Maybe you're experimenting with falsies for the first time for the holiday, or perhaps you're a seasoned pro stacking strips for an ultraglam lash look. Either way, you want to avoid a glue mishap, because the mere thought of pulling out real lashes is terrifying.
For stubbornly sticky glue, Rudder advises soaking a cotton swab with a biphase eye makeup remover like MAC Cosmetics' Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover ($22), then pressing it into the lash band.
"Begin to lift the lash strip from the skin by starting at the inner corner of the eye," she advised. As you slowly pull the band away from the skin, rub the remover-doused cotton bud below the strip to loosen any stray glue.
If you've accidentally glued your fake lashes to your real ones, remain calm. All you need is to add a second Q-tip to the aforementioned routine. Place the first cotton swab atop the false lash strip (where the glue is) and the other underneath your lashes, pressed against your natural lash line. With a gentle amount of pressure, wiggle the cotton buds in opposite directions.
"This soft massaging movement will saturate the lash from above and below and will cause the adhesive to release quickly," Rudder explained. Just be careful to not poke yourself in the eye!