What Can I Use Instead Of Eyelash Glue?

woman applying false eyelashes

You’re probably sitting there asking yourself, “What can I use instead of eyelash glue?” Worry not! 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?

close-up of woman's hands applying glue on false lashes

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 Can I Use As A Substitute For Eyelash Glue?

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.

8 Eyelash Glue Alternatives That Will Keep Your Lashes Looking Fabulous

Here’s a list of what you could use instead of eyelash glue:

  • Volumizing mascara
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Mascara adhesive
  • Magnetic eyeliner
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Magnetic eyelashes
  • Lash glue eyeliner
  • Self-adhesive eyelashes

From swelling to severe infections, the health risks of eyelash adhesives have been extensively studied and documented by health professionals around the world. The alternatives we’ve recommended are way safer. Keep reading to learn more.

What Are The Best Alternatives To Eyelash Glue?

close-up of a woman's gorgeous eyelashes no glue used

Magnetic Eyelashes

The first way that you can stick lashes on without eyelash glue is by using magnetic lashes. These lashes typically have a top lash and a bottom lash. They have small magnets on them to help adhere together.

You will apply one magnetic lash on top of your natural lashes, then you apply the other magnetic lash underneath your natural lashes and they should click together.

Your natural lashes should be sandwiched between the false lashes. It’s super easy and no mess at all; it’s very convenient for on the go. Magnetic lashes are quick and easy. You can take them on and off or adjust them without the need of any type of glue.

Magnetic Eyeliner

Similar to magnetic lashes, we have magnetic liner. Magnetic liner is applied just like regular liner would be. Then you place a magnetic lash against the liner and it will adhere together.

This is a super-easy way to put on false lashes if you have trouble getting them to stick. Since it’s a magnet it will automatically click together without you needing to apply much pressure or adjust it too much.

Mascara Adhesive

Mascara adhesive is a less popular but super effective lash glue alternative. It usually comes with the mascara adhesive and individual lashes sections to start off with. You can use a strip lash, but it is a lot easier and more effective with individual lashes.

Mascara adhesive is applied on your lashes just like a typical mascara would be applied. You will apply the individual lash sections to the underneath part of your lashes as close to the lash line as possible. Place them as full or natural as you would like and then you’re done. Super easy and not messy at all.

Self-Adhesive Eyelashes

Lastly, self-adhesive lashes. Self-adhesive lashes are a great alternative to false eyelashes. These lashes are extremely easy to use because all you have to do is put them on. The lashes already have a glue strip on them when they come out of the package.

This is a great alternative for those who don’t have a lot of time or just simply want an easier alternative to lash glue. You would apply the self-adhesive lashes just like you would any other set of falsies. It is a foolproof way you get your lashes on and secure.

Should I Make Homemade Eyelash Glue?

close-up of woman holding set of fake eyelashes

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. For more detailed information on homemade eyelash glue, check out our post titled “can I use homemade eyelash glue for lashes?”

Can I Use Honey As Eyelash Glue?

close-up of a stream of golden liquid organic honey pouring from a bottle

Definitely not! I can confidentially say, no—and please don’t try to cocktail an eyelash glue alternative from your kitchen cupboard. Don’t use honey as eyelash glue as it does not dry. It will not hold your false eyelashes in place and may irritate your eyes.

If you use honey, your fake eyelashes will feel sticky and look messy. The hypoallergenic lash glue that comes with most fake eyelashes is formulated for this purpose and will not irritate your eyes. It dries clear and stays on all day.

Can I Use Vaseline As Eyelash Glue?

top view of a woman's hand using Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Unfortunately, no you cannot use vaseline as eyelash glue. Vaseline has an oily texture that likes to slip and slide. This won’t allow the lashes to adhere to anything. Lashes need a tacky base to hold them in place and a glue to allow them to last for hours.

However, you can use vaseline to take off false lashes or lash extensions. The oily texture breaks down the glue molecules which make removal so much easier. It also can help to break down heavy makeup.

Can I Use Nail Glue For Eyelashes?

close-up of a woman's hand with fake acrylic nails

No, you can not use nail glue for eyelashes. Nail glue is not meant for your eyes and it can cause serious damage if it gets into your eye. There have been reports of irritation, swelling, and blindness.

Lash glue is made with safe ingredients that are meant to be used around your eyes; nail glue is meant to hold your false nails on for long periods of time and is comparable to super glue.

Nail glue may also be very hard to remove. Therefore, if you put it on your lashes it will be a painful process to get it out. Overall, nail glue is not safe to use as an alternative to lash glue.

Can I Use Super Glue For Fake Eyelashes?

close-up of a used tube of super glue with silver packaging on white background

No, you can not use super glue for fake eyelashes. Like nail glue, super glue is not made for the eye area. It is not safe to use and you should never use super glue in place of lash glue.

If super glue gets into your eye it can cause irritation, swelling, redness, and blindness. Super glue is made with extremely strong ingredients that are meant to hold together items tightly.

Using super glue as an alternative to lash glue can result in ruining your lashes. Super glue is very hard to remove. Since your lashes are hair, the ingredients used in super glue will ruin your lashes if it sits on them. There are a lot of other alternatives to lash glue.

Can I Use Lash Glue Liner As An Alternative?

close-up of a beautiful woman wearing eyelash glue eyeliner

If you are looking for a quick and easy lash glue alternative, then you need to try lash glue liner. It is exactly what it sounds like. You will apply it just like you would an eyeliner, then place the lashes on top just like you normally would.

The lash glue liner is meant to be an effortless way to apply lashes with an alternative to your typical lash glue. It typically comes in clear or black. The black liner will look as if you applied actual eyeliner and the clear acts more like your standard lash glue.

Lash glue liner is magnet-free and glue-free. It doesn’t irritate and it has a fast drying time. Lash glue liner is an easy way to apply lashes and do your eyeliner all in one.

Should I Get Eyelash Extensions?

extreme close up shot of professional beautician's hand holding artificial eyelash prepared for implantation

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 titled “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.

Final Thoughts: What Can I Use Instead Of Eyelash Glue?

close-up shot of a woman's face with long eyelashes

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.

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By Daphnie Bachmann

Daphnie Bachmann is an licensed esthetician and beauty editor 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 inspired by the beauty world and is always willing to share her beauty secrets!