How to score long lashes with over-the-counter serums


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We're a bunch of eyelash junkies over here at Cosmo—but as we recently reported, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has officially cautioned against the dangers of lash extensions and their glue, saying the addictive procedure can cause infections and swelling of the cornea and/or eyelid.

So, now is probably a good time to give you some alternative options to lengthening your lashes that don't involve extensions and the risk of looking like Quasimoto.

These formulas penetrate at the root of your lash line and stimulate the keratin (the protein that are lashes are made of) to lengthen, thicken, and fortify them.

Here are some over-the-counter serums you can swipe on to still score a fringe worth batting at the boys:

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- Urban Decay Lush Lash System, $42,

This double-ended product allows you to apply the lash-growth serum onto your lash line with a skinny brush on one end, and then lets you distribute a lash conditioner directly onto your actual fringe with a mascara-like brush found on the opposite end.

Expect to see results with daily usage in four to six weeks.

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- Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, $75, 

With one quick swipe, once daily, you'll see longer, thicker lashes in about six weeks.

  • Ophthalmologist reviewed
  • Dermatologist reviewed
  • Non-irritating
  • Allergy tested
  • Clinically tested
  • Not tested on animals

One user's five-star review on raves: "... lashes are longer, darker and starting to curl."

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SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer, $30, 

Trace your lash line with this lash growth serum daily and you'll see results fast. We're talking increased fullness and thickness in 30 days, and optimal results in 60. This product can also be used on the brows for additional enhancement.

According to, SmartLash participants experienced up to a 68% increase in the appearance of their lash length based on a 60-day clinical study when product was applied twice per day.

Will you be trading in trips to your lash extension guru for a safer option?

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