How Can You Make Eyelashes Longer
Thick and long lashes… for many of us this is just a dream that we chase with layers of mascara, applied fake lashes, or even lash extensions. However, if nature didn’t bless you with thick, long eyelashes you can try using certain medications or beauty tricks to enhance or promote more growth which may also reduce your dependence on makeup or synthetic lash applications. In addition, knowing what causes short eyelashes can be helpful if you want to boost your natural eyelash growth. All of this you can learn here!
5 reasons why your lashes break
It is natural to lose lashes from time to time, but if you lose them daily and new ones don’t seem to grow quickly enough to replace those lost, there are, at least, 5 reasons why this could be happening. According to Healthline, people tend to lose eyelashes because of:
- An underlying infection in the eyes which may provoke severe eyelash loss along with itchiness and swelling;
- A weakened immune system may trigger hair loss, including lashes, from different parts of the body;
- Makeup – some mascaras and eye shadows can cause the loss even of thick eyelashes due to allergens and harmful chemicals;
- Being overstressed – a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and common fatigue may be triggered by stress. Also, stress can lead to hair loss, including lashes;
- Aging – when you age, every body organ starts working slower, and this is an irreversible fact. However, if you are losing eyelashes at an alarming rate, consider visiting a doctor to find out the exact cause.
How can you speed up lash growth?
According to Wellness Mama, women who want to enhance the growth of their eyelashes have 2 options:
- Use medications or natural remedies to stimulate the natural lash growth;
- Use beauty tricks to make short eyelashes look longer and thicker.
Those who want to try the first method may choose any of the following medical or home remedies that may grow lashes in a fast and safe way:
An eyelash growth serum
Despite the variety of brands, most eyelash serums work in the same way. Commonly, they are full of botanical extracts, nourishing elements, and vitamins (look for those also free of allergy-causing parabens or fragrances) to stimulate the lash growth in a natural way. They may also promote a darker shade for light colored lashes. New lashes may grow after 4 weeks of regular daily application. With these medications, you may notice that your eyelashes grow thick, becoming softer, darker and smoother.
Pros of a serum-based eyelash enhancer:
- Eyelashes can become fuller and slightly darker;
- Soothing, moisturizing, and calming properties;
- Strengthening agents and conditioners promoting a smooth texture of eyelashes;
- Easy application:
- Reasonable cost;
- Practically no side effects like eye irritation;
- You will start noticing the results after the first month of regular use.
As for possible side effects of eyelash serum, some user reviews claim that there is a risk of mild irritation on sensitive skin along with moderate itching on the eyelids. The overuse of any eyelash growth serum may lead to slight discoloration of lashes.
When it comes to shopping options, most beauty experts advise using the eyelash growing serum Revitalash. According to multiple user reviews, this is the most effective serum to grow ultra-lush lashes. It is based on natural components like ginseng, green tea, and biotin.
The only approved eyelash enhancer – Latisse
Yes, there is a licensed medication that may contribute to faster and longer eyelash growth. Its brand is Latisse, and it uses the active component bimatoprost (also it can be found under the title Lumigan for treating glaucoma). Latisse eye drops were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December of 2008. The average cost of Latisse is $120 for a monthly supply.
Latisse can be applied by dabbing the medication on the upper eyelid before going to sleep at night, using a new sterile applicator each time. The drug may spread to the lower lash line automatically when you blink – it is not recommended that a user apply Latisse separately on the lower eyelid. Before applying Latisse, you need to wash your face, and remove makeup and contact lenses. After about 2 months of daily use, you may notice the first changes. After three months a doctor may advise using that you use Latisse less often – every 2 days. You will probably notice full results of Latisse after about 12-16 weeks of regular daily use.
However, keep in mind that Latisse does have side effects including:
- Itchiness of eyes;
- Darkened eyelids;
- Growth of hair around the eyes if Latisse regularly drips off the eyelids;
- Darkened browner pigmentation in the colored eye’s part (iris).
Natural remedies the can make eyelashes grow
Certain home remedies may contribute to the natural growth of eyelashes. However, don’t expect much from these remedies – most of them are just holistic home remedies that have no real basis in science. However, all these remedies are safe to use, so you may give them a try:
- Some essential oils, when applied daily (for overnight use) instead of a serum, can increase the volume, length, and curves of your lashes. Some options of oils are caster, olive, or coconut oils. Consider applying them with a clean, mascara-free wand;
- Green tea applied before going to bed can also result in longer lashes. You can apply some green tea on your lashes with a soaked cotton swab. It may take up to 2 weeks before you start noticing the first results;
- Some women claim that they successfully use petroleum jelly to grow lashes longer. You may try applying this remedy before going to bed and washing it off as soon as you wake up in the morning.
5 beauty tricks to make eyelashes longer
If you don’t want to experiment with serums, Latisse, and natural remedies, you may go the other way and create the illusion of long and thick lashes. The experts from StyleCraze offers some ideas about how you can visually enhance your lashes:
- Use a top-notch mascara with “voluminous” effect. You may also try applying “eyelash primer” before your mascara. This is commonly a white-colored product based on compressed powder used to make lashes look fuller. If you don’t have an eyelash primer, you may apply baby powder or lip balm on your upper and lower lashes before a mascara to visually enhance their volume;
- Use eyeliner to draw attention to your lashes. Use a waterproof eyeliner that is slightly darker than your natural eyelash tone;
- Curl your eyelashes. The flatter your lashes are, the shorter they look. Clamp down at the base for 10-20 seconds. For a sharper bend, consider squeezing and holding the lash curler in the middle of the lash line;
- Use fake lashes. These things may look artificial, but if you need to “grow” lashes in one night, fake ones can be really helpful. Consider applying only curled fake lashes and never use more than 2-3 drops of the accompanying adhesive for each eye. Another trick is to let the glue dry for 30 seconds before applying the lashes to eyes, giving the glue a thicker consistency that is less likely to smudge.
- Get lash extensions. Though a bit expensive, this is an insanely popular cosmetic procedure that can make your lashes look longer for a few months. The whole procedure may take a few hours and cost you about $100. We recommend going to a stylist or esthetician who is experienced in eyelash extensions for a shorter visit with lashes that are more likely to look better and last longer.
Daily tips for preventing eyelash loss
In order to reduce lash loss, you may try following these tips given by the experts from Wellness Mama:
- Clean your eyelashes with warm water more often to remove grease, dust, or clogged makeup from your eyelash follicles;
- Before going to sleep at night, thoroughly and gently wipe off eye makeup;
- Rub your eye as rarely as possible, especially during allergy season. If you need to decrease the itchiness, dryness or irritation, try using Visine drops;
- Eat healthy foods that may strengthen your lashes – like salmon and other wild-caught fish, beans, eggs, yogurt, and soy protein;
- Some women take a vitamin B complex with Biotin in order to stimulate eyelash growth.
If after your experiments for enhancing your eyelash growth you have noticed thinner lashes, dry eyes, irritation, or itching, don’t hesitate to visit an optometrist or dermatologist. These can be the signs of a developing eye infection.