How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions

Author: Michelle Teeken   Date Posted:14 December 2022 

Eyelash extensions are a fantastic upgrade to your everyday look. You can look amazing without too much makeup, your eyes will shine bright and you can get ready in no time. 

If you’re considering getting eyelash extensions, you’re not alone. This popular beauty treatment has been on the rise in recent years, as more and more people strive for the perfect selfie-ready look. But what happens when you want to take them off? No matter how great semi-permanent eyelash extensions look, there are some downsides. Maybe they didn’t last as long as you expected and you’ve lost a few extensions from one eye and now it doesn’t look good? 

We know how awkward this can look but try not to lose your temper and start pulling the extensions. If you are impatient, your eyes are feeling itchy and you are regretting ever getting this treatment, there are some things you can do to remove eyelash extensions at home safely and without losing your own eyelashes in the process.

In this blog post, we will explore how to safely remove eyelash extensions so that you can avoid any potential eye injuries. We will also provide some tips on how to care for your natural lashes after the removal process.


Difference between eye irritation and allergy to eyelash glue

The main difference between eye irritation and an allergy to eyelash glue is the severity of the reaction. Eye irritation is a temporary condition caused by many factors, including dust, makeup, or contact lenses. Allergies to eyelash glue are more serious and can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, and itching. If you suspect you may be allergic to eyelash glue, it's important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. In this case, you need to consult a professional and remove eyelash extensions as soon as possible. 

Your eyes might also feel irritated after adding eyelash extensions. Remember to soothe your eyes with cold compresses, eye drops or topical hydrocortisone cream. This is often a temporary reaction, if it lasts longer than 24 hours, it is best to remove eyelash extensions immediately.


Can Vaseline remove eyelash extensions?

If you need to remove your eyelash extensions for any reason, it is best to consult with a professional. If you are not able to visit an eyelash specialist, there are some ways you can do it at home.

Yet, you should never try to remove an eyelash extension removal with Vaseline because all of these adhesives are mostly made from some form of cyanoacrylate.


What dissolves eyelash extension glue?

There are a few different ways that you can dissolve the glue that is used to apply for eyelash extensions. One way is to use a cotton ball soaked in oil-free makeup remover. Gently rub the soaked cotton ball over your lash line, and the extensions should start to loosen and fall off. You can also try using a Q-tip dipped in warm water to lightly dampen the lash line. This will help to break down the glue and make it easier to remove the extensions. 


How to safely remove eyelash extensions

If you're ready to say goodbye to your eyelash extensions, it's important to do so safely to avoid damaging your natural lashes. Here's how to remove eyelash extensions at home:

Castor oil can help

If you're looking for a natural way to remove your eyelash extensions, castor oil may be the answer. Castor oil is safe for use on the eyes and can help to dissolve the bonds that hold the extensions in place.

To use castor oil to remove your eyelash extensions, simply soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply it to your lashes. Gently rub the cotton ball over your lashes, being careful not to get any in your eye. After a few minutes, you should notice the extensions starting to loosen. Once they're loose enough, you can gently peel them off.

If you find that your lashline is feeling a bit dry after using castor oil, simply apply some coconut oil or olive oil to nourish the area.


Avoid pulling your eyelashes

When removing eyelash extensions, it is important to avoid pulling on the lashes. Resist the temptation to pull it out with tweezers. It could wind up doing more damage than good to your natural lashes, especially if they are in the early stages of growth. This can cause them to break and fall out prematurely. 

Use a cotton swab or q-tip soaked in oil-free makeup remover to help loosen the glue and make removal easier.


A steamy shower can help

If you're looking to remove your eyelash extensions, steamy showers can help. Hot water is another no-no when it comes to eyelash extensions. A long and hot shower can help loosen the lash extension glue. Of course, this is not as effective as oil but it can definitely help.  Start by gently wiping away any makeup or debris around your eyes. Then, step into a warm shower and let the steam surround you. Gently rub your lashes with a clean, dry cotton swab or your fingers to loosen the adhesive. You will definitely need to be patient with this process and don’t expect them magically disappear after one hot shower. Take your time.


Oil-based makeup remover

As you may be learning after your eyelash extension application, most of the “don’ts” that were shared with you are now encouraged. That includes using an oil-based eye makeup remover. So remember everything your technicians told you not to do and do the opposite. It is highly recommended to look for an oil-based makeup remover that contains glycols because they can help with dissolving eyelash extension glue. Plus oil-based makeup removers are nourishing to your natural lashes.


Be patient and gentle to your own lashes

Once you removed eyelash extensions, you will need to take extra care of your natural lashes. They went through a lot of stress and they will take time to recover. Try avoiding getting extensions again for a while. Use eyelash conditioners and oil to promote growth. Avoid wearing to much makeup and take extra care when you remove your eye makeup. Avoid rubbing your eyes.

We know the feeling when the magic of eyelash extensions is gone and now you are looking like you didn’t have a good night's sleep in ages. But lucky for you, there are many solutions that can give you the desired look. Check out our collection of individual eyelash extensions or false eyelashes. Both types will work magic for your look without nasty irritations. The best part is that you can easily add or remove them.

So how to safely remove eyelash extensions at home? The answer is simple, gentle and patient. It is always good to consult professionals and look for attractive alternatives for eyelash extensions. Oil-based products, hot water and special care for your own natural lashes will help you save the day. Modelrock, on the other hand, can help you look fabulous in the meantime since our products are premium, and natural and the risk of eye irritation and allergic reactions are minimal.


Is it safe to remove your own eyelash extensions?

If you've had enough of your eyelash extensions and are ready to remove them, there are a few things you need to know. First, it is safe to remove your own eyelash extensions, but it requires some care and patience. Second, there are a few different methods you can use to remove your extensions, including using an oil or cream remover, gently pulling them off with tweezers, or soaking them in warm water.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to take your time and be gentle so as not to damage your natural lashes. If you're not sure how to proceed, ask a professional at your salon for help.

What is the fastest way to remove eyelash extensions at home?

There are a few ways to remove lash extensions at home, but the most effective and safest way is to use an oil-based remover. Lash extension removal kits typically come with an oil-based remover and cotton swabs.

To remove your lash extensions:

  • Start by saturating a cotton swab with the oil-based remover.
  • Gently press the saturated cotton swab against your lash line, holding it there for a few seconds.
  • Repeat this process until all of your lash extensions have been removed.

Have you purchased our LashPlay! DIY Lash Extensions and are wondering how to effectively remove them?

You’re just in luck! Removing them is as simple as applying them. Don’t believe us? Keep reading below to find out how in just 5 easy steps.


Use the Remover Gel and brush your lashes in an upwards motion, like how you would apply your mascara. Then, apply them above your lashes, making sure to generously coat every lash. Saturating them thoroughly with the solution will make the removal process easier.

Wait 10 - 20 seconds to allow the bond to loosen. Alternatively, you can also use our Dual Action Remover for stubborn build-up. Dual Action Remover gently removes makeup, oil, and impurities from your skin. This unique, two-phase remover effectively erases stubborn mascara and extension adhesive build-up. The oil phase loosens makeup, whilst the water phase washes it away.

To use, shake the Dual Action Remover to activate the dual phase. Soak a cotton ball or Think Makeup Remover Pad with the remover oil and let it sit on your lashes for 20 - 30 seconds to help loosen the adhesive bond. 


Once adhesive bond has loosened, carefully pull off each individual cluster from your natural lashes. You can do this with your fingers, Tweezers or Lash Applicator

If need be, reapply the Remover Gel, or the Dual Action Remover, onto your lashes to loosen up any excess glue remaining.

Using a fresh Mascara Wand, gently brush the glue out of your lashes. It’s as simple as that! Don’t forget to clean your clusters before reusing them. Or, if your clusters are well loved and need to be replaced, you can purchase our Mixed Styles 12 Sets.

Check out our full LashPlay! range! Can’t decide on which DIY Lash Extension Kit to purchase? We’ve got you covered! You can view our Try on Reel where we swatch all available styles. Which kit is calling your name? Comment below!

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