When choosing the between eyelash adhesives, it is important to search for a product that will work well with the false eyelashes that are being applied without irritating the eyes or the skin on the eyelids. It is also important to consider whether the eyelash adhesive should be tinted or if, when it dries, it should be clear. Finally, consider whether the eyelash adhesive should be waterproof. Before applying eyelash adhesive directly to the eyelid, perform a patch test. Take a small amount of the product and rub it on the inside of the forearm and make sure that, 24 hours later, the product has not caused an adverse reaction on the skin.
Some false eyelashes come with eyelash adhesive that is formulated specifically for those lashes. As long as the product is satisfactory, it may not be necessary to purchase an additional bottle or tube of adhesive. In some cases, however, lashes do not come with eyelash adhesive or they only come with a very small bottle. There are a number of kinds of false eyelashes that can be worn over and over again, which means that they must be reapplied with a fresh coat of adhesive. In other cases, the kind of eyelash adhesive that comes with the lashes does not meet the wearer's needs.
Choosing between regular eyelash adhesive and a waterproof formula is a personal choice. Waterproof formulas usually hold up better in wet or humid conditions, and they stay in place better if the wearer's eyes begin to water or if she cries. The downside, however, is that the false lashes can be harder to remove when they are applied with waterproof adhesive. Regular adhesive makes it easier to remove the lashes, but it does not hold up as well in the various scenarios described above.
A final consideration when choosing an eyelash adhesive is color. In most cases, eyelash adhesive becomes clear when it dries, even if it is white when it comes out of the tube or bottle. There are other kinds of adhesive, however, that are tinted colors that blend in with colors that are commonly used to line the eyes. An eyelash adhesive that finishes with a black tone, for example, would work well for someone who is wearing black eyeliner and dark eyeshadow. Some people prefer tinted adhesive because they find that the version that is meant to be clear upon drying is still actually a bit white and must be covered with shadow or more liner.