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5 Easy And Affordable Ways To Get Longer, Healthier Eyelashes

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - collage: woman looking into mirror while brushing her eyelashes, woman with her eyes closed applying serum to eyelashes with a roller bottle

How To Get Longer Eyelashes Naturally

A few years ago now, a desire for longer and thicker eyelashes led me into a brief and unfortunate encounter with eyelash extensions. As in: I went and got them, then endured a brutal 72 hours of itching and burning before getting them removed.

Apparently my eyes simply aren’t destined for long, luxurious eyelashes, which is rather disappointing because I really loved the way they looked! :-) Oh well. There is a certain point when the price of “beauty” is just too high to pay, and itchy, burning eyes is definitely one of those points!

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After that debacle, I decided to look into other ways I might augment my somewhat skimpy lashes. That lead to the discovery of the super simple DIY lash serum I’ll be sharing with you today, along with few other tips and tricks I’ll share at the end of this post!

Check out my video at the end of the post where I try Magnetic Eyelashes for the first time.

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - ingredients for eyelash serum: lavender oil, roller bottle, fractionated coconut oil

How To Make A Nourishing DIY Lash Serum

You’ll need:

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - collage: woman's hand putting fractionated coconut oil into a roller bottle using an eyedropper, woman's hand putting a drop of lavender oil into the roller bottle full of fractionated coconut oil


Remove the top from a glass roller bottle and fill it with fractionated coconut oil. Add a single drop of lavender essential oil on top of the coconut oil, then replace the roller top. Shake the bottle gently to combine the oils.

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - woman putting serum on her eyelashes using a roller bottle

To use the serum, gently roll it over your lashes. Use clean fingers to spread the serum evenly along the length of your lashes, but be careful not to pull or tug on them. (And take care not to get any of the serum in your eyes as well!)

For best results, apply the serum once a day at bedtime. The beneficial fatty acids in the coconut oil will help moisturize and strengthen your lashes over time, while the lavender oil provides additional nourishment (and it just smells nice!) :-)

Related: 9 Practical Ways To Use Fractionated Coconut Oil In Everyday Life

4 More Ways To Promote Longer, Healthier Eyelashes

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - collage: woman's hands putting tea bag into water, woman with wet teabags on her eyes.

1. Apply Green Tea

Green tea features beneficial properties like flavonoids that can help with lash growth. Just dip a cotton ball into warm or cool green tea and swipe it over your eyelashes, where it will help stimulate growth and clean the hair follicles, allowing for more substantial growth to occur.

Related: All-Natural Tea Treatments For Common Ailments

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - woman looking into mirror while brushing her eyelashes

2. Brush Your Lashes

Another way to keep your eyelashes healthy and help stimulate growth is by brushing them twice a day with a lash comb. Brushing helps to distribute the natural oils along the length of your lashes to help keep them strong and evenly moisturized.

Related: 7 Simple Hacks That Will Make Your Eyes Look Younger

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - woman at table eating a healthy meal

3. Eat Protein And Vitamins

Help promote lash growth and keep them healthy by making sure your diet is high in both protein and vitamins. Foods like fish, eggs, beans, and yogurt are all good choices that can contribute to healthy lashes, and soy protein can help promote lash growth.

DIY lash serum for longer thicker eyelashes - woman holding an eyelash curler in one hand and making a thumbs down with the other hand

4. Be Nice To Your Lashes

And last but not least (as well as a good reminder for me): be gentle with your eyelashes! Anything that can damage your lashes should be avoided if possible, including false lashes and lash curlers.

It’s almost impossible to remove false lashes without pulling out at least an eyelash or two. And lash curlers can lead to damage as well, either by causing breakage, or if your hand slips and you accidentally yank out a number of lashes! 

So if you’re in pursuit of longer lashes, I hope you’ll give some of these tips a try for yourself! :-)

Do you have any tips or tricks related to eyelashes?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Thank you for all of your tips and hints. You have never let me astray! On this one, I think a video tutorial might be really helpful. I can’t picture how to apply it to my lashes without it getting in my eyes. Any chance of a video?

  • you forgot one amazing oil Castor oil most eyelash serum use castor oil as the base. My recipe
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  • I agree. Proper diet also takes part. Moisturize your lashes to avoid itchiness and other problem in the future. BTW, These are most informative and so helpful information I have read. Well done!!

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  • I thought maybe I was the only one wishing I had the lovely thick lashes I had when I was younger.. So… will try this but I hate the smell of coconut oil, going to try this pure argan oil I found.. one ingredient.. argan oil.. will let you know in 4 to 6 weeks how it goes.. Here’s to thick lashes!!!

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    • I use Rodan and Fields Lash Boost and it is incredible. Lashes are beautiful. My friend uses it for brows and has seen significant results. Takes 4-6 weeks, but well worth it.

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