Wearing false eyelashes lengthens your natural lashes.

How to Get Darker, Thicker Lashes

by Mimi Bullock

Dark, full lashes make the eyes stand out beautifully, but when you don't have a flirty fringe, getting a big impact can be tricky. Don't spend your time coveting youthful-looking lashes -- take a three-prong approach to getting lusher eyelashes. Combine professional makeup tips with topical lash solutions and take steps to stop lash loss to achieve maximum eyelash growth. You can get quick results with cosmetics, but growing out eyelashes may take several weeks, even months.

Fuller Lashes With Makeup

Prevent mascara and eye makeup smudging by allowing your skin to fully absorb facial lotion before applying any cosmetics.

Curl the eyelashes with an eyelash curler. This handy tool will give the lashes an upturned, denser lash look.

Tap concealer under your eyes. By highlighting this area of the skin, you will draw attention to your eyes and hide any skin discoloration.

Apply black eyeliner along the top and lower lashes. Your eyeliner should have a sharp tip for a more precise line. By lining the lashes, you will create the illusion of fuller eyelashes.

Brush the tips of the lashes with black mascara. This will darken and extend the lashes. Put the mascara wand back in the tube and twist to pick up more paint. Turn the mascara wand sideways, horizontal to your lashes and brush on the paint. Work the wand from the roots to the tip. Allow the first coat of mascara to dry, then brush out the lashes with an eyebrow brush. Apply a second coat.

Applying Lash Serum

Visit your dermatologist for a lash-growth prescription. If you prefer, you can find less intense serums at a pharmacy or department store.

Apply two or three drops of lash serum to the lash line. In most cases, this product should be applied before bedtime after you clean your face and remove makeup.

Rub the product into the lashes using the disposable applicator included with the product. Repeat this procedure until your lashes begin to grow thicker.

Items you will need

  • Facial lotion
  • Eyelash curler
  • Concealer
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow mascara
  • Eyelash serum


  • Sometimes eyelash loss occurs due to a vitamin deficiency or an underlying health issue.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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