Despite rumors about lash adhesive patch testing not being mandatory prior to use, we beg to differ. Phenomenalentity.com encourages our lash enthusiasts to test every adhesive you own before regular usage. Please refer to our article on Patch Testing for lash adhesive allergies.
Let’s Touch Basis First
Now that you have successfully patch tested your adhesive and everything checks out, it’s time to get to work. We will explore adhesive application for both full-strip lashes and lash extensions. Applying glue to your lashes isn’t any walk in the park if you don’t know what you’re doing and things can take a turn for the worst. In this article, we are only going to touch basis on applying your adhesive properly to your Mink lashes. To dive deeper into the full application process you may refer to our Apply Your Falsies article. Adhesive application for full-strip Mink lashes differs from your Mink extensions.
Full-Strip Mink Lashes
For your Full-strip Mink lashes, we recommend using the appropriate adhesive for application. Adhesive designed for full-strip lashes cure in a flexible hold as it adheres to the shape of your eyes. To begin, you will want to ensure avoiding any gushes, splashes or spillage of the adhesive. What a tragedy it would be, having adhesive stuck to your Mink lashes! Avoiding this mistake is simple, just position the lash above the glue, rather than beneath it. We highly discourage applying adhesive held above the eyelash base. Do not be generous with the adhesive when applying it to your lashes, as you literally only need a thin layer for a successful application.
Squeeze, Slide or Paint?
Squeeze from the bottom of your adhesive instead of the middle or top. There’s no need to squeeze aggressively, as a gentle squeeze is more appropriate for the delicate task at hand. Only use the amount of adhesive you need, which is a little. As an alternative, you may also choose to place a small patch of adhesive on your non-dominant hand. Slide the eyelash base across the glue. Another alternative is using a small brush to dab the glue and almost paint it on the lash base as well. Whichever method you decide, either option will suffice. Whatever you do, avoid getting the adhesive on the eyelash and only on the base.
The Fine Line & Waiting Period
You’ll want to make sure that you have the corners of your eyelash base covered with adhesive. You should only have a thin layer of glue on the base of your lashes overall. If the corners of your eyelash base are inadequately glued, you risk the eyelashes loosening at the edges when worn. Now that you have the glue applied, do NOT immediately attempt to bond it to your natural lashes. Allow at least 40 seconds for the glue to settle and transform into a “tacky” consistency. You can confirm the eyelash is ready to be placed by lightly touching the glue to verify a sticky texture is present.
FYI: We do not recommend using extension adhesive for your full-strip lashes at all.
Mink Eyelash Extensions
It is important to note that adhesive designed for eyelash extensions are made of a thicker consistency than those designed for full-strip lashes. While it’s safe to use full-strip adhesive on your extensions, you should also note that the hold would not be as reliable as extension adhesive. Since extensions are designed to last for weeks on end, extension adhesive formulas provide a more aggressive hold. Depending on room temperature and humidity, adhesive curing times vary and you may need to adjust glue usage appropriately.
Applying adhesive to your lash extensions requires some tools for the best results. You will need your favorite pair of straight or curved eyelash tweezers to properly handle the delicate lashes. We recommend that you have a designated surface to place a small drop of adhesive onto. Flat Jade stone are commonly used for this purpose. The flat surface will be somewhat like your painters palette. Some lash fanatics prefer using some paper tape beneath their drop of adhesive because it maintains the shape of the drop, rather than it becoming flat quickly.
The drop of glue should not be smudged, spread or dried. Make sure you are dipping into the center of the drop, as this is the most wet and thinnest consistency. You will want to dip the tip of the extension barely into the drop of adhesive. Fully immersing your extension into the glue is not advised, only the tip is requiring adhesive. You don’t need to marinade the extension in glue either, just a small dab will do just fine. This procedure is not a marathon. We urge you to slowly pull the lash from the glue so the lash fully absorbs the adhesive and there are no blobs present.