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These Lash Serums Are so Good, You Won’t Even Need Extensions

Rachel Lapidos

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In the world of lashes, the name of the game tends to be "more is more." This is why you won't find a mascara that doesn't claim to lengthen and volumize your eyelashes, why eyelash extensions are becoming an increasingly popular beauty treatment, and why most beauty lovers say that the one thing they won't leave their house without is—you guessed it—mascara.

So I'm not surprised that every single person I speak to about beauty asks: How do you get longer eyelashes? Well, it's not like growing out your hair—your little lashes are different. Lengthening them is really all about the ingredients you coat them with—hence the importance of using a lash serum.

"Lash serums are treatments typically enriched with conditioning peptides and fatty acids that stimulate and promote growth and stronger eyelashes," says Clementina Richardson, celebrity lash expert and founder of Envious Lashes. "Just like you condition your hair, you need to condition your lashes. Over-the-counter lash conditioners are a great option and typically contain ingredients that strengthen and moisturize them." They're also key for preventing your eyelash hairs from getting brittle and breaking. "So your natural lashes stay more intact, creating a thicker, fuller appearance," she says.

All you have to do is apply a serum to the lash line. "After removing your makeup and cleansing your face, brush the serum along the base of your eyelashes daily," says Richardson. "With regular continued use, you'll start to notice your eyelashes looking longer and stronger over time." Yes, please.

As far as ingredients go, scour the label for panthenol, argan oil, and humectants. "Panthenol and argan oil are great because they smooth and condition lashes, and humectants like hyaluronic acid plump lashes," she says, adding that aloe vera, evening primrose, ginger root extract, and grape seed extract are also nourishing. "Peptides are also great because they work to stimulate the lash hair's follicle." If you're adding a serum to your regimen and you already wear eyelash extensions, Richardson says to avoid serums with oils, as they will "weaken the adhesive and cause premature shedding." And whichever route you go, just be careful when you apply to avoid any eye irritation.

To coat them off, this is the *best* drugstore mascara you can buy. And here's how to know when you should replace that mascara tube. 

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