Eyelash extensions and strip lashes are the perfect complement to all types of eye shapes and sizes. They add fullness, thickness and length that reaches far beyond that provided from mascara alone. One of the first parts to getting the alluring look of falsies such as the luxurious Minki Lashes is, of course, where and how to buy fake eyelashes. But, there is another part that is just important to getting the look of celebrities with big eyes safely and effectively, and that is choosing the right false eyelash glue. Below are ten facts that you have to know before you buy eyelash adhesive.
1. Be Aware Of Buzzwords: Sometimes, manufacturers use phrases like” surgical” or” medical” in an effort to make consumers think that the products are either more effective or safer. However, products like Duo Surgical Adhesive or Sherani Eyelash Adhesive (discontinued due to formulations issues!) are no more safe or effective than other glue offerings, despite their labeling.
2. Allergies Are Possible: Some options for false eyelash adhesive use rubber latex as their bonding agent of choice and in most people, it’s a relatively safe ingredient. However, for people with an allergy to rubber latex or a known sensitivity to common makeup ingredients, the rubber latex inclusion can lead to a negative reaction or irritation.
3. Formaldehyde Content: Shockingly, formaldehyde can be found in many different types of eyelash adhesive. Whether a known reaction to the chemical exists or not, it can in fact create irritation in some users, not to mention it’s potential for toxicity. Those predisposed to buying only hypoallergenic makeup brands and organic cosmetics will want to check the labels of false eyelash glue options to ensure that they are formaldehyde free.
4. Smells: Not all options for false eyelash glue are created equally in terms of nasal offense. For instance, Duo eyelash glue may provide all day hold, but the application process can be utterly obnoxious (not to mention a list of toxic ingredients!) thanks to what many users refer to as terrible fumes. Ensure that any glue used is done so in a ventilated area, and avoid false eyelash adhesive that is known for being extra smelly.
5. Application Woes: Not all fake lash adhesives are easy to apply, and while products like Revlon eyelash glue provide a simple and easy application method via handy brush, many products like Duo still rely on a tube of goo that must be carefully and painstakingly applied. Unless you really like a challenge, consider the easier application route of a brush-on method.
6. Watch Where It’s Bought From: Shopping online for Asian eyes makeup and rhinestones can be fun and very cost effective, but it isn’t a good idea when purchasing false eyelash glue. Products from overseas (especially from China!) can be contaminated or unsafe, containing unknown or hazardous ingredients. Buy only from reputable retailers that plainly list product ingredients.
7. Don’t Buy Old Glue: Lash professionals agree that adhesive has a shelf life and can lose effectiveness rapidly once it’s past its prime. While clearance bins at beauty supply shops can be great places to pick up bargains on product like shadow and blush, avoid them for false eyelash glue. If it’s been hanging around for too long, it may not be very effective at all at holding fake lashes in place.
8. Application Time: Not all glues are created equal and some require longer than normal application times due to the wait between the time the glue hits the lash and the lash hits the eye. Sometimes, this can be up to thirty or forty five seconds. For anyone applying individual eyelashes at home, this can quickly turn in to an all day affair. Note a products directions before buying to see how much wait is involved.
9. Removal: The tighter the hold the more ominous the removal process and those choosing to remove their false lashes at home will appreciate good bonding glues that afford easy removal. Some are better than others in this regard with Duo being known for its hold but also for being a pain in the removal department (watch out for your own eyelashes!). This is especially important in cases where the fake lashes, and more expensive authentic mink by Minki Lashes are to be reused.
10. Reviews: It’s incredibly important that before buying false eyelash glue that some ingredient safety reviews (via Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to analyze makeup ingredients) and first hand user experience reviews are evaluated beforehand. It’s common knowledge that people are more likely to complain about an experience than praise it, and online reviews can be a great way to get the skinny on a first time product purchase to help increase the odds of success.