Admittedly, there is nothing more tedious than having to take off your mascara or falsies after a night out, especially on a hot summer evening. For those of us who occasionally skip our nighttime skincare steps, accidentally waking up with remnants of mascara still on is unpleasant and uncomfortable, but what is the alternative? Instead, skip the mascara and falsies and go with your natural eyelashes. If you weren't blessed with Twiggy-level lashes, though, no need to fret— follow this guide on how to get fuller, longer lashes.
Change Your Current Eye-Makeup Routine
Before following any of our other steps, the most important thing is to ensure that your current routine isn’t going to hinder any future success. Make sure you’re using a gentle makeup remover and a mascara that's easy to rinse off (skip your waterproof mascara), as it may be drying out your lashes causing them to become fragile and brittle. You should also change out your mascara every three months to avoid bacteria and drying your lashes out. As for those who love false eyelashes, they might momentarily look amazing, but the longterm damage from eyelash adhesive isn’t worth it. Also, avoid over-curling your lashes as it can sometimes interfere with lash growth.
Use Eyelash-Enhancing Serum Before Your Makeup Routine
While lash serums can be largely frustrating for not being as effective as marketed, some actually do work. Turn to a lash serum like Latisse that is a bimatoprost that increases the length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes, which is even being studied as a way to increase the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
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Remove Eye-Makeup Gently
At the end of your day, make sure to take off your makeup to avoid the mascara stiffening your lashes. When taking off your makeup, avoid wiping too harshly and gently remove the makeup, allowing 30 seconds for your makeup remover or cleanser to loosen the mascara. Also, make sure you're not excessively rubbing your eyes as this contributes to breakage.
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Use Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Olive oil, like its magic ability to lengthen and strengthen hair, doubles in making your lashes longer and fuller. Rich in fatty acids, the moisturizing effect of olive oil will soften your lashes. All you need is a disposable unused mascara brush to evenly distribute the oil onto your lashes. Coconut oil additionally can be used as a moisturizer for hair and lashes. Put a little bit on your fingertips and rub onto your eyelashes gently for softness and strength.
Consider Using Biotin
Biotin, also known as vitamin H, helps keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and even your nervous system healthy. Like iron-rich foods, Biotin helps to promote hair growth and is worth consulting a doctor about adding it to your regimen. As your lashes are technically hair, try taking Vitamin H or eating more leafy greens, salmon, and eggs to boost their length.