If you’ve been on YouTube or Instagram lately, you’ll know that lashes are all the rage right now. Companies have been releasing high quality yet affordable mink lashes left and right. I was never big on lashes until recently when I purchased a few pairs of mink lashes, and now I can’t get enough of falsies! 

Once you start getting into false lashes, it’s hard to go a day without them. Personally, I love them because the right pair can really accentuate your eye shape and they’re super glamorous. Plus, it’s better than layering loads of mascara just to get the same effect. Mascara can actually be more harmful for your lashes simply because taking them off means losing a few lashes in the process.

There are dozens of natural remedies that are supposedly meant to elongate and strengthen your eyelashes, but how many of those actually work?

1. Use castor oil along the base of your lash line. 

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Castor oil is filled with nutrients to help hydrate and thicken your natural lashes. Make sure you’re using 100% natural cold processed oil for this DIY. Simply take an old eyeliner brush or a q – tip, dip it in the castor oil, and apply it directly to the base of your eyelashes. The oil will moisturize your eyelashes and dramatically help with regrowth. But make sure you don’t apply too much oil to your lashes, otherwise it can get into your eye.

The best time to do this is before bedtime after you’ve removed all of your makeup. The oil will sink into your lashes throughout the night, and in the morning you can simply use some eye makeup remover to get rid of the excess oil.

2. Apply petroleum jelly to your eyelashes. 

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Another common trick for healthier lashes is to use some good old natural petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly essentially acts the same as castor oil. Although it doesn’t have as many benefits, it will make your lashes healthier. Massage the jelly into your eyelids and lashes, being sure to cover your bottom lashes as well. Leave it on overnight and use a warm washcloth to remove the jelly. 

3. Try switching to false eyelashes.

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If your lashes are going through some serious damage, it may be best to ditch the mascara altogether and opt for using false eyelashes instead. As long as you curl your natural lashes before applying the falsies, you don’t necessarily need extra mascara.

False lashes will automatically give you a fuller look, and they are much easier to take off at night opposed to scrubbing off mascara. 

4. Use coconut oil as eye makeup remover.

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Coconut oil is a cheap yet effective way to remove your makeup. Massage a little bit into your hands and then apply it to your face in circular motions. It will melt away your makeup and leave your skin hydrated and nourished. Using coconut oil as an eye makeup remover will give your natural eyelashes additional nutrients while moisturizing them at the same time. 

5. Make your own eyelash serum.

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Using an eyelash serum every night consistently will drastically improve the condition of your lashes. Some of the main ingredients you want to use are coconut oil, castor oil, lavender essential oils, and vitamin E oils. You don’t necessarily have to use all 4, but mixing 1-2 of the oils and creating a serum will increase the benefits for your eyelashes. 

As with any natural remedy, you’ll have to wait a week or two to start seeing results. But using any of the above methods consistently will improve the condition of your lashes, leaving them longer and healthier!

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  • Fatima Ali

    Fatima Ali is at the University of San Francisco, studying Politics and Computer Science. She's passionate about journalism and social justice, and believes that everyone's voice deserves to be heard. When she's not writing a new article for her school newspaper, she's most likely watching Empire, online shopping, or obsessing over makeup.