Are False Eyelashes Safe?

False eyelashes are worn for a variety of reasons. But are they safe for your eyes?


Some may want to enhance their natural features without using too much mascara. Others may use them when dressing up for a special occasion. Whatever the reason may be, false eyelashes can be a fun accessory. 

A Variety of Options

Traditionally, false eyelashes are applied in strips or individual sections with a temporary adhesive to the eyelid. They are meant to be worn for a few hours at a time and should be safely removed before sleeping.

Recently, more options for false eyelashes have become popular, one being magnetic lashes. These are temporary—like those with adhesive—and are either applied using a magnetic eyeliner on the eyelid or a double layer of eyelashes that stick together at the base.

Another option is eyelash extensions, which are meant to last three to four weeks at a time. Eyelash extensions are typically made of mink or silk and are applied to the base of each natural lash with a semi-permanent glue.

Do Your Research before Applying

False eyelashes are generally safe, but there are a few risks to be aware of before applying them. The adhesive used in temporary false eyelashes isn’t regulated by the FDA, so you don’t always know what’s in it. Some people may have an unknown allergy or sensitivity to the adhesive.

If you’re looking for a salon to apply eyelash extensions, make sure you choose somewhere reputable. Ask for the esthetician’s training experience and certifications, observe their sterilization procedures and do a skin test of the adhesive before application of the lashes. You'll never be sorry for doing your research!

Keep in mind that extensions take time, because they should be applied to the base of each lash individually. If a lash extension is glued to a clump of lashes instead of a single lash, it can result in a fracture of the natural lashes. Be skeptical of salons that offer a very low price or quick turnaround time.

Take Care during Application

When applying false eyelashes, you should take care in using instruments around your eye. There is a risk of trauma to the eyelid or cornea if you’re not careful, and if you manage to poke yourself in the eye, it can result in broken blood vessels or other injuries. In addition, eyelashes can fall out and get stuck beneath the eyelid, scratching the surface of the eye.

Take Breaks

Be sure to take breaks from wearing false eyelashes. If worn too long or too often, they can cause permanent lash loss by damaging the follicles. The safest way to wear false eyelashes is in moderation. Most problems occur when you wear them for months and months.

Your natural lashes also need breaks from long-lasting eyelash extensions. It’s recommended that you not get them wet, as it can be difficult to maintain proper eye hygiene while wearing them. When you’re removing lashes, it’s important to never rip them off. Wait for them to fall off on their own or help dissolve the glue with a hot shower and an oil-free makeup remover.

Stay Attentive to Your Eye Health

Eyelash loss is never normal and can be a sign of eyelid pathologies like inflammation or skin cancer. If you’re noticing bald patches on your eyelids, see your eye doctor right away to rule out a serious problem.

Sometimes your lashes can be hidden underneath extra skin or fatty tissue as a part of the aging process. In this case, your doctor can perform a simple eyelid lift surgery called blepharoplasty that will allow your eyelashes to appear once again.

Sourced from Jefferson Health.