How To Remove Eyelash Glue From Skin: 5 Easy Ways to Remove Lash Glue

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One way to improve your makeup is to use fake eyelashes. If you’re not using magnetic lashes, you’ll need eyelash glue to attach them to your natural lashes. 

Eyelash extension glue is meant to last all day, so that your eyelashes don’t fall off while you’re at work or on a date. But what if you accidentally get eyelash glue on your skin?

In this article, I’ll go over how to remove eyelash glue from skin safely and quickly.


The Risks of Applying False Eyelashes

For most beginners, it can be tricky to apply fake eyelashes. One of the problems that you could face is getting the lash glue everywhere including your skin. 

When it gets on your skin, it can feel sticky, tacky, and uncomfortable. There can be the urge to try to forcefully rip the glue off or scratch it off. 

However, that’s not a good idea because that could cause your skin to be more irritated. You can choose to just let the lash glue stay on your skin or you can choose to remove it through the different ways we’re going to discuss below. 

How To Remove Eyelash Glue From Skin

Strip Lash Adhesive Glue

Eyelash glue is kinda yucky.

If all goes well, it will keep your falsies well-attached to your natural lashes. But sometimes it gets stuck along the eyelid or gets dripped somewhere else on your face. The skin around the eyes is delicate, and you don’t want to cause any harm to your eyes with a solvent remover like acetone.

When you get lash glue on the skin, you can use products that you typically use at the end of the day when you already want to remove your fake eyelashes. 

Although it may feel like ripping off your false eyelashes is the fastest and only way to remove your fake eyelashes, it isn’t advisable to do. That’s because you might be ripping off your skin too. Additionally, some of the lash glue may still stick to your skin even after ripping off your fake eyelashes. 

The better way to handle things is to first soften or loosen the bond of the lash glue first.

Here are some products to use and how to use such products to remove lash glue from the skin. 

1. Eye Makeup Remover

Eye makeup remover can help loosen the bond of the glue and could be used to clean the glue residue on the skin. You can use this when you accidentally get glue on other areas of your skin around the eyes. 

When choosing makeup-removing products, select an oil-based makeup remover. The oils in the makeup remover will help dissolve the ingredients of the eyelash glue that makes it stick to the skin. 

Apart from that, you can use the makeup remover to clean the glue that’s left on your false lashes if you plan to use them again. Here’s how to use makeup remover to remove lash glue from the skin: 

  1. You can use a cotton pad or a q-tip to get some makeup remover. 
  2. Place the cotton pad or the q-tip soaked in makeup remover on the band of your fake eyelashes or the area of your skin where the lash glue is. 
  3. Leave the makeup remover on the lash glue and let it sit there for a few minutes to loosen the grip. 
  4. Use a damp clean cloth to wipe off the glue and the makeup remover. 
  5. If the eyelash glue is still there, you can repeat the steps. 

2. Oil

Another product that you can use to remove the lash glue from the skin is oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, or any oil you use for your skin to help remove the lash glue. 

Oil is a good product that can break down the adhesive so that it loosens its grip on your skin. 

Oil is a good product that can break down the adhesive so that it loosens its grip on your skin.

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Get a cotton pad and apply some of your favorite oil to it. 
  2. Place it over the area of your skin where the lash glue is. 
  3. Let the oil soak over the spot for a few minutes because it can take a while for the glue to loosen up. 
  4. Wipe the glue off your skin. 
  5. Sometimes, you don’t get all of the glue off the skin so you have to repeat the process until all the glue is wiped away. 

The best thing about using oil is that your skin wouldn’t dry out. Oil, particularly coconut oil, can be used to help moisturize the skin where the glue is. 

3. Steam

Steam is another thing that can help loosen the lash glue (as well as eyelash extension glue). It works on your lashes themselves, so it will work on skin, too! That’s why you can take a hot shower before your remove your fake eyelashes to make them easier to remove.

If you’re not going to take a hot shower, you can still use steam by doing the following:

  1. Boil some water and place it in a bowl. 
  2. Expose the area of your skin where the glue is present to the steam that’s coming from the bowl. Be careful not to scald yourself in the process. 
  3. Wipe the glue away from your skin with a soft towel. 

4. Use a Hot Towel

As an alternative to steam, you can use a hot, damp towel to remove eyelash adhesive. Soak the towel in hot water to let it get hot, but not scalding.

Place the hot towel over the area where the lash glue is attached to your skin. Just make sure that the towel isn’t so hot that it scalds the skin or eye area. After a few minutes, you gently rub your skin with the towel to remove any leftover glue. 

5. Grab Some Nail Polish Remover

nail polish remover

Nail polish remover is an effective way to quickly and easily dissolve the glue that got stuck on your skin, But you should not use this on any delicate skin, including the eyes, eyelids, or any place on your face.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover
  2. Press the soaked cotton ball against the glue area to loosen it up somewhat.
  3. Gently wipe away the glue residue and rinse with water.

How Long Does Lash Glue Last On Skin?

If you choose to just leave the lash glue on your skin, it will eventually fall off without you having to be too forceful with it. Usually, it lasts up to 3 days on your skin. However, with varying factors, the grip of the glue can loosen and eventually fall off. 

However, some people might not want to wait or might not want to risk waiting for it to fall off on its own. That’s because the skin can be irritated to it due to prolonged exposure. 


An Alternative: Magnetic Lashes

Magnetic lashes are fake lashes that attach to your real lashes in a couple of different ways: either using a magnetic eyeliner or by having two sets of lashes, both with magnets, that “sandwich” your real lashes.

They’re easy to use, look great, and don’t involve glue!

No one wants eyelash glue in their eye, or on their skin… it’s a pain to deal with. Consider magnetic lashes if you’re done with lash glue!

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).