Stretch Your Eyelashes
With Mascara and Unscented Baby Powder vs Cotton Balls

Edited by Donna, Eng, Doug Collins

Eyelashes can be stretched with mascara and fibres or powder.

Stretching your eyelashes involves using powders and fibers that are then coated with lengthening mascara in order to make them look much longer. Here are some ways to stretch your eyelashes using ingredients you have at home. If you are doing this properly you can get results that look as dramatic as if you were wearing false eyelashes. However, thickening you eyelashes by stretching them is far less cumbersome and toxic then gluing false eyelashes to your eyelids.

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Method 1: With Mascara and Unscented Baby Powder

An example of eye lashes lengthened with baby powder,

This works because the fibers in the mascara will cling to little particles of baby powder thus physically increasing the volume and length of your eyelashes. Note that the main ingredient in Unscented Baby Powder is corn starch, so you can use corn starch in place of the unscented baby powder in this lash lengthening recipe.

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  1. 1
    Use an eyelash curler to curl your clean, mascara-free eyelashes.
    Begin by curling at the base, the middle of the lash and the tip of the lash. Hold the clamp down on the lashes for at least eight seconds.
    Hold the eyelash curler down for at least 8 seconds to make sure the curl is set.
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    Brush your lashes with two coats a high-quality volumizing or lengthening mascara.
    Good brands to use are Wonder'Lash Volume Colourist Mascara by Rimmel, Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara and Benefit they're real! Lengthening Mascara
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    Shake some baby powder into a small dish or jar and then coat a clean Q-Tip with it.
    Make sure that all of your lashes are coated with a light dusting of the powder.
    Sprinkle powder into a small jar or into your hand and then apply it to your eyelashes with a Q-Tip.
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    Apply another two coat of mascara over the unscented baby powder.
    Use long stroking motions that are very gentle to lengthen your lashes as long as possible. Your eyelashes will look at least twice as long as usual.
    Keeping coating your lashes with mascara over the baby powder to create a lush look.
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Method 2: With Mascara and Cotton Balls

An example of eyelashes that have been stretched using cotton ball fiber.

In this recipe, cotton balls are used to drag fibers through your natural lashes and then colored with mascara to stretch them out to look longer.

  1. 1
    Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes.
    They should be clean, dry and free of mascara. Curl your lashes in stages being sure to angle them gently upwards. Avoid creating a right-angle crook in your lashes as that causes breakage of lashes.
    Curl your clean eyelashes with an eyelash curler.
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    Drag a cotton ball through the bristles of a mascara comb until it is coated with strands of cotton fiber.
    It is best that you use a smaller comb with wider stiff comb-like bristles. Twirling the mascara comb gets the most cotton on it. The top of the comb should look thick and furry, like it has been coated in cobwebs.
    Use a cotton ball to extract cotton fibres for lengthening your lashes.
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  3. 3
    Brush the mascara wand through your upper lashes with an upwards motion.
    Be sure to do this several times on the eyelashes each eye. Your eyelashes with now be coated with tiny white fibers.
    Roll the mascara wand in the cotton ball to pick up the fibers and then brush the fibers on your lashes.
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  4. 4
    Apply two coats of mascara to your curled eyelashes with a volumizing fibrous mascara.
    It is good to use a mascara that has a wand that looks like a comb as that helps straighten out the fibers and cling to your lash tips. Good brands of mascara to use that have well defined mascara combs are Sisley Mascara So Intense and Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara, and Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara
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    Let the mascara dry for about fifteen minutes.
    You want your lashes to feel quite stiff, before you sweep your lashes with more cotton fibers.
    Let your new lashes dry after you apply the mascara coat to them.
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    Apply a second coat of mascara over the cotton fibers, and let them dry.
    At this point your lashes should be much longer. Some people like to wait another fifteen minutes before they apply a third coat. However, be aware that if you apply a third coat that you could end up with crooked looking lashes.
    If the lashes are too fibrous they will look crooked.
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Tips and Tricks

Make sure that you use unscented baby powder near your eye area.
  • Make sure that you use unscented baby powder on your lashes as the unscented type if very irritating on most people's eyes.
  • Your results will be much less effective if your clamp down too hard on your lashes creating a jutting right angle, aim for a gentle curve instead
  • Do not clamp down so hard on the lash that you end up breaking it
  • When using powders and fibers coated with mascara to stretch your lash length it is a good idea to carry a tissue with a bit of Witch Hazel on it as homemade lash lengtheners do tend to drop crumbs or flecks on your cheek skin
  • If you wear contact lenses these homemade lash lengthening techniques may not be for you
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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