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How to Remove Eyelash Glue? 10 Ways to Remove False Lashes

False lashes are a wonderful way to enhance your looks! They make your eyes pop and depending on their length and color, they add a lot of drama to your look. However, have you ever wondered how to remove eyelash glue?

When coupled with the right makeup (mascara usually does it for me), lash extensions can be a game changer! But the problem is how to take them off without hurting yourself.

Eyelash extensions

If you don’t know how to remove eyelash glue properly, you might end up stripping your natural lashes off or harming your eyes. The eyelash glue might also stick to your eyelids and cause irritation or infection.

To avoid these fashion hazards, I’ve put together this piece detailing how to remove eyelash glue safely without any hassles. Ride with me!

10 Best Ways to Remove Eyelash Extension Glue

1. Take a Hot Shower

Hot shower

Heat and moisture are enemies to eyelash glue. Hence, a hot shower is guaranteed to remove eyelash glue from your artificial lashes. The heat will loosen the lash adhesive and make it easier to remove the lashes.

However, it’s not advisable to attempt to remove or pluck out the lashes while you’re in the shower. Finish up and gently remove them with your hand or tweezers.

2. Steam Your Face

If you’re in a hurry, face steaming is an alternative to a hot shower. It’ll let the eyelash glue dissolve and loosen the eyelash.

Confused about how to steam your face? Follow this procedure!

  • First, get an eye makeup remover and take off your eye makeup completely — eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, but don’t pull off the eyelashes yet.

  • Next, get a bowl of hot water for the steaming.

  • Place a towel over your head and bend towards the water for some minutes.

  • Keep your eyes closed to avoid getting the steam into them.

  • Be careful so your hair doesn’t get in the water.

  • Allow the steam to get into the lashes well.

  • Do that for 10-15 minutes.

  • After face steaming, the eyelash glue will dissolve, and the fake lashes will become softer and easier to remove.

  • Pull them off softly.

  • If you notice lash glue residue, gently wipe your eyelids with eyelash glue remover.

3. Use Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

If you’re desperate to get your false lashes off, you can apply olive or coconut oil on your eyelids to act as a glue dissolver.

Oils that are commonly known to weaken adhesives include vegetable oil, mineral oil, baby oil, canola, olive, and coconut oil — my all-time favorite oil.

Olive oil and coconut oil are more effective and easier to get, though. They’re also best if you have sensitive eyes or skin.

Here’s how to remove lash glue with oil.

  • Firstly, carefully remove residual makeup with an eye makeup remover.

  • Afterward, dip a cotton swab in the oil.

  • Then, press the cotton swab to the lash band.

  • Hold it down for 5-10 minutes.

  • When you feel the lashes have loosened, pull them off gently from the outer corner.

If there’s still some remaining glue on your eyelids after this, don’t fret. Dip a cotton swab in the oil again and run it across your eyelids or the lash line to get the lash glue off.

Sneak tip: Coconut oil and olive oil also help natural lashes grow faster. Consider that a bonus!

4. Use a Lash Glue Dissolver

Lash glue remover

A professional lash technician would usually recommend using an eyelash glue remover. If you plan to remove the false eyelashes on your own, get eyelash glue remover/dissolver.

Here’s how to remove false eyelash glue using a lash glue dissolver: 

  • Firstly, remove your makeup with a gentle eye makeup cleanser.

  • Dip a cotton swab or damp cloth into the glue dissolver.

  • Press the cotton ball on your lashes and lash line. Leave it for a few minutes.

  • Pull the fake lashes gently with your fingers.

  • Dab another cotton ball or damp cloth with the glue dissolved.

  • Rub it across your lash line to remove excess glue or lash adhesive.

5. Use a Gel Remover

A gel remover

Most gels don’t contain oil, so it’s best to use a gel remover when you have strip lashes on and plan to reuse them.

  • Step 1: Shake the bottle well before using it.

  • Next, squeeze a little amount of the gel remover into a cotton pad.

  • Apply it to the lash band. This softens the eyelash extensions.

  • In a few minutes, you can take it off with your hands or a pair of tweezers.

NOTE: If you don’t find a gel remover that works for you, consider using a cream remover. A gel remover and cream remover are applied the same way.

6. Apply Eye Cream

Eye cream

If you don’t want to use olive or coconut oil, an oil-based cleanser is a good alternative to consider.

Before you buy the cream, check the contents carefully. A good cleanser would contain oils like almond, lavender, jojoba, and other oils that can loosen the adhesive on false eyelashes.

If you don’t know how to remove eyelash glue with eye creams, follow these steps:

  • Scoop a pea-sized amount of the cream with your ring finger.

  • Gently rub it on the root of your lashes.

  • Make sure it touches everywhere the eyelash glue is applied.

Warning: Don’t let it get into your eyes.

  • Wait two minutes to let the eyelash glue fully absorb the cream.

  • Pull the lashes from the inner eye corner.

An added benefit of using eye creams for removing eyelash glue is that it addresses skin concerns in the eye area.

7. Oil-Based Makeup Remover

Rubbing your eyelashes with a good amount of oil-based makeup remover can soften the adhesive. Dab your lashes with a makeup remover and pull the lashes gently until they are off.

Then, rub a little quantity of the makeup remover on your eyelid to help the adhesive stuck on your lash line come off.

Pull them out, then use a makeup wipe to clean your face or wash your face with lukewarm water.

8. Create Your Cleaning Solution

If you’re a fan of DIY hacks, you’d love this! This is the best method to have fun while achieving your goal.

Now, how can you create a cleanser by yourself? Here are some tips:

  • Pour a few glasses of cool water into a small bowl.

  • Put a moderate amount of makeup cleanser into the water.

  • Dip a cotton ball into the solution.

  • Then, wipe the areas covered by the glue with the cotton pad.

  • Once the lash extensions begin to feel loose, pull them off gently.

  • After this process, if there’s adhesive stuck on your eyelid, wipe the makeup cleanser on your eyelids again.

  • Then, use your fingers to pull the remaining glue till it comes off completely.

9. Use Baby Oil

Baby oil is an excellent option to use while removing adhesives because it’s good for the skin. A baby’s skin is very sensitive, so the products used for making it are carefully picked.

It doesn’t harm the natural lashes, and neither does it harm the skin area of your eyes, so it’s a good fit for anyone.

Here’s how to use baby oil to remove eyelash extension glue:

  • Soak a cotton pad with baby oil.

  • Rub your false eyelashes with the pad.

  • Pull the lash extensions with a pair of tweezers.

You don’t have to wash the oil off your skin unless you feel uncomfortable or it gets into your eyes.

10. Apply Solvent Remover

A solvent remover is a liquid cleanser that can be used to remove eyelash glue. It can cause irritation to sensitive eyes because of the chemical substances used to produce it.

However, it softens eyelash glue quickly and helps to get rid of it easily. But, be careful, so that it doesn’t get into your eyes. It’s recommended to have a lash artist do it for you.

Note: During the process, if you feel any resistance or irritation, leave the false lashes alone for some time. Apply more solvent remover while trying again later.

Fake Lash Hygiene: How to Care for Eyelash Extensions When You Plan to Reuse Them

Fake eyelash

Eyelash extensions can make your natural eyelashes look fuller and longer. But, to make the last, you have to take care of them properly.

If you don’t practice proper lash hygiene, you’d be unable to reuse your lashes. This is because old makeup may contain leftover eyelash glue.

Also, bacteria may build up on the falsies or the glue, causing eye infection or agitation. These tips will help you care for your falsies better:

1. Peel the Adhesive Residue Off

After removing your strip lashes, you might notice some eyelash glue on the lash band. Peel them off with your hands so that, the next time you will use the extensions, they’d be ready to glue right away!

2. Create a Cleaning Solution

If you used the solution method to remove your lashes, you wouldn’t have to create another one. If you didn’t, it’s time to create one!

  • Get a bowl of warm water

  • Pour a liquid makeup remover or soap into it.

  • Voila! Your cleanser is ready!

3. Clean the Eyelashes

Dip the extensions into the cleanser to remove any residual eyelash glue. Rub any makeup or stubborn glue residue off with your fingers. Be careful not to pull off strips from the extension.

4. Let Them Dry

Place them on an open surface to dry, or pat them dry — if you’re in a hurry. You can now reuse them without worry.


Removing false eyelash with a pair of tweezers.

Now that you know how to remove eyelash glue without any hassles, try out the methods and let us know which one works for you!

Also, after removing false lashes, if you intend to reuse them, don’t forget to care for them properly.

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