Individual Lash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue (All About Adhesives, Part III)

Individual Lash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue Up until now, all information in the All About Adhesives series was pertaining to strip lash glues. (We’ll talk more about what a strip lash is in just a second.)There are two main types of glue formulas out there, and I’m here to shed light on how to use both.

Before we proceed, I want to post a quick at-a-glance review sheet of the wonderful things we’ve covered in the Clear Glue vs. Dark Glue post in case some of you didn’t want to scroll through the whole darn thing.

Here it is!Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue

Now, for the big question: what is the difference between individual lash adhesive and strip lash adhesive? Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue Let the lesson begin!!

As important as it is to use the correct glue tone, consumers must be aware that not all false eyelash adhesives are meant for strip lashes. “What is a strip lash?” you ask?Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue

Strip lash glues (which usually come in a tube) are made for use with strip lashes but can most certainly be used for applying individual lashes as well. The strip lash glue will last until you decide to take them off, whether it be at the end of the night, or after just a few hours for a photo shoot.

Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue
Strip lash adhesives can be used with strip lashes (left) as well as both types of individual lashes (middle and right) for a temporary hold.

When people get eyelash extensions done, the extensions experts are using individual eyelash glue, a semi-permanent formula that clings to your eyelashes for weeks – even months – depending on how well you care for your extensions. Individual eyelash glues are specially formulated for use with individual eyelashes only – NEVER strip lashes. The glue is also made to cling to your own (natural) lashes, NOT your skin.

Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue
Individual lash glues should be used with individual lashes only – NEVER on a strip lash.

Unlike strip lash glues, individual lash glue is VERY hard to remove and it definitely will not come off at the end of the night if you put it on only hours before. (Trust me, I have tried doing this and ended up in tears! :() With individual eyelash adhesives, you actually need an individual lash adhesive remover to get rid of this glue to help dissolve it and have it gently removed from your own eyelashes.

Basically: strip lash glues can be used for all types of false lashes; individual lash glues are used ONLY with individual eyelashes.

(For those who find it easier to obtain information from pictures rather than from words, here’s a helpful little chart to sum up the above. ;))Individual Eyelash Glue vs. Strip Lash GlueI sincerely hope you enjoyed our All about Adhesives miniseries! Have fun experimenting, and make sure to come back for more awesome eyelash tips, incredible dupes, and lovely lash LOTDs!

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46 thoughts on “Individual Lash Glue vs. Strip Lash Glue (All About Adhesives, Part III)”

  1. OMG~!! That was sooooo what I needed to read. Thank you soooooo much for the AWESOME, AWESOME info. You guys are seriously the best and recommend Elegant Lashes to ALLLLL my colleagues. There is no question that you guys are #1 and need to be tried out by everybody.

    Nice lipstick color too ^_~*

  2. This is a really great series of post on false eyelashes. It’s very informative and easy to understand. The diagrams do the job as well. Just be careful; it’s so well done and it’s the first thing you see on Google Search that Michelle Phan might take this without professionally crediting you, let alone letting you know. Hope to see more from you! =]

  3. Thanks so much! You answered my questions so quickly. Now I feel confident about which glue to buy on ebay. . .which I am doing right now. 🙂

  4. I have a question: I was told by someone that DUO lash adhesive was the BEST, but I used it the other night and my lashes came loose after only a few hours. This has never happened before with other glues, Ardell included. This person also told me to wait about 1 minute before applying the strip so the glue would become tacky. I did this and it seemed to help with the ease of getting them placed correctly because they stuck immediately. Do you think this is why they came loose a few hours later? Or, maybe I didn’t use enough glue? I used the same amt. I always use, which is very little, just enough to coat the edge of the strip. I just want to know which glue to buy and how to apply and use it.

    1. If waiting almost a minute for the glue to get tacky doesn’t work well, it might be that you have oily lids. Oily surfaces won’t allow anything to adhere to it, not even adhesives. If you do have oily lids (like me!), try blotting your lids with oil blotting sheets. Also, I’m not sure if this is fact or just me, but I feel like the DUO dark glue is actually a wee bit stronger than DUO clear.

      Tips for how to apply false eyelash adhesive properly can be found in this blog post:

      I think this will help you a lot! Let me know how it goes!

  5. Omg!

    I accidentally used the individual lash glue to apply my strip lashes a few days ago. Just tried to remove the with the lash remover and had only partial success. There is a section of lash where the glue has stuck my lashes and the fake lashes together….

    Will this stuff just wear off after a couple weeks?
    I have learned my lesson. Wish I had seen this website before I put these in!!!

    1. Oh no! Well, I’m glad you came across this post so you now know the difference between the two adhesives.

      Keep using the individual eyelash adhesive remover. You will need to heavily saturate a cotton swab – NOT a cotton pad or ball – and repeatedly dab it along the glued areas. The adhesive remover will sting your eyes so it’s important that you use a small tool (hence the cotton swab) and work in small areas. If you keep at it diligently (it took me around 30 minutes to almost an hour! -.-) you’ll eventually free yourself from that awful bond. Good luck, hun!

  6. I really enjoyed reading this article I especially the beautifully illustrated summaries. I do have a question about weather or not individual lash adhesive is available to regular people and if so where I can get it. Thanks so much keep up the awesome job.

  7. Hello! Emm, I know that everyone says not to use semi-permanent individual eyelash adhesive on strip lashes but I actually want my strip lashes to stay on forever and ever :O Will it harm my natural eyelashes or eyelids if I use it on strip lashes even if I don’t try to take them off?o__o

    1. Hey, Basil! Glad you asked this question cuz I’m sure others are curious, too. While I completely understand your desire to use semi-permanent lash glue on your strip lashes, let me just tell you: you’ll totally regret it about a day later. Here’s why:

      1) Individual lash glue is really strong/irritating and meant to touch only your natural lash hairs – not your sensitive eye skin – so you’ll feel an intense stinging and burning on your eyelids immediately after the glue touches your eyelid.

      2) Strip lashes aren’t meant to withstand activities like face washing and sleeping. Human hair strip lashes will warp in shape when they come into contact with water since they’re so naturally delicate and once you bend the lashes in your sleep, it’s really hard to get them to look right when they’re so firmly attached to your eyelids. (If you’ve ever fallen asleep with your lashes on only to wake up with horrendously bent lashes, you’ll know what I’m talking about!)

      3) Strip lashes will be very hard to remove when they’re anchored down with semi-permanent individual lash adhesive. Some areas will feel very hard/crystallized and you’ll feel a lot of discomfort when attempting to remove eventually because such a large section of your eye is secured with a semi-permanent formula.

      Sorry for not being able to provide happier news. I know we all want a long-lasting glue formula for our strip lashes, but individual lash adhesive is not the solution! 🙁 The best thing you can do for now is wait 40-50 for strip lash glue to get super-tacky. This way, your lashes will have much better staying power (than when you just wait 20 seconds like everyone tells you to do).

      Hope this answered your questions! Let me know if you’re still curious about anything I said or if you feel I missed something. =)

  8. I got eyelashes put on in NJ but since then had to take them off as i could not find anyone in fl to put them on for a decend price. I tried to put them on myself but it didn’t work to well. The glue they used was very good. The min. the eyelash was put on me it stuck right away, she even would push on the lash she just applied and it won’t move. I can’t seem to find a glue that sticks like that, (right away). I got glue from beauty supply stores and other stores, none of them are any good. They make you wait 30 second or so until tacty and then apply. Problem is they still don’t stay very good, or they only stay on a hour or so. Where can i find the glue that sticks right away? Please write back, thanks kellie

    1. Hi, Kellie! The glue formula that your esthetician used on you was an individual lash glue, which is meant for a more permanent hold. The ones that make you wait 30 seconds or more – those are strip lash glues, meant for strip lashes and just temporary hold like you’ve noticed. You can get individual lash adhesives at your beauty supply store and even on our online shop. Make sure it’s formulated for individual lash use. (This should be written on the package or directly on the bottle somewhere.) Hope this helped!

  9. Desperately need your help!! I had individual flair lashes put on Sat night. An hour later, I kept feeling like one was poking my eye lid. I assumed it wasn’t glued down well. I just learned to deal with the pin-pricking pain. Sunday, my eyelids were getting sore and my eyes turned bloodshot. On Monday morning I awoke to both eyelids swollen almost shut and very bloodshot eyes. I went to salon and after waiting for 15 minutes, they told me I could just use baby oil to remove them myself. I went home, tried baby oil, coconut oil. eye makeup remover and Nothing but pain continued. My husband stopped by Sally’s and bought individual eyelash remover. He worked on my lashes for four and half hours. I am in severe pain now. They did not come off easy and I still have a few clumps of lashes and chunks of glue. My eyelids itch and sting and burn like crazy. We cannot get this glue off! I am miserable. How can I remove this glue? It will not budge!

    1. Hi, Stacey. First off, I’m sooooooooooo sorry about your terrible experience; I wish I could give you a virtual hug or something =( If you’re not allergic to the glue formula, then I believe I know exactly what’s going on with your eyes (mostly because it sounds exactly like what I went through myself). Be prepared for a really long response, Stacey! I want to help you out as much as I possibly can so I’m cramming as much info as this comment box will allow.

      Your symptoms are most likely occurring because a sliver of the dried individual eyelash adhesive somehow entered your eye. This can happen when the esthetician uses a little too much adhesive during your session or if an extension isn’t adhered to your lash properly and sooner or later, when everything has dried up, a microscopic dagger-like chip of the excess adhesive will break off and enter your eyes causing a lot of redness, burning, swelling, and irritation.

      Unfortunately, the adhesive is pretty much like a Super-Glue for your lashes so you can’t really do much else about this except continue using the remover on your lashes. As you’ve noticed, this takes a LONG time, but I ask you to please persevere. Use a cotton swab soaked in the individual lash adhesive remover and just concentrate on one tiny spot at a time. If you can, gently roll the soaked swab along the length of your lashes. (If there is a big clump of the adhesive simply stuck on your lash line, just let the swab sit on there with gentle rocking motion to loosen up the clump from your lash as much as possible.) You can place a warm wet washcloth on your eyes for a minute to soften up the leftover adhesive a bit, but that didn’t really work for me. Still, it might work for you, so give it a try. It’ll make the removal process a bit easier if it’s successful for you.

      Make sure to not get the remover in your eyes as this formula also stings. A lot. =( When you’re done, wash off as much of the remover from your face as possible, and then try to wash your eye out with an eye wash or even just plain water. (Once again, this is also going to sting.) Just so you know, once everything has been removed, you’re most likely going to feel bruising and hyper-sensitivity along your lash line for a couple days.

      Let me know how it goes, yeah? If you need further clarification on anything, just respond back and I’ll try to help out as much as possible.

  10. I posted your blog to my facebook page to educate my friend. I used the individual lash glue (bonding adhesive) to put on strip lashes this weekend and it was a catastrophe. It didn’t wash off with warm water or petroleum jelly. It was in my makeup bag. Why wasn’t it working? It burned my eyes. Like an animal caught in a leg hold trap, I panicked and knawed off my lashes to escape. Don’t be like me. Use the weaker glue. Apparently, a lot of people make this mistake looking at the stories on the web.

    1. Glad you shared this post – you’re an awesome friend for keeping them informed! And yeah, lots of people find this post AFTER they’ve made the mistake of using the wrong glue. At least your friends have a heads-up thanks to you =)

  11. I have an appointment scheduled to have the individual eyelashes and now I understand the glue has alky cyanoacrylate and formaldehyde is this safe to use??? Don’t want to have any eye sight problems. Do you know anything about this?? Thanks for your help

    1. Hey, Suzan! I wish I can say I did, but that would be a lie, so I’m just gonna tell you the truth: I dunno anything about adhesive ingredients. All I know is that if you have sensitive eyes, your eyes are gonna sting a big when you have the individual eyelash adhesive put on. Granted, I’m saying this because I had a terrible first time trying to apply my own eyelash extensions using the individual adhesive formula, but since you’re getting your lashes done by a professional, your experience may be way different from mine. Best thing for ya: ask for photos of their previous work and ask lots of questions. You can always do temporary eyelash extensions at home if you want. =) I’ll link you to the tutorial if you want me to.

  12. Hi there, I just had individual eyelashes aploes tonight, they are great but question is I have a bit too much of the adhesive on one eye so it’s quite irritating as I can feel it, nt question is is there any way to remove the excess glue without removing the actual lashes? Thanks

    1. To be completely honest, I don’t think you can remove excess adhesive without taking down some lashes during the process. However, if you have extra individual lashes and adhesive lying around, try dabbing a cotton swab soaked in remover into the spot that needs treatment and remove as much of the excess as possible. If any extensions fall out, you can re-apply them with the extra glue and lashes you have on hand. Good luck!

  13. Hi there … have been using individual lashes for 30 years and have been buying from you for some time. I have noticed more often lately that the glue that holds some of the flare lashes to the card is too thick and there is a visible sticky clump at he end of the lash which is hard to remove. Sometimes it pulls the lashes apart when I try to remove it and makes it unusable. I am very careful and have tried bending the card to better expose the lash and that helps, but I seem to be losing about 10 from every card of 60. I even tried putting the card in the microwave for a few seconds to make the glue more pliable but that doesn’t seem to help either.

    I don’t remember having this problem until the last few years or so. Is this a issue with the manufacturing process? What do you suggest I do? Do you have any tips on what I can do differently?

    1. Hey, Pat! Sorry about the lashes. I’m not too sure why the glue appears stronger and I honestly never noticed a difference over the years.
      Removing the lashes by grabbing the knots at the base is the best way to make sure the lashes don’t pull apart. If you ordered the Super Flares, you’ll definitely need to grab it at the base. In any case, shoot us an email at if the problem persists and customer service will help you out!

  14. Hey! Great post!
    I got eye lash extensions done professionally two weeks ago (for the first time) and that went well. When one or two started to fall off I bought the duo dark glue, after my friend spoke highly of it. I glued the two back on and that went well. I may also have used the glue to get some of the lashes back on the right track sort of speak (when they broke off in weird directions)… But here’s the problem; few days later when I started to cry, it felt like my own tears were stinging my eyes severely. It didn’t go away before my eyes were completely dry again. And that has happened every time I’ve cried since then (five times over three days).
    Can it be because of the glue? Some reaction after using too much? Maybe I have glue in my tear canal?

    From Nina

    1. Hey, Nina!

      Hmm, that’s strange. Duo Dark is meant for temporary hold (remove at the end of the day) so if you’ve been leaving the glue on for a while, then that might be it.
      Or… you might be allergic to latex? We sell latex-free adhesives so you might want to try those out to see if those work better for you. Here’s the link:

  15. I want to wear individual lashes, but they seem to be coming off each day. I thought I could put them on and they would last at least a week. I used the clear glue that I bought at Sally’s but the lady then suggested the Duo glue (but it was for strips). Is this the problem? I’m also now putting the lashes underneath the lash and that seems to look more natural. I just want them to last and not have to replace lashes daily. Can you help?? Is there a better glue? A best lash to use??? Thank you.

    1. Hi, Debbie! Yup, the Duo lash glue that you are using is definitely the reason why your lashes fall off at the end of the day. Like I said in this post, that type of adhesive will only last until you take them off. What you need is individual lash glue, available here:

      Just make sure you’re getting glue for INDIVIDUAL lashes!

  16. Hi,
    Two days ago I used individual lash adhesive on my strip lashes (I realize now what a mistake that was) and after a night of wearing the lashes with no trouble I peeled them off and went to bed. The next morning when I woke up was when the bad stuff happened. I felt like something was almost crusted to my eyelid so I tried rubbing and picking it off to no avail. When I looked in the mirror I realized that I had a short strip of clear hardened adhesive stuck to the edge of my eyelid and the roots of my eyelashes. I panicked and almost ripped it off but luckily stopped when I saw how stuck it was. Now two days later it’s still there and I have zero clue what to do. It’s starting to irritate my lash line and it’s VERY annoying.
    How do I get it off?? I really don’t want to rip my eyelashes out but I don’t how much longer I can stand it. Also, I am currently quite far away from any form of store so buying a adhesive remover is not an option. Are there any kinds of home remedies? HEEELLPP.

    P.S. The adhesive brand is Ardell LashTite

    1. Oh, Ava, I feel your pain and I’m soooo sorry I didn’t see this comment earlier. Hopefully you were able to remove that glue with little to no discomfort.
      For others reading this comment, if you don’t have individual lash adhesive remover on the ready, moisten a gauze pad or cotton pad with baby oil and hold it over your eyelid and concentrate on saturating the area where the residual glue is. It’s going to take a LONG time for the oil to loosen the glue from your lashes but it’ll work. Think AT LEAST 15-20 in the bathroom doing nothing but this. You can also use a cotton swab for more precise work.

  17. I would like to get some clarification on how to correctly apply strip lashes. Some sites say to apply the lashes to your own lashes and not the lash line (skin) area and others say to apply to the lash line, I am assuming on the skin next to the lashes. What is the correct area to place the strip lashes?

    1. Hi, Jean! Strip lashes should be applied to the lash line – the skin closest to your natural eyelashes. I wrote a post showing 5 tips for wearing false eyelashes that I think you’d enjoy (it’s really useful if you’re new to false eyelashes). Check it out here!

  18. Whether you’re using strip lash or individual lash glue, spot testing is really important. A spot test allows you to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction to the glue. If you do, steer clear of using that glue again. If you fail to spot test the glue prior to applying lashes all kinds of horrible things can happen if you have a reaction to the glue. Always spot test the adhesive 24 hours before you plan to use it, just in case you do have a reaction to it.

  19. I am looking for a long lasting individual eyelash glue. My problem is that the DUO brand doesn’t burn as much as the others (especially when I shower – my eyes burn and water like crazy) but it doesn’t last nearly as long, eyelashes have been falling out in a matter of 3-4 days. I have used the Ardell and Kiss brand and they last longer (closer to a week and a half to 2 weeks) but they just burn my eyes so much. Do you have any suggestions on what glue I may purchase that is long lasting but won’t make my eyes burn so badly?

    1. Hey, Betty! Unfortunately, I also have the same problem of massively watery and burning eyes whenever using individual lash glues so I have no idea how to answer your question. =/ The only thing I can think of is to try to avoid getting your lashes wet when you have your lashes on. This should help them last longer, too.
      If you find a glue that your eyes agree with, let me know so I can try it out, too!

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