Glam girl Marion Cotillard is always sporting full, dramatic lashes. And while we all want that glamorous look, not all of us are blessed with a full fringe. There are oodles of products on the market that claim to give you fuller, longer lashes “ but do any of them actually work? We examined the most popular products out there to give you the 411 on pimpin’ out your eye makeup.
How they work:
Most lash enhancing products are a daily treatment to be used over a period of several months. They don’t really make lashes grow longer all of a sudden “ what they do is condition and improve the health of your lashes so that lashes don’t fall out as readily. This means you have more lashes for a longer period of time so lashes have a fuller, thicker appearance.
You can’t grow gorgeous eyelashes overnight. All companies claim that it will take several weeks before you start seeing results. Most lash growth-enhancing products are administered with an applicator and are applied to the skin directly above your lash line “ not to your eyelashes. These products work from the root up to build you thicker, longer lashes.
Latisse, the brand promoted by Brooke Shields, is a prescription lash enhancement treatment. It is the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment for scarce or inadequate eyelashes. Latisse claims that you’ll see the full results after 12 to 16 weeks. (Alas, it’s not been approved yet by Health Canada, so stay tuned on that one).
Over the counter (these are all available at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Rapidlash, $60 was one of the first to hit the market and it definitely does work to improve the fullness of lashes and brows.
L’Oré©al Paris has developed Lash Boosting Serum, $15. Simply apply the serum twice daily. Unlike typical lash growth enhancing products, L’Oré©al’s serum is applied to the eyelashes themselves as well as the lash line. This cheaper alternative is meant to give you results in just 4 weeks. They claim you lashes will appear fuller and thicker, with less fall-out when removing makeup.
Dermaglow just launched Lash Enhance, $60. It’s a growth & conditioning treatment formulated with peptides which is clinically proven for an up to 25% increase in the appearance of lash length in 2 weeks. It improves the health of sparse lashes so you get a fuller fringe and you can use it on your brows too.
Lise Watier Duo Lash Booster, $55 has a lengthening serum which directly treats the root area with peptides and the other end is a fortifying treatment which complements the serum action while protecting and strengthening over time each lash thanks to its formula infused with Panthenol, vitamins A & E and botanical extracts.
Some brands can be irritating to the eyes, or leave behind residue that can become dry and flaky “ yuck. So make sure you do your homework and ask around first before making the investment.
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