Help your lashes grow fuller and longer.
As children, we were under the impression that if an eyelash fell out, we could make a wish, blow it away, and good things would happen. Now, we wish our eyelashes wouldn't fall out, and instead would grow back thicker and longer.
Our beauty intern, who has some experience with lash loss, is familiar with that wish: "I was using about a million different products on my eyes, I held my eyelash curler with a death grip, and like clockwork, I always happened to fall asleep in full makeup on the days I wore waterproof mascara," says Marianne Mychaskiw, RealBeauty.com intern.
She considered a prescription lash treatment, but was scared. "Personally, I wasn't too eager to sit around in a doctor's office for an hour, just to acquire the product. I also wasn't too keen on the potential side effects: darkening of my eyelids and my eyes changing colors," says Marianne. "Besides, I'd probably just jab my eye out with the applicator, leaving more than just my eyelashes out of commission."
If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, we feel your pain. Here are a few things you can do to get your lashes growing back and looking better than ever!
Remember to wash your face at night.
We're all guilty of falling asleep with makeup on at some point. We get it: You've had a long day, you're tired, and all you've been thinking about since 2:30 in the afternoon has been taking a nap. If you wear a lot of eye makeup, it's important to wash your face and allow your eyes to breathe. Sleeping with makeup on irritates your skin, and you're more prone to getting an eye infection. Try keeping a set of makeup-cleansing cloths by your bed, like the Boots No. 7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes. These wipes take off all of your makeup — even waterproof mascara — and you don't even have to leave your bed.
Boots No. 7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes, $7, drugstore.com
Don't overdo it with your eyelash curler.
Watch your diet.
Avoid using old makeup.
It's extremely important to keep tabs on how long you've had your beauty products, particularly eye makeup. Most mascaras contain an antibacterial agent in the formula, protecting your eyes from bacteria for around three to six months. Your risk of getting an eye infection from an old mascara increases as you wait longer and longer to throw it out.
Find out more about when to throw out old beauty products.
Try a lash-growth or lash-conditioning product.
While Marianne didn't use the prescription lash treatment Latisse, there are many other products that contribute to lash growth. She tried Talika Lipocils Lash Conditioning Gel and was taken immediately with it. Since the applicator is shaped like a mascara wand, applying the product is as easy as putting on your eye makeup. The wand allows you to apply the gel directly to your eyelashes, and it can be used twice a day — as a mascara primer as well as before going to bed. Even when she applied the product only once a day, she saw the results within a few weeks. Talika Lipocils contains ingredients like horse chestnut, apple extract, nettle, and other plant extracts, so you don't have to worry about any ingredients in the formula that are not natural.
Talika Lipocils, $40, talika.com
Lash-conditioning mascaras can't hurt, either.
Many mascaras have started adding lash-conditioning elements to their formulas. With lash-conditioning mascaras, you get the best of both worlds: a lash-growth treatment and mascara joining forces in one multitasking product. If a beauty equivalent of the dynamic duo Batman and Robin existed, the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Mascara would be it. The mascara combines the patented Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For conditioning treatment with a volumizing mascara to help create lashes so lush that people will question whether or not they are real. Apart from the lash-conditioning component, the mascara itself is amazing. The brush does an great job of separating each lash while distributing the product evenly — there's no flaking when wearing the mascara all day.
Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Mascara, $22, peterthomasroth.com