As someone who has approximately seven eyelashes that all point toward my chin, I can only dream of one day growing two broom heads from my lids that are so sturdy, so thick, that when I blink, there's a gust of wind. I'm not giving up yet. Sure, there are amazing mascaras out there, but sometimes—well, actually, all the time—your lashes are begging for some TLC. Eyelash extensions, falsies, makeup removers, and even some mascaras can all weaken lashes overtime. Thankfully, because we live in the 21st century, the beauty gods have blessed us with a kind of technology only money can buy: eyelash serums.
Lash serums have become a tried-and-true for many seeking a doll-eyed look, but there is still so much uncertainty around these products. Kim Jaynes, the founder the brand Borboleta, says that the most important thing to look for before making a purchase is to study the ingredients and safety of a lash serum. "We’re talking about a product that comes in close contact with your eyes, so obviously it has to be safe," says Jaynes. "Look for ingredients that have been tested both for efficacy and safety."
Lots of people opt for eyelash extensions and falsies, and that's totally OK, but it's nice to let your own girls grow naturally every now and then. From eyelash serums you can use on both your lashes and brows, to formulas that serve as a primer and mascara, shop our favorites and reap all the beautiful benefits. Pro tip: If you're not seeing the results you want from these products, or if your eyelashes are particularly sparse, go to your derm and get a prescription for Latisse, a FDA-approved, professional-grade eyelash serum (but be warned: there are some side effects of Latisse).
For non-believers, consistency is the key to seeing wow-worthy results: "Like with any beauty product, it all comes down to how good the formula is and how consistently you use it," says Jaynes. "With Borboleta Lash Serum, we’ve been blown away by the feedback from our lash fam. The biggest mistake people make is not using lash serum religiously. You really need to commit to using it every night."
The Fancy Primer
Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto
This thick primer not only serves as a strong base for your mascara, but as a serum for your lashes. The black fibers of the brush separate and coat your lashes while the white fibers allow for a smooth application. Enriched with natural ingredients, like cotton nectar and soy proteins, your lashes will soon thank you.
The Cult Favorite
RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
A cult favorite, the Revitalash serum uses the brand's signature Biopeptin Complex to restore lashes that have started to become dull and lackluster. With consistent daily use, lashes are healthier, stronger, and bring the drama.
The Cannabis Conditioner
Milk Makeup KUSH Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum
This dual lash and brow serum utilizes hemp-derived cannabis, plant peptides, and quinoa that help condition and strengthen weakened lashes. With consistent use, lashes are healthier, longer and more noticeable.
The Ingredient-Packed Formula
Borboleta Lash Serum
This ophthalmologist-approved product is chock-full of lash-loving ingredients. With keratin, biotin, plant-based stem cells, and pumpkin-seed extract, this serum conditions lashes and helps them grow to falsies-length.
The Doe-Eyed Look
Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum
If you've been frowning trying to grow more than eight lashes, meet your next best tool. This arginine-packed potion will not only make your girls grow, but also moisturizes the delicate skin around your eyes. The flocked-tip applicator reaches the small areas between lashes and lash line with ease. Results are promised in eight weeks, but I would argue it takes less than that—it's that good.
Embryolisse Lashes Booster
This lash conditioner contains nourishing ingredients that are applied with a mascara-wand to fully coat each lash. Eyelashes that are sparse will become thicker and healthier over time. For eyebrows that also need some T.L.C., this serum works for those hairs too. In the daytime, mascara can be applied on top of the serum for a flawless finish.
The Falsie Recovery Serum
Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Turbo Conditioning Lash Enhancer
If you're a proud passenger on the false eyelash trend, this product is a godsend. The key ingredient here is Tahitian plankton extract, which is known for its moisture-binding properties. Use nightly to help strengthen the appearance of your lashes and get them back to pre-falsies status.
The Lash Hydrator
neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum
This daily treatment has a key ingredient called sodium hyaluronate that is known for its ability to boost hydration and elasticity in lashes. Weak and damaged lashes will start to see benefits with consistent use.
The Strengthening Serum
Rapid Lash Eyelash Enhancing Serum
For many women, long and thick lashes evade them because the lashes aren't getting the nutrients they need. With Rapid Lash, each eyelash is given strengthening and conditioning ingredients that allow consumers to finally see the results they want.
The Science-Approved Lash
Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Long Lash Serum
Dr. Devgan is all about real results. If the before-and-after pictures don't convince you, the science will. With Vitamin B5, Phyto-Peptides, and natural extracts, this serum visible lengthens lashes with no scary side effects.
The Damage Repair Serum
Replenix PROLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum
Formulated with silk amino acids, this lash serum works to reverse damage that may have been caused by harsh mascaras or eyelash extensions. In just 30 days, consumers notice that their lashes are thicker and healthier.
The Vegan Pick
VEGAMOUR Vegalash Volumizing Lash Serum
This serum, in accordance to the brand's values, is vegan, cruelty-free, and contains no chemicals that may be irritating to sensitive consumers. Thick, full, and long lashes are all achievable when this lash serum is swiped on the lash line once a day.
The Long Lash Serum
Actsyl-L Lash Growth Serum
This serum is full of lash-growing ingredients. Using the applicator, the product should be applied near the top and bottom lash line. In just a few months, lashes will look dramatically longer and more full.
The Dramatic Lash
Grande Lash MD Lash Enhancing Serum
This cruelty-free formula means business. It's jam-packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids built to tackle the brittlest of lashes. Your eyelashes will look like beautiful wings once you hit the three-month mark of this product.
The Sensitive Eye Option
Lancer Skincare Lash Serum Intense
Trust, this carefully concocted mix of polypeptides, biotin, panthenol, and ever-so-wonderful pumpkin seed extract will get you IG-ready, long lashes in no time. It's also been ophthalmologist tested, so it's safe for contact lens wearers.
The Clean Lash Lifter
LashFOOD Phyto‐Medic Eyelash Enhancer
Clean beauty is all the rage these days, and after using this 99 percent natural formula, you'll see why. I can't decide if I love this product more because it grants real results in less than a month, or because I actually know the ingredients listed. Either way, both are a win in my book.
The Classic French Pick
DIOR Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer
Layer this primer under mascara to boost the thickness and curl of your lashes, or at night for a deep conditioning treatment. Its unique pure white technology works to get your lashes to a place of optimal health where you've always wanted. Then, after eight weeks, you won't even need the black stuff (a.k.a. mascara).
The Drugstore Choice
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum
Here's another drugstore option that can run with the prescription-required crowd. The teeny-tiny applicator is a dreamboat when it comes to coating every lash from root to tip. Also, this serum dries down fast so your eyes won't be wet all night. Have I mentioned it works on brows, too? Talk about that major 2-in-1 action.
The Mascara Cheat
BY TERRY Mascara Terrybly Growth Booster
Sometimes in life, you don't have all the time in the world to give back to your lashes (guilty!). This mascara boosts volume and length while adding definition with the brand's lumicoat care technology. Packed with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, moisturizing your lashes is now a piece of cake.
Bianca Rodriguez is the Commerce Editor/Writer at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, where she covers fashion, beauty, home, and more. She likes long walks through shopping malls, a good book, and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.
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