What Can I Use Instead Of Eyelash Glue?

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What else can you use instead of eyelash glue?

Below, we will be looking at eyelash glue alternatives so your eyes can shine through.

Eyes are the windows to the soul. They carry in them your personality, your uniqueness, and your style. With the use of makeup, we always want to accentuate the eyes using eyeliners, mascaras, lash extensions, and fake eyelashes.

What Are Reasons For Considering Eyelash Glue Alternatives?

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With the vast array of beauty products available, it can be hard to keep track of ingredients, or, know which ones can trigger an allergic reaction.

Many people are allergic to latex, which is found in eyelash glue. The glue can leak onto the eyelid or into the eye, creating an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis.

Furthermore, other harmful chemicals like lead, formaldehyde, and benzoic acid are often found in the glues and tape used to attach fake lashes and eyelash extensions.

Therefore, it’s extremely important that you ask your dermatologist or makeup artist what chemicals are in their products to ensure your health and safety.

The specific allergy symptoms that are brought on by these chemicals depend on whether the reaction occurred on the eyelid or in the eye.

If the eyes become infected, either by the glue or the vapors from the adhesive, expect them to become itchy, red, irritated, and watery.

Blepharitis is the medical term for inflammation of the eyelids, which creates a clumpy residue that sticks to eyelashes.

Reactions can occur during the eyelash application process, or, occur hours, days, and weeks after. It is vital that if you feel a reaction coming on, you immediately take off the lashes and talk to your doctor.

Alternatively, maybe you’re not allergic to the chemicals in the eyelash glue. But you’ve run out of your favorite kind of glue and have no other way of getting ready for whatever occasion.

Don’t worry; we will explain how you can avoid allergic reactions and the dilemma of running out of eyelash glue while still looking fabulous and fun.

What Are Some Effective Eyelash Glue Alternatives?

Everyone loves to make their eyes pop. But, what if your health is at risk or if you can’t find the right adhesive for your eyelashes, then what? Below we have compiled solutions for any of your eyelash conundrums.

Should I Make Homemade Eyelash Glue?

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The short answer is no.

There are dozens of safe, latex-free, and hypoallergenic eyelash glues available to buy.

But a lot of beauty blogs also suggest homemade alternatives, which use water, honey, sugar, and polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue, best known as white glue.

The dangerous ingredient here is the glue itself. Glue leaking onto the eyelid or into the eye can cause an allergic reaction.

PVA glue is great for all types of crafting. However, we don’t recommend that you use PVA glue as part of a homemade eyelash adhesive.

In short, homemade lash glue can be downright dangerous. You run the risk of possible eye irritation. And, the embarrassment of having your false lashes falling out whilst in public.

Should I Get Professional Eyelash Extensions?

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This alternative is more expensive than the other options. But, if you’re tired of constantly putting falsies on and taking them off, consider scheduling an appointment.

Eyelash extensions will accentuate your eyes and add volume to your natural eyelashes. If you’re picky, that’s okay because most salons have a variety of lashes.

Don’t worry about the glue leaking onto your eyelids or into your eyes. As a general rule, an experienced lash artist will make sure your eyes stay protected during each application. Above all, be sure to let them know about any allergies so that they can work with you to find the right adhesive.

For more detailed information on false eyelashes and lash extensions. Read our post entitled “Lash Extensions vs False Lashes: How To Decide?”

Can I Use Mascara And Eyeliner As An Alternative?

young woman applying mascara and eyeliner

Think about going back to basics to achieve the luscious lashes you desire. If you’ve experienced problems with eyelash glue or tape. Consider pairing mascara and eyeliner as an alternative.

Mascara has a long history, dating back to the ancient Egyptian era. It has been used for centuries to draw attention to the eyes and create definition.

Today it comes in liquid, cream, or powder form. And, there are hundreds of mascara formulas on the market designed to perform varied functions: lengthen, volumize, curl, define, waterproof, or stay on all day.

Eyeliner adds fullness to your natural lashes. It is applied to the top of the eyelid and above the lower lashes to contrast your eye’s color. Some eyeliners require constant retouching, while others are capable of being crisp for hours.

With both mascara and eyeliner, one must always read the labels to find hypoallergenic formulas; to avoid infections and inflammation. Additionally, only use quality mascara and eyeliner to prevent clumping, crusting, or caking.

In short, combining mascara and eyeliner is a quick and easy way to make your eyes pop.

Can I Use Self-Adhesive Eyelashes As An Alternative?

young woman applying self-adhesive eyelashes

False eyelashes enhance your eyes and your look. And, if you are allergic or can’t seem to find glue for these products, a popular solution is self-adhesive eyelashes.

The sticky quality of these falsies makes it easy for anyone to apply them. Simply remove the lashes from their package and press them firmly. This alternative provides a quick and effective way to ditch the glue and still receive fuller lashes.

Finding and investing in durable self-adhesive lashes is imperative, as some may not hold up for a whole night out. It can become embarrassing having one slowly peel off without any ability to reattach it.

There is still eyelash glue and adhesive on these falsies, which may pose a problem for those who want to avoid eyelash glue entirely. But, don’t fret you can always try some falsies with magnets that replace the glue. It’s worth an online search for anyone interested.

Glue Or Magnetic Eyelashes: Which Is Better?

magnetic fake artificial eyelashes in pink mirror kit and tweezers on white background

Magnetic eyelashes sound like something from a Sci-Fi movie, I know, but trust me, they are actually a pretty simple, useful product.

They work just like glue on eyelashes. Except they’re safer, cleaner, and most importantly they’re cheaper.

With typical falsies, you’ll need to apply sticky and messy adhesive, then try to get the eyelash on straight at least five times. And, then you’ll spend the day worrying about your falsies falling off and the pain that comes with taking them off.

Magnetic lashes avoid most of those inconveniences. All you need to do is apply the magnetic eyeliner. Place the lashes on top. And, then you’re done. See? Simple.

Eyelash Glue Alternatives: Final Thoughts

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When applying false eyelashes, you never want to put your eyesight at risk. So it’s essential always to use safe, latex-free, and hypoallergenic eyelash glue.

Conventional adhesives that aren’t strictly made for eyelashes should not be used. No latex glue, no super glue, no wig glue. These non-beauty products contain many chemicals and fumes not meant to be on the body or near any sensitive areas.

Your natural features are your best features. Keep them healthy and try our different eyelash glue alternatives today.


By Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford is a beauty editor at Kintegra Research. She writes stories about beauty for the internet. Obsessively writing about latest makeup trends, beauty tips and tricks, and must-have beauty products. She also has an unhealthy crush on Brad Pitt and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.