My proven formula to grow lashes long and strong

Of all the beauty-related questions I get asked, the topic I get asked about most is definitely lashes.

How can you grow lashes?
Are your lashes real?
What are the best mascaras for long lashes?
Do lash growth serums work?

Genetics help of course, but there are several products, treatments and steps you can take to grow lashes that are longer and healthier than before. This method is exactly what I’ve done and my lashes are living their absolute best life.

essential products to grow lashes

My Proven Formula to Grow Lashes

  1. Grow
  2. Condition
  3. Lash lift and tint
  4. Treat gently

The first step to grow lashes, is well, to grow them! You can accomplish this with the aid of lash grow serums. I am sharing the one I’ve had amazing results with. While I have makeup clients that use others, I’ve only tried this and RapidLash, which I hated.

grandelash md lash enhancing serum

GROW LASHES

GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum has been an absolute game-changer for me. Commit to 3 months of nightly use and you’ll be pleasantly surprised/amazed with your own natural lashes.

FYI: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you shouldn’t use this serum.

before and after results from using grandelash lash growth serum
My own results after using GrandeLash-MD

If you want to read more about GrandeLash, check out my original review HERE. If you want to save 15%, enter ivy15 at checkout on the Grande Cosmetics site.

Your cheapest and pregnancy safe solution to lash growth and strengthening is castor oil. I suggest using spoolies or a tiny eyeliner brush to apply to the lashes. Because this is a thick and sticky oil, I would do this right before bed. A teeny tiny bit goes a long way too. It will just be much slower going.

I recommend decanting your castor oil into these refillable mascara tubes available on Amazon.

CONDITION LASHES

If your existing lashes are damaged, broken, or brittle, either from improperly applied lash extensions, improperly done lash lifts or overuse of drying mascaras and cleansers, you may need to condition them in addition to growing them.

GrandeRepair is a lash conditioner that can be easily applied, just as you would mascara. I recommend doing this at night, or when you don’t plan on wearing mascara.

You can also use castor oil for conditioning.

before and after getting a lash lift and tint
Before and after a recent lash lift and tint done at Lash Love Beauty Bar

LASH LIFT + TINT

Aside from using a lash growth serum, lash lift and tints have made the biggest difference in my lashes. If your lashes have a decent amount of length, with no significant gaps, lifting and tinting will make them look as long as possible, and by separating them, as if you have way more of them.

There is no maintenance with this service as there is with lash extensions. Because they are your lashes, there are no fills, but you will want to treat them nicely if you want them to stay curled the longest.

You might assume a treatment like this would be damaging to your lashes, but I’ve had it done 11-12 times now and I actually feel like my lashes are healthier. I rarely lose lashes anymore.

manta sleep mask to protect lashes

GENTLE SLEEPING

Your lashes will stay the most healthy, and your lash lift and tints will last the longest, when you don’t put additional pressure or tension on them. A traditional flat sleep mask will smash your lashes so you’ll want to get one like the Manta Sleep Mask.

If there is one thing I consider a strength of mine it’s that I sleep on my back. It’s one of the few things I can do well, you guys. It happens to be an ideal position for keeping lashes healthy and un-squished too.

PROPER MAKEUP REMOVAL

If you habitually sleep in mascara and eye makeup, your lashes will not be better for it. In fact, you’ll dry them out, causing them to break and even fall out over time. Imagine your lashes falling out every time you consider snoozing before makeup removal.

embryolisse micellar water

To remove eye makeup, you can use a micellar water on a cotton pad, I like Embryolisse Micellaire Lotion or my preferred method, an oil or balm cleanser, removed with a warm washcloth, like the MakeUp Eraser.

BEST LENGTHENING MASCARAS

Once you grow your lashes, lift them up and treat them nicely, you can really make the most of them with a lengthening mascara. Here a few of my favorites:

Essence Lash Princess is the cheapest route to lashes that will make people ask if they’re real.

Hourglass Caution Extreme is pretty, pricy and what I pull out when I need my lashes to look their very biggest, baddest, thickest and longest.

kevyn aucoin the volume mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

If you want length that lasts without smudging, a tubing formula like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Volume is where it’s at.

The playlist below includes 5 videos I’ve made about lashes and lash lifts.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, should not use GrandeLash.
  • If you get lash lifts, avoid oil-based makeup removers as they can weigh down the curl.
  • When you have a lash lift, you will also want to avoid castor oil as it also weighs down the curl.
  • If you use an eyelash curler, reserve it for special events as repeated use can put unnecessary tension on the lash. No one is cleaning their curler often enough either!

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I hope that you’re now feeling excited about the long lashes you’re about to grow. When people ask if my lashes are real, which they often do, it’s fun to be able to say “yes, I grew them myself!”

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