Never attempt to remove fake eyelashes without softening the adhesive first.

How to Take Off Fake Eyelashes Without Remover

by Jaimie Zinski

You've gotten compliments on your beautiful, lush eyelashes all day, but little did everyone know, they are fake. It takes practice and skill to expertly apply the fake lashes, and it requires an equal amount of care to remove them without ripping out your natural lashes. False eyelash remover is available, but you might be wary of using this product next to your eye, or simply forgot to pick up a bottle. Find ways to safely, effectively and painlessly remove your fake eyelashes.

Bring 3 to 4 cups of water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the water from the heat and pour it into a glass or metal bowl. Drape a towel over your head as you steam your face above the bowl. Allow the steam to loosen the adhesive for three to five minutes.

Lift the towel. Grasp a fake eyelash at the outer corner and gently begin to pull it away from your lid. Remove both lashes and place them in a plastic bag or discard.

If the eyelash doesn't come off easily or you experience pain, create a mixture of 1 cup lukewarm water and 1/4 teaspoon mild facial cleanser. Dampen a cotton swab with the soapy water. Squeeze out the excess until the swab is damp but not dripping. Close your eyes and rub the soapy cotton swab over your eyelashes.

Pull off the eyelashes slowly from the outer corner. If there's still resistance, rub the eyelashes again with the soapy cotton swab and try again.

After removing the lashes, dampen a cotton swab with baby oil and rub it over your lids. Allow the oil to sit for two to three minutes, then wipe your eyelids with a damp washcloth to remove the oil and any remaining adhesive.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Medium-sized saucepan
  • Glass or metal bowl
  • Towel
  • Small plastic bag, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon mild facial cleanser
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby oil
  • Washcloth


  • Use caution while applying soapy water to your eyelids.

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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