5 DIY Tricks for Fuller Lashes
We all long for longer, fuller, look-at-me eyelashes. While the desired effect can be achieved with multiple swipes of the right mascara, applying false lashes, or paying for pricey eyelash extensions, we dream of the day when we can wake bright-eyed with a thick set of eyelashes that require little primping.
Luckily, there are some DIY remedies to get the full lashes you desire without having to reach for the glue and the falsies. We've rounded up our favorites for you to try today. Follow the habits of women with great eyelashes to ensure you and your lashes are starting out on the right foot, and then incorporate these at-home strategies into your daily beauty routine. With time, you'll achieve those healthy, luscious lashes we all lust after (and to satisfy your lash-cravings in the meantime, we've included one fun hack for instant results).
Read on to study up on four tips and one trick for achieving fuller lashes today and beyond.
Massage Your Eyelids
It may feel silly at first, but massaging your eyelids will stimulate the growth of your eyelashes. Close your eyes, and gently massage natural shea butter onto your lids. The soft kneading improves blood flow to the hair follicles, aiding their absorbing of nutrients, thus preventing thinning and breakage while encouraging growth.
Brush Your Lashes
Brushing your eyelashes also encourages blood circulation, which allows more nutrients to reach the hair follicles and stimulates growth. Additionally, it helps to prevent clogged pores that inhibit growth. Use a soft-bristled eyelash brush to gently brush lashes in upward strokes starting from the root. Do this twice daily for about five minutes to begin seeing results.
Use an Oil
The right oils can nourish and stimulate hair follicles to encourage eyelash growth. Olive oil, rich in vitamin E and oleic acid, is a favorite, and also helps to keep lashes looking dark. Castor oil can also be used, and it helps to fight off the microorganisms that hinder hair growth. Before bed, use a clean brush to carefully apply the oil onto the lashes as you would mascara, and leave it on overnight, rinsing it off the next morning. With regular use over two to three months, you'll begin seeing results.
Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera boasts vitamins and nutrients that encourage the growth of lashes while also keeping them moisturized. Just as with the oil remedy, apply aloe gel to lashes with a clean brush before bed, and rinse off with warm water in the morning
Try a Trick with Baby Powder
While you await results, you can see an instant improvement in the fullness of your eyelashes by using a surprising household item. First, curl your eyelashes, and then apply two coats of mascara from roots to tip. Then, take a small amount of baby powder into the palm of your hand, and pick up some of the powder using a Q-tip with the other hand. Apply a light layer of the baby powder to the top and bottom of lashes until they look ashen. Finally, apply a final coat of mascara to the lashes until they've returned to black. Your lashes will look dramatically longer and more voluminous, leaving you with an easily-achieved falsies effect.