Mascaras are an instant way to transform short, stubby lashes into thick and full, luscious fringes. But they come with a downside: their effects are short-lived.
Well, not so with a mascara that makes your eyelashes grow! These lovely multi-taskers do what good mascaras do and provide instant length and thickness while also working to make your natural lashes grow and thicken.
Result? You get the instant gratification and help your lashes grow so that when you take off your makeup, your lashes are still long, thick and glorious.
But wait…which eyelash growth mascara actually excels at both parts? It is a tricky task, after all, to serve as both an effective mascara and promote eyelash growth at the same time.
Well, that’s what this guide is for. Let’s take a quick look at what you should look for when choosing an eyelash growth mascara!
What to Look For in an Eyelash Growth Mascara
There are some truly awful ingredients in mascara (coal tar on your eyes, anyone?) and this is really crappy news when you’re trying to grow lashes that are healthy. And there’s no mistake about it – your lashes must be healthy in order to grow long and thick.
Luckily, more and more people are catching onto this fact and demanding safer, better alternatives.
And as consumers grow more savvy, certain cosmetic brands are responding by formulating mascaras that work beautifully and are filled with lovely, nourishing ingredients to condition and moisturize your lashes.
This is crucial since regular mascara has a tendency to dry out the lashes, leading to course, brittle lashes that are more prone to breakage – moisturizing elements help to condition and nourish the lashes, reducing eyelash loss and breakage.
Plus, you typically wear mascara all day long so why not treat your lashes to a little pampering while you’re at it?
So when choosing, look for lash growing mascaras that contain helpful ingredients like…
- Nourishing, natural oils. I love finding things like Abyssinia oil, Argan Oil, Neem oil listed in the ingredients of any mascara tube. These are great natural oils for lashes are great for providing deep conditioning and moisturizing – which goes a long way toward keeping your eyelashes moisturized and resiliently healthy.
- Silica. We all know silica is great for hair and I love the fact that there’s a bit of it in the mascara I’m wearing.
- Panthenol. Otherwise known as Pro-Vitamin B5, this stuff provides a lot of volumizing action while also hydrating and strengthening the lashes – nice to have.
- Aloe vera. We all know how soothing aloe vera is – another little moisturizing soother I like finding on the list of my mascara ingredients.
Also look out for the best minerals and vitamins for eyelash growth like Biotin, B vitamins and antioxidants to further boost lash growth.
Don’t want to do all the research yourself? Here’s a list of our top eyelash growth mascara picks to get you started!
Eyelash Growth Mascara #1. Dr Hauschka’s Volume Mascara
I really like Dr. Hauschka’s line of skin and beauty products, ‘though his name is impossible to spell. Anyway, his volume mascara is one of the best eyelash growth mascaras I’ve tried, both for its performing prowess and for its uniquely lash-health-boosting ingredients.
This is one of the most thoughtful ingredient lists I’ve seen on a tube of mascara, with the likes of Castor oil and Neem oil – both exceptionally great for conditioning and naturally promoting longer lashes, as well as the antioxidant green tea – another awesome natural ingredient for longer lashes.
Also love the fact that it contains eye health boosting ingredients as well like Euphrasia Officinalis (aka Eyebright) which counteracts inflammation and reduces mucous drainage – something you’ll want to have if you’re prone to eye styes, inflammations or having your eyelashes fall out due to blepharitis.
This is almost a “medicinal” mascara that is also great for lengthening and defining your lashes. It’s also clump and flake-free and very rarely smudges.
The only downsides to this mascara is that it takes a while to dry so application might take a minute longer than with other mascaras and honestly, it doesn’t do the best job of volumizing your lashes – for this, pair it with a lash-boosting mascara primer.
That being said, I love the unique ingredients featured in this mascara and it’s a great, non-irritating, nourishing, and lash-defining and lengthening mascara for everyday wear. It is price-y, as most of Dr Hauschka’s products tend to be – but also worth it, again as Dr Hauschka’s products tend to be.
Ingredient List: Water/Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Hectorite,Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Beeswax/Cera Flava, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (Rose Essential Oil), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Xanthan Gum,Lysolecithin (Hydrolyzed Lecithin), Maltodextrin, Silica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007,Carmine/CI 75470
Eyelash Growth Mascara #2. Josie Maran’s Argan Black Oil Mascara
Another fantastic (and natural) lash growing mascara, Josie Maran’s Argan Oil-Infused Mascara goes on clump-free and defines lashes well while lengthening and filling out individual lashes.
As you know, I regularly use eyelash growth products so my lashes are quite long already and I like the fact the Josie Maran’s mascara helped to extend and define my already-long lashes without making them look unnatural.
The brush is also a big plus for this mascara – it helps the mascara go on perfectly the first time – and one of the biggest benefits of this mascara is that this is actually quite smudge-free. I like to double up when using this mascara and the double coats really help in the volume department.
But the best part about this mascara is that it supports the growth of your own lashes with nourishing ingredients like Argan oil that conditions and strengthens for lush, supple and most importantly – healthy lashes.
Oh, and as you can see from the below ingredients list, this lash growing mascara is fine for sensitive eyes – it has a lot of naturally nourishing ingredients that support lash growth and health while lacking the yucky stuff like parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes as well as petrochemicals and toxins like triclosan.
Ingredient List: Aqua (Water)**, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Sucrose Stearate**, Propanediol**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax)**, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride**, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose**, Myrica Pubescens Fruit Cera (Myrica Pubescens Fruit Wax)**, Silica**, Panthenol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-21, Glycerin**, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract (Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract)**, Potassium Sorbate**. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499)**.*ORGANIC **NATURAL
Eyelash Growth Mascara #3. COS Naturals Peptide Lash
This isn’t a mascara, per se – as in, it has no color and won’t provide the same look as regular old mascara.
That being said, within a few weeks of using this elixir – you won’t need regular old mascara.
You see, this is actually a gentle, effective eyelash conditioner that’s chock full of the best lash growing ingredients like Biotin, B vitamins and potent peptides that help you grow longer, fuller lashes. In a few days, you’ll start to notice changes in your individual lashes – they’ll look stronger and thicker.
To be honest, I noticed the most difference in thickness of lashes than in length, which is totally and completely worth it for me since it’s the fullness that allows me to skip the eyeliner 🙂
I also really like the fact that it goes on very thin and absorbs super fast so it doesn’t drip into your eyes like some serums can. Because it’s so fast-drying, you can also apply your mascara on top as well.
Oh, and yes, it is kinda pricey but a bottle of this stuff will last you around 3 months of daily use so you get plenty of lash growing bang for your buck!
Ingredients List: Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Algae Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (Plant Stem Cells), Biotin, dl-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cucurbito Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20