How to get longer lashes (no falsies necessary)
There are a lot of things we’re too lazy to do – make our own lunches more than once a week, order things online when our credit cards aren’t right beside us, click “Play Next Episode” on Netflix – but when it comes to getting long, fluttery lashes, we’ll do just about anything. We’ll waste our primping time battling it out with a strip of falsies as we try to keep that inner end from gawkily sticking straight out. Or, we’ll get professional lash extensions and tolerate months of an awkward grow-out period with people starring confusedly at the sparseness that surrounds our eyes.
But as much as we want long lashes and doe-like gazers, we have to wonder, is it worth all the trouble? Well, yes, the answer is yes – but there’s a better way to achieve them.
Ahead, a roundup of the easiest ways to get luscious lashes without having to torture yourself with falsies of any kind. From simple techniques to curl them just right, to length-enhancing oils, click through for the simplest ways to make your lashes look longer than ever. Lazy girls welcome.
Curl them properly
Curling your lashes can give the illusion of long lashes–as long as you do it the right way. To get the perfect curl, you’ll have to use your curler in a couple of places on each set of lashes. Position your curler as close to the roots as possible, clamp down gently, hold for a few seconds, move the curler out a little more, and press again. This will ensure your lashes curl up for that wide-eyed effect.
Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler ($11, murale.ca)
The way you apply mascara is more important than you think
For starters, the mascara you’re using should be fresh and creamy, not dry and flaky, which will ensure the wand spreads the formula evenly. Warm up the tube in your hands by rolling it in between your palms. Put the wand to the base of your lashes and wiggle it up slowly. Another trick? Hold the wand vertical and swipe across your lower lashes for a Twiggy-esque effect. The cult favourite Diorshow Extase comes with a wavy wand that helps to pump up the volume and ensures a clump-free application. Plus, the creamy formula boasts fibres to elongate lashes.
Dior Diorshow Extase Instant Lash Plumping Mascara ($29, nordstrom.com)
Getting your lashes tinted can make them look longer (with no awkward grow-out period)
Ideal for beach vacays and outdoor excursions, lash tinting helps your pre-existing lashes look darker, longer, and sometimes fuller. It’s a great way to skip the mascara each day (especially for those of us with the barely-there blonde variety) and can surprise you with how long your lashes actually are. Seek professional help, or try a DIY kit at home. Godefroy has a offers an easy option with a step-by-step tutorial available on Into the Gloss> ).
Godefroy 28 Day Mascara Permanent Eyelash Tint Kit ($25, drugstore.com)
Give Latisse a try
We know you’ve seen the commercials with Brooke Shields, so you should know by now that Latisse is kind of amazing. It’s an FDA-Approved product that’s applied like an eye drop, and it makes lashes thicker, longer, and darker. Furthermore, it works on just about everyone. It’s a little on the pricier side (about $120 USD per month) but it’s ideal for those with sensitivities to products, and it offers dramatic-looking lashes in the most natural-looking way.
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, Latisse (tccclinic.com)
Apply a natural oil to encourage growth
For a natural approach to growing longer lashes, opt for a natural oil. Castor, coconut, olive, and almond are a few popular choices that can be applied to eyes for a DIY lash-growth treatment. Just apply your oil of choice to your lashes with a clean mascara wand at night before bed–and apply it to your brows while you’re at it. Persistence is key, so if you keep it up and apply it every night, you’ll start to notice stronger, hydrated, longer, and thicker lashes that are less likely to fall out.
Heritage Store Castor Oil ($20, amazon.ca)