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I think we can all agree that a pair of false lashes can immediately level up your look. And it doesn’t matter what type of lash style either—whether it’s wispy, curly, or short and sweet, they’ll take your makeup look from basic to bomb. Knowing this, we have to recognize that while falsies are the star of the show, it’s the eyelash glue behind the scenes that keeps it all together.
While not all eyelash glues are created equal, there are a variety of effective options that’ll not only keep your lashes in place but provide extra benefits as well. “When choosing an eyelash glue, remember to choose one that works best for your skill level,” says Nydia Figueroa, a celebrity makeup artist. Whether it’s a squeeze tube or brush-on formula, Nydia promises that with a little time and patience, you’ll be mastering a beautiful eyelash application in no time.
From natural formulas to long wear, these are the best eyelash glues to pair with your favorite falsies.
Best Overall: Duo Brush-On Lash Adhesive
“Duo Adhesive Glue has been a staple in the makeup industry for decades,” raves Figueroa. It’s latex and formaldehyde-free and dries quickly and clear. It’s also great for beginners and pros alike thanks to the brush-on feature. The best part? It can hold together an ultra-thick pair of lashes or lightweight feather lashes—it doesn’t discriminate.
Best Budget: Ardell LashGrip Eyelash Adhesive
A total classic, this lash glue was the first adhesive I’d ever used. It’s affordable, strong, and mess-free—basically, it checks all the boxes. When applying, I usually like to dispense a small dot of glue and run the lash band along it. However, one reviewer suggests using a toothpick (genius!) to distribute the glue along the lash band if you want a thinner consistency.
Best Drugstore: Eylure 18-Hour Clear Finish Lash Glue
Infused with green tea and bamboo, this botanical-based formula adheres with ease. Users recommend applying a thin line at the base of your falsies as this glue can be quite strong if too much is applied. If you’re looking for a bit more adhesion, you can apply extra glue to the inner and outer corners so the lashes seal on tight.
Best Clear: House of Lashes Eyelash Adhesive
If you’re looking for a strong glue that sticks through crying, a tough workout, or an active workday, this is the glue for you. It comes in a handy bottle with a brush for major precision—and it’s also latex-free for those allergic to latex and those who wear contacts. Reviewers rave that it doesn’t budge for hours—at all. That’s a win in our book.
Best Tinted: Ardell LashGrip Dark Brush-On Natural Eyelash Adhesive
Tinted adhesives are great for so many reasons. They’re perfect for when you don’t have time to wait for your glue to dry clear and they also give the illusion of wearing eyeliner, which helps make your eyes pop a bit more. Reviewers love that while it holds lashes on tight, it’s also easy to remove with an oil-based makeup remover.
Best for Sensitive Eyes: Tarte Tarteist Pro Lash Adhesive
You won’t find latex or formaldehyde in this sensitive skin-friendly formula. Reviewers like the thin brush, which makes it easy to swipe on an even line without any runniness or goopiness. Give the formula about 20-30 seconds to get tacky, then apply it onto the lash line.
Best Multi-Tasker: Camara Aunique Beauty Strength Liner
With this eyelash glue, there’s no need for an added liner. A glue and liner in one, this felt-tip pen glides on the lid smoothly. Simply apply the liner to the base of your lash line and press the band of your falsies right on top. It’s also free of latex, sulfates, and parabens.
Best for Individual Lashes: Ardell LashTite Lash Adhesive Dark for Individual Lashes
Have the patience and skill to apply individual lashes? We salute you! And we recommend you use this ultra-strong glue that not only keeps each lash in place but also doesn’t feel clumpy when applied. However, there is a stipulation: this glue dries insanely fast. Like really, really fast. So once you start the application, you’ll have to breeze through pretty quickly.
Best for Beginners: Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive
Are you a lash newbie? Don’t worry—we got you. The best-seller is popular for a reason—it’s unintimidating, includes a brush, and doesn’t have an odor. The most impressive part? Users report that the glue lasts even if your eyes tend to water during application.
Best for Professionals: Forabeli Elite Eyelash Extension Glue
Raved about by lash specialists, this eyelash glue is the real deal. With a drying time of one second, it’s ideal for users with extensive experience in lash application. But all the effort and time is worth it—your falsies could last up to seven weeks with this formula.
Best Natural: True Glue Original All Natural Lash Adhesive
A lash adhesive that’s actually good for your lashes? You’ll want to try this one. Infused with ingredients like chamomile extract and biotin, this formula helps to stimulate natural hair growth all while holding your falsies on tight.
Best Long-Wearing: Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive
With an impressive 24-hour hold technology, you’ll be sporting your favorite lashes for hours upon hours. “This lash glue contains absolutely no chemicals and is ideal for sensitive skin,” adds Figueroa. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Our all-time favorite lash glue is the Duo Brush-On Lash Adhesive thanks to its cult-following formula and ease of use. A close second and third goes to the long-wearing and safe-for-sensitive-skin Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive and the all-natural True Glue ORIGINAL All Natural Lash Adhesive.
What to Look For in an Eyelash Glue
Depending on your preference, different types of packaging could make or break your application. There’s the traditional squeeze bottle with the small nozzle at the end, which is great for beginners and intermediates alike. It’s simple to hold and distribute adhesive. There’s also a brush-on version, which is ideal for beginners as it’s incredibly user-friendly and allows for less mess.
Eyelash glues typically come in two shades—white or black. While it applies white, white adhesives will dry to a clear finish in a few minutes. At times, it may take longer depending on the amount of glue you’ve used. Black is typically what makeup artists gravitate to as it applies black and is virtually undetectable on naturally darker eyelashes.
One thing a user should look out for before grabbing any random eyelash glue is what they’re allergic to. Some adhesives include latex—some older formulas even featured formaldehyde, a carcinogen—so it’s important to read the ingredient list to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction. If you tend to be extremely sensitive, an all-natural eyelash glue may be the right fit for you.
How do I apply false eyelashes with eyelash glue?
“The best way to apply eyelash glue is by placing the glue on the band of the lashes and letting it get tacky before applying,” says Figueroa. You also want to make sure the lashes are as close as possible to the top of your lash line. Once you apply the lashes, flip the lashes upwards and blend with mascara to create a lash curl effect.
How do I remove them?
To remove eyelash glue, loosen up the glue first with a waterproof makeup remover. You can do this by saturating a Q-tip with makeup remover and gliding it across the lash band. The lash should slide off with ease without damaging your real lashes. If you find that the lash glue is a bit stubborn, try saturating a cotton pad with makeup remover and gently pressing it onto your eye, which coats the lash and lash band for a few seconds. Still some glue residue on your real lashes? Figueroa recommends wetting a spooly brush with some makeup remover and brushing your lashes to remove the remainder.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Syden Abrenica has years of experience in the editorial beauty industry. She’s written for magazines like Health, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and more. When she’s not trying to find the best way to apply falsies, she’s renovating her century-old home and watching Disney movies with her husband, son, and three rescue dogs.
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