Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tips For Beautiful Eyelashes


Don't want to use harsh adhesives with false lashes or lash extensions on your delicate eyelashes? How is a girl to get longer, fuller, darker lashes naturally? Read on:
  1. Invest in a quality eyelash curler. Using an eyelash curler before applying mascara makes lashes more visible and gives a longer appearance.
    1. Be sure not to clamp down too tightly as to "cut" lashes.
    2. Always curl BEFORE applying mascara.
    3. Keep curler clean. Wipe down after each application.
  2. Use a eyelash separator after applying mascara to remove clumps and improve appearance of lashes. DO NOT USE A SAFETY PIN. This is very dangerous and not as effective as separator brushes specifically designed for this purpose. Eyelash separator brushes are inexpensive and can readily be found in the drug store.
  3. Remove all makeup thoroughly each night before bed. Makeup can be drying. By removing makeup each night before bed prevents the lashes from becoming too dry and brittle which will cause breakage.
    1. While removing eye makeup use an eye-makeup-remover designed especially for the delicate eye area.
    2. Remove makeup with a gentle touch, so you do not pull or damage the delicate skin in the eye contour area.
  4. Condition lashes nightly before bed.
    1. Using an eyelash conditioning serum hydrates the delicate eyelashes from becoming brittle, damaged and broken. Look for one that is clinically tested and formulated with ingredients that promote hair growth.
  5. Diet and supplements.
    1. Eat foods like avocado that are known for yielding healthy hair, skin and nails.
    2. Take a vitamin supplement like Biotin also well known for its hair growth properties.
  6. Do not wear waterproof mascara daily.
    1. Unless you are a marathon swimmer there is no need to wear a waterproof mascara daily. These types of mascara are clumpier and more drying to your lashes, also making them more difficult to remove and thereby more likely to damage and break your lashes.
  7. Do not apply too many coats of mascara.
    1. Two coats of mascara should do the trick. Additional product is just too drying without any real benefit. Too many coats of mascara yield the Tammy Fay Baker effect - simply NOT flattering!
    2. Proper application for best long lash look is as follows:
  8. Curl lashes at base on clean lashes.
  9. Apply one thin coat of brown mascara on full lashes. Let dry.
  10. Apply a second cost of black mascara on top half of lashes only. This gives the lashes a longer appearance - you will love the results.
  11. Rule of thumb: black lengthens, brown thickens.
  12. Toss mascara tube after 3 months.
    1. Mascara does not have a long shelf life. The constant push of the wand in and out of the tube exposes the product to bacteria which over time can produce infections.
    2. Drug store bran mascara's are often of high quality and you won't mind tossing the tube after 3 months even if there is more product left. For the health of your delicate eyes this point isn't negotiable.
  13. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are applied with glues that are drying to your natural lashes, making them susceptible to damage and breaking. Save Falsies for only special occasions.
  14. Be wary of home treatments. Some well intentioned friends may advise using petroleum jelly, castor or olive oil or even glycerin. Remember we are talking about the delicate eye area. Eyes are extremely sensitive and prone to infection when exposed to bacteria and dirt.
    1. Unless you are using a brand new bottle of said home remedy with an applicator for your eyes and only use this one bottle only for your eyes you are taking a BIG risk of exposing your eyes to infection and damage.
Fortunately today there are many eyelash serums available specifically formulated for eyelash growth. Be sure to purchase one that has been clinically tested and dermatologist approved for the eye area. Lash Relonge is formulated with time proven hydrating and hair growth enhancing natural ingredients. Lash Relonge' is clinically tested by independent laboratory, AMA Labs, and formulated specifically for delicate eyes. Safe and effective.
Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.