Patch Testing your Lash Adhesive
What is an eyelash patch test?
A patch test is a preventive procedure that should be carried out at home before using any eyelash adhesive or glue. When trying a new product such as an eyelash adhesive, is it hugely important that a patch test is carried out before you go on to fully use the product.
Carrying out a patch test helps prevent a reaction to the product’s formula as it allows you to see how it suits your skin on a smaller area, before you apply it to somewhere as sensitive as your eyelids.
We strongly recommend carrying out a patch test on all of our adhesive products, whether it is an individual lash adhesive you are using, or a strip lash glue – it is always best to trial it first.
What you will need to carry out a patch test:
- The adhesive of your choice
- A cotton bud
- A cotton pad
- Baby or coconut oil
How to carry out a patch test
There are a few ways in which you can carry out a patch test for eyelash adhesive, for optimal safety we recommend you do both methods before applying any form of lash enhancements.
If you are using individual lashes, one of the ways you can carry out a patch test for the adhesive you are going to use, is to apply two individual lash strands or clusters to the outer edge of your eye using the glue.
You can then leave this for 24 hours and if no adverse reaction occurs, you should be fine to use the adhesive and continue with your full individual lash application.
If you are testing a strip lash adhesive, you can either apply a tiny amount of glue to the outer edge of your eye along your natural lash line, without applying it all the way along. Again, leave this on for 24 hours and if you don’t have a reaction, you should be fine to apply your false eyelashes using the adhesive you have tested.
Alternative eyelash patch test method
If you don’t want to carry out a patch test using any of the previous methods, then alternatively you can apply a small drop of adhesive to the skin behind your ear using a cotton bud.
This can be done on both individual and strip lash adhesives, and is probably the most common method of patch testing, as it is a lot quicker and easier. Ensure you drop the glue directly behind the ear on the lower side, as this area is fairly sensitive. Allow 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs.
Do you need a patch test for lash extensions?
The answer is yes! Yes you do. Even if your lash tech assures you otherwise.
If you've come here looking for information about a patch test for eyelash extensions, then you're out of luck. Typically, your lash technician will be able to advise on a patch test for eyelash extensions. Only your lash tech will know which lash glue they intend to use, and it's important they carry out the patch test using the same glue they plan to apply your lashes with.
While you may not be allergic to lash glue from DIY lashes you've purchased in drug stores or supermarkets, professional lash glue is generally of an entirely different formulation. To avoid disappointment, never ever skip the patch test for eyelash extensions. There's nothing worse than paying a small fortune for your lash tech to apply your lash extensions, only for you to have a reaction shortly after, and for you to have them removed straight away.
Allergies and Ingredients
It is very important that you check the full, listed ingredients on the packaging for any adhesive product you are going to use, particularly if you have any sensitivities or allergies.
We supply a range of different adhesives with latex-free options available for those with latex allergies, therefore it is your responsibility to check you have the correct product and read the full list of ingredients before going ahead with the patch test and full application. If you have a known allergy to an ingredient listed in any product, you should NOT use the product.
Seek advice if you are not certain
If you are in doubt about using any of the eyelash adhesives on our website, we suggest checking with a medical consultant or your own GP before use. If you are on any skin treatment, long term medication or have sensitive skin, you should again consult your GP before using the product.
If you accidentally get any adhesive in contact with your eyes, then rinse the area immediately with cold, clean water. If irritation occurs or persists, then seek medical attention.
How to remove lash glue after a patch test
To remove the adhesive from your skin once you have completed your patch test and no reaction has occurred, use a cotton pad soaked in coconut or baby oil and gently massage the area where the adhesive was applied. The oil should break up the adhesive, and remove it from the skin. Repeat this step until the glue has completely disappeared.
An eyelash patch test is absolutely crucial before applying any set of lashes - strip, individual or any other false eyelashes. Don't be tempted to skip this super important step.