Why Won’t My False Eyelashes Stick?

Why Won’t My False Eyelashes Stick?

There are a number of reasons why your false eyelashes might not be sticking - the most common reason being that the adhesive is too wet. You may also find that the lashes are in fact too heavy for your eyes, your eyes are watering too much, or you’re simply not applying them correctly. Whatever the reason, you want to get to the bottom of it because if your falsies don’t stick, you can’t wear them, and you’ve just wasted a pair of perfectly gorgeous lashes. 

While there’s no fool proof way of ensuring that you get it right 100% of the time, here are some tell-tale signs that you’re doing something wrong and why your false eyelashes won’t stick: 

Your False Eyelashes Won’t Stick Because:

  1. The adhesive is too wet
  2. The lashes are too long and heavy 
  3. Your eyes are watery
  4. The lash band is dirty 
  5. You’re not using a quality lash adhesive 
  6. You’re not applying them correctly


1. The Adhesive Is Too Wet

The most common reason why people struggle sticking their lashes on is because the eyelash glue is still wet. Eyelashes stick on faster when the applied glue is tacky, so when applying the glue to the lash band, don’t stick them on immediately and instead, let the glue dry for about 30-45 seconds. After this time, you can attempt to put them on. Bend the strip to make the ends stick when it’s drying. This secures the adhesive to the ends, preventing them from lifting as you apply them. 

2. The Lashes Are Too Long And Heavy 

Another possible reason why your eyelashes won’t stick is because they are too long and/or heavy for your eyes. Strip lashes are designed to accommodate the majority of eye shapes and sizes, which is why you may find that they're a little too long upon application.

You will need to measure and trim your lashes down for a comfortable and accurate and long-lasting hold. 

Simply place the lashes against your natural lash line with a set of lash applicators, lining them up from the inner corner of your eyes and note where there is a bit of excess. At the point where your natural lashes end, or just a little bit over, is usually the best place to trim your false eyelashes for the proper fit. Remove them from your eye and with a small pair of scissors, carefully trim the excess length from the outside edge of the false lashes. Voila, your lashes are trimmed and ready to stay on all night (or day!). 

For more tips on how to measure and trim false eyelashes, take a look at this blog. 

3. Your Eyes Are Watery

Another reason why your eyelashes aren’t sticking may be due to your watery eyes. The tips of the strip eyelashes need to be stuck on to ensure that your false lash stays on. But  your eye is watery, it will prevent the glue from drying onto your skin. Take a step back, figure out what has irritated your eye and give it another go.

If you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes, it’s best to opt for a latex-free adhesive like the DUO Brush-on Adhesive in Dark, to prevent any form of reaction which could promote watery eyes. 

You may also have sensitivities to other eye products you’re using such as concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara. So be sure to check the ingredients before application or test the makeup before applying your full face. 

4. The Lash Band Is Dirty 

If the lash band is dirty, the adhesive won’t stick as well as it usually does. Simple as that. So, after every wear, spend a couple of minutes cleaning your falsies properly to prepare them for the next use.

With a pair of tweezers or lash applicators, remove any large clumps of visible dried glue from the lash band. Then, clean the false eyelashes by soaking a cotton bud with an oil-based makeup remover cleanser and gently wipe the base of your lashes and the lash hairs to remove leftover mascara, oils and dirt. 

For a thorough cleansing, you can then get a small bowl of warm water and dampen another cotton swab, using it to wipe from the base to the ends of your lashes. 

5. Your Using Bad Quality Lash Glue

The quality of your lash glue will ultimately determine how well your lashes stick, and how long they will stay on for. This is why you must look for a high-quality adhesive, such as the DUO range. 

DUO Quick Set Strip Lash Adhesive Dark

This DUO quick-set adhesive is another popular dark adhesive. Easy to apply and quick-drying, this lash glue can be used with any pair of strip lashes. This clear lash adhesive is grey when wet and dries dark/black, and contains enough product to last for weeks (or months) depending on the frequency of use.

Why Won’t My False Eyelashes Stick?

DUO Brush-on Adhesive Dark

The DUO Brush-on Adhesive in Dark is a high quality, latex-free lash adhesive that features an ultra-thin brush for a precise, easy application for all-day wear. The easy-to-use wand means that applications are fuss free, and there is minimal mess every time. It also contains added vitamins! 

Why Won’t My False Eyelashes Stick?

Its latex-free formula is safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. This eyelash adhesive also dries dark, blending well with black or brown lashes.

6. You’re Not Applying Them Correctly

It sounds obvious but another reason why many people can’t stick their lashes on properly is because they’re simply not applying them correctly. The good news is that applying eyelashes is much easier than you think and once practised a few times, you’ll be a professional! 

Take a look at this blog to learn how to apply false eyelashes perfectly

For more top tips, check out our blog page or browse our full range of luxury cruelty-free lashes, ranging from naturally long to bold glam, and everything in between! 

Eni Lashes is a luxury vegan false eyelashes and makeup brand with a focus on enhancing eyelashes and empowering people. We sell only cruelty-free and vegan products — because you don't have to be cruel to be kind. Check out our other blog posts and our FAQ page for more lash tips. 

Written by Kate for Eni Lashes.
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