Tricks To Naturally Lengthen Your Eyelashes

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!

supplies on table with labels

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.

olive oil in spoon

*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!

lip balm on eyelash

Lip Balm

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.

brushing eyelashes


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!

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*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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I could totally use a little help in this department.

Great tips! Definitely going to try the olive oil. Love the little sparkles by the model’s eyes too!


The eyelash curler is a bad idea. It breaks off lashes in the long run~
The other things are definitely worth a try.

if you do use the eyelash curler, be gentle and make sure to use it BEFORE the mascara in the morning, otherwise you can put a crinkle in your eyelashes :)


Castor oil is a great natural substitute for Vaseline to lengthen eyelashes. It works really well too!!


bag balm has worked wonders for me!! keep those lashes hydrated. :)


grapeseed oil works too! like olive oil, it will take some time, but it works.


Coconut oil works too!


very cool! those prescribed lash enhancers scared me when it said it can discolor your eyes….there’s a natural remedy for everything imaginable :)

these are all new to me. never thought of vaseline… but since I have it at home, I’ll probably make use of it. well, thanks again. you really do wonders! :)


Or you can use coconut oil on your face and eyelashes before u go to bed..I have been doing this for a year now and i have very good lashes because of it. Read up on coconut oil on I’ve never been happier with my skin or eyelashes.


what mascara does she use? her eye lashes are so beautiful!


i tried that when i was in fifth grade. i applied it twice a day for a couple months.
Now im in high school and my mum and her stubby lashes are jealous and every girl keeps asking me if im wearing mascara.
Its worth it, honestly.


woowww ur eyelashes rock girl


will the oil on your lashes cause styes? im scared to try that if its a possibility

I’ve been trying to thicken & lengthen my lashes. I’ve been using castor oil. I take an old mascara wand & clean it really really well, & then just dip it into the oil & apply the oil onto my lashes as I would mascara, every night before bed. I haven’t been doing it very long, & I haven’t been doing it every night; so I can’t say that I’ve seen an improvement. But castor oil, or any oil (olive oil, jojoba, coconut, vitamin E oil, etc.) really, is good for your lashes because it strengthens them, therefore you get… Read more »

Nice tips…Thanks for sharing numerous tips for lengthening of eye lashes….will try also.

Wow, great tip, I never tried this before…although I do brush my lashes, but not everyday…one thing I have tried and it works for everyone :))
are these lashes >
They are really good.

Trinity stommel

I might try lip balm!! :)

jazz pollard

Wow its a good tip for getting longer lashes…These are natural too and doesn’t have any side effects too so its good to go for natural tips instead of using those fake lashes…I found some eyelash enhancers at that are much more effective and no side effects at all…


Wow! Amazing tips and tricks. I was looking for it and see I got! I will definitely give it a try. I will go with that lip balm trick. Thanks for the post!


Hey, I am using castor oil and Vaseline for my eyelashes and they are doing fantastic. Just you have to show some patience and that’s it. Between, nice post!


Great article! Very useful tips, if you are having thin and short eyelashes.

Hi my name is Erin Hawkins and I am the owner of blog. I love your blog as well as the clothing line! I just wanted to share my link with you, where I took your advice about naturally lengthening my lashes :) thanks!


The Vaseline, lip balm and olive oil work.
But don’t curl your lashes cause they can get damaged and may fall off.