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The 15 best way to remove eyelash glue

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Lash extensions and false lashes are a great way to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Long, luscious lashes are amazing. While applying falsies is an art, taking them off can be cumbersome, especially when you do not know how to take eyelash glue off your lids.

Comparison chart before and after wearing false eyelashes

lash glue (an adhesive used to attach fake eyelashes or permanent eyelash extensions) can be extremely difficult to remove from natural lashes. If you are not careful, you can end up pulling out your own eyelashes during this process.

Wondering how to get eyelash glue off your eyelids without stripping your natural eyelashes? In this article will go in-depth about the safe and effective ways to remove eyelash glue, including removal methods that could be done with items found in most homes.

Using the right products and methods, removing eyelash glue from lashes is simple.  It just requires learning the right products or

methods for dissolving the glue so it's easy to peel off. All the recommended solutions below are gentle and will not cause

any damage to your natural lashes. Without further ado, here's how to remove eyelash glue from real eyelashes!

How To Get Eyelash Glue Off Eyelids & Natural Lashes

STEP #1: Take a Hot Shower

A hot shower works wonders for loosening eyelash extensions. If you’ve ever attempted eyelash extensions, you’ll know how lash artists always advise us to never get our eyelashes wet with hot water or come near any steam to extend the lashes’ lifetime. Because hot water or steam will reduce the viscosity of eyelashes glue, hot water is your best bet. After you’re done with the shower, you could use tweezers to remove the eyelashes.

Notice: While you’re in the shower, don’t attempt pulling, plucking, or rubbing your lash extensions. Avoid damaging both your natural lashes and eyes.

beautiful woman in the shower

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STEP #2: Steaming Off the Glue

This is the shortened technique of the hot shower method. By doing so, you soften the eyelash glue, and you also eliminate any stubborn dirt particles or bacteria that weren't removed during your makeup removal process. Just make sure you don't open your eyes while doing so. To be on the safe side, keep your eyes closed for 5-10 minutes. Then follow the steps below.

A girl is steaming her face
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1. Pour several cups of boiling water into a bowl.  If you have a facial steamer, you can substitute it for the bowl.

2. Drape a towel over your head and place your face above the bowl. Keep it no closer than 18-inches (46 cm) from the water. The towel will trap the steam which can help loosen the lash glue.

3. To be on the safe side, keep your eyes closed for steam your face 5-10 minutes. By doing so, you soften the eyelash glue, and you also eliminate any stubborn dirt particles or bacteria that weren't removed during your makeup removal process.

4. When the steam has sufficiently loosened the glue, gently pry the lashes up from the outside and peel them away. If there’s any remaining glue on your lid or the lash band, use your finger to gently rub it away.

5. Wash your face with cold water to close the pores and follow up with a moisturizer.

6. Use the steam method once a week. Steaming your face too often can cause redness, sensitivity, and breakouts. Alternate the steaming with one of the other removal methods to protect your skin.

Note: This method is suitable for synthetic lashes and high-end lashes.

STEP #3: Eye Makeup Remover

You can try to get eyelash glue off with makeup remover, including wipes. Depending on the remover, you might be able to use it to get rid of both lash glue and extension adhesive.

Note that some oil-free makeup removers are too gentle for strong extension adhesives. If you wear DIY or professional extensions, look for dual-phase formulas. They are effective despite being oil-free.

CAIA eye makeup remover

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1. Pour a bit of makeup remover on a cotton pad. Hold it over your lash line to start dissolving the glue. You can also dab it over the lash line with a cotton bud, and then let it sit.

2. Pull the lashes off from the outer corner.

3. Rub another swab along your lashes and the lash band again.

4. Pull off any remaining glue from the lashes.

5. Wipe away the excess remover from your skin and wash your face.

STEP #4: Baby Oil

Baby oil is an excellent option to remove eyelash glue and is widely used by adults for makeup as it will not hurt or damage your skin.
Johnson's baby oil

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1. Dab a cotton ball with some baby oil.
2. Wipe the area around your eyes where the glue was applied.
3. Rub the swab gently along your lashes and the lash band.
4. Allow the oil to sit for two to three minutes on the eyelid. However, make sure you do not use excess oil, or it will just transfer the glue from your eyes to the cotton ball.
5. Pull the eyelashes off from the outer corner.
6. Reapply some baby oil with your fingers along your lashes to remove any residue glue.
7. Wipe away the excess oil from your eyelids and skin and wash your face.

STEP #5:  Olive Oil

Olive oil has several benefits, and one of them is to remove the lash glue from eyelids. You can also mix coconut and olive oil to remove the glue residue.

Olive Oil


1. Put a few drops of olive oil on a cotton swab.
2. Dab the product onto your eyelid, especially along the lash line.
3. Grab the false lash extension by the outer corner and peel the strip away from your natural lash.
4. Wipe off any excess oil and wash the area with cool water.

When met with oil, you’ll be surprised the glue slides off your lashes and lid in a matter of seconds.

STEP #6: Use an Oil-Based Cleanser

An oil-based cleanser is an excellent choice for removing all kinds of eyelash glues, including extensions. You can choose a proper oil cleanser or pure cosmetic-grade oil. Oil-based cleaners are known to dissolve glues, which can render the adhesives ineffective and cause them to fall off.

Best Oil-Based Cleanser

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1. First, soak a cotton pad in the oil, and then gently hold it over your lash line for 5-10 seconds. You can also use it to remove your eye makeup first, if necessary.

2. If you’re trying to remove lash extensions, you’ll need to hold the cotton pad in place for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can just coat the lashes in oil and then wait.

3. Gently wipe the cotton pad downwards, over your lashes. This might be enough to pull off your false lashes.

4. Next, dip a cotton swab in the oil. Use the swab to clean the remaining glue from your lash line. The swab will also lift away the false lashes if they haven’t come off yet.

5. With extensions, you might need to repeat this process a few days in a row, since the glue is a little stronger. Consider also steaming your lashes first, per Method 4.

STEP #7: Apply Eye Cream Or An Oil-Based Moisturizer

The application of eye cream or an oil-based moisturizer on the targeted area can help loosen the adhesive.

Eye cream or an oil-based moisturizer can contribute to breaking down eyelash glue on the targeted area and can help loosen the adhesive.
best eye cream

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Pull on your eyelids or lash line gently while rubbing the moisturizer on the glue.

Rinse your eye area with water to get rid of any leftover glue on your lashes.

If your eye cream with argan, jojoba, sunflower, or other oils, they’ll do the job and more! The effects will even be more targeted since you’re using a product that’s eye-targeted. And you’ll reap the benefits of eye care as a plus!

It should be noted that if you already have oily skin then you should avoid makeup remover that is oil-based to avoid any breakouts.

STEP #8: Create Your Own Cleaning Solution

If you’re a DIY girl, you’ll find it easy to create your own eyelash-cleaning solution.
Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a liquid makeup remover.

1. Fill a small bowl with some hot or warm water and put in some soap or add a gentle eye makeup cleanser or liquid makeup remover.

2. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution to your eyelashes to dissolve the glue and take off the lashes.

3.  If you've already taken off your falsies and want to get rid of the glue, submerge the falsies into the solution and rub them off gently to dissolve both the adhesive and any remaining makeup.

STEP #9: Eyelash Glue Remover

If you don’t have the patience to loosen the lashes and wait for the glue to dissolve from the heat of a shower, you should buy a glue or eyelash extension remover.

Eyelash glue remover is designed specifically to break down the extension glue. It will protect your natural lashes, removing eyelash glue residue safely and quickly.  It’ll work faster than the other methods, but keep in mind that if it gets in your eye, it might sting a little.

Eyelash glue remover

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1. Apply a cotton pad under your lower lash line, and then close your eye. It’s important to keep your eye shut this entire time.

2. With a cotton swab, gently dab the glue dissolver over your lashes, being careful not to let it come in contact with your lash line.

3. Let the dissolver sit on your lashes for a few minutes.

4. Next, with a clean cotton swab, gently wipe off the lashes. They should come off very easily!

5. Once you’re done with one eye, clean away the glue dissolver with a cotton pad saturated in cool water.

6. Finally, repeat the process on the other eye.

TIP: Only work on one eye at a time.

With the help of a cotton pad (or a cotton swab), you can use a gel remover, or cream remover to take off the remaining glue on the lash line.

STEP #10: Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a great choice for removing eyelash glue quickly and easily. It is also easily available at any grocery store.

Rubbing alcohol


1. Soak the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol.
2. Rub it onto your eyelashes until the glue comes off.
3. Wash the area with cool water.

STEP #11: Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish removers effectively remove eyelash glue, and they work almost as quickly as the rubbing alcohol method.
nail polish remover

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1. Soak a cotton swab in nail polish remover.
2. Apply it gently and carefully to your lashes. Do not put it directly on your skin to avoid irritation and sensitivity.
3. Peel away the glue and false eyelashes without rubbing.
4. Rinse your eyes immediately with normal water.

STEP #12: Hairspray

You can soften the eyelash adhesive with hairspray. However, be careful not to overuse the product as it may sting your eyes or cause irritation.
Rahua Defining Hair Spray
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1. Get a cotton swab wet with some hairspray.
2. Hold the swab on your lashes for 20-30 seconds.
3. Wait until the glue loosens and comes off on the cotton swab.

STEP #13:  Eyelash Conditioner

To easily remove the lashes without hurting yourself and keep the natural lashes in place, you need to apply something that will soften the glue.

For this, you need lukewarm water, a conditioner, and makeup remover wipes to gently remove the lashes.

Just apply a little bit of lash conditioner on the makeup remover wipes and dip them in warm water.

Gently rub the makeup and wipe it on the eye line for a few seconds.

STEP #14: Eye Drops

Removing false eyelashes can get frustrating, but eye drops can make the process simple and hassle-free. Apply eye drops on the lashes and massage until the glue comes off. Rinse your eyes with cold water.

dripping eye drops on eyelashes

STEP #15: Manual Removal

If everything else fails, just let the glue dry and peel it off yourself. This method is great when your glue accidentally gets on your under-eye area.

Allow the lash glue to dry and harden completely. If it has gotten on your under-eye area, make sure it has dried completely before peeling.

Soak a cotton ball or Q-tip in baby oil or coconut or olive oil and gently apply to the dried glue until it starts coming off.

Wash your face with soap and water.

Follow up with a lightweight moisturizer.

Whether you’re a regular user of eyelash extensions or even a newbie, it’s a must to understand how to remove eyelash glue because not only is removing eyelashes by force painful, but you’ll also harm your actual lashes.

Eyelash glue is made of chemicals and solvents that can cause infections, rashes, scabbing, or inflammation if not removed on time.

Without causing any damage. You can use eyelash glue remover, eye makeup remover, baby oil, olive oil, eye cream, eyelash glue remover, hairspray, oil-based moisturizer, eye drops, nail polish remover, alcohol, etc 15 ways.,  to gently remove eyelash glue.  Follow these tips to ensure your skin is safe and there is no glue residue after clean-up.

Also, always remember that your choice of eyelash glue also plays a role in how hectic the eyelashes will be to remove. Make sure to opt for a premium pick to have fun with the falsies!

Note: If glue gets into eyes accidentally,you should flush it with a good deal of water. Avoid rubbing your eye. Similarly, avoid pulling the glue off, as well.

With luck, you’ll be able to wash the glue out and avoid any further damage.

If you still have glue in your eye, you’ll likely need to visit an emergency room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Do You Do When You Get Eyelash Glue In Your Eye?
A: The main ingredient of this glue is usually cyanoacrylate, once it gets into the eyes, it will burn, you will feel stinging eyes, and may also cause tearing and blurred vision. The best way is to wash with normal saline.

If you don’t have that, then use clean warm water.

Gently wipe any excess glue off, and wash the eye thoroughly with warm water. If your pain is gone and the lash glue appears to have washed away, then you better go to the emergency room to get your eyes checked. They’ll be able to properly clean it up for you so that glue debris will be removed. They could also give you a prescription to avoid infection.

Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Lash Glue In Your Eye

1. Don’t Rub Your Eye
2. Don’t Pull Off The Glue

Q: How To Prevent Eyelash Extension Glue From Getting Into Your Eye?

A: The eyelash extension glue is less likely to get into your eyes if you make sure you keep them shut all throughout the procedure. Additionally, you should carefully select who attaches your eyelash extensions.

Q: How do you remove semi permanent eyelashes?

A: Immediately after showering, wipe an oil-soaked cotton ball over lashes. The oil will dissolve the glue and the extension should slide off easily.

Q: How do you take off eyelash glue?

A: Apply makeup remover or eyelash glue remover to a cotton ball and run over the base of your lashes. Wait 1-2 minutes, then gently peel off your lashes.

Q: Does micellar water remove eyelash glue?

A: Yes. anecdotal evidence suggests that using micellar water with oil can be used to remove eyelash glue.

Q: Will Vaseline remove eyelash glue?

A: Yes. Vaseline contains molecules that will help break down the lash adhesive and keep your lashes moisturized.

Q: Does castor oil remove eyelash glue?

A: Yes. Castor oil is effective in removing eyelash glue. Unlike coconut oil or other ingredients, castor oil takes time to break down the adhesive. Take a piece of cotton and apply castor oil. Dab the oil on your eyelashes and go to sleep. Castor oil will loosen the adhesive over time. Repeat this process for a few days until the extensions come off.

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