What is the Best Eyelash Extension Glue to Use?
It isn’t easy to do your own eyelash extensions. It takes a steady hand, a lot of practice, and definitely the right tools and supplies. Doing your own eyelash extensions takes time to master. However, having the right tools and supplies will make it a bit easier to do. This post will go through my reviews for the top eyelash extension glue brands for doing your own eyelash extensions.
First, let’s talk about what eyelash extensions are.
What are eyelash extensions?
Applying eyelash extensions is the method by which an individual synthetic eyelash is applied to each of your own individual natural lashes, one at a time, to create longer lashes, more volume and a thicker and darker look. The synthetic lash is glued to your individual natural lash one-by-one. It’s semi-permanent and lasts about 2-4 weeks depending on how you take care of them, the natural growth cycle of your own lashes, and the eyelash extension glue you use.
What kind of looks can you achieve with eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions come in many different looks. There’s different curl types, commonly J, B, C and D with J being the least curly and D the most curly. You can also get lashes in different thicknesses and lengths. Thicknesses are most commonly 0.10 to 0.20mm. The thicker the lash, the more weight it will have. Therefore, you have to be sure your natural lashes are strong enough for the thickness as to not have droopy lashes. Eyelashes also come in different lengths, usually from 8mm to 15mm. A variety of lengths will be used on a person to achieve different shapes from a round eye to a cat eye.
What is the cost to do your own eyelash extensions?
Doing eyelash extensions by a trained technician is probably the best way for a person to get them done. It will usually cost about $160-240 the very first time for a full set (usually an individual eyelash extension on each natural lash, probably about 120 lashes). You can also do a partial set for about 50% to 75% off the full price for about 80 lashes. You will need to get your eyelashes touched up every 3-4 weeks which is called a fill and will usually cost about $60-80 depending on where you live. The time and cost to maintain your eyelash extensions quickly adds up, and you can find yourself spending thousands of dollars each year on eyelash extensions.
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Why did I start to do my own eyelash extensions?
I love getting eyelash extensions, as I can easily wake-up and instantly look put-together. It saves a ton of time getting ready in the morning, and I feel pretty all the time, even with no make up on! However, the cost was quickly adding up, especially since I was having retention issues. I use a lot of face oils to moisturize my skin which are not great for the glues used to hold the eyelash extensions. I ended up having to get a fill about every 2.5 weeks to keep them from having too many gaps from eyelashes falling out. As a result, it was getting way too expensive to maintain, so I decided to try doing them myself.
What is Eyelash Extension Glue?
Eyelash extension glue is what bonds the synthetic lash to your natural eyelash. A high quality adhesive is important for creating a beautiful lash look that lasts.
I have now been doing my own eyelash extensions for over two years, and have tried a variety of eyelash extensions and glues. By trial and error, I am sharing my review of different eyelash extension glues so you can find the best eyelash glue for your extensions.
For some context, I consider myself with an intermediate skill level in doing my own eyelash extensions (self-taught). I also consider myself to have oily eyelids. When I got my eyelashes done by a profession lash artist, my lashes only lasted about 2-2.5 weeks.
The Best Eyelash Extension Glues Reviews
Here are My Top Picks for Eyelash Extension Glues to Get You Started
Stacy Lash Sensitive Eyelash Extension Glue
I use the Stacy Lash Sensitive Eyelash Extension glue the most. Because I do my eyelash extensions with my eyes open, I like the low fume version of this eyelash glue. I also have dark natural lashes, and the black glue creates a darker and thicker look.
The description for the Stacy Lash Sensitive Eyelash Extension glue says that retention is about 5 weeks, but I find it is around 2-3 weeks. If it’s a newly opened bottle, I can get about 3-4 weeks.
This extension glue has a 5 second drying time which I find is perfect for my intermediate skill level. It gives me just the right amount of time to place my lash before the glue dries.
SKY S+ Extension Glue
When I want an extra strong hold and longer lasting retention, I use the SKY S+ Extension glue. I know that this glue is also a popular brand by many professional eyelash extension artists. It promises 7 weeks of retention, and I would say I get about 3-4 weeks. It is a stronger formula, so the fumes are stronger than the Stacy Lash glue, but it does provide better retention which is to be expected.
I am still able to do my eyelash extensions with my eyes open with this glue.
This extension glue has a 1-2 second drying time so it’s definitely for more experienced individuals who can work faster.
MyBeautyEyes Glam Mild Premium Eyelash Extension Glue
I recommend the MyBeautyEyes Glam Mild Premium Eyelash Extension glue for beginners. This glue has low fumes and a 7-8 second drying time. A longer drying time is better for beginners. It will give you more time to adjust the position of the synthetic lash during application before it dries. The retention on this glue isn’t as long, about 2 weeks in my experience.
As a more experienced person doing my eyelash extensions, I find the 7-8 drying time to be too long, and I’m not able to move as fast as I like without the lashes clumping. In addition, What I have found is that a longer drying time usually results in a shorter retention time.
Therefore, I only recommend this eyelash glue if you are a beginner. It’s not optimal for intermediate or advanced skill levels, where one of the other quicker drying times will give longer retention.
Stacy Lash Extra Strong Eyelash Extension Glue
I didn’t find the fumes much stronger, but it has a faster drying time at 1 second for those that prefer it. The retention was also similar to the Stacy Lash sensitive at about 2-3 weeks.
With the 1 second drying time, I would recommend Stacy Lash extra strong only for advanced users. At an intermediate skill level, I’m not able to work fast enough to place lashes in 1 second.
A Few More Supplies You’ll Need for Your Eyelash Extension Glue
Check out my blog post on Top 7 Tools to Do Your Own Eyelash Extensions for my guide on all the essentials needed. Here’s a couple that you will need for your eyelash extension glue.
Jade Stone – This tool might seem a bit random, but you will find that the glue will dry or harden as you are working. A jade stone will keep this from happening by keeping the glue at a cool temperature. It’s only a few dollars so definitely don’t skip buying this one.
Disposable Eyelash Glue Stickers – I made a mistake the first time I did my own eyelash extensions and put the glue right on the jade stone. Big mistake! It dried and was impossible to remove from my jade stone. With the disposable eyelash glue stickers, I can easily dispose of the glue each time I do my own lash extensions. Again, these are so cheap to buy, so pick up a few.
Now You’re Ready to Do Your Own Eyelash Extensions
I love that I can do my own lash extensions anytime I want. So if I have a special last-minute event, no problem! I can fill in my eyelashes the night before all by myself.
Also, maintaining my lashes when a few fall out is so easy because it only takes a few minutes to quickly add a few more eyelash extensions myself!
I love having long and thick eyelashes all year-round, and waking up fresh eyed without feeling a hit to my wallet!
Now that you have a guide to my favorite eyelash extension glues, you are one step closer to doing your own lash extensions too!
Please let me know what questions you have in the comments! Do you have a favorite eyelash extension glue? Please let me know in the comments.
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