There isn’t a special product specifically designed to be the best eyelash glue for sensitive eyes unfortunately. However, trial and error with an area as delicate as your eyes doesn’t sound like the best way to eliminate problem products either. So, how do you know which false eyelash glue is right for you if you have previously experienced sensitivity to non chemical free makeup? And, how to you test before application to ensure yourself that you will not have a reaction to one kind of false eyelash glue or another?
You have to start your selection process at the ingredients label. Consider previous products you have bought before, say, mascara for sensitive eyes for instance. Note which products you experienced a reaction from. There are certain ingredients in cosmetics that are more likely than others to cause an allergic rise, and that’s why you won’t find many of them in the more reliable hypoallergenic makeup brands. Below is a list of chemical ingredients you should stay away from:
1. While occurring in low incidence, parabens are associated with allergic reaction and you will find them in some brands of eyelash adhesive. NYX Latex Free Eyelash Glue, for instance, contains methyl paraben but is rated as safe health-wise by the Good Guide, which is not 100% accurate. This particular glue is surely a safer option than the highly toxic Duo Eyelash Adhesive (white and blue packaging; old formulation), but real users report that it does not have a good hold and should typically be used either for touch ups or short-term lash applications (for example, for a photo shoot etc).
2. Fragrance is another highly allergenic ingredient that you must absolutely avoid if you have sensitive eyes. But really, everyone should avoid it in cosmetics because of the unknown and unregulated origin and number of substances that collectively make up the chemical or even “natural” ingredient called “fragrance”. One of such substances is carcinogenic and hormone disrupting phtalates. Skin Deep Cosmetic Database gives fragrance a rating of 8 out of 10 for high health risk! Do you need any more convincing?
3. One ingredient that is a tricky one when it comes to finding the best false eyelash glue for sensitive eyes is a known allergen and carcinogen formaldehyde. It is used to prevent bacterial growth while a false eyelash glue is in storage but is easily absorbed by the human skin.While some toxic eyelash adhesives such as overly marketed as the best selling Duo Eyelash Adhesive (white and blue packaging) actually list it on their ingredient label (formalin in case of Duo, which is the same thing!), many other eyelash glues don’t because they substitute it with other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such as quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), 1.3-diol, diazolidinyl, and a lot more. The slow release of formaldehyde in these substances is extremely difficult to monitor, but the FDA lists the safe level at 250 parts per million (ppm), once absorbed by the human body.
4. Rubber latex – a very common allergen and an ingredient found in many waterproof false eyelash adhesives and not suitable for most sensitive eyes. The best selling Duo false eyelash glue (clear waterproof formula), while being free of sulfates, dyes, petrochemicals and parabens, all components that are more likely to cause a negative reaction in the user, contains rubber latex in addition to formaldehyde (simply a nasty addition to any ingredient list!).
But that doesn’t mean that Duo is out of the running for the best false eyelash glue for people with sensitive eyes however. Their new latex and formaldehyde-free brush-on adhesive in white and green packaging is not only effective, it’s also more allergy friendly than their previous formulations that should be avoided at all costs. Lacking anything much other than a super glue base, it’s one of the less likely of all types of false eyelash glue to give you a negative reaction.
Unless you know what types of chemicals create allergies in you, it will be virtually impossible for you to choose the best false eyelash glue from a drugstore that is guaranteed to not bring about an allergic reaction and therefore unless you have been able to identify certain compounds that create a negative reaction for you, you will need to employ a spot test or a professional patch test for cosmetic ingredients. While this may seem like an extra step, it may help you learn more about your skin and help avoid any potential allergic reactions from not only the proclaimed best false eyelash glue for sensitive eyes, but any other makeup product.
If you decide to get professional eyelash extensions (let’s say for a vacation etc), any reputable salon that applies higher-end faux and authentic mink eyelashes (by Minki Lashes, for instance) should perform a spot test, particularly on a first time customer. If not, make sure to ask for one! Because of the extreme discomfort that sufferers of an allergy to glue can experience, the risk is normally not even considered by professionals, and they know that the best false eyelashes in the world can be ruined by an allergic experience. As such, just a very tiny dab on the inside of your elbow prior to any ocular application is the best way to help you in choosing your product. It may seem like an inconvenient and added step, but it’s far less of an inconvenience than an allergic reaction affecting your eyes!