How to Clean False Lashes Easily & Safely So You Can Reuse Them

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Do you use false lashes? If so, I’m going to show you how to clean false lashes so you can reuse them. Follow me on this quick yet informational tutorial so you can learn what to clean false lashes with and how to restore them to their original glory! Let’s start.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyelash glue remover
  • Spoolie
  • Used eyelashes
  • Clean dish
  • Anti-bacterial soap or gently soap
  • Sanitizing mist (optional)
  • Paper towel
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton bud
  • Eyelash glue
False eyelashes

This technique on how to clean false eyelashes can be done to any false lashes, but I prefer using ones with a natural band.

The thinner the band, the more lightweight the eyelashes will be. They will also be more realistic and undetectable on the eye.

Pulling eyelash glue off the band

Also, pulling the glue off the band is a tedious process that can make you pull a few eyelashes right off the band. So, I’ll show you the best way to clean false lashes with my steps below. 

Lash glue remover

1. Use a lash glue remover

First, I’m going to show you how to clean off eyelashes. There are many glue removers you can buy!

Applying lash glue remover to a cotton bud

Add a little product onto a clean cotton bud. 

The best way to clean false lashes

Lay the lash over the length of your forefinger so you can hold the lashes while cleaning it. Run the cotton bud downward over the strip of the band. This will start softening the glue.

What to clean false lashes with

Now, holding the lashes in place with your thumb, push the bud upward so that you push the glue off.  

How to clean glue off false lashes

As you can see, it will lift off in a strip. You can be a little more vigorous because you are holding the lashes nice and tight. 

Tip: Put a little remover in a dish, so you don’t have to cross-contaminate the product with a dirty cotton bud. 

How to clean and reuse false lashes

As you can see, we have entirely removed all glue from the lash band. 

Pouring water into a clean dish

2. Wash your eyelashes

Once the glue is off, you can start washing your eyelashes with an anti-bacterial soap. First, pour some water into a clean dish. 

Tip: If you don’t have anti-bacterial soap, a makeup sanitizing mist will also work well (spray after the lashes have been washed and dried). 

Washing the false lashes

Apply a pump or two of soap to your fingers. Dab your fingers in water and carefully rub the soap on your eyelashes. Very softly, work the soap between your eyelashes, a bit like shampoo. 

Washing mascara off false lashes

Can you see the mascara coming away on my fingers? 

Rinsing and lathering the lashes

Give them a rinse and re-lather to ensure there’s no stubborn mascara. 

Taking the lashes out of water with tweezers

Place your eyelashes in the water for a few seconds for the final rinse. Use tweezers to take them out. 

Drying the lashes on a paper towel

3. Dry time!

Take a paper towel, fold it in half, and roll it over your forefinger. Then place your eyelashes on top. 

Dabbing the lashes to dry them

Dab over them until they are dry. Do this softly and carefully. Also, be careful not to rub them; otherwise, you disturb the actual pattern and placement of the eyelashes. 

Placing eyelash glue on either side of the curved plastic tray

Take the original package they came in and place a tiny amount of eyelash glue on either side of the curved plastic tray. 

How to keep the shape of eyelashes

Once that’s gone tacky, take your tweezers and place each corner of the eyelash onto the glue. Like this, it will set with a nice curvature. This step is important if you want your eyelashes to remain the same shape as you bought them. 

How to clean false lashes

Finally, give your “new” eyelashes a little brush with a spoolie, and they are good to go! 

How to clean false lashes

So, there you go! Now you know how to clean false lashes so you can reuse them. I hope you find this tutorial useful. This method is the best way to clean false lashes. It really helps save money, and it literally takes 5 minutes. 

Let me know what your think in the comments below.

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Eyelash glue remover
  • Spoolie
  • Used eyelashes
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