No matter how good a lash technician you are, there will always be occasional moments when a little bit of lash glue goes where you don’t want it to go, whether it’s on your tweezers, your clothes, your skin or even on a client’s skin. Obviously, you already know how to remove it when you are removing extensions – but how do you remove eyelash extension glue from these other surfaces?
The team at Flawless Lashes By Loreta are experienced trainers and have seen it all over the years! We’ll take you through the different techniques on how to remove eyelash glue – and share some tips to help you avoid spillages too. Armed with the right knowledge you’ll be able to stay calm - and act fast.
How do you get eyelash glue off your skin
If you’ve spilt a little lash adhesive on your skin - or a client’s - don’t panic, just follow our simple steps:
- Soak the affected area in water. The cyanoacrylate will thicken / harden and turn white
- Take a cotton-free / lint-free pad. Using the pad, apply an approved remover such as our Cream Glue Remover following the instructions
- Gently wipe away the glue
- Wash all traces of the remover away with warm soapy water
Tip! Take care using the remover in/ close to sensitive areas. Depending on the location and the volume of the spillage, you may feel it safer to leave the glue to be gently picked off once hardened.
How to remove eyelash extension glue from tweezers
Stickiness on your tweezers can cause all kinds of problems for a lash artist; follow these tips to make sure it doesn’t get away of your lash application:
- Never use a second pair of tweezers to scrape the glue off as you risk damaging both pairs of tweezers!
- Soak the tips in pure boiled water
- Dry with a tissue
- Use a sponge applicator to slide the hardened glue from the tweezers
- Rinse and dry before reuse
Tip! Stainless steel tweezers are the best choice as they are the easiest to keep clean. Coloured and patterned tweezers may be compromised by products.
Watch our quick video to see our recommended technique for getting lash glue off tweezers – in action!
How to remove eyelash extension glue from clothes
If you get glue on clothing, don’t be tempted to use harsh cleaning products that are not suitable - it is possible to remove adhesive safely, without damaging the fabric. These tips will show you how.
- Change into clean clothes before attempting to remove glue
- Use a glue removing product such as Goo Gone or Sticky Stuff Remover, or use our Cream Glue Remover.
- Test on an inconspicuous spot first
- Follow the instructions on the label
- Not suitable for silk, leather, suede or rubber
- For these fabrics, apply heated white vinegar to the affected area
- Soak for 30 minutes, then wipe away
How do you get excess eyelash glue off eyelashes?
As you become an experienced lash technician this shouldn’t be necessary. However, if you do get a little excess glue on the lash extensions you have just applied:
- Remove excess using a very small amount of Cream Glue Remover on a sponge applicator
- Take care to avoid the glue that is holding the extensions in place
- Using a dry sponge applicator, carefully remove any traces of remover
Tip! We recommend a cream remover rather than a gel or a liquid as it will not run and is easier to use in a controlled way.
Tips to minimise glue spillages
Following best practice will help you to avoid getting lash adhesive where you don’t want it.
- Open isolating tweezers wide enough to give you room to avoid getting glue on neighbouring lashes
- Sweep the lash through the adhesive gently, only to a maximum depth of 1-2mm depending on extension length
- Use lint-free wipes to clean your lash adhesive nozzle after each use if you find you are getting build-up, and use glue pins to shake adhesive
- Keep lint-free wipes handy whilst working in case of any spillages on your work surfaces
- Do not allow any stickiness to build up on your tools while you work - clean them as soon as required / switch to a clean pair
- Use the correct glue for the right temperature / atmosphere
- Always ensure your adhesive’s MSDS sheet is always conveniently close at hand when working.
So there you have it! Armed with this expert advice and helpful tips you’ll know exactly what to do next time you have a spillage. But fingers crossed you won’t have one!
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