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How to Get Big, Beautiful Lashes

Ready to boost your batting average? Check out the expert tricks and new products that will help you coat, curl, and pump up your eyelashes.
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    "Use that 30-second window before your mascara dries to work the wand," says Sarah Lucero, Stila pro makeup artist. Start with curled lashes and two coats of mascara, then try one of these tricks.

    To go wider and bigger:

    1. Elongate your center lashes. Use the tip of your brush to stretch the middle lashes upward.

    2. Next, define the bottom lash line and then emphasize the center lashes with the tip of your brush.

  • To Look Well Rested

    Carefully coat your baby lashes (the tiny inside-corner hairs). "It brightens the whites of your eyes," says Lucero. You need very little mascara, so clean off the tip of the wand first.

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    To Get an Instant Eye Lift

    Add an extra coat of mascara to the outermost lashes and hold the brush for a few seconds to set.

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    Lashes by Prescritpion

    Since the drug Latisse received FDA approval in 2008, many doctors have prescribed it with good results. "Latisse makes a striking difference in lash density, length, and thickness," says J. Matthew Knight, MD, a dermatologist in Orlando. But it isn't for everyone, doctors say, since there are potential side effects: irritation, redness, hyperpigmentation around the lash line, and in rare cases, permanent eye discoloration. "If you have glaucoma or a family history of it, see your ophthalmologist first," says dermatologist Brooke Jackson, MD, founder of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago. With a monthly price tag of $120, Latisse is also a considerable investment.

  • Lash Extensions

    A few weeks before a family wedding, I bumped into a friend who looked especially stunning. "I got lash extensions," she whispered. My brain quickly did the math: Instead of splurging on a new dress and shoes, I could treat myself to new lashes. I visited Courtney Akai at her namesake lash boutique, in New York City, where she meticulously glued individual lashes to my own. Two and a half hours (and $400) later, I was fluttering my own remarkable set of fringe. During the big wedding weekend, I didn't wear a stitch of eye makeup but got tons of compliments on my "gorgeous lashes." A month later the extensions all fell out. Luckily, I got lots of great family photos at the wedding, so I can always remember my fun fake-lash experiment.

    Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, November 2010.

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