Eyelashes have to be one of my most important features and something I strive to take care of and put extra effort into keeping healthy, strong and long. One quick way of achieving this naturally is by having a monthly LVL Lash lift and Tint to give my eyes a more opening appearance with longer, curled lashes that just make my eyes POP!! Another quick way is using false lashes either in a natural mink fabric like the Esqido lashes I've so often talked about on here, or more budget friendly artificial lashes from the likes of Nouveau Lashes. Your lashes are regularly curled, scrubbed/rubbed, tinted and not to forget the build up of the product if you don't remove your makeup properly! This all causing stress and strain on the eye area and you might even notice your lashes beginning to fall out. The speed of growth our lashes have really is lightening fast and the thickness in which they grow at...
Avoid Product Build Up
As mentioned above you need to avoid product build up at all costs as this will only make the matter worse and leave you with sparse lashes instead of thick, volumized ones. Find a creamy cleanser that gives a great lather to remove all eye product or a liquid formula that's strong enough to remove the most stubborn of mascaras such as waterproof. Don't rub the eye area but gently massage in! My favourite eye makeup remover would have to be the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover as it works as a deep cleanser and eye makeup remover.
Prime Your Lashes
This is something I've just started getting into myself and absolutely loving! I prime my lashes mostly in the evenings right before bed but have seen myself doing it on non-makeup days. An even better way of using primer is before applying mascara which I've also experimented with and it's said this is a great way to reduce the effects of mascara and keep lashes conditioned. Makeup Artists use this method to make lashes longer and to prevent them falling out by keeping them conditioned. I'm currently using the Blinc Lash Primer and find this works a treat but it does come with a white coating instead of black. If you're wanting a more natural looking eyelash primer then I would also recommend the Nouveau Conditioning Serum*.
What Mascara are You Using?
Have you ever considered how your mascara could be affecting your beautiful lashes? This is something I think about all the time when it comes to purchasing my mascaras and I normally tend to stick to natural/benefiting formulas that increase strength, growth and condition my lashes whilst applied. If I'm wanting to try something that's maybe harsher or doesn't contain natural ingredients then I will make sure that I use my primer and keep an eye on how my lashes react to the formula. Mascaras that contain alcohol can dry out the lashes and cause damage so try to avoid these particular ingredients and anything containing parabens, phthalates. My favourite mascara at the minute is from Marc Jacobs in Velvet Noir for a false lash effect or the L'oreal False Lash Superstar X Fibre Mascara.
Eyelash Treatments & Vitamins
Treatments are a brilliant way for boosting natural growth and for keeping lashes conditioned and shiny. This is a great technique for brittle, dry lashes or even normal or oily just to keep them on top form. I'm currently using the Nouveau Lashes Lash and Brow Conditioning serum* to enhance my natural lashes and give them the vitamins and support they need to grow and thicken up over time. These treatments take the time to work, so you can expect to wait 3-4 weeks before noticing a significant difference. If you want to go for a different method you can always try a good multi-vitamin and water as part of a balanced protein-rich diet to give the lashes a boost and prevent them from getting sparse and weak in strength.
Make it Part of Your Skincare Routine
Eyelashes are sensitive and require just as much attention as we give to our hair and skin and by implementing this ideology we can encourage growth and length to the lashes we already have and grow more healthier lashes on top. I know people that have sworn by the likes of castor and Argan oil to coat the lashes overnight using a clean mascara wand to encourage natural growth. Apparently, this technique helps lash growth and even encourages growth in areas that might be sparse! I've tried this method myself but haven't stayed at it long enough to back up the claims from my personal point of view but from what I've heard it really works and I'm actually going to start up this routine again.