False Eyelashes… A Risky Business?

Posted by Lipglossiping On May - 7 - 2010

With bananas that like to masquerade as fingers, I’m not particularly adept at the whole false eyelash thing.  The number of times I’ve attempted to falsify my lashes can be counted on one hand.

I need to practice and improve my technique because a well-chosen pair of lashes can make a huge difference to an overall look…

…not well chosen.

It was with interest then that I read an eye health warning from The Eyecare Trust.

“Failing to follow a good hygiene routine when wearing false lashes puts you at risk of suffering irritation and nasty eye infections such as conjunctivitis and bacterial keratitis.”

Iain Anderson, Chairman of the Eyecare Trust continues: “Common symptoms of these eye infections include: red, sore or gritty eyes; a watery discharge; sensitivity to the light; headaches; blurred vision and in severe cases, reduced visual acuity.”

Whoulda thunk it?

Here are The Eyecare Trust‘s top tips for using false lashes safely.

1. Wash your hands before applying fake lashes
2. Use a good quality adhesive
3. Never stick them to your own lashes (always glue them to the eyelid and following the manufacturer’s instructions)
4. Never wear more than one pair at once
5. Clean them thoroughly before reuse
6. Throw them away at the first sign of wear and tear (most lashes have a lifespan of around four wears)
7. Store them in a clean / dry case
8. Never share your lashes with anyone else
9. Don’t stick jewels or other embellishments onto the lashes
10. Always remove them before you go to bed.

Do you adhere to the guidelines?


9 Responses to “False Eyelashes… A Risky Business?”

  1. liloo says:

    hahahahaahahahahah
    The only guideline I follow is the number 1 and 8 one.
    Well I wash my hands, do some makeup, apply lashes, do some more makeup.
    I swear by eyelashes and I would never consider going on a night out without a pair of lashes. If you are the girl with too many lipsticks, I am the girl with too many lashes. I have a serious addiction. If you’re still practising, I suggest the naturalites glamour 101 from eylure (£4.99) The glue that comes with it is fab, and is perfect for carry in your handbag in case you’re scared they’re coming off, and the lashes don’t even need shortening. Just for the sake of practise apply them without any make up at all, on a bare lid. The mistake lots of people do, as jo pointed out on her blog, is that people start practising with poor quality lashes which dont even curve right and sit right on your lid. xx

  2. FrankieBaby says:

    I have to say the only two of the above I don’t follow are 4 and 6. I wear 2 and 3 pairs at a time sometimes and I find as long as I pick off all the dry glue/makeup everytime and keep them shaped in the case that they come in, they’re fine.

    There are some styles I really like and can’t get anymore so I feel like as long as I’m careful, keep them clean, and I’m the only one wearing them, I’ll be ok.

  3. I wish I wasn’t such a ham fisted freak when it comes to fitting lashes, I can never get them in the right place on the lid and they always end up peeling away from one end within the first few minutes. Frustrating!

    I am going to persevere though as I’d love to wear some at my friend’s wedding! xx

  4. Kristen says:

    Ive got this fantastic false lash cleaner from Japan that makes keeping false lashes neat and tidy and easily re- usable a doddle!

    I wish i found it earlier, as before it was picking off glue with tweezers and often loosing many a false hair along the way!

  5. Jenni says:

    I can’t be bothered. I don’t have fake nails or fake lashes. Plus I have hideously sensitive eyes. I can’t even wear mascara at the moment. That’s how bad it is!

  6. Lillian says:

    I stick to some of them, i clean them and things but i also share them and use them a lot more than 4 times 😛

  7. Serafia says:

    I thought it would be kind of common sense to keep up with a good hygiene routine whenever eyes are concerned with or without false lashes. It applies to brushes, makeup, wearing contacts, pretty much everything one puts on their face. Keep it clean, isn’t it common sense?

  8. Oh god I never even thought about getting eye infections from false lashes 😐 makes sense though

  9. Redtiger21 says:

    Of course I stick to the guidelines!! (coughs loudly). I had always been seriously lame at applying falsies, but watching Pixiwoo on youtube taught me better than any of the other tutorials I watched, it’s as much a confidence thing as anything for me.

Leave a Reply

RANDOM

I may not be the best pastry chef in the world...

…but damn I can make a decent Hob Nob. And now that I’ve blown my own trumpet so voraciously, it’s time to admit that these …

Barielle - Style in Argyle autumn/fall trend collection

This week I’m gonna be showcasing the Barielle Style in Argyle Autumn collection… I have mixed feelings about the collection as a whole.  It feels …

We have a winner (that was quick!)

You’re all far too nerdy!  Put those makeup brushes down and go get some fresh air! Well done to Nina who correctly guessed Ben Nye …

Dupe Alert: NARS Albatross Vs. E.L.F. Gotta Glow

The comparisons have to be made don’t they?  At just £3.50 for the pale gold E.L.F Gotta Glow compared to £19.50 for NARS iconic Albatross …

Amie Bright Eyes - Very Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

My name is Charlotte and I’m a mascara-a-holic.  And a khol-a-holic… and an eyeshadow-a-holic.  You get the picture right? The day I leave the house …

Elemis introduce the Anti-Ageing Super-Duo!

As one of many Pro-Collagen Marine Cream devotees, I’m always happy to discover an opportunity to purchase my beloved anti-ageing moisturiser in a tub big …

More than just mineral? NATOrigin Loose Powder Foundation

If I concentrate hard enough, I can hear my Nan speaking to me in her sing-song valleys accent.  She’s saying: “There was a little girl, …

Kim Kardashian launches erm, Kim Kardashian!

With celebrity fragrances reaching saturation point a couple of years ago, it’s not really surprising that 2010 saw a decline in both sales and new …

Advent Giveaway – Day 18

2x Nails Inc Nail Polishes – London Nights & Motcomb St Leave a comment to enter. Giveaway closes at 23:59GMT on 18th December.  Comments made …

A rare video (eek, argh, cringe, etc, etc...)

I woke up on Saturday morning and decided that I wanted to make a video.  Infact, I was completely inspired by Jerry’s videos over at …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads