Beauty Secrets: Getting Long Lush Lashes with Lash Care

September 5, 2014
Beauty Secrets: Lash Care

Taking care of eyelashes is an oft neglected beauty ritual.

For last week’s beauty secrets, we discussed mascara, a can’t-live-without-beauty staple for many. But while most of us search for the mascara to end all mascaras, we often forget about the foundation of beautiful lashes: proper lash care. This rarely discussed beauty must may seem a little overzealous, but lashes are hair—and hair, being subject to damage, must be conditioned (and not abused!).

If we value our mascara, we should value our lashes even more, especially since they can take up to seven weeks to fully grow back if damaged or pulled out. Besides their role in our appearance, eyelashes protect our eyes from unwelcome debris. Sort of like whiskers on a cat, they help alert us to a foreign object and stimulate the blink reflex to protect our eyes.  (See, you’re more like a cat than you thought! Meow.)

Here’s how to show your lashes some love:

Seek out mascara with nourishing ingredients.  Natural mascaras with emollients like vitamin E and argan oil help condition lashes and can prevent them from getting too dry throughout the day. On that note, avoid mascaras that contain a bevy of unreadable ingredients–you don’t want these going directly into your eyes when you have a cry.

Beauty Secrets: Lash Care

Beauty Without Cruelty Mascara contains nourishing fruit waxes.

Use waterproof formulas in moderation.  Designed to fend off any atmospheric moisture (including tears), waterproof mascara can be drying. Save it for big events like weddings and graduations.

Be gentle with your lash curler. Make sure that when you squeeze the clamp, your eyelashes aren’t being pulled. If an eyelash curler has a tendency to yank out a lash every now and then, replace it with a nicer one. That shouldn’t happen!

Beauty Secrets: Lash Care

Invest in a high-quality eyelash curler from a cruelty-free company to help prevent wear and tear on lashes.

Remove mascara clumps while lashes are still “wet.” This helps prevent tugging on lashes with your eyelash comb.

Take time removing your mascara. Any dragging and pulling is not only bad for the delicate area around the eye, it can also damage your lashes. Remember that longwearing and waterproof formulas tend to be more difficult to remove.

I find that using a double cleansing method is most effective at removing my makeup. Use a gentle cleanser or an organic oil (coconut works beautifully) to remove makeup. Rinse skin and follow with a gentle cleanser.

Never sleep in mascara.  Day-old mascara is fairly dry by the time you’re ready to go to bed. Failing to remove it may dry out lashes, making them more brittle and prone to breakage.

Condition your lashes. Just as you apply moisturizer to your face after washing it, you also want to make sure your lashes are taken care of.  Oil-based skin serums are wonderful for this purpose. Since you’re already applying them to your skin, use your fingertips to pat remaining oil on your eyelashes, and voila! you’ve just conditioned your lashes. You’ll probably want to skip this step in the morning if you’re planning to apply mascara, however.

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Photos: Alvó szempillák via Flickr, Cocktail Cosmetic, Shu Uermura

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Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.

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