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August 19, 2021

Everything About Eyelash Adhesives and Lash Extension Glues


Everything About Eyelash Adhesives And Lash Extension Glues

Do you know the wrong lash adhesive can make the lashes painful for your client? Besides allergies and similar other outbreaks, the wrong eyelash adhesives can put your career in jeopardy. Horrible things can happen if you choose the wrong lash adhesive. That’s why today we have decided to elaborate on the types of eyelash adhesives, how to choose them and use them properly to get a 5-star feedback from every one of your clients!

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced lash professional, take a look at our comprehensive guide to eyelash adhesives so that you can be ready for all the challenges in your lash career. Let’s get started!

What Are Eyelash Adhesives?

First of all, professional lash extensions are applied by a professional using safe and tested adhesive depending on your needs. There are long-lasting glues that are hard to remove within a day to colourful lash adhesive that makes your eyes brighter. Is that your choice or style?  

A good eyelash adhesive cannot be generalized because it depends on the function you are going to use it for. Hence, inquire about the function or the event that your client needs the eyelash extension for, before you start working with them.

Types Of Eyelash Extension Adhesives

If you could wake up day after day with lush and big voluminous lashes, what would your life be? Eyelash extension glue judges the efficacy of your lash extension service for the client. Before you go finalizing on your lash extension glue, you need to understand what types of eyelash extension adhesives are there in the market. Let’s find out the types of lash extension glues.

- Strip Lashes Adhesive

Considered ideal for temporary use, strip lash adhesives usually lash for up to 24 hours. Ideal for all types of eyelash extensions, strip lash glue is also easy to remove without a remover of any kind. It simply falls out.

- Individual Lash Glue

From single strand to cluster lashes, individual lash glue is customizable and easier to work with than strip lash glue. Stronger with longer lasting, individual lash adhesive is difficult to remove by mere tugging. Make sure you buy a remover with it!

- Brush-On Lash Adhesive

Considered the Beginner’s way of using eyelash extensions, brush on adhesive is not for professionals or lash artists. Brush on lash glue comes with a wand (mascara sorta) so that you can carefully apply glue on your lashes directly.

- Thick and Thin Eyelash Extension Glue

Depending on whether your eyelash extension adhesive is thick or thin, it’s drying time also differs. If you need more time to work with the lash extensions, go for a thicker glow that takes more time to dry and vice-versa for quicker lash extension services.

- Transparent and Colored Glues for Eyelash Extensions

What you need to look for in a clear eyelash extension glue is how long it takes to turn transparent? Is it white upon application? There are colored lash extension adhesives like blonde, black, brown and ginger to start with.

- Tinted Eyelash Adhesive

For those of you who wear dark colored eyeliners, tinted eyelash glue looks rad. It blends smoothly and makes you look like a diva. Get a thin applicator to apply the adhesive on your clients lashes.

- Hypoallergenic Eye Lash Glue

For clients with sensitive skin, they need hypoallergenic eye lash extension adhesive, sometimes called natural glue, made from all natural ingredients such as bees wax or rose water. It’s the cleanest lash adhesive used by professional artists.

- Surgical Grade Lash Extension Glue

While some argue surgical adhesives for eyelash extensions are a trade gimmick, they are real and dangerous. Unless you are specifically trained to use surgical grade adhesives, it is best not to use it. Even the tiniest mistake with surgical adhesives can cause irreparable damage to the eyes. It is the most uncommon type of lash extension glue. 

- Protection from Water, Steam and Heat

Do you want a waterproof glue for your eyelash extension? You do if you want resistance against a particularly sunny day, rain or steam while cooking. Waterproof eyelash extension adhesives need a remover to remove at the end of the day as they are resistant to water. It is a long-lasting trustworthy adhesive.  

How To Choose The Best Eyelash Adhesive?

While strength of the lash adhesive, retention, curing speed, water content, viscosity and resistance is necessary for the eyelash adhesive, we will show you how to pick the best lash glue you need for the client.

- Clean Drying Ability

If you don’t want your eyelash extension fixing to look like goop on the eye, start using an adhesive that has the reputation of drying clean. Some lash adhesives clump together and makes it hard to do a clean job, however good you are. You need the adhesive to completely dry before adding any makeup. Hence, the drying needs to be moderate, not too fast that you can’t perfect it and not too slow that you’ve to wait forever.

- Hypoallergenic to Eyes

You need to choose an adhesive that does not irritate or redden the eyes of your client. Hypoallergenic lash extensions do not contain parabens, phthalates or sulfates. They are safe for all people.

- Good and Flexible Hold

Flexible eyelash adhesives are easy to work with and often chosen by professional lash artists. A good example is that individual glue is not good for strip lashes as the former is not flexible enough. You need the adhesive to hold firmly, yet not too stiffly to make the eyelash extension look natural without constraining the natural lashes.

- Longevity and Time Span

How long does the lash adhesive hold the extensions? Is it 24 hours? Perhaps it is a long lasting adhesive that can keep the false lashes intact for up to a week. Depending on what the client needs, inquire and select the fake lashes that complement their event, vacation or function for using lash extensions.

- Latex-Free

There are many lash extension glues that use latex in their formula. This is known to irritate the eyes and cause many problems to a sensitive eye. Latex free formula is called gentler than the skin. It dries clearly without any pain to the eye.

- Pick your Adhesive based on your Speed of Working

Do you want an adhesive that dries quickly? Perhaps you want one that dries slowly as you’re a beginner at doing lash extensions for your clients. You can perfect your expertise with a slow drying adhesive. Don’t just pick any adhesive, pick it based on the total lash extensions you have to apply on the client.

- Application and Drying Color of the Glue

What is the color of the lash adhesive at the time of application? Is it white that turns to clear after drying for 10 seconds? There are clear adhesives for eyelash extensions as well as black glues. Choose the adhesive color based on your client’s style and natural eyelashes.

- Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Legitimacy

Depending on how conscious you are of your choices, you can pick lash extension adhesives that are manufactured without cruelty testing on animals. Perhaps vegan adhesives are more your style. As a note of reminder, keep in mind that there are no FDA approved eyelash adhesives.

- Formaldehyde-Free

Do you know there are a lot of generic eyelash adhesives with formaldehyde in them? Improper use leads to permanent damage to cornea when you use such an adhesive for your false lashes. Always check for the ingredients in the lash adhesive that you’re picking to ensure you’re not damaging your clients in the long run.

Tips To Remember When Using Eyelash Adhesives

Are you confused or worried about your eyelash adhesive choices? Don’t worry. Let our experts help you deduce the simple tricks and habits to use eyelash adhesives without mistakes in the next one minute.


1. Don’t forget Humidity. Get a Hygrometer at the lash station to choose the type of glue you need to tackle the humidity of the weather.

2. Always do the Spot test for Allergy (adhesive) on all your clients 24 hours before you use them on the natural lashes. This will save lives and prevent damage to the client as well as you.  

3. Eyelash Glue Storage is important. Place it an air tight container in a dark cool place away from the sunlight. Throw away the open eyelash glue after 6 weeks.

4. Clean your Lashes for Longevity using warm water and soap when you’re not using it. It can help you reuse the lash extension after peeling off the old glue.

5. Use a brush to apply the glue, rather than straight from the tube.

6. Apply lash glue even if your lash extension came with pre-applied glue. Never trust the glue you didn’t apply.  


Now that we are finished with our complete breakdown of eyelash adhesives you need to use and what to watch out for, we hope you’re clear-headed. If you have any more doubts, don’t hesitate to ask us. We will help you understand the world of lash extension glue easily because we have been working with it for decades.

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