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We know you’re probably not wearing false eyelashes every day (and if you are, kudos to you!), but on those few occasions when you do want to take your makeup up a notch with a pair of falsies, there’s one thing that should not be overlooked, and that's the glue. Because, let’s face it, having an eyelash peel up in the middle of dinner or a big event is right up there with getting lipstick on your teeth or raccoon eyes from your mascara.
While the lashes you choose are important, the adhesive is quite literally the glue that will hold it all together and determine whether your lashes are flirty or a total flop. And in case you’re new to the false lashes world, there are so many types of adhesive to accompany your fresh fringe. So choose wisely and don’t forget to let the glue set (usually for 30 seconds) before applying your lashes to help them last even longer.
Here, our picks of the best eyelash glues.
Recommended by everyone from #MakeupAddiction Reddit users to drag queens, this lash glue is a fan favorite and is known for its long-lasting hold. We also love that the applicator is a brush so you can precisely swipe on as much or as little as you’d like. The formula is free of formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, and latex so it’s usually safe for people with sensitive eyes. And since it does like to stay put, the most helpful tip we found for removing it is to hold a warm washcloth over the adhesive to loosen up the glue before using your usual eye makeup remover.
You might know this tried and true brand for their false lashes but they deserve credit for their glue as well. While the price will make your wallet happy, the long-wearing, waterproof formula will leave you and your lashes satisfied. It’s also available in two colors—clear and black—so you can decide whether you want your lash line to blend in or stand out.
A pro favorite, this lash glue has become a beauty staple for many false lash lovers. The long-wearing formula comes in a clear or black finish and should last you—making this a steal of a drugstore buy. Try squirting a bit onto a piece of paper, then apply it using a toothpick or Q-tip for a more precise application. To get the best grip, let it sit on the lashes for about 30 seconds (or until it gets tacky) before pressing onto your lids.
When you’re going for a more natural look and want your lashes to blend in, try a formula with a clear finish. This one dries clear but starts out with a bit of iridescence so you’re able to see where you’ve applied it with the brush-on applicator. Another bonus: It only takes a few seconds for the formula to get tacky (the ideal time to apply to your lids), making for a super fast application.
If you wear dark eyeliner, tinted eyelash glue could be a better choice for you as it’s going to help your lashes blend in even more seamlessly. You may even be able to forego your eyeliner all together since it’s kind of like having eyeliner and an eyelash glue in one. To prevent ending up with dark goop on your lids, look for glue with a brush applicator like this one.
If other lash glues have left you in tears—literally—give this one a try. Made without latex, formaldehyde, parabens, or phthalates, this formula has also passed the tests (ophthalmologist and dermatologist) to ensure that it shouldn’t cause irritation to sensitive eyes—including contact lens wearers. But don’t let the sensitive-friendly formula fool you—this glue holds on tight once it’s applied.
You may not always feel like throwing on a full set of lashes, which is when adding a few subtle individual lashes can add just the right amount of glam without feeling overdone. This glue is specifically made for those times. Pour out a few drops onto something disposable then use tweezers to dip each lash into the glue before placing them onto the base of your natural lashes.
For your first foray into false lashes, you want a glue that’s strong enough to last through the night, yet approachable enough that you won’t give up before you’ve even tried—this is your match. The latex-free formula has a long-lasting hold and comes with a brush-on applicator so you can put it exactly where you want it and won’t have to worry about getting your fingers stuck together before the big occasion.
Let us be clear: This is for professional use only. We’re not kidding—this glue can last up to eight weeks so you definitely don’t want to mess with it if you’re a beginner. But if you are a professional, you’ll love the low-fume, formaldehyde- and latex-free formula and your clients will love the long-lasting results. Plus, it only takes seconds for each lash to dry, allowing for an even speedier appointment for you and your client.
When you hear the ingredients rose water, aloe leaf juice, and beeswax you’re more likely to have a skincare product come to mind rather than a lash glue yet those are in fact some of the ingredients you’ll find in this natural adhesive. In fact, the list of worrisome ingredients it’s formulated without was too long to put in this description box. So, take our word for it—if you’re looking for a cleaner eyelash glue, this is it.
While this formula isn’t intended for professional use, you might think it was thanks to its professional strength hold. With that said, you’ll want to make sure you’re putting it exactly where you need it—on your false lashes—which is why the applicator brush is especially handy.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any eyelash glues from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.