Eyelash extensions make your eyes look lovely, but they donít last forever. Lash extensions are secured with a very strong adhesive that resists soap and water, so they wonít come off easily. Youíll need to break down the glue before you can remove the extensions without damaging your natural lashes. Fortunately, you can remove your lashes at home using glue remover. If your lashes are starting to fall off, you can remove the rest with steam and oil. However, itís best to get your eyelash extensions removed by a professional technician.

EditApplying Glue Remover at Home

  1. Buy a professional grade eyelash extension glue remover. Since the glue used to apply eyelash extensions is very strong, regular eyelash glue remover may not work on your lashes. Get glue remover that's labeled for use on eyelash extensions and that says it's ďprofessional grade."[1]

    • You can find eyelash extension glue remover at a drugstore, in a beauty supply store, or online.
    • If you had your extensions professionally done, ask the technician which solvent they uses. Then, see if you can purchase it from them.

  2. Remove your eye makeup to easily see where the extensions start. Apply eye makeup remover to a cotton swab or pad, then wipe it over your eyes. Be sure to remove all of your mascara and eyeliner. This will allow you to identify where your real lashes end and the extensions begin.[2]

    • You can use your normal makeup remover for this step.
    • Donít use a cotton ball or a fuzzy pad, since these could leave lint or cotton fibers behind on your lashes.

  3. Place under-eye pads below your eyes to protect your skin. Under-eye pads are thin, C-shaped pads that have an adhesive on the back. You can use these pads to protect the delicate skin under your eyes. To apply them, pull the back off the adhesive side of a pad. Then, position the pad under your eye with the scooped out side facing your eye. Lightly pat along the surface of the pad to make it stick.[3]

    • This step is optional, but it will help keep the glue remover off of your skin. If you get the glue remover on your skin, it may cause itching or irritation.
    • You can find under eye pads at your local beauty supply store or online.

  4. Apply eyelash glue remover to 2 brush applicators or spoolies. Use disposable brush applicators or spoolies so you can easily apply the glue remover to your lashes. Coat the brush end of both applicators or spoolies with the glue remover. Then, set 1 of the applicators or spoolies aside for later.[4]

    • Youíre going to use 1 applicator or spoolie to apply the glue remover. Then, youíll use the second applicator to remove your extensions.
    • If you prefer, wait to apply the glue remover to the second applicator until you need it. However, it will be difficult for you to see after you apply the glue remover because your eyes will be closed. Itís best to do this ahead of time.
    • Set the second applicator or spoolie down somewhere close by so that you can easily find it with your eyes closed.

  5. Close the eye you're working on so you donít get the glue remover in it. The glue remover can sting and irritate your eyes, so itís important that you donít get it in them. Tightly close your eyes before you apply the remover, then leave them closed until youíre finished removing the extensions.[5]

    • Itís best if you can have someone help you apply the glue remover and take off your extensions. That way, they can apply the glue remover to both eyes at the same time so you'll be able to finish the process faster. Typically, this is the way a professional technician will do it. However, itís okay to do it yourself if you donít have help.

  6. Swipe the applicator or spoolie from the midpoint of your lashes to the tips. Pull the applicator or spoolie through your lashes like youíre applying mascara. However, focus on the ends of your lashes where the extensions are applied. You donít need to get the glue remover on your natural lashes below the extensions.[6]

    • Itís okay to open the eye you aren't working on so you can see what youíre doing. Just make sure you keep the eye youíre working on closed.

  7. Sweep glue remover on the lower part of your lashes, avoiding the lash line. Apply a thin layer of glue remover just below the midpoint on your lashes. This will make sure that all of the glue dissolves. However, donít put the glue remover on the roots of your lashes or your lash line. It may irritate your skin, and you donít want to risk getting it into your eye.[7]

    • Itís okay to skip this step if you know youíve already coated the area where the glue is located. You just need to apply the remover over the glue itself.

  8. Let the glue remover sit for 3 minutes so it can break down the glue. Set a timer and wait 3 minutes for the glue remover to dissolve the glue. Leave your eye closed while the glue remover is on your lashes. Donít rinse off the remover after 3 minutes because you still need to remove the extensions.[8]

    • Some glue removers may recommend leaving the product on for up to 5 minutes. Read your label to check the instructions for the product youíre using.

  9. Pull the second applicator or spoolie through your lashes to remove the extensions. Retrieve the second applicator or spoolie that you coated with glue remover earlier. Then, slowly pull the applicator or spoolie through your lashes, starting below the midpoint. The lash extensions should come off in the brush. Use your fingers to pick the lashes off the applicator or spoolie, then continue working until all of your extensions are gone.[9]

    • You may need to make several passes to remove all of your extensions. Youíll know theyíre all gone when you just see your natural lashes, which will be shorter and an even length.
    • Discard the extensions once youíve removed them.

  10. Use a gentle eye makeup remover to clean away excess glue remover. Soak a cotton swab or pad with your makeup remover, then wipe it over your eyes to clean away any excess glue or glue remover. Make several passes to make sure the area is totally clean.[10]

    • If you want to cleanse your face, itís okay to do that instead.

EditUsing Steam and Oil

  1. Remove your eye makeup so you can tell where your natural lashes end. Use a gentle eye makeup remover to wipe away any mascara or eyeliner. This makes it easier for you to see where your real lashes end and the extensions begin.[11]

    • Use your normal makeup remover to clean your eyes.

  2. Fill a bowl with steaming hot water. Boil water on the stove or in the microwave. Then, carefully pour the water into a heat-safe bowl. Set the bowl on a table or countertop where you can bend down over it.[12]

    • If you like, you can add some essential oils to the bowl to help you relax. For instance, you might add 2-3 drops of lavender, tea tree, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil to the water.

  3. Put a towel over your head, then lean over the steam for 15 minutes. Set your timer for 15 minutes, then d**** the towel over your head and lean forward. Be careful not to get too close to the water, as it could scald your face. Position the towel so that it encircles the bowl and traps in the steam. Keep your head over the steaming bowl for 15 minutes.[13]

    • The steam will loosen the glue on your extensions so it comes off more easily.

  4. Soak a cotton swab in olive or coconut oil. Pour olive oil or coconut oil onto a cotton swab. Make sure that itís really saturated, as dry cotton may scratch or irritate the skin around your eyes.[14]

    • If youíre using coconut oil, you may need to microwave the oil for a few seconds to get it into a liquid state.
    • You may need to use multiple cotton swabs to get off all of the lashes, so have extras on hand.

  5. Swipe the oil over your eyelashes until all of your extensions come off. Start at the inner corner of your eye and pull the cotton swab across your lashes. Make several passes to coat the extensions in the oil. Once the oil coats your lashes, the extensions should start to come off. Keep wiping until all of the eyelash extensions are removed.[15]

    • If your skin starts to feel irritated, stop wiping immediately. Wash your face, then see a professional to get the remaining extensions removed.
    • If necessary, apply more oil to your cotton swab or get a new swab.
    • Donít simply pull off the extensions, as this can damage your natural lashes.
    • If the extensions donít wipe away easily, comb the oil through them with a spoolie, then let it sit for a minute. Once itís had a chance to soak in, run the spoolie through your lashes again to comb out the extensions.

  6. Use a gentle cleanser to wash away the excess oil. After youíve removed all of your extensions, apply a pea-size amount of mild facial cleanser to your skin. Work the cleanser over your face to remove any excess oil from your skin. Rinse your face with cool water, then pat it dry with a clean towel.[16]

    • Itís okay to use your normal facial cleanser to clean away the oil.

EditGetting a Professional Removal

  1. Go back to the salon technician who applied your extensions. Eyelash extensions are most often affixed using surgical-grade glues, which are a type of superglue. This type of glue is extremely difficult to remove without the proper tools and chemical solutions, so itís best to return to your eyelash technician. Make an appointment with them to get your eyelashes removed.[17]

    • If youíve had your lashes for less than a week, then itís very important that you go back to your technician. Itís very difficult to remove a full set of extensions that have only recently been applied.

  2. Go to a different salon if you're concerned about the application. While eyelash extensions are generally safe, sometimes people make mistakes, especially if theyíre a beginner or lack proper training. If you have any concerns about how your extensions were applied, go to a different salon to have them removed. For instance, you might want to see a different technician if you experienced any of the following:[18]

    • Unprofessional, crooked, patchy, or unattractive eye lashes
    • Pain around your eyes
    • Itching or stinging around your eyes
    • Eye redness

  3. See a doctor if youíre experiencing pain, irritation, redness, or swelling. In some cases, eyelash extensions can cause an allergic reaction or lead to an infection. Similarly, improperly applied lashes may cause pain, irritation, and damage. If youíre getting your lashes removed because theyíre bothering you, itís best to see a doctor so you can get proper treatment.[19]

    • In rare cases, an infection can cause serious complications, so donít hesitate to see your doctor. Youíll likely receive a referral to an ophthalmologist, who can make sure your eyes are okay.



  • You can also try the oil removal process with baby oil or oil-based eye makeup remover. Make sure to work the oil into the lash line thoroughly before attempting to lift the lashes out.
  • If either of the home removal treatments don't work for you, go to a professional to have the extensions removed.


  • Do not pull eyelash extensions off. Your real lashes will come off with the fake lashes.
  • Eyelash extensions can permanently damage your natural lashes if theyíre improperly applied or removed. Itís best to work with a trained professional.[20]
  • Eyelash extensions can result in pain or an infection, especially if your technician isnít properly trained. If you notice any pain, irritation, redness, swelling, or vision issues, visit your doctor immediately.[21]


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