Can you trim your eyelashes and should you trim your eyelashes are two very different questions. If long eyelashes, whether natural or fake, are bothersome for you, you can absolutely trim them. But before you reach for the scissors, consider the safety issues and ramifications.

How Lashes Grow

If luscious lashes are your goal, trimming them obviously won't help. Despite any beauty myths you may have heard, trimming eyelashes doesn't affect how thick or how fast they grow. Lashes grow at just a fraction of a millimeter a day until they eventually fall out and new ones grow in their place.

How to Trim Lashes

When trimming your lashes, be very, very careful to prevent injury to your eyes. Under bright lighting, use petite eyelash or eyebrow scissors. If possible, have a friend (whom you really, really trust!) trim the lashes with your lids closed.

Trim falsies before putting them on your eyes. Cut the outer edges of the lashes to fit the width of your eyes. To trim the length, cut the lashes near the inside corners of your eyes shorter than the rest for a more natural look.

About the Author

Ivy Morris

Ivy Morris specializes in health, fitness, beauty, fashion and music. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento News and Review," "Prosper Magazine" and "Sacramento Parent Magazine," among other publications. Morris also writes for medical offices and legal practices. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in government-journalism from Sacramento State University.