Can You Put Eyelash Glue On Your Eyelid?

close-up of a woman's hands preparing false lashes with eyelash glue

Welcome to the eyelash scene of the beauty world. There is tons of fun to be had testing out different styles and booking lash appointments. However, you may have one burning question before dedicating yourself to the lash life: can you put eyelash glue on your eyelid?

The answer is complicated. Although most eyelash glues are safe for the skin surrounding your eyes, they aren’t the best choice for your eyelid. By that, we mean one should use minimal amounts of glue during application. It is best to avoid the lashes themselves and the eyelid as a whole.

Honestly, glue should never stray from just above the lash line. There are risks (of course) to applying lash glue anywhere else. This article will cover all that you need to know about applying eyelash glue, so don’t sweat it, folks! We have you—and your lashes—covered.

Can You Apply Eyelash Glue To Your Eyelid?

No, you cannot apply eyelash glue to your eyelid. While eyelash glue won’t necessarily cause harm, there is the risk of gluing the folds of the eyelid together. This is mostly just uncomfortable and won’t cause serious injury for most people.

If you manage to find yourself in this sticky situation, don’t pull on your eyelid. With a cotton swab that has been soaked in an oil-based cleanser, gently rub at the glue. The oil should, hopefully, interrupt the adhesive bondings. Afterward, wipe the eyelid clean with a warm, damp washcloth.

Do You Glue False Lashes To Your Eyelid Or Eyelashes?

False lashes should be applied just above your lash line. Eyelash glue should not be applied directly to the eyelashes or the eyelid. Lash glue that is applied to natural eyelashes directly can cause several issues.

Firstly, attempts to remove the glue can lead to lash loss. Eyelashes are delicate little things, believe it or not—it doesn’t take much to pluck them out. The adhesive would bind the lashes together. Moreover, the glue is likely to adhere natural lashes to falsies.

By applying glue to the eyelashes, one can expect some degree of lash damage. There’s no going around it. Even if a method works out for some time, it will be a hassle in the long run!

Secondly, glue applied to the lashes directly makes it easier for the glue to find its way into the eye. Yeah, lash glue in the eye isn’t fun. Given the abrasives found in lash glue, it could cause microlesions on the eye and cornea.

Not only would this make for irritation, but microlesions could also lead to an infection or, worse, blindness. In short, do not try to glue false lashes to your eyelid or your eyelashes. They should stay just above the lash line and be applied with minimal glue.

Is Eyelash Glue Safe For Skin?

Yes, eyelash glue is safe for the skin. Most of the time, that is. There are instances of individuals having allergic reactions to eyelash glue and its components. Most cases of allergic reactions with lash glue are from cyanoacrylate, a fast-acting adhesive with various household and medical uses.

Cyanoacrylate is the most common ingredient in lash glues. Symptoms of an allergy include a rash, itchiness, burning, and swelling. In more severe cases, asthma-like symptoms can develop. Other ingredients in eyelash glue that could cause concern for the skin include latex and formaldehyde.

The latter is formed as a by-product during production. Which, to be fair, any trace of something used in fertilizer near the eyes is a no-go. That being said, using eyelash glue is completely up to the individual; unsurprisingly, there are alternatives.

Considering the questionable chemicals found in eyelash glue and their risks, it’s totally fine to opt-out. Luckily, we’ve compiled all the need-to-know information regarding alternatives in our article, “What Can I Use Instead Of Eyelash Glue?

Can Eyelash Glue Make You Blind?

In very rare cases eyelash glue can make you blind. Now, we mean very rare. If eyelash glue happens to get into the eye, it can scratch the cornea. The abrasion can lead to blurry vision or blindness.

Most of the time, if lashes are applied properly one doesn’t have to worry about glue getting in their eyes. This is especially true in professional settings, where the individual is a licensed cosmetologist or beautician.

In case glue does get in your eye, immediately rinse with lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes. Monitor your symptoms and call local poison control if your eyelid becomes glued together.

There have been records of women having gone blind after taking a trip to their local lash salon. Alexis Theriot of Indiana is just one of many individuals who had their beauty treatment take a turn for the worst. Thus, always make sure your local salon has its credentials up-to-date. It’s a must!

Also, never arrange to get your lashes done by someone who doesn’t have appropriate experience or licenses. It may be friendlier on your wallet, but the risk of an incident increases tenfold.

If you have concerns about your eye health after exposure to eyelash glue, do not hesitate. Reach out to your local poison control for further guidance. In extreme cases, call emergency services. What? You only have one set of eyes! Don’t play around when it comes to your vision.

Final Thoughts: Can You Put Eyelash Glue On Your Eyelid?

All in all, eyelash glue on your eyelid is the least of your problems. It could cause discomfort and, in some cases, an allergic reaction. However, there is no serious threat to your eye health if eyelash glue gets on your eyelid.

More serious concerns arise if lash glue gets in your eye. The glue could scratch your cornea or glue your eyelids together. As one can imagine, neither case is ideal. If eyelash glue gets in your eye, rinse immediately with lukewarm water and avoid rubbing.

Contact poison control if your eyelids become glued together and follow the directions they give you. In extreme cases, you may want to instead contact emergency services.

Lash glue should stay along the lash line and be applied only by those with experience. Never take the risk of getting lashes done by someone without a valid license to do so. Again, eyelash glue on the eyelid isn’t the problem: glue in the eye is.


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By Cierra Tolentino

Cierra Tolentino is a beauty writer at Kintegra Research. She loves keeping people up-to-date with the latest beauty trends in skincare, hair care, and makeup. Finding answers to tough questions is her thing. When she has free time you can find her chasing down a clumsy toddler and obsessively drinking tea.