I have found false eyelashes to be wonderfully addictive. I have found that there are two issues that can arise from regular false eyelash wear. First, you can pull out your own lashes when removing the fake lashes. Next, it is tempting to toss out the eyelashes at the end of the day and toss them, but wearing a new pair of eyelashes every day will add up. For this reason it is important to know how to remove false eyelashes and clean them for re-use.
First let’s talk about removing the eyelashes from your eye. One You-Tuber confessed to grabbing the lash and ripping it off, and just getting used to the pain. That is the wrong way to do it. Instead, I like to use a natural oil (jojoba)to loosen the glue. I apply a drop or two of oil to a cotton ball and wipe it across the eylashes, also removing may eyemakeup and mascara in one swoop. Then I rub my finger lightly across the edge of the lash until it comes loose. Gently pull it from the eye lash and use a little more oil on the cotton swab to remove remaining glue form your eyelid and lashes.
While my eylids are luxuriating in oil, I take a moment to clean them. I have seen some great tutorials on cleaning lashes, but they are a bit too ambitious and involved for me. I simply put my eyelashes in the case and squirt a drop of my facial cleaner (Cetaphil) on each lash. I use my eyelash brush to lossen dirt and glue which I pull off with my fingertips and I rinse them. I dry the lashes by pressing with a towel and reshapt the lenses by putting a tiny drop of glue acrosss my e.l.f. eyelash holder and sticking them in place. When they are dry, I crip them with my eyelash curler and put them away. It only takes about 2 minutes to clean them.
I have cleaned both e.l.f. dollar lashes and more expensive Ardell lashes. The e.l.f. lashes can handle more cleanings and actually work better for the second through 5th use at which time I toss them out. By the way, don’t forget to wash the oil from your eyelids so you don’t cause acne.