Fake eyelashes have remained a sustained trend in the cosmetic industry, allowing women the luxury of full and enhanced lashes where mascara may just not cut it, and without the rigidity or cost of eyelash extensions. They offer excellent variety and there’s literarily a fake eyelash set for every occasion.
But like there’s always a ‘Jack to a Jill’, a ‘Yin to a Yang’, a… Okay…you get it, the performance of your fake eyelashes will only be as good as your fake eyelashes adhesive.
Your eyelash adhesive holds your fake eyelashes in place for that bold look until you are ready to take them off.
And like with any other eye product eyelash adhesives have to be completely non-toxic, easy to apply, should set quickly to form a strong bond, but still easy to remove when you’re back home.
So whether you want to move on from mascara or simply upgrade your old eyelash adhesive, we will take a look at what there is to know before heading to the cosmetic store.
What’s in them?
The Cyanoacrylate Family
While different eyelash glues will contain widely varying ingredients, most, if not all, will contain cyanoacrylate compounds. Cyanoacrylate finds applications in not just the cosmetic industry, but also in medicine, forensics, construction, etc.
Cyanoacrylates used in eyelash glue will generally be ethyl cyanoacrylate, butyl cyanoacrylate, or alkoxy cyanoacrylate. Ethyl cyanoacrylate sets into the strongest bond and is the most commonly used eyelash adhesive. Butyl and alkoxy cyanoacrylate are generally more suited to people with more sensitive skin, generate significantly lower fumes, and are easier to take off.
Note that you should never use an adhesive containing methyl cyanoacrylate as the compound is very toxic.
An important quality of eyelash adhesive is it should be inconspicuous. When set, it should not be visible or stand out at all but should blend in with the natural black or dark brown of your eyelashes. To achieve this, eyelash adhesives are formulated with pigments that give them a dark color. Of all the pigments used, Finely divided carbon black or soot is the most popular.
Popularly found in dental products, Biotene is often added to fake eyelash adhesives to give a feel of the organic. Eyelash glues with Biotene will generally help encourage eyelash growth and minimize breakage.
To ensure your eyelash adhesive retains a sticky feel and doesn’t just flow off your eyelashes, wax, usually extracted from the candelilla plant is added. It also comes with the added benefit of keeping your eyelids lustrous and supple.
And Some Others
Some other important ingredients you’ll find in eyelash adhesive include hydroquinone that ensures the glue stays in liquid form until when applied, methyl methacrylate, chamomile essence, etc.
How Pricey do They Get?
For eyelash adhesives, there is a product for just about any budget. Eyelash adhesives come from as low as $2 for single-piece products to up to $50 for larger, more expensive brands or complete sets.
Applying Fake Eyelash Adhesives
After you have carefully chosen your eyelash glue, the most important part is actually applying it and successfully sticking your fake eyelashes on. You want to apply just enough for a good hold, but not too much that it squishes out the sides when rested on your eyelids. You also want to wait a bit so the adhesive starts to polymerize before resting it on your eyelids.
Like with many cosmetic products, customers are starting to shift towards products containing organic or natural extracts that emphasize skin-friendliness and this trend has caught up with eyelash adhesives. In the future, we see more and more eyelash adhesive synthetic ingredients being replaced with these natural ingredients that boast of almost no limit to their benefits.