Elleebana Strong Hold Adhesive, How Do I Use It?
This glue is very different from the original glue. When you hear people say "less is more" that is 100% true with this stuff. If you use too much, the rod won't stick to the eyelid, lashes won't stick to the rod, and the glue will start flaking off and get messy, and then you start cursing and saying the glue doesn’t work and so on and so forth. So, I'm going to explain the glue process for the entire Elleebana procedure and convince you to not return the glue in anger.
1. Gluing the rod to the lid.
-This part was super frustrating for me, and I know that it has most likely been just as frustrating for most. The key thing is to remember, less is more. All you need to do is dip into the glue one time, you don't need to soak it, then cover the entire back end of the rod. Looking at it you may think that you didn't get enough on, but trust me, it's there. Just one stroke to cover the whole back of the rod and you're good. Don't double dip the brush and cake more on there or else the rod won't stick to the lid. Just dip it once, and spread it nice and even across the back of the rod.
Now, here's the secret. Put the first rod down while applying the glue to the second rod. DO NOT apply them to the eyelids yet. Let them sit for about 45 seconds to a minute and really let them get tacky. They need to chill a bit longer than the old glue to get tacky so 45 second to about a minute or a little more should do. Then take the rods and put them on the eyelids and press them down. Press them on the eyelids for about 30-45 seconds and when your lift up your fingers, they should stick to the lid and not budge. Now, start lifting!
2. Lifting the lashes onto the rod.
-This part is crucial! I was so frustrated with the lashes not sticking to the rod, and then when they finally did, it seemed like the glue was soooo flakey! So the secret to this part is, the new isolator tool. This glue dries so fast that you need to be able to lift more lashes onto the rod with one stroke, which the new isolator tool does because of the longer tip. So, work in small sections. Apply just a little bit of glue across the rod, bottom to top, then with the isolator tool pull the lashes up as tight as possible, and SLOWLY pin them onto the rod from bottom to top. The slowly part is most important here. You need to really pin them down, and drag your tool from top to bottom so you're basically scraping the excess adhesive off the lashes. You'll see the lashes start to pin down and if you need more glue, use the excess on the tip of the lifter tool and apply it to the section that needs more glue. Then you'll separate them as usual. With this part, don't try to work fast. You may feel like you're working slower because you're taking more time to pin them down, but in reality, if you've pinned them to the rod correctly, you won't need to take the time after removing solution #1 to re-glue down the lashes and adjust any lashes that have moved.
3. Removing the adhesive.
-This adhesive is just as easy to remove as the original, just lukewarm water.
This all may seem simple, but I promise that it will work. When I first started using the glue, I tried to use it like the original glue and I HATED it. But, once I realized that less is more, and that slowly pinning the lashes to the rods is key, then it started to work for me and it was amazing! The new isolator tool is what works best with this new glue as it lifts more lashes onto the rod with one stroke.
-Addison Jolley, Elleebana USA Master Trainer