4 Simple Steps For Pain-Free Eyelash Glue Removal

False eyelashes can upgrade your look in so many ways. For those who are not genetically gifted with movie star-caliber eyelashes, they can utterly transform your eyes. For those who have a bit more going on lash-wise, false lashes can pump them up to truly dramatic heights. Depending on the eyelashes you use, you can give yourself a sultry look, glamorous flair, or even use false lashes to make your eyes appear larger. There's a huge variety of false eyelashes available in various shapes and sizes, which makes getting the look you want easier than ever.


However, nothing is perfect, and sadly, false eyelashes are no exception. While they can look amazing during the day, it's not uncommon to have a hard time taking them off at night. When attempting to remove them, some users find themselves left with irritated eyes and even fewer natural eyelashes than they had to start with. While some people opt to stop wearing fake eyelashes altogether, others have found that there's an easier way to deal with stubborn lash glue. We're here to help you master it by adding a few simple steps to your routine.

Invest in a good makeup remover

Using an eye makeup remover is the first step to stripping the lash glue from your lids. While some might want to swap an eye makeup remover for a regular makeup wipe, it might not work as well, especially with heavy duty products. If you can't find dedicated eye makeup remover, it's best to try an oil-based product that is safe for the eyes. Oil-based makeup removers break down eye makeup and glue left on the eyelid with unique thoroughness. Instead of trying to swipe it off right away, however, you should let the remover sit for a minute to get the best effect.


If you notice the makeup remover is taking longer than usual to do its thing, you might want to change how you use eyelash glue. For easy removal, it's best to limit the amount of glue used. That way, when the remover is applied, it'll be easier to break down.

Wiping it all away

After you've waited for the makeup remover to sink in, the next step is to remove said remover. This can be done with a cotton round, a paper towel, or a soft rag. As celebrity makeup artist Kasey Spickard explained to Makeup.com, "At this point, the lash should gently slide off with no damage to the natural lashes." 


Sometimes, you'll run into a bit of leftover glue clinging to your eyelashes. While it can be tempting to scrub and pull on your lashes to get rid of this residual glue, this can be super harmful and cause serious eyelash fallout. Considering the average length of time it takes eyelashes to grow back, it's in your best interests to be gentle. How do you accomplish this? Simply repeat the process of letting eyelash remover sit on the lids. Doing this step over is the gentlest option, and the kindest to your natural lashes.

Cleanse the skin

After successfully removing the lash glue, the next step is to wash your face. This might seem tedious, but it's part of a process called double cleansing. As board-certified dermatologist Dr. David Lortscher explained to Dermstore, "The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth, or exfoliate and treat acne." Completing both steps ensures that your skin is perfectly clean and any glue residue has been successfully removed from your lids.


When double cleansing, make sure you pay attention to your skin type. Skincare is very important, and not keeping these sorts of details in mind can create excessive drying or clogged pores, depending on what you're using.

Clean your false eyelashes

Chances are, your false eyelashes might have some glue left on them after a long day of use. Leaving said glue on them can build up, making it harder to re-apply your lashes when you want to use them later. Glue can also damage the eyelashes, even if they're of the highest quality. Plus, leaving the glue on is just plain unsanitary. 


To get the most out of your eyelashes, you should clean them well. To do this, apply your makeup remover to the lash band and let it soak for about a minute, much like you do with your actual lids and lashes. From there, take a pair of tweezers and gently remove the glue from the lash band. If the glue is hard to remove, allow the makeup remover to sit for a longer period of time, in order to avoid ripping the eyelash. With enough effort and patience, it should dissolve. Once you've wiped it away, they're ready for future use.