All ready to go, all I need now are the nails... Nooo! Run out of nail glue! Nightmare. Utter nightmare. My eyes flash over to my makeup bag, I see my false lashes, I get an idea... Does this sound familiar? Who hasn’t tried it at one point or another, or at least been tempted! But just how good is eyelash glue as a substitute for nail glue and is there anything you need to watch out for?
Read on to find out!
What does eyelash glue do?
Eyelash glue is designed to bond the band of your false lash to your eyelid, keeping it in place throughout the day. It has a delicate job, because the skin around your eye is a very sensitive area. The adhesive therefore has to be strong enough to keep your eyelash in place, but gentle enough that you can wipe it off your skin easily. (P.S. If you want to know how to remove eyelash glue, check out our guide here).
Why Use Eyelash Glue to Apply False Nails?
Eyelash glue CAN be used to apply fake nails – as it is fundamentally a glue, it will still be able to create a bond between your real nail and the fake one you’re applying. But it’s worth pointing out the difference between what an eyelash glue and a nail glue are normally trying to do.
As we’ve learnt already, eyelash glue work at a relatively light level. False lashes are usually made from fibres which are light, and the skin around your eye doesn’t want something which is going to bind permanently onto it, so the amount of adhesive strength required is relatively small. On the other hand, nail glue is designed to press acrylic plastic (the fake nail) onto the hard keratin of your natural nail; this requires a lot more strength.
That’s why eyelash glue is a great short-term fix if you find yourself running low on your regular nail glue, but it won’t have quite the same long-term hold as a traditional nail glue.
Preparing Your Nails for False Nails
Before applying false nails, it's important to properly prepare your natural nails. Here's what you'll need to do:
Clean your nails: Wash your hands and nails thoroughly with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils.
Push back cuticles: Gently push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or orange stick. This will create a smooth surface for the false nails to adhere to.
Buff your nails: Use a nail buffer to lightly buff the surface of your natural nails. This will help the false nails adhere better.
Shape your nails: Use a nail file to shape your natural nails to match the shape of the false nails. This will ensure a more natural look.
Applying False Nails with Eyelash Glue
Once your natural nails are prepped, it's time to apply the false nails. Here's how to do it:
Choose the right size: Select the right size of false nail for each of your natural nails. False nails that are too large or small won't adhere properly.
Apply the glue: Apply a small dot of eyelash glue to the false nail. Make sure to apply it evenly and avoid applying too much.
Place the false nail: Align the false nail with your natural nail and press down firmly. Hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it adheres properly.
Repeat for all nails: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all of your natural nails.
Trim and file: Use nail clippers or scissors to trim the false nails to your desired length. Then, use a nail file to shape the false nails to your liking.
Seal the edges: Apply a small amount of glue along the edges of each false nail to seal them and prevent them from lifting.
Troubleshooting Tips for Applying False Nails with Eyelash Glue
Even with careful application, you may encounter some issues when applying false nails. Here are some common problems and how to fix them:
Air bubbles: If you notice air bubbles between the false nail and your natural nail, gently lift the false nail and reapply it with a fresh dot of glue.
Uneven application: If you applied the false nail crooked or unevenly, gently lift it and reapply it until it's properly aligned.
Lifting: If a false nail starts to lift, apply a small amount of glue to the lifted area and press down firmly. You can also use a toothpick to apply the glue under the lifted area.
What about LinerBond™?
Our revolutionary LinerBond™ is specially formulated to contain just as much hold as the strongest eyelash glue, but without any of the gunk and mess. It's Designed to keep your eyelashes in place all day no matter how hard you push them, and it’s therefore it’s pretty capable. But again, for the same reasons as with eyelash glue, it’s hard to say how long LinerBond™ might last when used on your nails.
And you know what? That’s actually what makes it so special.
You see, if the adhesive you regularly use on your lashes is TOO strong, then you run the risk of damaging your lashes without seeing any real improvement in wearability. What LinerBond™ does is strike the perfect balance, holding those lashes firmly in place throughout the day but being gentle on your skin at the same time. It’s also ridiculously easy to apply, so whilst everyone else is slopping glue around like a kid in an arts and crafts lesson, you’ll be lining your eye in seconds.
So, when you think about it, it’s good for putting on nails, but it’s absolutely amazing for putting on lashes 😊.