moisturize your eye area afterwards since the skin here manifests signs of aging, such as fine lines and crow’s feet, faster than the other areas of your face.
We have to say that the safe removal of fake eyelashes starts with putting them on. If you put them on shoddily, you will not only get unnatural-looking lashes but you will also have a more difficult time removing them afterwards. There’s also the risk that the glue may get into your eyes.
Here then are our tips in putting on fake eyelashes using eyelash glue.
Tip: Never apply glue beyond the lash band. Excess glue should be removed using a pair of tweezers.
Tip: Apply slightly more glue to the inner corners and ends of the false lashes.
Alternatively, you can also apply the glue to your natural lash line, not on the false lashes. Think of it as applying an eye liner but be more careful so that the glue doesn’t get into your eye. Let the glue dry for 40 to 50 seconds, or until it’s already tacky, before setting the false eyelashes on top.
You can also apply false eyelashes even without glue. This is a more advisable route since using alternatives to eyelash glue has its dangers, as explained above.
In both cases, it’s always best to apply mascara on both your false eyelashes and natural eyelashes after the former has been applied on your eyelids. This will make for a more natural look since the two become blended, so to speak.
False eyelashes are increasingly becoming a must-have for women who want beautifully long and lush lashes. Just be careful when applying and removing them so that you can get the best effect!