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!

long eyelashes

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

  2. 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 :)

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

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

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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.

    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.

  8. 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 less lash-loss, which is good.

    Great post! Will try the lip balm to get my lashes curlier.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

  12. Love these ideas and I will give them a shot! I found a great tip that works very well. Warm up your eye lash curler with your dryer and it will curl yours lashes quicker and better! Just be careful not to heat them too much otherwise you might get burnt..

  13. I made eyeliner out of activated charcoal and melted coconut oil today. I assume that the cocnut oil will have similar effects on my eyelashes as olive oil :) fingers crossed!

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  18. I have short eyelashes, and have been using Sweet Almond Oil for the past 1 1/2 months now. Use cotton bud to apply at the roots of eyelashes and massage the lashes with the same cotton bud upwards. And my lashes has improved than before, is getting longer day by day. Castor oil, virgin olive oil, coconut virgin oil are good for hair growth too.

  19. Yes the lip balm method works and I love it….I personally use Chap Stick® Cake Batter(limited edition but you can find it online or you can try and check at your local drug store) I use it before bed and sometimes apply it in the morning too. I see progress in sometimes no later than 2-3 days and at most a week for me.
    :) I hope this helps!

  20. This are great tips. Luckily I already have naturally long and full eyelashes with a few coats of mascara on people always ask me if I have false eyelashes on. Although they can never be too long so I will be trying this with what I have at home. I think I have vaseline, lip balm and a mascara brush lying around.

  21. 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!

  22. Great tips ! I am personally not a fan of petroleum jelly since it is both bad for the environment and our bodies, but coconut oil is absolutely awesome ! I use it to remove my mascara and reapply a thin coat after i’ve wiped everything off.

    As far as i’m concerned, the best tip is to steer clear of chemicals (true for all cosmetic products, actually). I switched to natural organic mascara about two years ago and my lashes have never looked longer and fuller. They also feel soft and strong, most days i don’t even need to wear mascara !! :)

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  24. really a great blog thanks sharing useful tips , but i tried all natural eyelash lengthening treatment and then go Revive clinic based in brentwood which is very helpful for me. now i have beautiful eyelashes.

  25. I’m gonna read all your articles from now… It’s a wonderful collection of tips and hacks, some of them were new to me. :) Like some other girls here, I have tried so many kinds of lengthening products but only Cherish Lash serum is comfortable enough for my eyelids and it works so well. I may try some of your recommendations as well!!

  26. Remember, they call it Petroleum Jelly for a reason. It has petroleum in it. You do not want this on your skin, much less in your eyes. Go to the natural store and get “unpetroleum.”

  27. You look lovely. Thanks for the tips. Grapeseed oil is something new to me, I never tried. I loved the word “unpetroleum” )) Many people do not understand that petroleum jelly is purely chemical )) I shall try all of your recommendations on my younger sister and teen daughter – as they are 100% healthy. As to me I am using Cherish Lash serum for many months now and my eyelashes grew drammatically long. I know it’s also much less chemical than other stuff on the market. But you got me curious with your methods :))

  28. Hello! I was having trouble with my eyelashes, I usually wear mascara so I started to notice that my eyelashes where growing less and they where falling a lot more, I was really worried so, because a friend recommended me, I started to use dermalmd oil for eyelashes, and it has worked pretty well.

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