Makeup how-to: Long, sexy lashes

Aug 23, 2011 at 2:28 a.m. ET

Long, sexy lashes isn't just about picking the right mascara. You can also get lush eyelashes with other innovative products and breakthrough techniques.


Play with false eyelashes

False eyelashes aren't the hassle that they used to be. And these days, they look a lot more natural too. Fake lashes come in strips or individual lashes. Some are applied with quick-setting glue, while other strips are peel-and-stick. Follow these tips and tricks to learn how to apply both individual and full sets of eyelashes. Experiment with different brands, lengths and textures to find out which lashes work best for you.

Try lash enhancers

Many lash growth treatments are on the market, and these serums are generally very pricey. With promises of long, lush, sexy lashes in a matter of weeks, it's hard to separate the miracle products from the duds. Check out this evaluation and review of several eyelash enhancers to find out which lash growth products work.

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Consider lash extensions

If you have a little extra money to spend, consider heading to the salon for eyelash extensions. This semi-permanent option lasts for a couple months with touch-ups every few weeks. The initial full set of lashes will cost you upwards of $200 with some salons charging over $500. With eyelash extensions, synthetic lashes are actually bonded to your natural lashes, so it's a time-consuming process. However, the results can be stunningly beautiful (and natural-looking too). Make sure you go to a reputable salon and ask for references before spending this much money.

Drugstore mascara

If you don't want to deal with applying false eyelashes or to incur the expense of lash serums or extensions, try different brands of mascara until you find the best one for you. Check out these two drugstore mascaras -- Rimmel London Lycra Lash Extender Mascara and L'Oreal Lash Out Lengthening & Exending Mascara. You can achieve amazing lengths for under $10.

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