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Getting the perfect lashes is about more than just finding the right mascara — it's also about creating the perfect canvas for your makeup products. Moisturizing and caring for your eyelashes mean the difference between brittle, dry spider lashes and lush, full peepers.



The old beauty go-to, Vaseline can do more than just moisturize chapped skin — it can moisturize lashes, too! After cleansing before bed, apply a small amount of Vaseline to your lashes using your fingertip. Make sure not to rub the product into your eyes, as it can cause puffy eyes in the morning for some women.


Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the holy-grail product for moisturizing au naturel and on the cheap. This solid oil is liquefied by heat. Rub a tiny amount of coconut oil between your hands and apply to lashes before bed. As with Vaseline, make sure to apply the oil only to the tips of your lashes. Puffy eyes can occur in some.


Lanolin oil

Perfect for intense conditioning, lanolin oil comes from the oils of sheep. Sounds gross, right? You won't mind when you discover the benefits of using this all natural replacement for petroleum jelly. Add a touch of lanolin to your lashes before bed for a visibly moisturized, healthy look.


Eyelash conditioner

Want something a little more luxe? There are conditioners made specifically for eyelashes, like Marini Lash eyelash conditioner. The formula contains a combination of enhancing peptides to help you wake up with perfectly pretty eyes.



Maybe your eyelashes aren't brittle. The problem is you don't have very many to begin with! This miracle prescription helps lengthen and thicken hard-to-see lashes. Once they're grown out, use any of the above methods to maintain thickness and luster.



Biotin is necessary for cell growth, and guess what? Your eyelashes are dead skin cells. Care for them by taking a daily biotin supplement that helps with growing healthy skin, hair and nails.


Mascara primer

Stand up to that bully mascara! If you're a regular mascara wearer, you know the effect mascara can have on your natural lashes. Some formulas dry them out and make them look shorter and brittle once the mascara comes off. Don't worry. Mascara primers to the rescue! These specially formulated conditioners prep the lashes with conditioning ingredients. For example, Smashbox's Layer lash primer uses panthenol to strengthen and make lashes more durable.

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Comments on "Eyelash envy: How you should be caring for your lashes"

Danielle May 29, 2013 | 9:29 AM

I had not idea that there was actual care for your eyelashes. I am glad I read this article because I am always applying mascara all the time and knowing that I can take care of my lashes and do some things to help them make me feel a lot better.

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