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How to Get the Look of Lash Extensions & Lash Lift at Home

by Neutrogena
August 23, 2023

Long, full eyelashes are enviable, and luckily with lash extensions, lash lifts and products that add volume, the look is easily attainable. While both extensions and lifts are great ways to give your eyelashes a little boost, the appointments can take time and be expensive. Read on to learn how you can achieve the show-stopping eyelashes of your dreams with a lash lift at home.

What Are Lash Extensions?

Lash extensions help your eyelashes appear longer, fuller and thicker without mascara. They're applied during a procedure in which an aesthetician applies individual fibers (they can be either synthetic, mink or silk) to each individual lash by using a semi-permanent glue. Adding those fibers mimics the look of longer eyelashes, and they can last for three to four weeks. The great benefit to lash extensions is that they can be totally customizable. Looking for mega volume, or do you want soft doe eyes? You can play around with different sizes, shapes and fibers to get your desired look.

However, this treatment comes with a price. The average cost for this procedure can start at around $200 and lash extensions take a lot of time and upkeep. You may think that at-home lash extensions can save you time and money, but experts warn against attempting to apply them yourself at home. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the procedure can cause trauma to your eyelid or cornea, infection to your eyes if not done in a sanitary setting, and even an allergic reaction to the glue, so you should only have it done by a licensed professional.

What Is a Lash Lift?

Lash lifts use your natural lashes to create the look of curled and lifted lashes. This cosmetic procedure involves coating your lashes with a silicone shield and then applying a chemical lotion to curl the lashes up. These results can last up to eight weeks. With a lash lift, you'll want to see a licensed professional who has been specially trained in working with these types of chemicals. Attempting a lash lift at home is not recommended since you can cause permanent damage if these chemicals get into your eyes.

How Do I Lengthen and Lift the Look of Lashes at Home?

If a lash treatment isn't in your budget, you can still get the look of a lash lift at home in a safe way with the Neutrogena® Healthy Lash + Brow Enhancer Serum with Biotin and Neutrogena® Healthy Volume Mascara. This powerhouse combo will give you dramatic lashes at a fraction of the cost of a professional treatment. Here's how to get the most out of these products.

  • Step 1: Apply Lash Serum

    Wondering how to apply lash serum? Start with clean, bare skin before showing your lashes some love. Then, swipe the serum above your eyelash roots (like if you're applying liquid eyeliner, but go closer to your lashes) and swipe out toward the tips. If you use the serum twice a day, you can see results within a few weeks. The serum contains peptides and biotin to help lashes grow longer in just four weeks.

  • Step 2: Apply Mascara

    Once the serum dries, apply your favorite mascara that looks like lash extensions. The key to making your lashes look fuller is to use one that adds volume, like the Neutrogena® Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara. This mascara is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and is infused with olive oil to pump and protect every single lash. It has a visible volume brush that grabs and coats even the smallest lashes without smudging or flaking. The result? Lashes with stunning volume.


When will I see results with the Neutrogena® Healthy Lash + Brow Enhancer Serum?

While results vary from person to person, most people who use the Neutrogena® Healthy Lash + Brow Enhancer Serum twice a day will notice moisturized, longer-looking lashes in just four weeks.

What is the lash growth cycle?

Eyelashes go through three phases in their growth cycle — the growth phase (anagen), the degradation phase (catagen) and the resting phase (telogen). The complete life cycle of eyelashes is from four to 11 months.

Are lash extensions bad for your natural lashes?

Lash extensions are a generally safe cosmetic treatment, however, the procedure may come with risks, including infections or allergic reactions. Like with any cosmetic procedure, it's important to go to a licensed aesthetician to get the job done.

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