False eyelashes are one staple every woman should know how to master, but even the most seasoned pro can go wrong without the right glue. Flawless Lashes’ eyelash adhesives are one of a few top-quality eyelash glue selections out there on the market and we’ll discuss why doing your research can make all the difference.
Whether you’re looking to finish off that glam evening look or need a quick makeup fix before an online work conference, falsies can make the world of difference between a mediocre makeup finish and a fabulous one.
What Eyelash Glue Do You Need?
There are two main types of eyelash glue, for lash extensions, semi-permanent glue. This stuff becomes water-resistant once dry and means the wearer gets weeks out of their investment.
However, it is typically recommended for use by professionals and not for at home due to the implications of the application going wrong, not just on your look, but also the health of your eyelashes, skin, and corneas.
The second type is a latex-based adhesive, used for strip lashes. This is the stuff most of us use regularly. It is designed to come into contact with our skin and is unlikely to cause a reaction unless you have a latex allergy.
It is only recommended for use for short periods, less than a day. However, you will still need a makeup remover to get it off at the end of the day.
Almost every set of eyelashes purchased will come with latex-based adhesive and the quality of this can vary hugely.
Just because the eyelashes themselves are great quality, it doesn’t mean the glue that it comes with matches this excellence.
If you are planning on wearing your lashes frequently to keep up with beauty trends or for a special occasion, such as a wedding, it’s best to shop around and find a glue that isn’t a small, free tube.
Why Does Eyelash Adhesive Matter?
Without choosing the right eyelash glue, the whole process of wearing false eyelashes can be a nightmare!
Poor quality glue won’t only mean you’re constantly having to reapply and reposition your lashes throughout the day, but it can even make the initial application harder.
Many first-time wearers fall at the first hurdle and give up on false eyelash application, often thinking it is due to their lack of experience that is causing the problem.
However, it is often down to bad lash glue that simply does not do what it’s supposed to.
What Color Glue To Choose?
Eyelash glue comes in two colors, black and white, the latter typically dried clear. While the color of your chosen eyelash adhesive will not affect the quality, there are some basic functionalities that it could impact.
Clear, white glue will seamlessly blend in with most makeup colors and reduce any obvious lines on eyeshadow and mascara.
However, it will also add a sheen to your lids, especially if you are new to applying falsies and may not have the neatest technique yet. So be aware of this when trying to achieve a matte look.
Black glue works best if you’re going for a smokey look or dramatic black eyeliner as any errors will be hidden and blend in with your eye makeup.
Black glue is available in matte and it’s always best to opt for this where possible, a glossy finish could ruin your look.
Glossy glues can be harder to hide, whereas a matte one will blend much better.
How To Use Eyelash Adhesive
This is the bit many wearers get wrong. Even if you have chosen the best adhesive on the market, not knowing how to correctly use it can make your purchase redundant.
Carefully remove your eyelashes from their packaging using a clean pair of tweezers, ideally with a pair of eyelash tweezers but standard household ones will do if you don’t have specialist equipment.
Then, hold the eyelashes to your eyelid to measure how much needs to be trimmed off. A pair of strip lashes will rarely fit straight out of the packaging.
Trim off any excess from the outer corners using a sharp, clean pair of scissors.
Next, you need to gently bend the lashes to give them more of a curve, this will make them more malleable during application and help them to fit better on your eyelid.
Eyelash adhesive should come with a small applicator, if not, you should consider buying a glue application tool or brush.
Never use cotton buds, these have small fibers that can easily become loose and entangled within the glue, your lashes, and your eyelids. This can lead to irritation, infection, and simply just an unsightly look.
Using the applicator, dot small amounts of the adhesive along the stripline. For extra hold, you can add a few dots on your eyelid just above your natural lash line.
Next, you need to wait. Many users make the common error of trying to put their lashes on straight away but the glue needs to become tacky. Without waiting, the glue simply won’t hold and cause the false lashes to slip around.
Around 30 seconds if long enough to ensure the glue has become tacky but not dried out. Then, place the strip lashes against your lash line, starting in the center and working outwards.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, you can simply pull them off and try again. If you have to do this multiple times, you may find you need to reapply the glue.
This can be a fiddly process and can take some getting used to, a great tip is to apply a light coat of mascara to your natural lashes beforehand.
This gives you a better grip on your lashes to be able to maneuver the false ones, then once they are in place, you can finish off with a few more layers of mascara.
Getting to grips with eyelash adhesive can indeed be a bit of trial and error. However, once you have found the right one for you and have mastered the application process, you’ll see how fabulous you feel rocking a pair of falsies and it can often be quicker than applying mascara too!