extensions to mascara: the best lash boosters
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Batting a Thousand1 of 11
By Lisa Cohen Lee
Some makeup trends come and go, but it's hard to imagine dark, thick lashes ever falling out of style. In fact, at the just-ended couture shows in Paris, makeup artists at Gucci amped up lashes to epic lengths. Whether you embellish lashes with feathers or sparkles, amp them up with a growth accelerator, or just swipe on mascara, Glo has collected the best ways to get a fuller set of fringe.
Rx Fix2 of 11
The biggest breakthrough in the lash world has been Latisse, a prescription-only treatment that prolongs the growth phase of your lashes, resulting in thicker, longer fringe. Available from a derm or opthamologist, a one-month starter kit of Latisse costs $120. You'll need another three months to reap the full benefits: Studies show the product doubles lash fullness in 16 weeks. Although rare, Latisse reports that darkened eyelid skin, itchy, red eyes or browning of the iris occurred in 4 percent of users.
OTC Alternative3 of 11
Some non-Rx products can improve lashes. "The results won't be as dramatic as with Latisse, but there's evidence they can give a fuller lash line," says Ruthie Harper, MD, of the Laser and Skincare Clinic in Austin. Its maker attributes longer lashes to peptides, which are meant to "support" their "natural renewal cycle"; other ingredients help to strengthen and condition. The brand's studies report a 40 percent increase in lash length and fullness within a month of daily use.
SHOP NOW: Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum, $98
Anti-Aging Idea4 of 11
You can thank genetics if you've been blessed with an abundance of lashes. But regardless of your God-given fringe, lashes thin with age. "The follicles weaken, and with a constant routine of curling and applying mascara, they break easier and shed faster," says Dr. Harper. This Olay pair does dual duty when it comes to perking up peepers. It has a peptide-enriched cream to smooth and lessen wrinkles around the eyes as well as a moisturizing serum to condition and plump lashes.
SHOP NOW: Olay Regenerist Multi-Sculpting Eye and Lash Duo, $32
Conditioning Cure5 of 11
Multitaskers take note: Mascaras are getting into the enhancing act, enriching their formulas to include nourishing ingredients that treat stiff and dry lashes. "In essence, it's the same as putting conditioner on your hair," says Anna Phillips, founder of LashLounge in Dallas. Check labels for antioxidants, like vitamin E, botanical extracts and nutrients such as ginseng that soften and hydrate.
SHOP NOW: Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara, $18
Brush Basics6 of 11
A mascara's formula is essential, but you also need to pay attention to the brush. Today's brush heads can be super sized or teeny-tiny with rubbery, microscopic teeth. Choose wisely, based on the effect you want, keeping in mind that a rounded, shorter bristled brush—like the one that comes with Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes—gives more volume, while a pointed, tube-like head—as with Maybelline's Volum'Express—adds length.
Mile-High Club7 of 11
If you want to wake up with longer fringe, but can't wait to grow your own, try semi-permanent extensions. A pro attaches natural (some use mink) or synthetic fibers to your own lashes to give them oomph. It's definitely an investment: Initially, you'll need 50 to 100 extensions per eye, which costs about $150 for a complete session. They last for up to a month—when your natural lash sheds, so does the extension. After that, regular touchups will run you from $30 to $75 a pop.
Faking It8 of 11
If you don't want to commit to the cost and effort of a prescription or extensions, you can opt for old-school falsies. Temporary, glue-on strips of faux-fringe or individual hairs are available; both give you freedom to play around with different lash looks. Before you apply, hold up the false-lash strip against your own lashes and trim it to match the exact length of your lash-line. Then apply the glue to the edge of the strip or strand, letting it dry a bit so it's tacky (this allows it to stick on right away).
SHOP NOW: Ardell Double Up Lashes, $8
Curl Power9 of 11
Want to no-makeup way to look more awake? Crimp your lashes with a curler. "It's like a miracle eye-lift," says L.A.-based celeb makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian. While a traditional squeeze curler works, a heated crimper one acts like a mini-curling iron for your follicles. Worried about heating your lashes? Dr. Harper says, "Because this curler only reaches a maximum of 95 degrees, there is little risk of burning. However, avoid overuse of heat-styling products to prevent lash damage. Save it for special events!"
SHOP NOW: Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler, $40
Bling It On10 of 11
As seen on Gaga and Katy Perry, embellished lids are on the cutting edge of the makeup world. "We're seeing a surge in customization, women asking for colors, crystals, feathers or origami paper lashes, especially for special occasions like weddings," says Phillips. While pros may offer the service, you can try it at home too. Invest in a set of colored strips or ones adorned with sparkle or jewels, which, with care, can be reused.
SHOP NOW: Baci Magic Colors Deluxe Eyelashes in purple, $12 per set
Take It Off11 of 11
Sleeping with a full dose of mascara? Not so smart. "Removing mascara is must for keeping lashes strong and healthy. Skipping it regularly can dry out follicles," says Chang-Babaian. Just splashing on water isn't enough. Use an eye-specific remover—an oil-based one will strip off stubborn waterproof formulas—and swipe it across lids twice to soak up every last flake before you wash your face.
SHOP NOW: Andrea Eye Q's Ultra Quick Eye Makeup Remover, $5