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How to make eyelashes longer & thicker naturally

Updated August 08, 2017

Browse through any beauty magazine and find one photo of a woman with thin lashes. Thick eyelashes are considered a beautiful trademark and can draw attention to the eyes, a favourite trait for a number of women. However, many women are not naturally equipped with long and luscious lashes. You can make your eyelashes look and feel longer, thicker and more full without adding globs of mascara or false lashes.

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  1. Apply a petroleum jelly such as vaseline to your eyelashes with an eyelash/eyebrow brush once a day for two to three weeks. Thinly coat the brush with vaseline and comb your lashes. Make sure you coat each lash. It's best to do this at night and then wash the vaseline off in the morning before you apply mascara. This vaseline trick is good for long-term growth. When your old lashes fall out, the new ones will be longer.

  2. Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler. This makes your lashes appear longer and fuller, since they're lifted and curled upward. To use the curler, bring it close to the base of your eyelids and squeeze the eyelash curler. Hold for five to ten seconds and slowly release.

  3. Apply eye make-up remover to a cotton ball, and gently wipe off any eye make-up at the end of the day. An eye make-up remover is much more gentle than your regular facial cleanser. The make-up will wipe off with ease, which helps avoid lashes being pulled out and/or crumpled.

  4. Don't rub your eyes throughout the day or while washing your face. Your eyes and eyelashes are sensitive areas and require gentle care. If you rub your eyes throughout the day, your lashes will break off more easily, resulting in lashes that don't live up to their lush potential.

  5. Maintain a healthy diet. Consuming healthy foods (such as raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and proteins) decreases the likelihood of dry and brittle lashes. When your body is healthy, your hair is healthy, too. That includes your eyelashes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Eyelash/brow brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eye make-up remover
  • Cotton ball

About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.

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