It Depends on the Type of Falsies You’re Wearing

Before you choose the best lash adhesive remover for the job, you have to know what the job is first. Are you wearing eyelash extensions or strip lashes? There are a lot of choices out there, and it helps to know a little about each of the options first.

5 Ways To Remove Eyelash Extension Glue:

If you’re strictly a lash extension girl and you don’t want the salon to remove your extensions, you have a few options. There are five basic types of removers that you can use to take off your extensions: 

  1. Solvent Remover:

    Imagine nail polish remover, but for lash adhesive. This is a liquid remover, which you apply with a cotton ball or cotton swab to your lash extensions. Some can be harsh and may contain harmful chemicals, like glycol ether. They can irritate your skin and eyes, and many of the solvents are most safely applied by a professional lash technician. Example: Ardell LashFree Eyelash Adhesive Remover is a solvent remover that you can use at home.

  2. Cream Remover:

    This remover looks like lotion and has a creamy consistency. It’s easier to apply without burning your eyes than a solvent remover. Example: Pinkzio Lash Extension Cream Remover.

  3. Gel Remover:

    Like cream remover, gel remover is thicker than a solvent. Most gels do not contain oil, so they’re usually safe to use with strip lashes, too. Example: Stacy Lash Gel Remover for Eyelash Extension Glue.

  4. Oil-Based Remover:

    There are a variety of different oils used in oil-based removers. Example: Revlon’s Remover for Lash Adhesive uses mineral oil as its base, and it comes in a tube with a narrow brush applicator. Baisidai Professional Grapeseed Oil Glue Remover is a thicker consistency, similar to a cream.

  5. Olive Oil or Coconut Oil:

    Yep, you read that right! If you want the most natural remover of them all, drop everything and head straight to your kitchen. This is definitely the gentlest and most budget-friendly choice. It’s also best for those with sensitive eyes.

Be sure to check the list of ingredients if you’re sensitive to anything. For DIY lash extension removal, your best bet is leave the professional removers to the professionals. Use the gentlest products you can find, to protect the delicate skin in your eye area, and to avoid irritating your eyes. Avoid any products that contain formaldehyde.

Ways To Remove False (Strip) Lash Glue

Not into lash extensions? If you’re all about the strip lashes, then you’ll want to completely avoid any of the oil-based lash glue removers. Even a small amount of oil on the strip will prevent the adhesive from bonding the next time you want to wear them. Sorry, no coconut oil for you. The only time you can consider using an oil-based remover is if you’re planning to throw away your strip lashes after you take them off. Have they reached the end of their life? Are they inexpensive falsies that you don’t plan to reuse? Then it’s okay to use the coconut oil or another oil-based remover.

An oil-free glue remover that was designed to preserve and protect false lashes is the BeautyGARDE lash & brow shampooIt comes with a unique charcoal brush head that locks into place. Once the brush head is locked into place, you just gently cleanse the entire area from your brows to your lashes, avoiding rubbing and scrubbing that can tear at your lash line.

Want to learn more about this great lash protecting tool? Don't miss reading "Are You Properly Cleaning Your Lash Extensions and Eyebrows?". Also, see our step-by-step guide that shows you "How To Remove Glue and Adhesive From False Lashes".

Want to learn more about strip lashes and which types are most likely to be reusable?  Don't miss our other guide titled, Which False Lashes are Reusable?