False lashes intensify any makeup making natural lashes visibly longer and thicker. Learning to apply them correctly requires good dexterity that can only be acquired with practice, but removing the glue to detach them is not as complicated. You just have to use the right products or methods to make it dissolve, so that the lashes are easy to detach. The glue can be removed very easily in a few minutes using a make-up remover, an oil or the action of steam.
Method 1 of 3: Using a Makeup Remover
Step 1. Choose the right formulation for your false lashes
Oil-based make-up removers are generally the most effective of all for breaking down the adhesive on false lashes. However, if you plan on reusing them, opt for an oil-free formulation. The oil residue that remains on the lashes can prevent the glue from adhering in the future.
Step 2. Soak a cotton swab in make-up remover
The specific make-up removers for the eye area are specially designed to be delicate, but some can irritate the eyes. To avoid getting the product in the eyes, it is better to use a cotton swab in order to concentrate the application in certain points. Soak it well, but make sure it doesn't run dry.
Some cosmetic brands sell products specifically designed to remove the adhesive from false eyelashes. In any case, you can also perform the procedure with a normal make-up remover
Step 3. Swipe the cotton swab along the false eyelash band on the mobile lid
Once you have thoroughly impregnated it with make-up remover, gently swipe it along the lash line on the mobile eyelid. In this way it will be able to penetrate between the lash band and the skin in order to dissolve the glue.
Step 4. Let the make-up remover sit on the lid for a few minutes
Sometimes you have to wait for the product to completely dissolve the glue. Let it sit on the lash band for 1 to 3 minutes to make sure the adhesive begins to peel off.
Step 5. Detach the lashes starting from the outer corner
When you feel the false lashes start to move easily, place a finger on the movable lid. Pull it up and out slightly to prevent the skin from sagging. Then, grab the false lashes with your fingers or tweezers and gently peel them down, away from the eyebrow.
Step 6. Swipe another cotton swab over the eyelid and the snug band of the false lashes
Once the false eyelashes are removed, some glue residues may remain on the mobile lid and on the tight band. Soak the other end of the cotton swab with makeup remover, then wipe it over the eyelid and band to dissolve any glue residue.
Step 7. Remove any glue residue from natural lashes
Once you have applied more makeup remover, you should be able to peel off any remaining adhesive residue using your fingers. If it doesn't dissolve, apply the makeup remover one more time and repeat the process.
Step 8. Remove excess makeup remover from the skin and wash your face
Once the glue has been removed, some makeup remover residues may remain. Wipe them off with a cotton pad or washcloth, then wash your face thoroughly with your favorite cleanser.
Method 2 of 3: Using an Oil
Step 1. Moisten a cotton ball with the oil of your choice
Oil is often effective in breaking down false eyelash glue. You can use coconut, sweet almond, extra virgin olive or baby one. Soak a cotton ball, but make sure it doesn't drip.
- If desired, you can replace the cotton ball with a cotton swab.
- Oil tends to be gentler than make-up removers. It is therefore a method suitable for those with sensitive eyes. In addition, it is particularly moisturizing, making it perfect for a dry eye area.
- Removal with oil is not recommended for oily or acne-prone skin, as it can clog pores. It could also grease the epidermis even more if it is particularly oily.
- Be aware that the oil will prevent the glue from adhering well in the future. If you are going to recycle your false lashes, you should take an alternative method of removing the glue.
Step 2. Press the cotton ball onto the false eyelash band and hold it for a few minutes
To allow the oil to reach the adhesive and start dissolving, press and hold the cotton ball on the false eyelash band. Try to get it as close as possible to the junction line between the mobile eyelid and the fascia. Hold it for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the glue begins to melt.
Step 3. Detach the lashes from the outer corner
When you feel the glue has melted, gently grab the outer corner of the false lashes with your fingers or tweezers. Detach them slowly and carefully to avoid pulling on the natural ones.
Step 4. Remove the glue residue with another cotton ball
If any glue residue remains on the eyelid or false eyelash band, soak another cotton ball with oil. Swipe it over the eyelid and / or the headband to remove the adhesive.
Step 5. Remove excess oil and wash your face
Once the glue is removed, oil may remain in the eye area. Gently remove it with a cotton pad or swab. Then, wash your face with your regular cleanser to clean it thoroughly.
Method 3 of 3: Using Steam
Step 1. Pour boiling water into a bowl
Measure 3 to 4 cups (700-950 ml) of boiling water and pour it into a heat-resistant container. If you wish, you can replace it with a facial vaporizer.
Step 2. Place a towel over your head and bring your face to the bowl
The towel will trap the heat, which will help dissolve the glue. However, avoid getting too close to the water, otherwise you risk getting burned. Calculate a distance of about 45 cm from the surface of the water.
Step 3. Steam your face for 3 to 5 minutes
To dissolve the glue, you need to expose the skin to steam for a few minutes. It is recommended that you set a timer to avoid waiting longer than you should.
This method is also effective for unclogging pores
Step 4. Detach the false lashes from the outer corner
Once the steam has dissolved the glue sufficiently, gently pull the lashes from the outer corner and peel them off. If any glue residue remains on the mobile eyelid or on the adherent band, remove it carefully with the help of your finger.
Step 5. Rinse your face with cold water and complete the procedure with a moisturizer
Steam dilates the pores, so it's important to make them shrink. Wash your face as usual, then rinse the last with cold water. Pat your skin dry with a towel and apply your usual moisturizer to keep the hydrolipid film in balance.
Step 6. Avoid using this method more than once a week
If you wear false eyelashes several times a week, it is not recommended to always remove them in this way. Overdoing it can cause redness, sensitivity, and rashes. Alternate the steam with other removal methods to protect the skin.