Remedy for Short Eyelashes

Short or thin eyelashes make the eye look smaller.

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Short eyelashes bringing you down? You can't change what you're born with, but there are some workarounds for stubby eyelashes. Short eyelashes tend to make the eye look smaller or flatter against the face. Fortunately, there are a wide range of remedies for short eyelashes, some more permanent than others.

Eyelash Curler

The eyelash curler is an essentially tool for those with short eyelashes. Curling the eyelashes creates the illusion of longer, fuller lashes without the need to coat makeup on heavily. You should always curl your eyelashes before applying mascara to enhance the length. Use a hair dryer to heat the eyelash curler for five seconds. Clamp the curler firmly over the top lash for a few seconds and repeat with the other eye. You do not need to heat the eyelash curler, but it makes a big difference in maintaining the curl throughout the day.

Lengthening Mascara

Use a mascara designed for lengthening eyelashes. Apply the mascara after curling your eyelashes for maximum effect. Most mascaras provide some kind of lengthening or volume support. Look for mascaras that promote "extra length" support. Apply the mascara in long, broad strokes to the upper lid. Let the mascara dry before applying another layer. Avoid over application, because it will make your lashes look clumpy and shorter.

False Eyelashes

If your eyelashes are too short for salvation, you may need to try false eyelashes. False eyelashes can be difficult for first-time users, but repeated practice eases the "ickiness" associated with placing objects so close to the eye. Invest in high-quality, realistic looking eyelashes and quick-drying lash adhesive. Line the rim of the false eyelashes with adhesive and place firmly against the top layer of your own eyelashes.

Professional Extensions

If you have the cash and time, consider professional extensions at a salon. Professional extensions are applied to each individual lash to create length and thickness. The results are long, natural looking eyelashes that last for weeks. However, the procedure is expensive and may need to be touched up with glue every couple of weeks. Professional extensions usually cost anywhere between $100 and several hundred dollars and may take an hour or two to apply.

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