Top 8 Tools and Tricks to Long Beautiful Eyelashes
Get More Silicon
Eat foods containing silicon, a trace element that promotes hair growth. Asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, olives, green beans, beer, rice, and oats are all good sources.
Oil Your Lashes
Apply a daily drop of castor oil to your lashes with a cotton swab to help them shine.
Curl Your Lashes
Use an eyelash curler to make lashes appear longer than they are. Or get an eyelash perm at a beauty salon; it will last about four months.
For best results, use an eyelash curler before and after applying mascara.
Prime Your Lashes
Use an eyelash primer to condition and coat the lashes. Then, apply mascara made specifically for lengthening lashes.
Attach false eyelashes, either one by one or as a set. Or consider eyelash extensions, where dozens of individual lashes are glued onto your existing ones. They last about two months.
Use an Eyelash Growth Product
Try eyelash growth products, available in beauty stores. They contain peptides, amino-acid derivatives that supposedly stimulate follicles. Because the side effects vary, consult your ophthalmologist before trying.
Discuss a Prescription with Your MD
Ask a dermatologist about a prescription for Latisse, an FDA-approved daily treatment that contains chemicals that stimulate eyelash growth.
***Side effects of Latisse include eye redness, itchy eyes, and darkening of the eyelid skin. It can also cause the iris to turn brown permanently.
Consider a Transplant
Some people actually undergo an eyelash transplant, a medical procedure done under local anesthesia. Hair is taken from other parts of the body and implanted onto the eyelids. Unlike natural eyelashes, transplanted lashes need to be trimmed regularly.