If you’ve got short or barely-there eyelashes, you’re not alone.
Me personally, I have the eyelashes of a small child. Actually, my kids probably have longer lashes than I do — which is so unfair. I don’t even want to talk about the gorgeously long lashes my husband was blessed with.
It doesn’t help when I see all those celebs batting their lush lashes for cameras. But you know what? Those aren’t really their lashes — not naturally, anyway.
So, how did they get those fabulous eyelashes?
These days, we have access to more than just false eyelashes or eyelash curlers — you know, those little metal things that look like torture devices.
Let’s look at some of the more popular ways to pump up the volume and achieve those dreamy, lush lashes.
This tried-and-true method has been around forever. Did you know that all those old-Hollywood bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth actually wore falsies?
You’re likely already familiar with how they work. Essentially, you’re just gluing extra lashes on top of your existing lash line. They come in either a solid strip or individual clusters.
Strips are obviously the easier choice, because you’re gluing the whole lot at once. However, if you’re hoping for something a little more natural-looking, the individual clusters might be easier to fake it.
Okay, the active ingredient in most serums, bimatoprost, was originally found in a prescription eye drop that’s prescribed for glaucoma. Doctors noticed that patients started developing significantly longer and fuller lashes after starting treatment, so it got quickly repackaged as a growth serum.
With a prescription, you can get Latisse — the only growth serum that’s FDA approved. However, there are other nonprescription alternatives out there that contain similar ingredients, with differing levels of concentration.
You might want to skip the super cheap options, though. They’re likely a lot less concentrated, making them less effective — or worse, not effective at all.
If you’re looking for something that requires less daily maintenance, a lash lift might be a good fit. It’s essentially a perm that lifts and curls lashes long-term. (It smells like a perm too)
This process won’t add lashes, but it will curl the whole lash from root to tip so that you can see the full length. That means that it won’t be a good option for anyone with thinning or missing lashes.
But if you’re happy with the amount of lashes you’ve got and their length, this is a great way to make them more noticeable — even without mascara.
If you really want to go all out, you can have a trained technician glue individual extensions to your natural lashes. You’ll end up with longer and thicker lashes, without the hassle of trying to glue them on yourself. Plus, you won’t have to worry about them accidentally coming unglued while you’re sweating on the dance floor.
They are usually made from mink, nylon, or polyester. But, to get a more realistic look, consider splurging on mink — real, or a faux silk blend. It’s softer, and appears more natural.