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Don't Like Eyelash Extensions? Get These Instead

Lush lashes, here we go!

Hey, hey, it's International Lash Day! Now, we all love lush lashes as much as the next person. And for sure, if you're thinking of giving your lashes a boost, getting lash extensions already crossed your mind. But with it seeming like a big commitment, a bit high maintenance, and not to mention pricey, you might be thinking: what is a great alternative? 

Don't worry, we got you. If you feel like lash extensions are not your thing but you still want to enhance the look of your peepers, we've got other great options to get you started. 


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Since the rise of beauty vloggers, false eyelashes or falsies also rose into fame. And with it popping at almost every beauty counter, more and more people started using it on the daily. But it's no secret that at first, it can be a bit of a struggle to get right and making sure you won't misplace it is a whole new issue altogether. Still, if you're the type who loves to mix and match your lash volume, length and style depending on the look you are gunning for, without a doubt falsies are the way to go to deliver that kind of diversity. Ardell lashes (if you're looking for a drugstore option) and Velour lashes (for something a bit pricier) are some of the most top rated falsies on Sephora and Amazon so why not give them a go? Pair 'em up with Duo Lash Glue that many beauty gurus swear by.

Volumising and lengthening mascaras

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Not everyone can wait for that tacky glue to dry, okay? If you're not a fan of falsies and don't like committing to anything permanent or semi-permanent, mascaras are the way to go. Not only is it easy to get a hold of but if you're already a sucker for anything beauty, then we know you already have your HG tube that gives your lashes that va-va-voom effect minus the heavy commitment. Our Clozette Beauty Awards 2018 (CBA) winner Benefit's BADgal Bang! fits the bill perfectly. You can also check out our CBA runner ups that are champions in this arena, too!

Lash lifting or perming

Not everyone is blessed with naturally lifted lashes. But hey, if you already love what you have — whether they're short, stick-straight or don't fully curl all the way — and are just opting for a little boost, our best suggestion would be a lash lift. They're not as high-maintenance as lash extensions and certainly a lot cheaper as you don't have to have them retouched every two weeks or so but the results are just equally stunning.

Lash tinting

Often goes hand-in-hand with a lash lift, what do you say about giving your lashes a salon-like treatment by getting them tinted? Darkening your lashes can definitely make them look fuller and bolder without even changing them drastically. Just like how you tight-line your waterline when doing your makeup to fill in the gaps where your lashes seem to be separated, it also works the same way by deepening the colour of each hair down to its roots. Think of it as a semi-permanent mascara or lash tattoo. 

Lash serums or castor oil

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If you're not in a hurry and prefer a more natural way to give your lashes a boost, why not give lash serums a spin? Or better yet, go for a more potent option — which is also a common ingredient in most lash serums — and just give castor oil a try. Many studies support castor oil's ability to aid in hair growth and it also helps in providing hydration to your eye area without clogging or irritating the skin. If you're in the Philippines, castor oils can be bought over-the-counter at Watsons (there are many variants but Apollo is a popular choice); you can also try out the castor oil from famed essential oils brand Now Foods which is available in RedMart if you're in Singapore; and if you're in Malaysia, this 4.4-starred pick from The Heritage Store is something you should add to your Lazada cart.