You make your own jam, your own soap and even your own lash serums. So why not try your hand at homemade eyelash glue?
Depending on who you are, making your own lash glue either sounds like a recipe for disaster or the most brilliant idea. And there’s good reason to look into it.
When you’re used to wearing falsies, but none of the glues on the market seem to work for you, or you can’t afford to buy them, you may run into trouble.
Unfortunately, many eyelash glues often either contains latex or parabens, it smells awful, it doesn’t fix the eyelashes properly, it won’t come off, it irritates your eyes, etc.
So, if you can’t find a glue that suits you on the market, can you make one yourself? And what are some good recipes for that? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the nitty gritty of homemade eyelash glue.
Should You Use Homemade Eyelash Glue?
Of course, the first question is whether homemade eyelash glue is even a good idea.
Opinions are divided on whether DIY eyelash glue is recommended or not. Most will say that eyelash glue can’t really be replaced by anything, that this area is sensitive and applying anything that isn’t eye-safe and tested is sort of like playing with fire.
We do want to make one thing clear, here: under no circumstances should you opt for “alternative” adhesives that are not made for eyes. No wig glue, no latex glue, no super glue.
There will always be people who use unsafe products and are “just fine”, but it only takes one try to screw up your eyes.
This is no joking matter. You are not only risking gluing your eyes shut or ripping out your lashes, but also damaging or even losing your eyesight. Fake lashes aren’t worth any real damage.
That being said, there are some homemade glues that are making the rounds in beauty circles, and if you’re feeling brave and are willing to take the risk, or are curious – you can find some recipes below.
But before we go on, let’s break down the pros and cons of using a homemade lash glue.
Homemade Eyelash Glue: Yay or Nay
If you’re on the fence whether a homemade lash glue recipe is worth your time and energy – here’s a look at the pros and cons. To make it easy, let’s break this down:
You know exactly what ingredients go in it, so you can make sure none of them irritate your eyes. Which really helps in case you ever run in to the eyelash glue in eye problem.
It’s cheaper than retail lash glue, and you don’t have to leave your house to get it.
DIY lash glue can be downright dangerous because of how sensitive eyes are and this not being a tested product.
The end result may not be as effective as dedicated lash glue you purchase in a store.
If you’re willing to risk possible eye irritation and the embarrassment of having your falsies drop into your dinner, read on.
How To Make Homemade Eyelash Glue
The good thing about homemade eyelash glue is that it’s cheap, and it can usually be made from ingredients you probably already have lying around the house, so you won’t have to go looking for unicorn secret ingredients.
What you can gather from your pantry is enough.
The other thing is that this glue is mostly natural, so you don’t have to worry about being allergic to weird preservatives (like parabens) or having reactions to any of the chemical ingredients.
A natural lash glue can be difficult to find, so making your own may be a route you’re willing to take.
Let’s see what you’re going to need:
1 drop of honey
2 Tbsp water
½ tsp sugar
1 drop of non-toxic glue
You’re going to need a mixing cup for this and just 5 minutes of your time. It’s very simple: you just mix all the ingredients together in your cup until everything is dissolved and you’re left with a homogenous paste.
Be especially careful about the sugar; if it’s granulated, it will not only be more difficult to melt and mix, but it can also damage your eyes, because of the sharp edges of the crystals.
After all, it’s even too harsh for those DIY face & body scrubs you see on Pinterest; imagine what it can do to your eyes. Be very careful about this.
How to Use It
Once you’ve got your paste, you can apply it to your false lashes like you normally would with any other type of glue.
Use a small spatula or a cotton bud for extra precision and make sure it’s sufficiently sticky before applying your lashes, to minimize unwanted movement and adjustment of the lash.
A word of caution: Since there are no artificial preservatives in this, it’s not going to be fresh forever, and you don’t want to apply some old, crusty paste to your eyes. Please make it fresh whenever you plan on using it.
Is Homemade Eyelash Glue Worth It?
Okay, so just because you can make eyelash glue doesn’t mean you should. Is it even worth it, what with all the risks and the work you put into it?
We don’t think so. There are just so many really fantastic eyelash glues on the market and there’s definitely enough variety that you’ll be able to find something you like.
Even if it’s a money issue, it’s not hard to pick up a tube of cheap glue at your local drugstore, and some pairs of false lashes even come with glue included.
In addition, there are alternatives, such as self-adhesive falsies, or magnetic falsies, so if you’re bothered about the glue, you can even avoid it altogether.