How to Grow Your Eyelashes Really, Really Long

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Yes, it’s actually possible.

If you weren’t born with magically long eyelashes, then you know that sometimes even the thickest, most volumizing of mascaras can still leave your lashes looking a little sad and stubby. And if you’ve already tried all the long-lash alternatives (see: eyelash extensions, lash lifts, falsies, the works), you may be ready to get to the literal ~root~ of your problem and figure out how to grow your lashes, not just fake the length.

And that’s why I’m here. Because there’s actually a whole world of serums and conditioners that help hydrate, enhance, and even lengthen your eyelashes—you just gotta know which ingredients actually work (remember, we are talking about your freakin’ eyes, after all). And to help you out, I got Ilyse Haberman, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at NYU Langone, to break down everything you need to know about growing your eyelashes safely

What helps your eyelashes grow?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to get extra-long eyelashes, let’s revisit the basics that you probably never even learned, k? The growth cycle of your eyelashes consists of three phases: catagen (the dormant stage, where your lashes just chill), telogen (the shedding stage, where your lashes naturally fall out), and anagen (the growth phase, where they, you know, grow).

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