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Simple Way to Clean Off Glue From Fake Eyelashes

by S.R. Becker, studioD

High-quality false eyelashes can be expensive, so it pays to reuse them. Some artificial lashes come with adhesive already applied, but reusable ones require eyelash glue. Removing the glue from the strip where the lashes attach requires a delicate touch to prevent tearing and twisting. To get your false lashes clean enough to wear again, you must remove the strip of solidified glue from the back of the lash and leftover makeup from the front.

Hold the false eyelash with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand so the top band points up. Hold a pair of tweezers in your dominant hand.

Grasp the dried glue on the back center of the lash band with the tweezers, then pull gently to remove it. If you don't remove the entire strip of glue at once, pluck it off in bits while holding the lashes just beneath the part of the band you're working on.

Lay the lash on a paper towel with the back side up. Dip a cotton swab in eyelash glue solvent and wipe the back of the lash to remove any remaining glue.

Turn the lash right-side up and wipe the front of the lash band with solvent to remove glue and makeup.

Store the lashes in their original case or in a small box until you are ready to wear them again.

Items you will need
  •  Tweezers
  •  Eyelash glue solvent
  •  Cotton swab
  •  Paper towel
  •  Small box


  • Do not use makeup remover that contains oil to clean false lashes, as it can leave residue behind.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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