If you look at actors, models, and other celebrities, it’s easy to see why there’s been an uptick in demand for long, dense lashes. But what can you do if you don’t naturally have full, dark or long eyelashes? Don’t worry–there are several ways to jump on the eyelash trend.
Cosmetics for Longer Lashes
If you’re looking to temporarily lengthen or volumize your eyelashes, you have plenty of options. The old standby is mascara, which coats the lashes, making them look thicker and longer. Mascaras typically contain pigments, wax, and oils that build up the lashes. Mascaras that claim to lengthen the lashes also typically contain fibers that stick to the eyelashes to visually extend their length.
Another temporary fix to give yourself longer lashes is to wear false eyelashes. False eyelashes come in a range of lengths and styles, from short and spiky to long and feathery. You can find false eyelashes designed for the entire upper lid or for covering just a small area.
Finding false eyelashes that work well for you can involve a bit of trial and error. It’s important to find a style that works with your eye shape, for starters. You might also need to adjust the size of the lashes by cutting them. Then there’s the process of attaching the lashes to your eyelid, which can take some practice. Most false eyelashes use an adhesive to attach to the eyelid, but there are versions that use magnets to hold themselves in place.
Finally, a third way to get longer eyelashes is to get lash extensions. Eyelash extensions are similar to other hair extensions, except they are considerably smaller and designed specifically for the eyelids. Lash extensions are semi-permanent, meaning they’ll last for about a month. You can return to the salon where you got them for touch-ups or a re-application.
The Downside of Cosmetics
Makeup and cosmetics can make your lashes look longer, but they do have their drawbacks, especially if you aren’t careful when using them. For example, waterproof mascara has a tendency to dry out the lashes, making them more brittle, weaker and more prone to breakage or falling out. If you don’t wash your mascara off each night, you risk making your lashes more likely to fall out or dry out.
The downside of false eyelashes is that they can be tricky to apply. Lower quality falsies can also contain iffy ingredients, which can do more harm than good to your lashes. Plus, some falsies are pretty heavy and can put extra weight and pressure on your natural lashes.
Medication for Longer Eyelashes
It might surprise you to learn that there is a medication available for people who naturally have sparse or short eyelashes. Latisse is available by prescription only and is the only medicine out there that’s approved by the FDA to treat hypotrichosis, AKA sparse eyelashes.
Latisse contains bimatoprost, an ingredient that helps to extend the active growth phase of the eyelashes. It also helps to ensure that more eyelashes are in the active growth phase at any given time. As a result, the lashes grow longer.
What You Need to Know About Latisse
As with any medication, Latisse isn’t right for everyone. There are also a few things worth knowing about the treatment before you decide that it’s right for you.
One thing to know is that it can take a while before you notice any growth in your lashes. It usually takes a few weeks before changes are visible (your lashes need time to grow, after all). It’s also worth noting that if you stop using Latisse, your lashes will go back to their natural growth patterns.
There are some possible side effects with Latisse, as well. For example, it can actually darken the eyes. Some people also notice some redness or dryness in the eyes when they use it.
If you aren’t happy with your eyelashes and wish they were longer, Latisse might be right for you. Since it is only available with a prescription, you’ll want to talk to a cosmetic surgeon to learn more about it. Dr. Paul Vitenas offers Latisse to patients at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas. For more information, call 281-810-9083 to schedule an appointment today.