The 13 Best Eyelash Serums for Your Longest Lashes Ever

The 13 Best Eyelash Serums for Your Longest Lashes EverThe 13 Best Eyelash Serums for Your Longest Lashes Ever.

I used to get eyelash extensions to give me the length I wanted, but, honestly, they require a lot of upkeep and and I wasn’t ready to be in a full-on committed beauty relationship like that rn. So, I tried eyelash serums. Do they actually work, you ask? Are they safe, you wonder? All questions I had, too. Here, I address all of those Q’s and serve up 13 serums that really do work—aka help your lashes grow longer and stronger, giving you that fanned-out effect you (and everyone else) is after.

Check with your doctor on this one. Over-the-counter formulas claim to only aid in the overall health of your lash hairs, which can make them more resistant to breakage and look fuller and healthier in return, but there’s only one serum that’s FDA-approved to encourage lash growth (keep scrolling to see which one).

That said, if you give one a try (over-the-counter or prescription) and your eye becomes itchy and/or red, stop using it and consult a physician—you only get one set of eyes, afterall (btw, if I sound like a mom, it’s because I AM).

According to Courtney Buhler, founder and CEO of Sugarlash ProR, an eyelash serum can increase your lash growth in its growing phase and might even prolong the time until it naturally falls out. “Basically, [the formula] extends your lash’s life cycle, so it doesn’t shed as quickly as it would otherwise,” she says.

While other over-the-counter formulas only aid in the overall health of your lash hairs, which can make them more resistant to breakage and look fuller and healthier in return, there’s only one serum that’s FDA-approved to encourage lash growth (keep scrolling to see which one).

Even if you use the best of the best eyelash serum and apply it diligently every single day, you have to be patient, since you won’t see results immediately. “ Lash serums take time to show dramatic results, so get into the habit of applying one each morning,” Buhler says. And, depending on how your body reacts to the serum, your timeline will vary—some may see results after a month, and others might not notice a difference until month three or four (or if you’re using the wrong formula, never).

Behold the only FDA-backed lash serum on the market: Latisse. This formula contains bimatoprost, an ingredient that’s been shown to lengthen the growth phase of your lashes . Why is a solution this amazing only available by prescription? Because like any powerful product, it has risks—namely irritation and eye-color change—so it’s important to chat with your doctor first. But once you’re given the green light, get excited: After four months of continual use, voi-freaking-là! Long, fluttery lashes.

Once a day, swipe this eyelash serum along your lash line like you’re applying liquid liner, then allow it to dry. The hyaluronic acid in the formula helps to hydrate dry lashes, keeping them from being brittle. The best part? It’s opthamologist-approved, so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your eyes.

Lash serums can really get up there in terms of price, but some reviewers claim this formula works better than serums twice as expensive . How? The soybean oil base gives a healthy shine to your lashes, while polypeptides strengthen weak hairs.

Okay, don’t get your hopes up here—this serum doesn’t claim to stop hair loss or even grow hair—but it does contain peptides that help enhance the fullness and density of the lashes you already have. Apply it like you would an eyeliner, then brush some through your sparse brows for a slight plumping effect.

With some lash serums, you have to be careful to apply the formula snug to the lash line to limit possible irritation of your delicate eyelid skin. But this multipurpose formula is gentle enough even for sensitive skin , so you’re allowed—nay, encouraged —to apply it all over your lids and under eyes. The formula contains hyaluronic acid and peptides that condition and strengthen lash hairs and hydrate the skin.

Similarly to the hair on your head, your lash hairs are prone to breakage if they become weakened or fragile , due to drying mascaras, not washing your face, or skin irritation. A conditioning serum like this is filled with amino acids and peptides (sensing a theme here?) to strengthen brittle lashes and, dare I say, revita lize them.

In addition to noticeably lengthening your lashes, this Ecocert-certified clear gel contains soy protein and lavender water to strengthen and nourish the tiny hairs . And its thin brush helps you apply it precisely right at the base of your lashes too.

If layering on loads of mascara over the years has left your lashes brittle, this hydrating formula (which works on your lashes and brows ) will help restore them, leaving them looking healthy and oh-so-shiny over time.

Yes, the price tag is on the more expensive side, but this serum delivers on its promise of voluminous lashes, thanks to its base of strengthening polypeptides and conditioning biotin. It also lightly moisturizes your lashes, leaving them looking glossy in a way that will make everyone ask, “Wait, how?!”

Although this is called a technically a lash “primer,” it still works like serum in that it adds thickness for majorly amped-up lashes that frame your eyes . The brush applicator and gentle formula mean that you can easily swipe it on in the morning before you put on mascara or at night as a deep conditioner before you get into bed.

Over a period of eight weeks, this serum will give you seemingly denser lashes that look like a set of falsies . Plus, the price point is perfect for those looking to try out a serum for the first time but not wanting to drop a lot of cash.

If you have short, sparse, or thin lashes (or let’s be honest, all of the above), you’ll love the strengthening benefits of this formula , thanks to its classic peptide-and-amino combination, which is essentially the holy grail for all lash conditioners.

Almost like a mascara, this tinted eyelash serum plumps your lashes by increasing their volume and length while also conditioning the hairs with its nutrient-rich formula. The formula contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and lash-repairing collagen for a combo that promotes long lashes. Plus, the added tint will make your fringe look so dark and shiny that it might just replace your normal mascara.