I’ve had a lash obsession my entire life. It seems like a small thing, but I once read that beauty pageant judges claim the number one physical attribute they all look for is a set of full lashes. Though I may not aspire to be a beauty queen, much like the current Cara Delevingne thick brow trend, thick lashes suggest healthiness, a youthfulness that is universally appealing. Besides, if eyes are the windows to the soul, then these are the drapes, and the fuller those are, the more decadent the view appears. Rather than continuing to abuse them (likely without even knowing it!), check out these tips on how to keep your lashes – real or fake – long and lush…
You can buy whichever miracle mascara you like, but at the end of the day, what everyone really wants is the natural look. To get stunning lashes, the most important factor is diet. Protein-rich foods high in vitamins like C and E will give you the length you desire (not to mention the body). Just remember not to take it to extremes. Juice diets may be the craze right now, but they won’t give you the romantic lashes you’re longing for.
Falsies and extensions are sometimes expensive pains. If you can get by without them, why wouldn’t you? Go mascara-free once or twice a week to give your lashes a little time to breath, and don’t listen to those beauty experts advising heated curlers; sure, that may look better for the night, but you’re ultimately damaging your lashes just as a blow-dryer damages your hair. If you really want to curl your lashes, only do so when necessary and only after you’ve already applied mascara. To create extra oomph, consider using a conditioning or treatment mascara à la Chantecaille Faux Cils with lash growth serum (at Neiman Marcus for $70). I also like to apply a light olive oil or pure castor oil (on Amazon for $10.99) from a health foods store like Whole Foods. I put this on using a clean mascara wand (50-pack on Amazon for $2.59); these are available for cheap at beauty supply stores (remember to wash and dry them after each use to avoid bacterial build-up). Each night, spread directly onto lashes or line the base of the lashes with a Q-Tip, then wash off in the morning. I’ve gotta say, though, if you’re not worried about the side effects, nothing works better than Latisse!
Whether your lashes are real or faux, one of the best things to do for them is stick to a gel liner like Bobbi Brown’s (on Bobbi Brown for $25) or Maybelline’s (at Ulta for $9.99). With a brush, you avoid tugging, so you’ll lose fewer lashes over time (on that same note, schedule your facial earlier in the morning on the day of your extension refill). Also, if you get extensions and want to wear mascara at night, make sure it’s washable and only use it on the tips away from the base. Charlotte Tilbury’s (at Nordstrom for $29) is soft and won’t dry or get hard, so I can rinse it off with water. NEVER use waterproof eye makeup with extensions and avoid cotton pads, which will snag and tear them out. To clean gently, use an oil-free makeup remover or baby shampoo in the shower (make sure the water pressure’s not too strong). Other than that, just comb out the lashes a few times a week with a clean mascara wand to avoid knots!
Natural and Extension Lashes
The best approach to lash health is to preserve what you have, so stick to silk pillow covers and say no to nighttime eye masks that might tug at your eyes. If that still doesn’t do the trick, try Biotin (on Amazon for $19.95). This supplement works so well that it actually makes my hair grow too fast and too thick (I know, I know…how dare I complain about thick hair?), but the results for lashes and brows cannot be beat. The fact that it also improves skin tone and the strength of you nails? Just consider that a bonus.