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).
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?”
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.
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,