Three Ways To Get Great Lashes

The smokey eye may have had its moment, but now it's eyelashes that are stealing the show for 2012. Long and lush are what we're going for, and luckily there's help for those with thinning lashes or who weren't born with thick ones in the first place. Whether you have a few months or just a few minutes, you can, indeed, get flirt-worthy lashes.

In a few months: We can't say we're surprised that lashes have been growing in popularity over the past few years thanks to the FDA approval of Latisse, the prescription-level, medical answer to thin, flimsy lashes. Some people have such good luck with the product that they can even go without mascara. It takes about four months to see final results, but Latisse can double your lash volume.

In an afternoon: A salon procedure called LashDip, (that must be applied by a certified professional) offers all of the lift, curl, thickness and length of a high-end mascara, but it's semipermanent and can last for up to six weeks. Plus, LashDip can be added to Latisse-treated lashes or combined with extensions.

In a minute: A good-quality mascara can make all the difference. Lancôme's Hypnôse was voted "Best Overall Mascara" in the NewBeauty Beauty Choice Awards because the tapered brush really lets you reach each and every lash. And the glossy formula makes your eyes pop.

To see before-and-afters of these options for thicker lashes, see the Winter 2012 issue of NewBeauty, on newsstands now.


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6 Comments
  • Posted on

    Hi ladies. Thanks for reading and commenting! It really is a small percentage of patients who experience any eye color change due to using Latisse (according to their website), but if you're really nervous about it, then you can try eyelash extensions. We actually just posted a video about them here: http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=5675 Check it out and let us know what you end up choosing. We're always curious. Thanks!

  • anonymous
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    I have light brown/hazel eyes and will not use Latisse. There are other lash growth products available without this component AND even another option: boutiques that will place individual lashes on your lashes (be sure they are using medical grade glue and are specific to that business) that can give you a GREAT lash line. My mother had the same light brown/hazel eye color and was using drops for her glaucoma treatment and her eyes MOST certainly changed to a darker deep brown color. While this may not be significant with our pure blue-eyed friends, those of us with "border-line" eye colors that want to keep this color must look at "the small percentage" being affected. If you are an individual that is affected, that small percentage that you will fall into with your former hazel eyes IS significant. Something to consider...

  • anonymous
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    That's great to know as it's been the only reason for my hesitation! Thanks for the info!

  • Nicole
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    I have used Latisse for about a year now with no problems. The skin on your eyelid may temporarily darken but you are only applying the product at your lash line. The main ingredient in Latisse is used for patients with Glaucoma in which they drop the solution into the eye. There is nothing to worry about. Also visit the website for Latisse and they will give you the small percentage of women who saw any change in eye color. It is less than 1 percent. My lashed look amazing and I would definitely recommend the product!

  • anonymous
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    My eyes are blue as well and i've used Latisse closer to two years, somewhat on and off, but haven't had any discoloration as a result.

  • anonymous
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    I want to try Latisse, but I have bright blue eyes and I heard it can darken them. I really don't want that to happen. Has anyone used or could clarify if this is an effect?

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