Once a week, Lane will answer beauty advice questions sent in by readers. Have a question? Need advice? Ask Lane! Contact her at lane (at) theoutsidelane (dot) com.
This week's question comes from Hannah in Roanoke.
I have short, stubby eyelashes, and I want them to look longer. I can't really afford to go get lash extensions and pay for the upkeep, and I am terrible at getting lash strips on. Do I need to get Latisse? What can I do?
First, little lashes are lovely, too. If you're looking to add some oomph, there are a few ways to cheat your length. My favorite trick is using an eyelash curler. Just curling your lashes can make them appear longer because the bend up creates an illusion of length. You might try a heated eyelash curler, or just hold your regular curler up to the blow dryer for a few seconds to warm it up. Apply your mascara to your curled lashes, and you'll see an immediate difference.
I'm not a big fan of the lash extending mascaras because most of those are a two step process that involve applying a layer of filament to your lashes before applying the mascara. Inevitably, I end up with an eyeball full of filament, but if you have a steady hand and the patience for it, try one of those--they do actually work.
I might not be rooting for filament, but I am definitely a cheerleader for false eyelashes. If you have trouble getting a full strip on, take cuticle scissors and cut your full strip into two, or three segments. It will be much easier to apply the lashes that way, and it also allows you to customize your look. Using tweezers to help move the lash strips into place, and the oval side of an orange stick to hold it there while the glue gets tacky and dries will make it easier.
As for products like Latisse or Marini Lash, the FDA has approved them, so they are safe. I haven't ever used those products, and I am wary of putting anything like that near my eyes. I would say ask your doctor, and if your doctor gives you the all clear, go for it!
Good luck with your lash illusion,
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