Wearing false lashes for a night out or a big events really makes a huge difference. Your eyes look great in photos, your makeup looks put-together, and your friends are complimenting you all night!
However, when the party’s over, you’ll need to remove your faux lashes, as there’s nothing more uncomfortable than sleeping with eyelash glue on your lids.
Usually, false eyelashes must be removed using a regular makeup remover – it’s pretty effective at gently dissolving the glue so that the faux lashes slide off without pulling or damaging your natural lashes.
But what happens if you don’t have any on hand?
How do you get eyelash glue off your eyelids without makeup remover? There are a few easy steps you can take to safely remove your false lashes and dissolve your eyelash glue using things you already have around the house.
No need to rush out to buy makeup remover in the middle of the night! In this article, we will tell you how to remove eyelash glue simply and safely at home.
Home Remedies To Remove Eyelash Glue
There are a few effective ways to remove eyelash glue without makeup remover and they can be summed up in two ways: heat and oil.
Hot steam, over a period of time, gently softens the eyelash glue, allowing you to move it around, rub it off, and remove fake eyelashes.
So, if you can find a way to gently expose your eyelids to hot steam, it’s a great option for when you don’t have access to any other products!
Another thing that’s very effective at dissolving eyelash glue is oil. Any kind of oil that is safe for the skin can work – and you likely have some oil at home.
Here are some our top home remedies based on the information above, that can get your eyelash glue off without makeup remover:
A hot shower before bed sounds nice, but it also doubles as eyelash glue remover! The key is to find a shower cabin or bathtub with a thick shower curtain so that you can create an environment full of steam.
Turn the water as hot as you can tolerate (without burning yourself) and spend at least 10-15 minutes in there, allowing the steam to rise and envelope you for some time.
While you’re in there, you can do your regular washing up with soap and shampoo, etc.
As the water runs down your face, you can gently rub your fingers over your eyelids. Be careful not to pull at your lashes! Let the steam do all the hard work.
Eventually, after about 10-15 minutes of steaming and warm water, your eyelash glue will start to soften. You’ll notice your lash strips begin to lift at the sides.
Again, tread carefully here, and don’t just pull them off without making sure that the glue has softened all the way through. Be patient with the process and only pull the false lashes off when you are sure you can do it without hurting your eyelids or pulling out your natural lashes.
As an alternative to the hot shower above, consider doing a smaller-scale face steam.
This doesn’t require you to get into the shower and wet your hair before bed, which can really extend your night-time routine at a time when you’re probably already tired and just want to go to bed.
For a face steam, you’ll need the following:
- Large bowl
- Hot water
- Large towel
Fill the bowl with hot water. Make sure it’s hot enough that it has visible steam rising from it, but not so hot that you’ll burn your skin on that steam.
Place the bowl with water in front of you on a tabletop or a counter and face it. Gently drape a towel over your head and over the bowl of hot water, creating a closed environment for the steam to fill.
Stay like this for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to work its magic on your lash glue. Eventually, you can check it by rubbing your eyelids with your fingers and seeing if the false lashes start to peel off.
Gently remove them once the glue is soft enough, making sure not to pull too hard or too fast.
When doing a face steam, make sure you are taking breaks if it gets too hot. If you start to feel dizzy, remove the towel immediately and take a few long breaths.
If you’d like to see a visual tutorial, take a look at this tutorial from Jennifer Mac on YouTube.
If steaming isn’t your thing, simply applying heat and moisture to your eyelids for several minutes can help accomplish similar results.
All you need is a warm compress, which can be made out of the following:
- Cotton balls or cotton pads
- A bowl of warm water
- Optional: jojoba oil or olive oil
Fill your bowl with warm water and oil, if you’re using one. The oil will help speed up the process because oils help dissolve glue (more on that later).
Using water alone will work too. Soak your cotton balls in the water and squeeze out any excess.
Close your eyes and place the warm compresses against your eyes while laying back. Remain in this position for a few minutes or until the warm compresses begin to cool.
When they are starting to cool, replace them with new warm compresses soaked in the water. Repeat this process for another 5 minutes each time, until you begin to notice that your eyelash glue is softening, and your false lashes are starting to peel off.
Keep repeating the process until the false lashes are easy to remove without pulling too hard. Wash any remaining glue off using warm water – at this point, the glue should have softened enough that it’s easy to remove.
Olive Or Canola Oil
Almost everyone has cooking oil in their kitchens, so if you’re looking for an easy and quick way to remove eyelash glue without access to makeup remover, go check your kitchen cupboards.
Plant oils will work best – this includes olive oil, canola oil, and similar oils. The reason we’re suggesting olive oil and canola oil is that those two kitchen oils are the most skin-friendly. They are non-comedogenic and won’t cause breakouts or irritation. In other words, they are safe to use on your eyelids.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your choice of oil
- A small bowl
Pour a little bit of oil into your bowl – two or three tablespoons should be enough.
Dip your Q-tip into the oil and spread the oil over your eyelash line, right where the eyelash glue is. Once there is enough oil on your lids, you can keep gently rubbing it with the q-tip or use your fingers to create some friction.
Be patient here – the oil is working. Simply keep the friction going, allowing the oil to gently dissolve the glue.
Avoid getting the oil into your eyes and rinse it out immediately if that happens.
Eventually, the glue will soften and you’ll be able to remove your eyelashes and any remaining glue. Rinse your face with warm water and a washcloth to get all the remaining gunk off your face before heading to bed.
You might have some other oils at your disposal that work well for the above method too. Here are other great oils you could use:
You can use any of these oils alone or mixed together. Follow the same steps as you would with kitchen oils – pour a little bit of oil into a bowl, dip a Q-tip in it, and rub the oil over your lashline.
Continue doing that until the glue starts to soften. Use a moist washcloth if you need to add extra friction to the mix, and make sure to wash everything off with water before you go to bed.
If you’re spending the night at a hotel room, or somewhere else where you don’t have access to kitchen oils and beauty oils, don’t worry. You can also use an eye cream.
Eye creams are often formulated with some kind of oil, and they usually contain a higher percentage of oil than any other cream or lotion.
You can use that to your advantage since oil dissolves eyelash glue.
All you’ll need for this is:
- Eye cream
- Towel or washcloth
Simply begin by closing your eyes and putting a generous amount of eye cream over your eyelid, focusing on the area with the most eyelash glue.
Gently use your fingers to rub the eye cream all over that area in small circular motions. You’ll probably need to do that for a few minutes before the eyelash glue begins to soften.
Don’t be afraid to add more eye cream if it starts to dry out.
Once the glue is soft enough and you can feel your lash strips peeling off, take the towel or washcloth and gently run it over your eyelids to remove the cream, lashes, and glue. Follow up by washing any remainder of the gunk off with warm water.