20s: L'Oréal 24-Hour Lash-Boosting Power System
"The best treatments to promote healthy lashes are growth serums or vitamins packed with biotin," says Courtney Akai, lash expert and owner of Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in New York. The double-edge sword with growth serums is that they might not fit your budget if you're a new graduate or still in school. This two-step mascara with a lash-boosting serum for night can mimic the results of an expensive growth serum for half the price.
20s: Smashbox Lash Revival Treatment & Conditioner
This lash enhancer will have you noticing improvement in overall fullness and thickness in just eight weeks, without irritating your existing lashes. Pair it with this tidbit from Akai: When taking off your eye makeup, dont scrub or rub too hard. This can damage your natural lashes fairly easily.
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30s: Paula Dorf Perfect Lash
Ah, to be blessed with long, full lashes. For those who just need a little lash boost, this hypoallergenic keratin formula is applied right before you put your mascara on to condition and thicken throughout the day.
If your peepers could use a little lash TLC, the newest batch of conditioning treatments will help spare your brittle, thin lashes from nonexistence. Warning: A thin application on your lash line overnight does the trick. Be sure to read the label in its entirety to avoid any allergic reaction.
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40s: LAshX by Makeup Mandy Lash Cleanse
"One of the most popular trends for aging lashes that are starting to thin is semipermanent extensions for a thicker appearance sans mascara," says Akai. "Extensions can last up to two months with touch-ups every three to four weeks."
If you go the extension route, pair yours with this lash cleanser to remove dirt and makeup without harming your extensions.
40s: Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancer Nighttime Conditioning Treatment
According to Akai, the typical lash cycle lasts between 30 and 60 days. As lashes fall out, they replace themselves with new ones. This nighttime conditioner promotes healthier lashes so that they don't fall out as easily, decreasing bald spots on the lid.
50s and Beyond: DermaQuest DermaLash Age Management
"Over the years, your lashes tend to get more sparse and, in most cases, simply won't grow in as thick as they once were," says Akai. This formula deals with aged lashes and is designed to not only help lashes reach full potential growth but to stimulate growth as well.
50s and Beyond: Talika Lipocils Expert
For the busy lady, this formula gives you three actions in one. It makes lashes thicker and darker, and it curls with its mascara wand and I-tip that promotes healthy lashes from root to tip. Want a little extra? Akai recommends lash clusters for a onetime use for a big night out. Just make sure the clusters are applied with adhesive rather than extension glue, as the weight can weaken and damage your natural lashes.
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