By Ava Mackenzie

It began with a dash of lash envy – a friend with eyelashes so thick, they made mine look nonexistent. Thus began my quest for lashes like hers and the introduction to a bevy of products designed to thicken, boost and amplify eyelashes, safely and effectively.


Experts can all agree that curling your lashes make eyes pop. Sephora’s Lower Lash Curler ( and Tarte’s Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler ( were two tools that provided the perfect, lengthening kink-less curl. A good start, but it wasn’t enough.


Fast Lash from Japonesque ( is a surprising alternative to pricier treatments. Its safe, fine and a little strange-at-first fuzz attaches to your lashes to plump and thicken quickly – key for a busy New Yorkers! Feeling like Goldilocks, I wasn’t yet satisfied. I needed more!


This led me to explore the world of false lashes. After a few (okay, upwards of 10) trial runs, I mastered the art of application – the trick is to use very little eyelash glue. After testing all types of falsies, ranging from the sublime (full strips of inch-long lashes!) to the ridiculous (purple feathers – seriously.), I decided that lashes from Scott Barnes (, MAC ( and Shu Uemura ( offer the best selections for your individual taste. With styles ranging from clumps of three to full-on glam girl strips with Swarovski crystals (by Shu), it’s impossible not to find a style that works for your needs.

It was on to New Jersey next, where I met Skyy Hadley at Hoboken’s As U Wish Nail Spa (, where I was treated to a professional application of Xtreme Lashes. Lash by individual lash, Skyy gently applied a full set with a bonding agent safe for everyone and in just 90 minutes, my eyelashes went from little to lush – mission accomplished!


With the abuse to which I’d subjected my lashes, I stashed away a single product for redemption, once my Xtreme Lashes gradually fall out in about a month. After a month of experimenting, DermaQuest’s nourishing DermaLash ( promises to promote growth, strengthen lashes and prevent future breakage – essentials for my poor, abused lash line. I’ll report back in six weeks on the effectiveness of this twice daily treatment – stay tuned!

Originally published January 2008
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