Your Guide to Getting Longer Eyelashes
Who doesn't dream of having longer, thicker eyelashes? Heck, even those blessed with them wish they had more to work with. We're breaking down every technique known to man ("man" actually meaning beauty aficionados on the Internet) on how to grow longer lashes or just create the illusion of them.
Eyelash serums like Latisse work, and those who swear by it, sweaaaar by it. This stuff was actually derived from medication given to patients being treated with Glacoma who noticed that their lashes began to grow longer, and more lush over time.
Pros: It works. Lashes grow noticeably longer and thicker with use.
Cons: There are side effects to be worried about. Prescription only.
Over the Beauty Counter Serums
There are a ton of lash serums on the market now that are available without a prescription. A lot of them have great reviews, and really work, particularly NeuLash. Like Latisse, there are side effects to worry about such as eyelid skin darkening, and permanent darkening of the iris.
Pros: Available at department stores without a prescription. Great results.
Cons: Rather pricey. Side effects.
Video: NeuLash vs. Latisse
Some would consider this to be nature's version of an eyelash serum. Castor oil is said to stimulate hair growth and has been highly-praised by folks trying to grow out eyebrow boo-boos and longer lashes.
Pros: It's cheap so you have nothing to lose. Get an all natural version at most health-food stores.
Cons: Mixed reviews.
Eyelash extensions are great for anyone trying to get long lashes in an instant. Technicions adhere individual strands of hair on top of your lashes to achieve a fuller, longer look. They last a month, and fall off as your natural lashes go through their growth cycle.
Pros: Instant, beautiful lashes.
Cons: Kind of pricey, regular up-keep, lengthy appointments.
Full Eyelash Strips
Most of us are familiar with temporary eyelash strips. If you get good quality lashes, these can look really natural.
Pros: Quick, cheap.
Cons: Last a few hours, can be hard to put on if you've never done it before. Not practical for everyday use, but might be for some.
Video: How to Apply False Eyelashes
Temporary Individual Eyelashes
Much like the traditional eyelash strips, individual eyelashes adhered with regular lash glue will last you about a day. These are great because they look more natural and can be adjusted to your taste. If you feel like adding some definition you can apply these just to the end of your lash line for a catty, sultry look.
Pros: Can either look natural or more glamourus depending on how many lashes you use. Inexpensive.
Cons: Temporary and not very practical for everyday use.
Semi Permanent Individual Eyelashes
These aren't like the eyelash extensions you'd get a salon but are actually individual cluster lashes like those featured above, except these come with a semi-permanent glue. Each cluster is glued to a lash (not your skin) and lasts about 1-3 weeks or until your natural lashes complete their growth cycle and fall off on their own.
Pros: Cheap, DIY, instant Results
Cons: Kind of difficult to do but okay once you get the hang of it. Mixed reviews on whether or not they damage your real lashes.