When you visit an ophthalmologist, your main concern may be how well your eyesight functions. But many people also want to ensure that others perceive their eyes as alluring or attractive. Why else would you try on dozens of frames or choose tinted contacts when you get a new lens prescription?
Your choice of eyewear isn’t the only way you can amplify the attractiveness of your eyes. Your eyelashes also contribute to the overall appearance of your eyes, and many people think of thick, dark eyelashes as a defining beauty trait.
If you want to enhance your own eyelashes, try one of the options below.
For millions, mascara is an essential component of their daily beauty routine. You can find dozens of mascaras for sale at beauty supply and drug stores, and mascara makers advertise that their products make eyelashes appear darker, thicker, or longer.
Although mascara is a great solution for everyday eyelash enhancement, some people dislike that mascara can clump, smudge, or wear away after several hours. Mascara also usually vanishes during activities like swimming, and non-waterproof mascaras can streak if you cry or have watery eyes. Plus, mascara can be difficult to remove completely at night.
Still, even these downsides don’t stop mascara from being the most popular way to make your eyelashes more prominent. Use an eyelash curler and a coat of mascara primer to ensure your favorite mascara creates the look you want.
- False Eyelash Strips
To quickly add extra pizzazz to their eyelashes, some people apply false eyelash strips. Like mascara, these strips are available for purchase at any neighborhood store that sells beauty supplies. You can put them on for a special occasion or for daily wear if you don’t mind spending a few extra minutes in front of the mirror.
False eyelash strips come in various styles, including sparser, more natural strips and thicker, fuller strips. Some strips also feature lashes of several lengths to create a dramatic effect.
To truly enjoy your temporary false lashes, find a reliable eyelash glue that pairs well with your skin tone. Look for a latex-free glue if you have sensitive eyes. Eyelash strips will only stay attached for a single day, but if you take them off carefully, you can get several uses out of them.
- Eyelash Flares or Clusters
If you only want to create eyelashes that look slightly fuller, you may prefer single eyelash flares. Unlike full eyelash strips, flares are small sections of a few false lashes. You glue them onto your lash line individually to create fullness exactly where you want it.
You can apply eyelash flares at home, which makes them convenient. However, they have a few downsides. The weight of the false lashes can feel heavy and uncomfortable. They usually aren’t suitable for people who wear contacts-the flares can scratch the lenses. Also, if applied directly to the skin, eyelash clusters may irritate eyes or block the hair follicles of real eyelashes.
- Professional Eyelash Extensions
Some beauty salons or spas offer professional application of individual eyelash flares. Consider making an appointment for this service if you don’t feel confident about applying eyelash flares on your own the first time. Salon eyelash flares are also generally of a higher quality than store-bought clusters.
Professional eyelash extensions can have side effects. Some users have reported losing their actual eyelashes and seeing gaps in their natural lash line. It may take several weeks for your natural eyelashes to grow back in if you experience this side effect.
- Lash Tinting
Perhaps you care more about the color of your lashes than the thickness or the length. If so, you may prefer eyelash tinting. An esthetician can apply the tint to your eyelashes in a short procedure at a salon.
The tint allows you to skip applying mascara for several weeks, but the tint will eventually wear off as you shed and replace the tinted lashes. Be aware that the chemicals used to dye the lashes could potentially enter your eyes and cause irritation or inflammation.
- Eyelash Implants
For patients who want a more permanent eyelash solution, this cosmetic surgery is an option. However, many doctors consider eyelash implants too drastic for patients who just want better-looking eyelashes. This option is more suitable for people who can no longer grow eyelashes because of severe burns or scarring.
- Eyelash Growth Medication
One reliable way to lengthen and thicken your eyelashes is with the medication bimatoprost, also known as Latisse. Bimatoprost is also a glaucoma medication. When users noted eyelash growth as a side effect of using the medication, its manufacturers submitted it to the FDA for approval for that use as well.
Your ophthalmologist can prescribe Latisse if you have patchy eyelash growth. Follow the directions for use, including applying it only to your upper eyelid and using it daily for best results. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their typical appearance.
Latisse does have some known side effects. You may experience dry or itchy eyes or darkening of the irises or eyelids. Changes to iris color are usually permanent. Because of these side effects, you should discuss the pros and cons of bimatoprost with your ophthalmologist to determine if it’s suited for you.
Now that you’re an eyelash expert, you may choose to play up your eyelashes with one of these options or stick with your natural look. Discuss these eyelash enhancement options with an ophthalmologist if you have additional questions.