A. How To Make Eyelashes Darker Without Mascara
Regardless of your eye shape or color, dark lashes can open up your eyes and make them look bigger and brighter. Many people turn to mascara to achieve this effect, but is there a way to darken your lashes without having to put on mascara every morning?
6 effective ways to darken your eyelashes without mascara are:
- Dye eyelashes
- Castor oil
- Magnetic eyelashes
- Eyelash extensions
- Eyelash serum
1. Why give up mascara?
Mascara is an easy and convenient way to get darker lashes, but it also comes with some downsides.
There can be many reasons why you might want to take a break from mascara, including:
- It’s time consuming – you’re tired of applying it every morning
- It smears – you could do without the spots under the eyes every afternoon
- It’s temporary – it will come off by the end of the day and you’ll have to reapply it the next morning
- It can dry out your lashes – daily use of mascara can make your lashes dry and brittle over time
- It’s not for everyone — some people just don’t wear mascara. Maybe it irritates their eyes or they just feel like it doesn’t suit them.
Luckily, there are a few ways to darken your lashes without having to apply mascara every morning.
2. How to darken your lashes without mascara
a. Eyelash Color
Eyelash tinting is an ideal option if you want to darken your eyelashes without using mascara. It is especially good for those whose lashes are naturally pale. You’ll likely find that you don’t want or need to use mascara after you paint your lashes. Eyelash dyes usually last about a month. It is recommended that you consult a reputable esthetician, but you can also get eyelash tinting kits at home. Be careful as the eye area is delicate and vulnerable. Always patch test first and be sure to follow package directions.
b. Try castor oil
Castor oil is said to make eyelashes grow longer, thicker, and darker. Note, however, that this is not an overnight solution. To reap the lash-enhancing benefits of castor oil, apply it to your lashes every night after washing your face (always do a patch test first to make sure it’s not causing irritation around the eye area). Apply a small amount of castor oil to the base of the lashes with a clean cotton swab. Alternatively, you can use a clean mascara wand to apply it. In the morning, wash the oil off your eyelashes with warm water and a cloth. Castor oil has the best results for those whose lashes are already a little dark. You won’t have very visible results if your lashes are blonde.
Much like natural oils, petroleum jelly can help darken your lashes, at least temporarily. It will also smooth and condition your eyelashes. Apply a thin layer to your lashes every night using a clean finger or cotton swab, being careful not to get in your eyes. You can also apply a thin layer to your lashes in the morning and then curl them for a subtle, natural alternative to mascara. Again, this only works if your lashes are already a bit dark. It will not have any significant darkening effects for those with blonde lashes.
d. Magnetic eyelashes
Magnetic eyelashes are a type of false eyelashes that are attached to the eyelashes with magnets. They create the illusion of darker, longer and thicker lashes. They are reusable and not too heavy on your lashes. Simply apply a top coat and a bottom coat as close to the lash line as possible. They then snap into place and stay in place all day for a dramatic, mascara-free look. However, if you have long, light lashes and are looking for a more natural look, tinting might be a better option.
e. Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions are a great semi-permanent option that will make your lashes look longer and darker without the hassle of applying mascara every morning. Eyelash extensions are individual lashes that are glued to the tips of your natural lashes to make them fuller, longer and darker. They are available in a variety of materials such as silk, mink, and synthetic options. Depending on the volume you want, there are different options, from 50 to 100, with different lengths and curls. Eyelash extensions last as long as the eyelash growth cycle, around six weeks, but it is recommended that you refill every two or three weeks to avoid uneven areas. If your lashes are very light, they may need to be colored first so that they blend perfectly with dark extensions. However, they are not the cheapest option. Expect a price range of around $80 to $100 to have eyelash extensions done at a reputable salon.
f. Try an eyelash serum
There are many eyelash serums on the market that claim to promote longer, darker, and thicker eyelashes. If you decide to try an eyelash serum, it’s always a good idea to be cautious and do a patch test first. Latisse is the only FDA-approved eyelash serum. It is used to treat uneven or thinning eyelashes and you must obtain it by prescription. It also has some potential side effects, including itchy eyes and eyelid discoloration.
3. How can I make my lashes look thicker without mascara?
You can make your lashes look thicker without mascara by darkening the lash line. To do this, you can use clay or gel eyeliner (kajal is ideal). Apply a thin line directly to the lash line. You can also use a thin brush with black eyeshadow to achieve the same effect.
4. Can you dye eyelashes with hair dye?
You should NEVER use hair dye near your eyes as it contains chemicals that are harmful to your eyes. Instead, look for a dye that’s specifically formulated for use on your lashes.
5. Do eyelashes fall out when varnishing?
Dying your lashes regularly can dry them out and make them brittle, which can cause them to break. If you tint your lashes regularly, it’s a good idea to regularly apply a conditioning eyelash serum or natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or even petroleum jelly to your lashes.
B. Top Tips For Growing Thicker, Longer, And Darker Eyelashes
One of the most coveted beauty brands is long, flowing, dark lashes. While some are born blessed with gorgeous lashes, the rest of us need to find ways to catch up. Mascara is just a quick fix to a long-standing problem. There are several ways to get lashes to grow thicker, longer, and healthier. Luckily, improving the look of thin, light lashes is easy with these helpful tricks and tips.
1. Eyelash Stimulators
There are many natural ingredients that benefit our eyelashes. Most things are easy to find at home. Try any or all of these organic eyelash boosters.
Oils such as vitamin E, castor oil, olive oil and even petroleum jelly have a positive effect on the eyelashes. Dip a disposable wand of mascara in the oil of your choice and coat lashes from base to tip. Leave it overnight. Be careful not to rub oil into your eye. These oils moisturize the hair follicles and promote healthy growth.
b. Green tea bath
A green tea bath is a great way to achieve longer, darker lashes. Just make a cup of green tea (no sugar!) and wait for it to cool. Dip a cotton ball and dab the warm liquid onto your lashes. Green tea is packed with beneficial antioxidants to keep your lashes healthy, and the caffeine and flavonoids encourage new growth.
Aloe Vera is a wonderful tonic for refreshing the eyes and keeping lashes lush and dark. It is full of vitamins and minerals that promote good health and stimulate the growth of new cells. It is also good for rough skin and red spots.
d. Eyelash serum
There are many eyelash serums on the market. Their formulas are designed to work with the growth cycle, helping to promote and maintain it. Look for an eyelash serum with squalene, which will help thicken lashes. Latisse® is a very popular product offered at Vibrance Medspa that adds length, volume and volume to your lashes.
2. Go the extra mile for great lashes
Regular use of these natural ingredients and serums is just the first step to the lashes of your dreams. Large eyelashes also require special attention. Don’t forget to incorporate these specific tips into your lash routine for best results.
Massaging the eyelids in the evening promotes healthy growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Avoid pressing too hard. A gentle touch is enough for about 60 seconds. It’s easy to do while applying a natural oil or aloe.
b. Clean lashes
It is very important that you clean your eyelashes every night. Remove all makeup and dirt from the day. You will be surprised how many fine dirt particles are floating in the air around us. Cleaning your lashes every night will help keep them healthy.
c. Eat healthy
Just like the hair on your head, eyelashes are responsive to the health of the body. They need certain minerals and vitamins to grow and shine. If you are not healthy you cannot have healthy hair. You need to eat whole grains and healthy carbohydrates to keep your body working at optimal capacity. There is also a plethora of vitamin supplements for hair growth.
d. Warm/cold packets
Once or twice a week, alternate hot and cold eye packs for about five minutes each. Repeat as many times as you like. Not only does this activity stimulate the nerves and muscles around the eyes to promote hair growth, but it also reduces the signs of wrinkles.
3. What not to do for longer, healthier lashes
There are also some things you don’t want to do when trying to get longer lashes. Most of us don’t even think about the things we do every day that are detrimental to the health of our lashes. Take some time to think about these activities and decide how they affect your lifespan.
a. Don’t rub your eyes
It’s hard not to rub your eyes at certain times of the year, especially when hay fever season begins. You can also rub your eyes vigorously when you feel tired or frustrated. It’s a bad idea. Your eyes are very sensitive and rough handling can cause your eyelashes to fall out or small blood capillaries to break.
b. Do not use harsh cleansers and makeup removers
Anything you use on your eyes should be gentle. From makeup remover to night cream, choose products that are paraben-free or exfoliating. Not only can they pull out your lashes, but these products can also cause premature lines and wrinkles.
c. Do not keep false eyelashes for a long time
Tape lashes have been around since the 1920s and are still a viable alternative when you just can’t grow long lashes. They come in all sizes, shapes and volumes, so you can change their look every day. False eyelashes are attached to the eyelashes with glue or magnetic tape and can be used several times. But these types of lashes can be harmful and increase your chances of losing healthy lashes. Never leave false eyelashes on for a long time. It is important to remove them as soon as possible. Use a mild detergent and never pull or tug. You will draw your own lashes while removing the fake ones. Wait for the cleaner to completely dissolve the glue and slide the lash out of the lid.
4. Safe eyelash extensions
When you seem destined for a lackluster life and nothing you try is working, there is still hope. An alternative to false lashes, eyelash extensions are a wonderfully simple way to make your eyes look brighter and more defined. Eyelash extensions are individual lashes that are glued onto yours to create volume and length. The glue is not harmful and will eventually wear off, making a spatula necessary. They are less invasive than false eyelashes as you don’t have to put them on and take them off every day. Eyelash extensions are available in a variety of materials including silk, mink, faux mink, and other synthetic options. The number of eyelashes used can also be adjusted to the desired look. There are volume options from 50 to 100 lashes and various length and curl options.