The amount we put ourselves through in order to have long, fluttering lashes is probably a bit drastic at times. If an alien were to visit Earth I’m sure they’d be baffled by our craving to have supremely hairy eyelashes, but that’s beauty for you. Here are the best 12 ways to get healthy, feminine lashes like Mila Kunis – our ultimate lash idol!
#1 Vaseline is Your Saviour
As basic as it sounds, Vaseline keeps the lashes coated and moisturized, which is even more important if you use mascara as that can dry them out. Rub a small amount over the lashes after removing makeup and wipe off immediately with a cotton pad. This will also ensure the stubborn eye makeup is totally removed.
#2 Gently Cleanse with Oil or Cream Based
One of the most important things you can do for your lashes is to ensure you’re properly taking off your makeup every night. Using an oil or creamy makeup remover will be like a mini treatment, whereas wipes or ordinary face wash will only dry them out.
#3 Comb Lashes
This one is for those whose lashes tend to turn inwards into the eyes or get caught up in each other. Use a makeup kit comb, which often comes with spoolie brushes or brow brushes. Combing them will just encourage the lashes to grow in the right direction and splay them out, making them look more plentiful!
#4 Don’t Use Waterproof Mascara Too Much
Waterproof mascara is clearly made to be resistant to external elements so inevitably it is harder to get off. This means you may end up tugging at your lash line too much and lose more lashes than you otherwise would, as well as drying them out. Try not to use it everyday!
#5 Don’t Over Use Falsies
Even if you are a pro at false lash application, the glue and extra removal process will rip off a few extra lashes of your own every so often. Aside from that, the heavy weight of the lashes sitting on your own natural set weakens them.
#6 Olive Oil Overnight
Sound a bit crazy? Think it over, if you use it on your hair then why wouldn’t it do the same job on your lashes? Olive oil soaks the lashes in moisture, which strengthens them. Either dip a cotton bud in oil and run it over the lashes or soak a cotton pad in olive oil and rest it over the eyes for a few minutes. Take a spa moment then open your eyes to discover new lush lashes.
#7 Vitamin E Lotion
Vitamin E promotes healthy skin and hair, so a vitamin E lotion will enrich the lash line with one easy swipe. Just apply it the same way you would the olive oil, with a cotton pad.
#8 Balanced Fruit & Veg Diet
It makes sense that in the same way what we put in our body affects us externally in general, from hair to eyes and skin, it will even affect our lashes. Having even fruit and vegetables and nuts will mean we don’t lack in protein and vitamins.
#9 Coconut Milk Soak
The healthy fats in coconut promote thick, moisturised lashes. Follow the same process as you do with olive oil, and do a mini soak for 10 minutes or so.
#10 Lash Beauty Enhancer
It may seem a bit pricey for something that isn’t what we consider a necessary part of our makeup regime, but it makes such a difference for those with short or thin lashes. The Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base (€26) has a vitamin E enriched formula that promotes growth. Use this before the mascara, and it thickens the appearance of lashes. The Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum (€11.45) is an affordable dupe!
#11 Splash Out!
This Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum (€105) is definitely a luxurious treat, but as a multi-functioning beauty product, it supports the natural renewal cycle of your lashes with its triple peptide complex, boosted by vitamins, botanicals and lash conditioners. Unlike other outdated lash growth serums, this one won’t affect the pigmentation of your skin around the eyes.
Also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7, biotin is a B-complex vitamin that improves hair and lash growth, as well as promoting healthy skin. Don’t bother using anything topical that boasts biotin as an ingredient as apparently it doesn’t absorb properly that way, you should take it as an oral supplement.