Putting Vaseline on your eyelashes can discourage brittleness and breakage, help make your lashes more pliable, and give them a healthy-looking sheen. Vaseline is considered safe for use near mucus membranes, such as the eyes, so irritation is unlikely. Although it’s not difficult to put the product on your lashes, a few tips can help you improve your application technique.

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Wash your hands. Any time that you apply something to your eyes or eyelashes, your hands should be clean. Failure to wash your hands might result in the contamination of the product or introduce bacteria into your eyes.

Coat your eyelashes lightly. Dip your finger into the jar of Vaseline and rub the product between your index finger and your thumb. Apply to your lashes by inserting them between your fingers, closing your fingers together around your lashes and gently taking hold of them. Slide your fingers off your lashes, leaving a thin coat of Vaseline behind.

Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. The Vaseline will encourage your lashes to take a curl better than if you had not applied the product.

Remove any excess Vaseline from your eye area with a clean tissue. If you do not remove the excess, your eyelids will become greasy and your eyeshadow will migrate into the folds of your eyes, giving you an unnatural, garish look.

Wash your hands between applications. After you have finished applying Vaseline to one of your eyes, re-wash your hands. If you don’t, you risk depositing bacteria from one eye to the other. This is especially important if you have an eye infection or drainage coming from your eye.


  • Use unscented Vaseline. If your eyes are sensitive, the fragrance in the Vaseline may irritate your eyes.

  • If you don’t want to use your fingers to apply your Vaseline, use a thoroughly washed mascara brush. Apply a thin coat of Vaseline to the wand and, using sweeping motions, brush the Vaseline onto your lashes, as if you are applying mascara.