This post originally ran on July 9, 2013, but we wanted to bring it back to inspire a fresh look for fall!
Mascara’s about the only eye makeup I wear on a day-to-day basis. A few swipes and I’m good to go. People sometimes ask me to divulge my secret; but, without having a definitive answer, it made me curious about what actually DOES make your eyelashes grow naturally. I found out that most of the tricks are fast and extremely simple. You won’t notice results right away, but if you use these tricks often, your eyelashes should start to lengthen and thicken overtime!
Most of the accoutrements are pretty common — you may already have them laying around the house. I had everything, save for an eyelash curler (which can be purchased at any drug or makeup store). A quick tip about eyelash curlers: always curl gently, and use prior to applying your mascara to avoid weakening, crimping or breaking your lashes.
*Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Before you go to bed, wash your face — a clean “slate,” free of makeup, is your best bet. Pour some extra virgin oil into a little dish, about 5 drops. Dip a cotton swab into the oil (without saturating the swab) and rub along your lashes. Get as close to the base (where your lashes meet your lid) and, hopefully, without getting any oil in your eye. Do this for both eyes and leave overnight. When you wake up, wash your face normally. If you incorporate this into your nightly routine, you should notice your lashes growing thicker and longer in 2 to 3 months!
Yes, using lip balm on your lashes will make them appear curlier. Flavored balms work best for this trick — I used Nivea Moisture Rich lip Care in olive oil and lemon. Rub the lip balm along your lashes as well as at the base. You can do this before bed or before mascara is applied. Curl your lashes with your eyelash curler several times after the balm is applied, but before you put on mascara. This should help boost the curl in your lashes.
I know…does Vaseline really help your eyelashes grow? Turns out this beauty standby will help fan out those lashes. Using a petroleum jelly such as Vaseline will help moisturize your lashes to make them appear longer and healthier. Be mindful not to overapply — the extra weight can cause fragile lashes to break. The increased moisture will stimulate hair follicles to help your lashes grow. To apply, take a cotton swab and dip in the Vaseline. Swipe the cotton swab across a lash comb to transfer the Vaseline onto its teeth. Run the comb through your lashes before you go to bed and wash your face in the morning. This process can help you attain naturally longer lashes in as little as 5 weeks.
Even brushing your lashes every day with just an eyebrow brush can help stimulate growth. Gentle brushes for no longer than 5 minutes should do the trick!
*Castor, grapeseed and coconut oils make great — and natural — substitutions for Vaseline and olive oil! Keep in mind that your results may vary as you try each of these products.
Know any tricks to naturally take lashes to the next level? Share them below!
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