How to remove fake eyelashes

How to Remove Fake Eyelashes

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Isn’t it great when you find that perfect, dreamy, and wispy pair of eyelashes that fit oh so perfectly? For ages now, women have been so fond of applying eyelashes to make a bolder statement. But as necessary as it is to apply a pair of eyelashes, it is equally important to remove the lashes safely without causing any damage to your natural lashes and eyes. 

The best way to remove fake eyelashes is by using a magnified mirror to determine if the lashes can be taken off by pulling off the lash at the outer corner. When you’re wearing bold eyelashes (like in most cases), you can see the difference in the length of your natural lashes and the fake eyelashes in the outer corner. Once you can differentiate the fake lashes from your real ones, you can easily pull off the end of the fake strip of lash.

How can I remove strip lashes that are the same length as my real lashes safely?

If the style of lashes you’ve chosen to wear is natural and short, similar to your natural lashes, you can’t pull them away directly without risking pulling out your real lash hair. To avoid this, you should take a q-tip and wet it in your favorite eye makeup remover to soften the lash glue first. Run the q-tip at the base of your lash band and wait for a few seconds for the glue to soften; once the glue has softened, try peeling off the lash band with the help of your nails rather than grabbing on to the outermost lash since it could be your real lash. You can also spot the lash band in a magnified mirror and go in with a lash tweezer to peel the outer end of the lash.

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Peeling Lashes Off

What if the q-tip alone does not soften the lash glue?

Not all lash glues are created equal; some are really heavy duty! It is also essential to keep in mind the amount of lash glue you used to apply it. If you used it sparingly, then you can pull them out directly as well with zero tuggings. However, if you applied a heavy layer of glue to secure the lashes in place, you’ll need a lot more than just q-tips and makeup remover to remove it.

You can take a cotton pad, apply your eye makeup remover to it and place it on the lashes for 20-30 seconds to soften the glue more effectively before you peel them off.

You can also use face oil or an oil-based makeup remover to soften the glue, either with a q-tip or a cotton pad. The oil tends to break the adhesiveness of the glue while keeping your natural lashes nourished.

How can I remove cluster fake lashes safely?

Cluster lashes are great when you want to target specific and sparse areas of your lash line without looking too dramatic, and the plus side is that you can play with varying lengths and create custom volume on your lash line. While strip lashes can be removed all at once, individual lashes require a little more effort and care when removing them. Even though the technique remains the same, it’s advised that you remove one cluster at a time to avoid any tugging and pulling.

For starters, sometimes our cluster lashes may end up sitting at the base of our natural lash instead of the skin, and taking them off means you’ll risk damaging and even pulling out your natural hair. In cases like this, it’s better to take a cotton pad with any face oil of your choice and let it sit on the lashes for a bit; if it pulls away quickly, then you’re good to go. However, if you witness even the slightest tugging, stop and go back in with a q-tip and oil this time. Work the oil at the base of the lashes gently until you see the glue softening up. Whatever you do, do NOT rub, or you might end up ripping your actual lashes. 

What if I have a few of my real hair between the lash band and the glue?

Believe it or not, but most of us end up in situations where we are terrified to see our natural lash stuck between the lash band and the glue, and there’s absolutely no way that you pull the lash out directly without ripping your hair. 

In times like this, we advise that you use an oil and a q-tip or a cotton pad to soften the band like you usually would, and start peeling the lash very slowly and gently. Once you feel like you’re reaching near the trapped hair, stop. With a q-tip and oil, work your way around the trapped hair, slowly moving the q-tip around, and lightly pull on the lash to keep checking if it’s still tugging onto your hair. This requires patience and a gentle hand, keep moving the q-tip around, and you’ll be able to get trapped hair out without breaking it. 

How do I keep my fake lashes clean to reuse them?

Before you get into cleaning your fake lashes, it is vital to know the lash you’re working on. Faux minks are very delicate and have a separate cleaning process, while the synthetic ones are slightly less delicate and more comfortable to clean.

For both types of lashes, the first step is to remove the lash glue from the band. Pick an old pair of tweezers and start by pulling away any lumps of glue at the band. Once you’ve pulled out all the glue, take a makeup remover on a q-tip and begin stroking the lash in the same direction every time; run it through the hair to get rid of any mascara and eye makeup that may have transferred onto the lash. 

Now that you’ve removed all traces of glue and makeup, here’s where things play differently for synthetic and faux mink lashes. If you’re using synthetic lashes, take two cotton pads, run them under lukewarm water, place the lash between the cotton pads, and let it sit for about 35-45 seconds. If you’re using faux mink lashes, then avoid getting them too wet. You can use a gentle, oil-free makeup remover on a clean spoolie to brush away any dirt or glue that might have been left to keep the shape and the curl of the hair intact

Once you’ve made sure your lashes are fully clean, use a q-tip dipped in 70% alcohol to sanitize them. Run the q-tip just once and leave the lashes to air-dry.

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Is it necessary to remove the lashes first and then my makeup?

It is unnecessary to take off your lashes first. But we recommend that you focus on the lashes first. This is because when you go in with a wipe or your makeup remover (when removing makeup on your face), it can get into your eyes and cause them to become sensitive and watery. Once your eyes are affected, you’ll face a lot of trouble taking your fake lashes off.

It also helps that you remove your lashes first and then go in to remove the rest of your makeup so that you can check for any lash glue clumps that might have stuck to your real lashes, and while you remove the rest of your makeup, you can go in and try removing the glue from your natural hair. 

How do I remove clumps of glue from my real lashes?

Sometimes. Even when you’ve removed your fake lashes, traces of eyelash glue may be left behind. And not only are they annoying and sticky, but they may also cause eye infections, so it is critical to get the glue out of your natural lashes.

To remove the gunky lash glue from your natural lashes, start by warming up a little bit of oil by rubbing it between your fingers; when you’re comfortable enough with the temperature of the oil, massage it onto your lashes, gently focusing on the glue clumps. 

Please close your eyes and massage the lashes from the base to the ends gently; this will help the clumps at the base travel to the lashes’ ends and off of them with a constant and gentle massage. If you find that massaging with fingers seems a little too aggressive for you, you can use a cotton pad or a makeup-removing cloth/towel to help massage the oil into the lashes. Once the clumps are off, brush your lashes with a clean spoolie, and voila!


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