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How Can I Remove False Eyelashes Easily?

by Melissa J. Bell, studioD

Long, luscious false lashes should be a luxury, not a liability. The eyelash adhesive that keeps your them fluttering securely in place does a number on natural lashes during your nighttime, makeup-removal ritual -- not to mention your skin. Your falsies are also in danger, as damage from too-tired tugging will warp a treasured pair beyond repair. Lose your false lashes without losing your homegrown lashes with a gentle, pain-free, eyelash-removal routine.

Place a clean tissue or an eye shield over your lower eyelid to protect the eye. Close your eye, keeping the other eye open.

Dip a cotton swab or eyeliner brush into an oil-based makeup remover. Gently swipe the swab or brush over the upper lash line in downward strokes to soften the lash adhesive. Let the makeup remover soak the adhesive for a few minutes.

Hold the upper eyelid skin steady by pressing the fingers of one hand against the outer corner of the eyelid. Grasp a pair of tweezers in the other hand and use them to take hold of the outer edge of the false eye lashes. Then, tug very gently at the false lashes. If the lashes do not come away easily, reapply the makeup remover and repeat the attempt.

Adjust the tissue or eye shield to fit beneath your lower eyelashes. Dab makeup remover onto the lower lash line with a fresh cotton swab and let it sit for a few minutes.

Remove the tissue. Hold the lower eyelid skin steady with the fingers of one hand. With the other hand, gently tug at the outer corner of the lower false lashes with a pair of tweezers.

Soak false eyelash strips to soften the remaining adhesive. Use warm, soapy water for synthetic strips and lash cleaner for human-hair strips. Peel off the remaining adhesive with the tweezers.

Place the lash strips face down onto a clean, dry tissue. Place the shaft of a pen over the end of the tissue and roll it toward the lashes. Wind the tissue and the lashes around the pen to recurl them as they dry.

Dip a clean tissue in an oil-based makeup remover and gently pass it across your upper eyelid to remove the rest of the adhesive and your makeup. Wash your face with your usual facial cleanser.

Items you will need
  •  Tissue or eye shield
  •  Oil-based makeup remover
  •  Cotton swab or eyeliner brush
  •  Tweezers
  •  Soap or eyelash cleaner
  •  Facial cleanser
  •  Pen


  • For individual lashes, use an individual-lash adhesive remover in place of the makeup remover. Individual lashes are attached with a different type of adhesive.


  • If makeup remover gets in your eye, wash it immediately with lukewarm water.

About the Author

A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.

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