Can I Use Homemade Eyelash Glue For Lashes?

woman puts lash glue onto a fake lash

Just imagine: you’re getting ready. Your makeup is nearly complete and a set of lashes will be the icing on the cake. Except—darn it! You’re completely out of eyelash glue

You may find yourself wondering, “can I use homemade eyelash glue for lashes?” There are tons of how-to guides out there. It’ll be easy, right? Unfortunately, if we’re being honest here, no.

You should not use homemade eyelash glue. Sorry, folks. Homemade eyelash glue is just too risky to try, no matter how desperate you are. Even if it does work for a while, it isn’t worth the fact that you may have an allergic reaction.

Itchy, burning eyes? An eye infection? Heck, losing some lashes? No thanks! There are plenty of eyelash glue alternatives on the market. Latex-free, hypoallergenic, vegan, you name it.

Honestly, DIY-ing some lash glue is far more work than it would even be worth. We’ll review everything you need to know about homemade eyelash glue, so be ready to have all your questions answered.

What Are The Ingredients Of Homemade Lash Glue?

The ingredients of homemade lash glue depends on what recipe you’re following. Primary ingredients of homemade lash glue tend to be sugar, water, honey, and a drop of white glue.

Other recipes call for petroleum jelly, flaxseeds, and vitamin E oil. While the aforementioned ingredients seem pretty basic and somewhat harmless, don’t be deceived.

Also called polyvinyl acetate, white glue is commonly used for crafts. Is it advertised as non-toxic, but under no circumstances should it come in contact with the eyes.

Should white glue come in contact with the eyes, one may experience itching, burning, and inflammation. Corneal abrasions and infections are additionally possible.

Then comes the issue with the other possible ingredients, namely sugar, honey, and petroleum jelly. Any of these products on the lash line can create clogged tear ducts, pores, and oil glands.

Furthermore, honey and sugar can be used as an exfoliating body scrub—would you really want that on your lashes? All in all, the ingredients of homemade lash glue are bad news.

Is It Safe To Use DIY Eyelash Glue?

We are not able to guarantee that DIY eyelash glue would be safe to use. There are too many risks that largely outweigh the reward of fierce lashes. If you have sensitive eyes or just are not down with harmful ingredients in standard lash glue, there are alternatives.

There are tons of all-natural and vegan formulas available to the public when it comes down to it. Running to the store is much safer than trying to make your own adhesive in a pinch and risk irritation.

Now, if you’re just sick and tired of applying lash glue, you have options, too. There are magnetic eyelashes, mascara adhesives, and self-adhesive lashes you can look forward to wearing.

Can I Use Non-Toxic White Glue For False Lashes?

No, you cannot use non-toxic white glue for false lashes. White glue has no business being anywhere near the eye area. Do us—and yourself—a solid and just don’t use white glue for false lashes.

Unfortunately, this means you shouldn’t use non-toxic white glue as an ingredient in homemade lash glue. Even if it is diluted, there is still the risk of a reaction.

The “non-toxic” classification of white glue doesn’t mean it is 100% safe to use. To simply put it, “non-toxic” means it is not thought to be dangerous or cause severe adverse reactions. In the instance of using non-toxic white glue for false lashes, you won’t likely end up in the hospital.

However, you may need to make a doctor’s appointment if there is persistent irritation or signs of an infection. To avoid either, drop the idea that non-toxic white glue would be safe to use for applying false lashes. It just isn’t safe, regardless of the method of application.

What Can I Use If I Don’t Have Lash Glue?

There are plenty of alternatives if you don’t have lash glue. Besides magnetic lashes, mascara adhesives, and self-adhesive lashes, other products are available. You could additionally check out water (yes, water) activated eyelash adhesives, or eyeliner that doubles as lash glue. The world of lashes is your oyster.

In the instance that you don’t have lash glue, there’s a couple things you should avoid using. Sure, we advised against the ingredients commonly used in homemade lash glue. Although, there’s more. If you don’t have lash glue, you should not use:

  • Hair glue
  • Nail glue
  • Super glue
  • White glue

Many of the above are not suited for use on sensitive skin. More importantly, they are not formulated to be in contact with the eyes. Whether it’s the fumes or the contents, these glues can cause serious damage. More than just a bad case of pink eye, using the wrong glue can cause loss of sight.

If we’re honest, the adhesive options realistically available to you depend on your personal wants and needs. Though, any adhesive that isn’t specifically stated to be for use on lashes shouldn’t be used. Even if you have some nail glue on hand, it should go nowhere near your eyes.

Final Thoughts: Can I Use Homemade Eyelash Glue For Lashes?

To reiterate, you probably shouldn’t be using DIY lash glue, especially if it contains abrasives like sugar. White glue, too, should be avoided. However, these aren’t the only problems. Ingredients like petroleum jelly, honey, and oil run the risk of blocking pores and ducts surrounding the eye.

By using homemade lash glue, you double the risk of developing an eye infection. Trust us on this, a couple of hours of rockin’ lashes (if they last that long) is not worth conjunctivitis.

We get it: shopping around for the perfect eyelash glue for you can be a bit overwhelming at times. There’s glue that takes forever to get tacky, adhesives with formaldehyde, or lash glue with poor hold.

Also, if we are honest, most lash glues aren’t made with sensitive eyes in mind. However, when you find the right adhesive for you, you’ll be hearing wedding bells.

Some will argue that falsies aren’t for everyone, but they absolutely can be. You just need a little faith, trust, and the right kind of adhesive. The catch is that the right kind of adhesive isn’t homemade.


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By Daphnie Bachmann

Daphnie Bachmann is a licensed esthetician and beauty writer at Kintegra Research. She loves beauty and skincare. She always has her eyes open for the next new beauty or skincare product to test out and review. She's driven by her passion for the beauty industry and is always willing to share her beauty secrets!