How To: Fix Your Lashes in a Flash

Since 1913, when American chemist T.L. Williams debuted the first modern mascara, women have been darkening their lashes. But sometimes you want more than a little extra pigment, which is why procedures like eyelash extensions are becoming increasingly popular and sales of false eyelashes are booming —WWD reports that in 2010 faux lashes were the fastest growing beauty category. And there are plenty of at-home fixes too—whether your lashes are sparse and straight, or short and light, we’ll help you get the most from your fringe.

Stick Straight Lashes That Don’t Hold Curl

Make sure to use a wide-mouthed curler like Tweezerman’s ProCurl so you can get good grip (without tears!) on any hairs. But the secret to really keeping a curl is using a hairdryer to lightly warm the mouth of the tool before touching your lashes. This can help even the finest hairs hold shape. Immediately follow with a shape-enhancing mascara like stila’s forever your curl, which uses a mixture of polymers and quick-drying resin to help lashes keep their shape.

Sparse, Short Lashes

If you’re in need of fuller fringe stat, the quickest fix is to use a set of voluminous false eyelashes. For a more permanent solution, try a topical treatment that can improve length and overall lash count in a matter of weeks. Some of the earlier formulas like Latisse use a prostaglandin–like compound to promote growth, but in some cases, side effects included darkening of eyelid skin and pigmentation of light colored irises. Formulas have improved in the last few years, and now there are natural options that are just as effective. We’re fans of French brand Talika Lipocils Expert, which uses botanical ingredients like nettle and horse chestnut to boost circulation to capillaries.

Thinning Lashes or Lashes That Fall Out

If you’ve noticed that your lashes are thinning or falling out, first make sure that you aren’t over-rubbing your eyes to remove makeup at night. Instead, use a gentle remover that also helps dissolve product, like Jurlique’s natural eye makeup remover. Keep lashes healthy with a conditioning treatment like Perfekt’s Lash Perfection Gel, which uses marine plant glycogens to help strengthen hairs and promote new growth. It’s also tinted so it can double as your daily mascara. Or try a fortifying mascara like FusionBeauty LashFusion XL, which is formulated with strengthening keratin.

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