4 Steps to Find the Best Glue for Sensitive Eyes

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Eyelash extension glue

Eyelash extensions are one of the most popular beauty trends right now. But not everyone is able to wear them because they have sensitive eyes or other conditions that make it hard for their skin to tolerate materials like glue.

If you’re having trouble finding a brand of glue that’s gentle enough for your skin, these four steps will help!

Step One – Check Glue Ingredients

The main ingredient in most eyelash extension glues is an alcohol called ethyl cyanoacrylate. That’s what makes the glue dry quickly and bonds it to the lash extensions. If you’re particularly sensitive, look for a brand that uses butyl instead of ethyl cyanoacrylate as its main adhesive; some brands use both, so you might want to stick with ones that use butyl only.

Step Two – Check the Shelf life

The shelf life of glue is very short, so make sure you buy fresh batches. If your lash technician has any leftover bottles from a previous application, ask if she can use fresh ones instead to reduce the risk of skin irritation.

Step Three – Check Setting Speed (drying speed)

Another factor to consider is how fast your glue can dry. If it’s too slow, you could get an allergic reaction when the eyelashes are still wet with adhesive. Again, some brands use butyl cyanoacrylate instead of ethyl; that might help keep skin irritation at bay by allowing more time for allergy sufferers’ eyes to react to the glue before it’s completely dry.

Step Four – Check Retention 

Strength Retention strength refers to how well the lashes stay on throughout each day. If you have sensitive eyes, look for a brand that uses butyl cyanoacrylate as its main ingredient and has a faster setting speed so your glue doesn’t sit longer than necessary before drying completely. They should also be able to retain lash extensions easily with an extended shelf life, so you don’t have to keep buying fresh batches.


There are many different types of glue on the market today that you can use to ensure your lashes stay in place for weeks at a time. If you’re looking for an eyelash extension adhesive that’s gentle enough for sensitive eyes, follow these steps and remember – it might take some trial and error before you find the best one that works perfectly!

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Nova Wang
Nova Wang
As lead editor at Focus Lashes, I'm passionate about all things that are lash-related. On this site, I'm exploring my interests related to the eyelash extension industry.

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