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You can’t deny the power of eyelashes. A bare face with long, fluttery lashes looks glamorous, no lipstick required. But if yours aren’t as long as you’d like, even the most powerful mascara won’t give you the eyebrow-skimming lashes you’re after. But fear not, there are ways to get longer, thicker, fuller eyelashes. Some actually strengthen and lengthen your natural lashes and some add extra hairs to your eyes but they all give you the same result: long, enviable lashes.

Olive Oil

While there’s no hard proof that putting extra virgin olive oil on your lashes before bed will help your lashes to grow longer, it will definitely condition your lash hairs and help them to look thicker. Think about it: we condition our hair so it looks shinier and healthier, why ignore our lashes? Don’t try this with regular moisturizer or hair conditioner, though. You don’t want to put anything potentially irritating near your eyes.

Eyelash Tinting

Again, this technically won’t lengthen your lashes, but if you have fair hair, it will make your lashes look longer. People who are blonde or who have light-coloured hair will find that the ends of their lashes are lighter than the roots. If you have your lashes tinted (only let a professional do this!) your lashes will look longer without mascara.

Prescription Serum

There is really only one prescription eyelash serum and it’s called Latisse. Originally developed as eyedrops for Glaucoma, the formula was shown to grow lashes, too. And while it is possible to find Latisse without going through a doctor, it’s very important not to skip a visit to your M.D. beforehand. There are a collection of side effects, including possibly turning blue and hazel eyes brown, that only a doctor can explain and determine if you’re vulnerable to. The good news is that Latisse works. You have to continue to use the product to continue to see results — Latisse promises dramatically longer, fuller lashes in 16 weeks — but it actually works. Just ask the serum’s spokesperson Brooke Shields.

Over The Counter Serums

You don’t need a prescription or have to risk getting eye or eyelid discolouration for longer lashes. There are a number of non-prescription eyelash serums available in the marketplace, but you can’t expect the same results from them as you would Latisse – even though many promise results like up to 46 per cent longer lashes in two weeks, and 25 per cent thicker lashes in two months. Try: Neostrata Lash Enhancer Serum, $60, well.ca

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are individual hairs, genuine or imitation, that are attached to your natural eyelashes with a medical-grade adhesive that won’t irritate skin or eyes. The procedure can take up to a few hours depending on how many lashes you’re getting or how dramatic a look you want, and eyes are taped shut so there’s no dangerous blinking — the tweezers aestheticians use are very pointy. Avoid getting extensions that come in clusters as they can weigh down individual lashes and look less natural.

Two Week Mascara

Do you just hate applying mascara every day? Well good news, you can opt for a semi-permanent mascara that will last about two weeks. This coating is applied in two steps: first a primer is used and then a fibre-rich black mascara that thickens and darkens natural lashes. You’ll get similar results to using a fibre mascara or two-phase mascara, but you don’t have to remove and reapply daily. Again, this is best applied by a pro.

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