False lashes are a great option for those occasions when mascara is not enough. Falsies are dramatic and more dramatic than mascara but don’t require the same commitment, maintenance, or expense as professional extensions. The only problem is that you may find the application of falsies messy and frustrating due to the glue required to hold them in place.

Magnetic eyelashes can be used in conjunction with magnetic eyeliner. Magnetic eyelashes are a faster and easier option than traditional adhesive-based false lashes. There are many magnetic options available. Are they safe? Here’s a discussion with Diane Hilal-Campo (board-certified ophthalmologist), Yashi Shrestha (cosmetic chemist), and Kara Curry (senior director of research and design for Younique) about this burning question.

What is Magnetic Eyeliner?

Magnetic eyeliner works the same way as regular eyeliners, adding pigment and definition to your lash line. What is the difference? The difference? Magnetic eyeliner is not something you would use alone. It can’t be purchased by itself. It should always be paired with false eyelashes. FYI, magnetic eyeliners can also be made from liquid formulas. The liner replaces the glue or adhesive needed for traditional falsies.

What are Magnetic Eyelashes?

Magnetic eyelashes can be used in the same way as any other falsies. However, there is one important difference. Magnetic eyelashes are made up of tiny magnets at their base. Curry explains that the magnetic iron oxide in the eyeliner and the magnets on the lower lash have opposite charges, so they attract and stick together. You can swipe the liner on your lash, and it will hold onto it without glue. There are magnetic falsies that don’t require the use of accompanying liners. Instead, they have two sets with magnets that you can sandwich over and underneath your natural lashes.

Are magnetic eyeliner and magnetic eyelashes safe?

Magnetic eyeliner and magnetic lashes can be used safely, but there are some important caveats. There is no adhesive, which is a plus. Hilal-Campo notes that adhesives for false eyelashes may contain cyanoacrylate, a formaldehyde donor that can irritate the eye’s surface. It can also be toxic to the meibomian cells that produce tears oils. She also mentions that iron oxides, considered safe ingredients, are often found in skincare and makeup formulas, such as sunscreens.

According to our experts, magnetic eyeliners (and mascara) are safe for most people. Hilal-Campo advises that you use them only for special occasions and not daily. However, false eyeliner can become a breeding ground and cause eye infections like pink eye or blepharitis.

Who should avoid magnetic eyeliner?

Iron oxides can cause allergic reactions in some people. Hilal-Campo recommends that you test the product on your inner wrist before applying it to your eyelids. You can continue using the product if your skin does not react within 24 hours. However, discontinue use immediately if your skin is sensitive or causes irritation.

Shrestha notes that it is a good idea for anyone with eye conditions to check with an optometrist before applying magnetic eyeliner. Hilal-Campo advises avoiding using magnetic eyeliner if you are concerned about your eyes. However, it is important to use them correctly and remove them properly if you do decide to give them a try.

How to Use and Remove Magnetic Eyeliner Safely

Hilal-Campo warns that eyeliner should only be applied to the skin above the eyelash line. It should never be used on the waterline as this can cause eye damage. She also suggests using a clean brush instead of the applicator to avoid infection. Curry recommends allowing the lashes to dry for at least two to three minutes. However, keep your eyes closed to prevent any transfer. You can then apply the lashes.

Curry says that when it is time to remove everything, gently and slowly pull the lash band up using a lash applicator or your (clean!) fingers. She suggests starting at the outer corner and working your way inward. Shrestha says that being gentle is the best way to go here. Too much force can damage your lash and increase the chance that magnets will get into your eye.

Hilal-Campo recommends using an oil-based makeup removal product to remove eyeliner. It can melt stubborn makeup and nourish dry skin. Instead of rubbing the delicate eyelid skin, which can lead to irritation and skin laxity, use an oil-based makeup remover. She recommends repeating the process until you are completely free of any makeup.

After your eyes have been cleaned, you should clean your lashes. This will allow you to reuse them and reduce the chance of them becoming a petri dish. Curry suggests gently rubbing the magnetic lashes with a cotton pad soaked in an oil-free eye makeup remover. “This helps the magnets to the last longer,” Curry says. To remove any residue or bacteria, use a cotton swab soaked in 90 percent rubbing alcohol to rub the lash band and magnets gently. To separate the lashes, use a lash brush to remove them and then lay them flat to dry. After completely dry, please place them in an acrylic box and keep them out of direct sunlight.

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