Yes, false lashes are completely safe as long as they are applied and removed correctly. You will also need to carry out a patch test prior to applying eyelash glue, to prevent any problems from occurring, whether that be mild irritation or a severe allergic reaction.
Do False Eyelashes Damage Your Natural Lashes?
You’ll be pleased to know that false eyelashes, when used properly, won’t damage your natural lashes at all! It’s only when you over-apply adhesive or yank the lashes off aggressively, that some natural lashes may get damaged and pulled out in the process.
When it’s time to remove your lashes, run a cotton bud/pad over your lashes soaked in oil-based makeup remover, then gently peel the false lashes off (we recommend using tweezers or a quality lash applicator to assist you). Learn more about how to properly remove false lashes.
As long as you don’t use too much glue, your natural lashes should remain perfectly intact and if you use false lashes instead of mascara, they might even help keep your lashes stronger and healthier! This is because some mascaras are packed with chemicals like preservatives and colourants that can potentially risk skin problems like irritation and allergic reactions. The mascara removal process can also be quite damaging to your natural lashes, and so using an alternative like strip lashes can do wonders.
Tips For Keeping Your Lashes Healthy And Fabulous
If you want to keep your natural lashes in tip-top condition, make sure you follow these tips:
Avoid latex-based adhesives
Consider avoiding latex-based adhesives if you have sensitive skin. This is because latex is known to cause allergic reactions in some people, and when it happens, it can be quite dangerous. We recommend you opt for latex-free lash adhesives, such as DUO Lash Glue Brush-on Adhesive Clear or DUO Brush-on Adhesive Dark.
Skip mascara when wearing false lashes
To keep your natural lashes intact, skip the mascara when wearing falsies. Wearing mascara on your false lashes will also significantly decrease their lifespan.
Always patch test new lash glue
One of the best ways to carry out a patch test for eyelash glue is to apply a small amount of glue behind your ear using a cotton bud and leave it on for 24hours. Symptoms of a positive glue allergy can vary from a small skin rash with a little swelling to red, blistered skin. If this happens, do NOT use the glue. If no reaction occurs, you should be fine to apply your false lashes using the glue you have tested.
It is also important that you check the full ingredients on the packaging for any adhesive product you are going to use, particularly if you have any known sensitivities or allergies.
Only wear one pair of strip lashes at a time
Some people desire a heavy, full-glam look and choose to layer their lashes i.e. wearing 2 pairs of strip lashes at the same time. Although this will certainly amp up your look, it can put too much weight on your natural lashes, and risk of weakening them.
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