How to Lengthen Short Stubby Eyelashes

Long, sweeping eyelashes are the norm on the red carpet, but if you're a mere mortal you may think there's no way to get the lengthened lashes of your favorite star. If you have short, stubby eyelashes, you can try a few different industry tips and tricks to lengthen and thicken them so they frame your eyes more effectively. With the right technique, products and even a few sneaky ways to fool others, you can create long, luscious eyelashes without the high-priced stylist.

Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. When you look at your eyelashes straight on, you'll notice they naturally stick outward from your eye. By curling, they stand upward, making them look longer. Curl your eyelashes three times: once at the base, once in the middle and once at the tips for the most realistic curl, making sure to use a clean curler that won't stick to lashes.

Invest in a small mascara wand as opposed to the larger wands that come with most mascaras. You can purchase your own wands at beauty supply stores. "Redbook" magazine notes that small wands are the best for lengthening because they find every lash, even the small corner ones, to draw them outward for a longer fringe of lashes across your eye 1.

Purchase a lengthening mascara that is made especially for shorter eyelashes. "Marie Claire" magazine recommends something like Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara or Avon SuperMagnify Mascara, which adds small fibers to the eyelashes that extend past your natural eyelashes to make them look longer. It also uses a small brush so you don't need to purchase one separately to tease out small, hidden lashes to complete your fringe.

Apply false eyelashes for special occasions, just like your favorite stars. If you have small eyelashes, purchase lashes in individual clumps for a more natural look over strip eyelashes. Use tweezers to dip the ends in glue and attach to your eyelashes, suggests "Glamour" magazine. Once you've applied the eyelashes, wait for the glue to dry and carefully curl all of your lashes and add mascara for a blended, natural look.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor if your short eyelashes are a source of embarrassment for you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Latisse, a drug previously used for glaucoma, as a way to lengthen lashes. While it has some risk of eye color change and infection, your doctor can help you assess the risks and decide whether a prescription eyelash lengthener is right for you.