How to Get Longer Eyelashes

Make your eyes look bigger and brighter by lengthening your 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

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.

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.

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.