February 27, 2024 2 min read

Adhesives in professional makeup are substances used to attach temporary enhancements such as prosthetics, wigs, and false eyelashes to the skin or hair. These can range from liquid glues to double-sided tapes, each designed for specific applications and hold strengths.


Why Adhesives are Important

  1. Secure Application: Adhesives ensure that makeup enhancements stay in place throughout wear, essential for performances, photo shoots, and long events.
  2. Skin Safety: High-quality adhesives are formulated to be safe for use on the skin, minimizing the risk of irritation or allergic reactions.
  3. Versatility: Different adhesives offer varying degrees of hold, making them suitable for lightweight applications like eyelashes to heavier prosthetics.
  4. Professional Results: The correct use of adhesives is crucial for achieving professional, seamless looks in makeup artistry.


Types of Adhesives

  • Spirit Gum: A resin-based adhesive, traditionally used for affixing lightweight prosthetics, mustaches, and beards.
  • Medical-Grade Silicone Adhesives: Used for heavier, more complex prosthetics, offering strong hold and flexibility.
  • Eyelash Glue: A gentler adhesive designed specifically for false eyelashes, often formulated to be waterproof and sensitive-skin friendly.
  • Wig Adhesives: These can be tapes or liquids, designed to securely hold wigs in place without damaging the natural hair or scalp.


Application, Removal, and Storage


  • Preparation: Cleanse the skin or hair area to remove oils and residue for better adhesion.
  • Testing: Perform a patch test for new adhesives to check for any allergic reactions.
  • Precision: Use tools like brushes or applicators for precise, thin layers of adhesive, preventing unnecessary buildup.


  • Specific Removers: Use the remover recommended for the adhesive type, applying gently to the area to dissolve the bond without harming the skin.
  • Gentle Technique: Avoid pulling or harsh rubbing, which can damage the skin or cause hair loss.
  • Aftercare: Cleanse the area thoroughly after removal and apply a soothing lotion or skin barrier protector if necessary.


  • Cool, Dry Places: Store adhesives in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain their efficacy.
  • Tightly Sealed: Ensure containers are sealed tightly to prevent the adhesive from drying out or deteriorating.
  • Shelf Life: Be aware of and adhere to the product’s shelf life, replacing adhesives as needed to ensure safety and performance.



Understanding and mastering the use of adhesives is essential for any makeup professional, especially those working in fields that require the application of prosthetics, wigs, and false eyelashes.

Proper selection, application, and removal techniques are critical for both the integrity of the makeup look and the health of the client's skin.

As part of professional development, makeup artists should continuously seek to expand their knowledge and skills in working with various adhesives, ensuring they can achieve both creative and safe makeup applications.


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