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How to Take Off Fake Eyelashes Without Remover

by Shelley Moench-Kelly

False eyelashes come in countless thicknesses and styles to really enhance your natural lashes. Most are applied with eyelash adhesive. And as tempting as it sounds to just rip off your "falsies" at the end of a long day at work or a party, doing so can injure the delicate skin on your eyelid and reduce the longevity of your false eyelashes. You don't need to spend money on expensive solvents that contain harmful chemicals. A little oil will do the trick.

Dip a cotton swab in baby oil, almond oil or coconut oil. Drag the swab across the lip of the oil bottle to remove any excess oil.

Look up so your face is parallel to the ceiling or lie down -- doing so will help to prevent oil from getting into your eyes. Hold a hand mirror parallel to your face so you can see what you're doing.

Use the cotton swab to lightly dab the oil along your upper lash line so it saturates the lash adhesive. Do this to both eyes. Use the dry end to absorb any oil that drips onto your skin. Allow the oil to sink in for a minute or two.

Use the tweezers to grab the end of the false eyelashes, and gently pull them off your eyelid. If you encounter any resistance, apply a little more oil and wait a minute or two before proceeding with the removal.

If you have some stubborn adhesive residue, re-apply the oil and wait a minute or two. Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and gently wipe it over your eyelid to remove any residue.

Items you will need
  • Hand mirror
  • Cotton swab
  • Baby oil, almond or coconut oil
  • Tweezers
  • Clean washcloth
  • Warm water


  • The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate. Take your time to add as much oil as needed so the lashes pull off easily.
  • The amount of time you leave the oil on depends on the adhesive. It can take anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes or longer.


  • Make sure your work area is well lit. Tweezers can be sharp and can cause injury if you can't see what you're doing.

About the Author

Shelley Moench-Kelly is a writer and editor whose clients range from L'Oreal and www.Makeup.com to the McGraw-Hill Companies and FIDM. She has interviewed notables such as Dr. Andrew Ordon of “The Doctors” and the legendary Vidal Sassoon. Her first book, "Egg," is slated for release in 2016.

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