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How to Get Longer Eyelashes

Make your eyes look bigger and brighter by lengthening your lashes.


  • Step 1: Get more silicon Eat foods containing silicon, a trace element that promotes hair growth. Asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, olives, green beans, beer, rice, and oats are all good sources.
  • Step 2: Oil your lashes Apply a daily drop of castor oil to your lashes with a cotton swab to help them shine.
  • Step 3: Curl them Use an eyelash curler to make lashes appear longer than they are. Or get an eyelash perm at a beauty salon; it will last about four months.
  • TIP: For best results, use an eyelash curler before and after applying mascara.
  • Step 4: Prime them Use an eyelash primer to condition and coat the lashes. Then, apply mascara made specifically for lengthening lashes.
  • Step 5: Wear falsies Attach false eyelashes, either one by one or as a set. Or consider eyelash extensions, where dozens of individual lashes are glued onto your existing ones. They last about two months.
  • Step 6: Use an eyelash growth product Try eyelash growth products, available in beauty stores. They contain peptides, amino-acid derivatives that supposedly stimulate follicles. Because the side effects vary, consult your ophthalmologist before trying.
  • Step 7: Discuss a prescription with your MD Ask a dermatologist about a prescription for Latisse, an FDA-approved daily treatment that contains chemicals that stimulate eyelash growth.
  • : Side effects of Latisse include eye redness, itchy eyes, and darkening of the eyelid skin. It can also cause the iris to turn brown permanently.
  • Step 8: Some may consider a transplant Some people actually undergo an eyelash transplant, a medical procedure done under local anesthesia. Hair is taken from other parts of the body and implanted onto the eyelids. Unlike natural eyelashes, transplanted lashes need to be trimmed regularly.
  • FACT: A chemist invented mascara in 1913 when he mixed coal dust with petroleum jelly so his sister could enhance her lashes.

You Will Need

  • Silicon
  • Castor oil
  • An eyelash primer
  • A curling iron or an eyelash perm
  • A lengthening mascara
  • False eyelashes or eyelash extensions
  • An eyelash growth product
  • An eyelash transplant

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