How to Get Longer Eyelashes Naturally

by Dan Ketchum ; Updated July 18, 2017

A close up of a woman's eyelashes.

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Long lashes increase the contrast between your eyes the rest of your face, giving your peepers an alluring appearance. To whip those lashes into pin-up shape, though, you have to develop a simple eyelash regimen. Chemical-heavy makeup products offer a quick fix, whereas going au naturale takes a little more time. However, your results won't wash off in the sink -- they'll last as long as you maintain your healthy habits, and they'll only get better over time.

Curl your lashes by clamping and pressing the roots for a few seconds, then moving out to the mid-lash and holding for a few more. Finally, clamp the very tip of your lashes and hold once again. Practice this curling routine every day to dramatize your lashes naturally.

Comb your lashes daily after your curling regimen, gently starting from the root and going to the tip. This practice, which only takes about 5 to 10 seconds per eye, lends your lashes a longer, less-clumpy look with the use of chemicals.

Create a natural eyelash serum by combining equal parts castor oil and sweet almond oil. Squeeze in the liquid of a vitamin E gel capsule and mix thoroughly. Dip a clean mascara wand into the serum and apply a single, very light coat to your eyelashes, brushing from root to tip. L'Oreal Luxe makeup designer Michelle Phan recommends applying this solution nightly to bolster your lashes' vitamin E, antioxidant and Omega 6 content, making for healthier and smoother lashes with stronger growth.

Always be gentle around your eyes. Roughly rubbing or scrubbing the delicate skin around your eyes, or trying to remove makeup with excess force causes you to break or lose lashes. Nurture your lashes over time for the most luxuriously long results.

Including foods such as walnuts, lean red meat, dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, legumes, and fruits in your diet can help hair growth and strength. For healthier, fuller lashes, focus on eating well and hydrating often.

Tips

  • To extend your lashes with makeup yet right by nature, turn to an all-natural volumizing mascara. Apply it with the included wand from the root to the tip, using a gentle wiggling motion as you cover the lash. Repeat the process with just the brush -- no need to re-dip -- to give your lashes a little extra oomph.

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About the Author

In addition to fitness experience including USFCA, stage combat, track and equestrian training, Dan has contributed health and fitness-oriented content to AZCentral, JillianMichaels.com, ModernMom, The Nest and more.