A Makeup Tip From the “I Learned This the Hard Way” Files: How to Remove Globs of Lash Glue From Your Eyelids

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Wearing MAC 34 Lashes

Wearing a pair of MAC 34 Lashes while gazing out at the cityscape from the five-hundredth floor of a glass apartment building in a dystopian reality… OK, not really.

I’m a fiend for false lashes, but I am by no means one of those lucky people who are always able to just pop them on and be like, “Doop-da-doo, la-lah-la! That was easy. Now let’s go find some unicorns and rainbows.”

Sometimes it is pretty easy. Maybe half the time. But the rest of the time it’s not, and I’ll end up with eyelash glue all over my lids.


That actually happened earlier this week when I was applying a pair of big, bushy, dramatic MAC 34 lashes, which are majorly long at the outer corners (great for cat eye looks), but for the life me, I couldn’t set the lash band where it needed to go.

So bam! — glue all over my lids.

Of course, this happened after I’d spent the time blending and buffing a bunch of eyeshadows on my lids (OF COURSE).

MAC Simpsons Lash in 7 Lash

MAC Lash in 7 Lash… Love these for “natural” drama.

Even though the glue I was using dried clear and invisible, I could still see the texture of the glue on my lids, looking all bumpy and heavy.

I sat there with gobs o’ glue all over my lids and thought, “Gee, this sucks. How am I going to remove this without messing up my eyeshadow?”

Ardell Demi 120

A pair of Ardell Demi 120s. The longer lashes at the outer corners add a nice lift to yo’ look.

I was pretty sure that a makeup wipe or cleansing oil, which are what I’d normally use to remove false lashes, would ruin my shadow handiwork.

That’s when a metaphorical makeup light bulb went off. [DING!]

First, I grabbed a stiff brow comb (I wanted one with crispy, for lack of a better word, bristles). I just used the comb on the end of a Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil.

Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Brun Ideal

Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Brun Ideal. I used the comb opposite the pencil end.

I waited until the glue was completely dry. Then I used the comb to gently scrape the glue off my lids, all the while, doing my best to keep from messing up the makeup underneath.

And it worked. No more glue. 🙂


Sure, there were a couple spots where the glue lifted my eyeshadow, so I still had to go back in with my brushes and eyeshadows to patch things up, but at least I didn’t have to start from scratch (that would have been much more work).

Incidentally, this trick also works to remove excess mascara on your lids. Just make sure you wait until it dries, and it’ll flake right off.

And be careful, too, because those brow combs can be awfully stiff. You don’t want to scratch the delicate skin around your eyes.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Fancie says:

    I do this all the time when glue catches on to my lashes. It’s so easy!
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  2. Dee says:

    As a lover of false lashes and a hater of the application process, this is a GREAT tip Karen!! This has happened to me more than once and I’ve ended up having to redo the shadow. Soo…ty!!
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  3. Sanne says:

    Could you tell me what lipstick you’re wearing on that photo? It’s such a good, autumny shade!

  4. That’s an amazing tip.. I struggle at applying false lashes too.. And yes thicker the lashes get .. It’d difficult to put it right..

    I will try this tip next !” 🙂
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  5. Kim says:

    You’re always thinking! I’m such a slob that I always do my mascara first, then let it dry and clean up my lids with a Q-tip before priming and putting on liner (and, very rarely, shadow). It’s so much easier for me than trying to tidy up afterward!

  6. Rachel P. says:

    This is great! I get glue everywhere because I am a bit of a faux lash amateur… this will save me a lot of time and eye stress!

  7. Great tip! Thanks Karen!
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