Women wearing false eyelashes

Ever stumbled in from a night out and pulled your false lashes off before bed? We’ve all been there. Yes it might be the quickest way, but it’s not necessarily the best way. Here’s exactly how you should be removing your false eyelashes…  

Removing False Strip Lashes

The glue used to apply strip lashes is generally quite gentle, making them fairly easy to remove, and you’ll be able to reuse them too. 

Step 1 & 2 - Soak cotton bud and run along upper lash line

Soak a cotton bud (or pad) in an oil-based eye makeup remover. Close your eye and run the bud over your lash line. This will help loosen the eyelash glue.

Step 3 - Peel away eyelash

Starting from the outer corners of the eye and working inwards, gently lift the false eyelash. 

Step 4 - Remove excess makeup and glue

Once the lash is removed, soak a pad in eye makeup remover and wipe over your eyes to get rid of the rest of your eye makeup and any glue residue. 

Step 5 - Keep falsies pristine for extra use

If you’re extra careful throughout the removing process you may be able to squeeze out an extra use. Make sure to peel off any leftover glue residue and if you still have the packaging to hand then store in the box until your next night out.

Removing Individual Lashes

The glue for individual lashes tends to be stronger than the glue used for strip lashes because individual lashes are designed to stay on longer. Never pull out the individual lashes, as you’ll pull your real lashes out with them – eeeeek! Instead using a combination of steam and an oil-based remover will r. And unlike strip lashes they cannot be reused.

Step 1 – Remove eye makeup

Start by removing any mascara, eyeliner or other eye makeup you have on. While you’re doing that, boil the kettle (no you’re not about to make a cuppa!) and let it cool down. It needs to be hot enough to be steaming.

Step 2 – Add steam

Put the hot water from the kettle into a bowl, then hover your face over the bowl. You can put a towel over your head if you want to trap the steam. Stay there for about 10 minutes and let the steam work its magic to loosen up the glue.

Step 3 – Gently wipe lashes with makeup remover

Next soak a cotton wool pad in an oil-based eye makeup remover (or you can use baby oil) and gently wipe in a downward direction over your eye until the false lashes start to fall out.

Step 4 – Finishing touch

Once you’ve got the inserts out then rinse your face, including your natural lashes, with water to get rid of any oil residue.

How to Care for Natural Lashes after Falsies

If you’re stuck in a cycle of falsies, lash inserts, after falsies then once they’re completely removed you may feel a little mole-like.

Investing in a little aftercare will help you embrace your natural lashes. Eyelash serums and conditioners will encourage growth and of course, you can’t beat a lash-defining mascara!