Lengthening mascara is a type of cosmetic product designed to make the eyelashes look darker and longer. In most cases, lengthening mascara simply coats the lashes to give them a longer appearance, but does not actually encourage lash growth. Some types of mascara, however, include conditioners and treatment products that promise to make the eyelashes actually grow longer, with a thicker lash line.
These products are largely unproven, and some require a prescription from a dermatologist in order to use them. Others may be purchased in a drugstore. In general, however, lash lengthening mascara is simply applied to the lashes to make them look longer; when removed at the end of the day and the lashes are back to their normal state. Lengthening mascara is available in different colors; these are most commonly shades of black and brown, ranging from very dark to a lighter, more natural color. Mascara is also available in dark jewel tones as well.
Mascara may come in waterproof or regular versions. Waterproof mascara is a good choice for days when one might be sweating a lot, or when one might be crying, such as at a wedding. Waterproof lengthening mascara will generally hold up better and last longer than a non-waterproof mascara. It must be removed with makeup remover, however, as regular face wash and water will not take it off. Be gentle when using makeup remover. Apply the remover to a makeup sponge or cotton ball and gently sweep it across the eyes, but never rub or pull on the eyes.
For people with sensitive eyes, or who are prone to allergic reactions, there are other types of lengthening mascara available as well. Natural or organic mascaras are made with natural ingredients, which may be a good choice for people who are sensitive to certain ingredients, or who are passionate about buying eco-friendly products. Those who are allergic will want to be sure to purchase mascara marked "hypoallergenic," which is tested by a dermatologist. Natural or organic mascaras are not necessarily hypoallergenic.
Lengthening mascara is not the only way to make the eyelashes look longer. Many women also choose to use an eyelash curler, which curls the eyelashes up and away from the eyes, which can make the eyes look brighter and more open. Applying mascara after curling the eyelashes can give a very dramatic effect, and can make eyelashes look very long and dark.