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Lash boosters

Lash boosters

Who doesn’t want longer lashes? Mascara can only do so much to help; falsies are fiddly; and extensions look great, but don’t last unless you’re super-careful. Fortunately there’s a crop of lash serums on the beauty shelves.

Need to know

Lashes grow for around three months before dropping off, so there’s a limit to how long you can get them. It doesn’t help that we damage them with our beauty routines – false eyelashes and extensions can both harm the follicles with repeated use. Also, as we age, our lashes grow and renew more slowly, often becoming brittle and prone to breakage. I’ve seen some amazing results with lash serums.

In the past these have been pricey and mostly available through salons. Now they’re more affordable and accessible. While most promise results in as few as two weeks, it may take two to three months of dedicated use for maximum impact. Most lash serums work by using a blend of peptides, antioxidants and vitamins to fortify and condition the follicles. That’s why, while you can get mascara/serum combos, it’s better to go for a product that’s applied along the lash-line like an eyeliner. You can also use them on the eyebrows.

Lash facts

  • The upper lid has typically about 90 to 150 lashes on it and the bottom between 70 or 80.
  • Most lashes grow about 10mm long.
  • Lashes are in active growth for six to eight weeks. Each lash will grow to a specific length then stop. There’s a final resting phase before the lash falls out and a new one begins to grow.
  • Lashes have a function – they’re there to keep dirt and dust out of your eyes.
  • Lashes are made up of keratin, just like the hair on your head.

Five To Try

  • Loaded Lashes by Jo Hilton $75
    Free of synthetic fragrance and parabens, this is the one for sensitive skins. It’s packed with peptides to boost keratin.
  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum $190
    Although it’s from the Prevage family, this doesn’t contain that range’s signature ingredient, the antioxidant idebenone, but a blend of peptides and vitamins to help protect lashes and prevent breakage.
  • MAC Prep + Prime Future Length Lash Serum $80
    Twice-daily application is recommended for longer, stronger lashes.
  • Flash Amplifying Eyelash Serum $69
    For value and amazing results, this one is my top pick. It promises to lengthen, thicken and darken.
  • Uberlash $189
    Promises to strengthen and lengthen no matter how short, sparse or brittle lashes are.

Tips

  • Always make sure your lashes are free of mascara and your skin is clean and dry before applying an eyelash serum.
  • Start at the inner corner of the eye and glide the applicator across the skin at the base of the lashline on the upper and lower eyelids.
  • Ideally use at night and wait at least two to three minutes before applying any other product.
  • Once lashes have reached maximum length you can reduce your serum use to three times a week.
  • If you get serum in your eyes rinse out with water immediately.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.com

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