False eyelashes are a great option if you’re looking to get longer, fuller lashes without the hassle of mascara. It won’t take long before they become integral to your beauty routine. But there are some things you should know about using artificial eyelashes.
Be mindful of your choice of brands.
You may be experiencing irritation due to the lash adhesive, but you can also experience irritation from the eyelashes themselves. Some people have sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions and cold sores. If this is the case, your eyelashes may be causing an allergic reaction or irritating your eyes due to their materials.
Regardless of what’s causing your discomfort, there are several steps you can take to mitigate it:
- Try different brands of artificial eyelashes and adhesives until you find something that works well for you.
- Wash your face before applying the false eyelashes so that any residual dirt or oil will not interfere with adhesion (essential if using medical-grade adhesives).
- Apply petroleum jelly around the lash line before applying artificial eyelashes (this will help prevent the glue from getting into your eyes).
When to take precautions?
If you’re allergic to one of your cosmetics, you must discontinue their use immediately.
Common symptoms of eye irritation include itching, redness and swelling. If it’s just mild discomfort, try removing your lashes and applying a cold compress on each eye 10 minutes at a time until your eyes feel calm again.
What precautions to take?
The glue should be used with care. If you get it on your fingers, wash them immediately and thoroughly. If you get glue on anything else, such as fabric or skin, wipe it away immediately with a damp cloth or washcloth and then repeat the cleaning process once the area has dried completely. Also, remember that eyelashes can be removed by pulling them out at an angle from the outer corner of each eye toward your nose. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting any glue in places where it doesn’t belong.
You may find that the lashes don’t come out as quickly as you’d like them to, making it harder to put on your false ones.
You can use a lash curler to help remove your natural lashes by gently rolling them along the length of your top and bottom eyelashes. This should loosen up any stubborn ones stuck together, making it easier for you to get an accurate count and apply them evenly.
If tweezers are more comfortable for you, use them instead.
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Eye drops can help reduce irritation and redness caused by lash adhesive and extensions. Eye drops are available over the counter at most drug stores, but you should use them as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Eye drops aren’t a substitute for medical advice.
Stick with the tried-and-true products that other people have found successful, and steer clear of anything too cheap, unknown or unproven.
It’s important to know what you’re getting into before making a purchase, especially when it comes to something as sensitive as your eyes. Remember that there are many great brands out there that create products specifically for lash extensions and glue. And lastly, always read the labels before using any product on yourself or others.