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Turn Thin Short Lashes into the Full Lush Lashes of Your Dreams

As we age, our lashes can lose the length and fullness they once had. What’s a girl to do? There are lots of options out there these days, from over-the-counter products and serum boosting systems, false eyelashes, eyelash transplants (for extreme cases), and some marvelous beauty products that can create the look of full, lush lashes that are wink-worthy. We spoke with our makeup experts to get their favorite products.

11 Mascaras That Give You Full Lush Lashes

Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $27

Experience ultimate volume and the look of thick, false lashes with Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. The lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles your lashes for major drama. The super-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less. Velvet Noir gives you the thickest lashes in one sweep. Apply Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara on its own, or layer with O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara (sold separately).

Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $4

Achieve thicker, fuller, and longer lashes that are beautiful and natural with the e.l.f. Cosmetics Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara. The enlarged brush coats your lashes evenly for an enhanced appeal. The unique formula is clump-free and quick drying so you can have color that stays on all day with no smudging and no flaking. Feel confident in any environment with a mascara that is waterproof, tearproof, and sweatproof for a look that lasts against all odds. And feel good about your choice knowing this option is cruelty-free and vegan!

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Mascara, $6.12

Voluminous Mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping and to soften and build lashes up to 5X their natural thickness. The Volume Maximizing Brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, and this mascara is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Lash Sensational Mascara, $9.99

Lash Sensational Mascara from Maybelline is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles to reveal a full flourish of lashes. Liquid ink formula coats from all sides for a sensational full fan effect.

Cosmetics Superhero Stretch Mascara, $19.99

Superhero stretch mascara is a volumizing and lengthening mascara that is clinically tested to stretch the look of lashes for wider, longer, and eye-opening results.

Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, $21

Go beyond black to carbon for intense lashes with dramatic definition, high volume, and a wide reach, lasting up to 16 hours.

COVERGIRL Lash Blast Volume Mascara, $6.17

Turn up the volume with COVERGIRL Lash Blast Volume Mascara. See the difference as it gives you 10x more volume instantly, thanks to the volume-boosting formula for dramatic volume.

KUSH Mascara, $25

Unique heart-shaped fibers lock onto lashes for long-lasting volume. Unlike cylindrical fibers which can appear spidery, the hollow heart-shaped fibers lay in each direction and fill with a formula for maximum volume. The result? Fluffy, full, voluminous lashes.

FetishEyes™ Lengthening Mascara, $30

This flexible, buildable formula delivers a range of looks, making it the ultimate pro-artist secret for customizable volume with long-lasting wear. Its formula, infused with conditioning peptides, strengthens and defends each lash, while hydrating panthenol keeps them luxuriously soft.

Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD Instant XXL Volume Mascara, $29.50

Experience instant XXL volume on each lash with +94% HD volume. The improved formula offers clump-free, excess-free volumized lashes. This mascara is enriched with vitamin B and cotton extract to build your lashes to their fullest potential. 

They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, $26

This breakthrough bestseller reveals lashes you never knew you had! The specially designed brush features staggered bristles that grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The custom-domed tip uses precision bristles to lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. With a glossy, jet-black, long-wearing formula, you’ll flaunt luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions have become a popular option in the recent past. Similar to hair extensions, they’re applied to your normal lashes using an adhesive. Extensions are semi-permanent, and it’s recommended you have them applied by a trained technician.

When considering lash extensions, keep in mind they’re very time-consuming to apply, they can be quite costly, and they’re high maintenance. But, when done correctly, they also look pretty darn fabulous. If you’re considering getting extensions speak with a local esthetician to find out which style you want (they aren’t one size fits all), which material will work best for you, and how much the first two options are going to cost you.

Here are some of the options you might find on your extension journey, so you have an idea of what to expect. 

LANKIZ Eyelash Extensions Individual Lashes, $7.99

Grafting: One lash extension is grafted to one natural eyelash. Compared to volume lashes, classic eyelash extensions are easier to operate, so they are more suitable for beginners to start their lash trip. These can last up to 4-5 weeks and are best for people that have thick eyelashes and want to add some length. 

Kiss Falscara False Eyelash Starter Kit, $24.90

This kit offers a DIY home option if you want to add extensions just for the day, and includes an overnighter option that provides extended wear for up to 10 days. The wisps are placed under your natural lashes, which allows them to look more natural, and the kit offers a variety of lengths to customize your look.

Magnetic Eyelashes

Despite all of the fabulous options in mascaras, sometimes you just can’t attain the fullness level you want. That’s where other options come in, like magnetic lash extensions. What are they? Contrary to normal false eyelashes, these don’t require glue or adhesive. They secure to each other (and your lash line) with tiny magnets. They’re also easy to apply and are surprisingly comfortable to wear.

One major benefit is many brands are reusable and can be worn up to 40 times before needing replacements. When considering magnetic lashes, take into account cost, the material used (paying special attention to allergens), and the look you’d like to achieve.

Magnetic Eyelashes with Eyeliner, $14.99

Whether you want a natural look, a dramatic look or somewhere in between, Lexi McQueen lashes have you covered with 5 different styles giving you the perfect lashes for any occasion.

Babygirl Eyelashes, $29.99

Babygirl eyelashes are wispy round lashes that look natural on the eye and feel super lightweight. They are made from high-quality synthetic fiber and are 100% vegan. The lashes also come with 4 lash anchors that can strengthen the hold of your lash and keep them in place all day long.

10 Pairs Magnetic Eyelashes Kit with Eyeliner Reusable Magnetic Lashes, $3.99

These eyelashes are convenient and easy to apply. They stay put all day and are easily removed and repositioned.

Ardell Accent 001 Magnetic Eyelashes, $11.89

Ardell’s Magnetic Accent Lashes feature groundbreaking multi-magnet technology that features smaller, virtually invisible magnets, strategically embedded end to end. This provides complete magnetic contact, so the upper and lower lashes lock together and lay down seamlessly along your natural lash line. Having more smaller magnets allows for a more secure hold and a more subtle appearance. 

ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Faux Mink Natural Lash System, $11.89

Eylure is revolutionizing false eyelashes with this latest innovation. This patent-pending technology is simple; apply the eyeliner to your eye as you would a normal liquid eyeliner and once it’s dry apply your magnetic lash onto the liner and you’re done! This long-lasting, smudge-proof formula is easy to use and is safe for daily wears. This kit includes the revolutionary ProMagnetic eyeliner and a pair of gorgeous faux mink natural lashes. Lightweight and easy to remove, you can wear these lashes up to15 times!

Growth Serum 

If you’d still like to work with your natural, considering trying to plump them up using growth serum. How does it work? It’s meant to lengthen and thicken your natural lashes by applying it directly to them using an included applicator. Serum can be found in the stores or by prescription, and they vary in cost from brand to brand.  

Common ingredients in the over-the-counter varieties are biotin and castor oil, and the results have been hit or miss. Prescription serums contain bimatoprost, which has been clinically proven to make your lashes grow thicker and fuller and is FDA approved for that use.  

When considering growth serum, remember that you need to apply it directly to the root of your eyelashes every night and you should be very careful when applying to avoid getting it into your eyes or tear ducts.  

Eyelash Enhancing Serum, $49.99

The key to unlocking your lashes’ potential can be found in the unique RapidLash® formula. The innovative HEXATEIN® 1 COMPLEX in the Eyelash Enhancing Serum consists of six highly effective ingredients and is specifically designed to condition, moisturize and fortify, enhancing the overall appearance of more beautiful lashes.

GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum, $65

This award-winning lash-enhancing serum is infused with a blend of vitamins, peptides, and amino acids to promote the appearance of naturally longer, thicker-looking lashes in 4-6 weeks, with full improvement in 3 months. It’s a favorite for helping to enhance short, thinning, or brittle lashes. 

Platinum Long Lash Serum, $150

A cult-favorite eyelash-enhancement serum that improves the length and density of eyelashes and eyebrows.

Neutrogena Healthy Lashes Lash Enhancer Serum, $12.41

Get healthier and fuller-looking lashes with Neutrogena Lash Enhancer Serum. This lash-enhancing serum comes infused with biotin and peptides. The formula nourishes and conditions to promote the appearance of healthier, fuller, and more beautiful-looking lashes. Plus, this lash booster leaves lashes feeling moisturized and longer looking in just 4 weeks.

KUSH Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum, $50

A daily serum that nurtures hair for longer, fuller-looking lashes and brows.

It would be nice if fuller, thicker lashes just naturally occurred throughout our lives, but that’s not the fate most of us face. If you’re looking to plump and boost your lashes, the options are virtually endless. You can order one of the mascaras shown above and give it a test drive, or jump right in and head to the salon for some extensions. What’s most important is at the end of the day you’re happy and loving yourself. 


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