Tips for Long Eyelashes: How to grow longer lashes naturally

I'll show you how to grow lashes the healthy, chemical free way

by Linda Robison

Did you ever wish you had long, luscious Bambi eyelashes?

Are your eyelashes short, stubby, or always breaking?

If so, don't worry, you are not the only one! We'll show you natural, DIY eyelash tips to prevent breakage and damage and help get your longest eyelashes possible.

A woman with natural long eyelashes. Tips for long eyelashes.

Tips for long eyelashes

As we age, our lashes become weak, brittle, and stubby... Making them practically invisible! As a result, a lot of women struggle to get their natural lashes to grow longer.

The trick is to support and protect delicate lashes using special care tactics, efficient eyelash serums, and beneficial oils, encouraging them to grow to their natural full length.

Some over-the-counter eyelash serums, oils, and natural cosmetic products may help encourage eyelash growth (see the studies on castor oil and JarillaCoffee extract below).

They can also help keep them conditioned, healthy and strong so they're able to grow stronger and longer.

By protecting lashes from becoming brittle and breaking, you're steps closer to having the long, healthy eyelashes you've always dreamed of.

Our top 7 tips for long eyelashes

1. Take a Makeup Break 

If you want longer lashes, give them a break from makeup. Take off mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, or false eyelashes before going to bed.

The chemicals in these products can dry delicate lashes and cause them to become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.

Bonus tip: Try to give your lashes a break from all eye makeup at least one day a week. You'll notice a significant improvement in the health of your lashes in just a few months

2. Use Gentle Cleansers

When removing makeup, be extra gentle around the eye area. Choose cleaners that are gentle and hypoallergenic or consider using makeup wipes, Micellar cleansing water, or a professional makeup remover.

3. Condition with Eyelash Oils

eye lash oils

Just like the hair on your head, eyelashes need moisture and hydration to prevent breakage so they're able to grow longer.

Consider applying a light coating of eyelash oils like olive oil, coconut oil or castor oil.

Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids which can improve the health and condition of hair and might even speed up eyelash growth.

Bonus: Studies show that castor oil may inhibit prostaglandin D2, which can help prevent hair loss. Also, castor oil may help boost circulation to hair follicles, helping hair to grow faster, thicker and even darker! 1,2

How to apply eyelash oil - Just pop a drop or two of oil onto a clean mascara wand or spoolie and brush your lashes every night. Make sure to get the bottom lashes too!

Note: Clean and disinfect your lash applicators after each use!

eyelash serums

4. Nourish with Eyelash Growth Serums

Use an eyelash growth serum. There are many effective ones available.

New: "According to the Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology (CCID) journal, Jarilla–Coffee extract, a natural cosmetic product, helps improve eyelash and eyebrow growth in women." 3

We know many over-the-counter eyelash serums may help lashes grow longer. These best-selling serums typically contain plant peptides, prostaglandin analogs, natural extracts, and vitamins. 

It might be worth trying ones that contain coffee extract, like this one.

Long eyelashes before and after pictures.My before and after eyelash growth pictures.

UPDATE: It's been 6 months since I first bought the lash serum. I'm still using the same tube, it lasts that long!!

And although I forget to apply the lash serum for days... my lashes are still long, and I haven't had any breakage.

No more stubby lashes for me. :-)

5. Sleep on Satin Pillowcases

Satin pillowcases are silky smooth, and they are not too expensive either. And sleeping on them can help you in many ways.

Your hair won't tangle, your skin won't wrinkle, and your eyelashes can grow longer since they're protected from breakage that often occurs on rough cotton pillow cases.

Recommendation: I use the Face Pillow – which not only protects my lashes from breaking but decreases face and eye wrinkles since my face isn't all scrunched up into my pillow.

Visit the link below to learn more.

Face and Neck pillow

6. Comb Your Lashes

Much like your head hair, brushing your lashes helps stimulate their growth. Invest in a foldable eyelash brush, or a spoolie.

Here's a time-saving tip: combine brushing your lashes with applying your eyelash oil treatment. All you need is to apply a few drops of your favored eyelash oil onto your chosen eyelash brush and run it over both your upper and bottom lashes.

Make sure that the wand is small enough and that it can reach all of your lashes, upper & bottom ones. Comb them out and let the natural circulation boost the growth!

7. Consider Getting Lash Extensions

A woman with long dark eyelashes. 
How to grow longer eyelashes naturally without chemicals.

Lastly, if nothing works, or if you are extremely impatient, get a set of magnetic lash extensions!

Lash extensions are an excellent treatment that will help you achieve an insane amount of volume overnight.

If you need a quick solution, and you can't wait for an entire month for your own lashes to grow, give these a try!

Magnetic lash extensions are a great choice for formal events. Plus, they're cruelty-free since they're made from premium synthetic fibers that look super soft and very natural. 

Ready to see long eyelashes?

So, are you ready for longer, healthier-looking lashes?

Which of these top 7 tips for longer eyelashes seems the most practical for you do to? Let us know which of these is going to be on your go-to list and how it worked for you.

NoteIf you have any eye conditions, talk to your eye doctor first before using any eyelash enhancing products.

Tips for longer lashes: FAQ

Q: What about applying green tea for longer lashes?

A: Using green tea on eyelashes to promote growth is based on the antioxidants in green tea, especially catechins, known for promoting overall hair health.

While some believe it helps, scientific evidence is limited. Green tea extracts may aid general hair growth, but more research is needed for eyelashes.

But, if you decide to try it, make a green tea infusion, let it cool, and apply to lashes with a clean spoolie or Q-Tip

Results vary, so do a patch test. Be realistic about home remedies, as scientific backing may be lacking.