How to train eyelashes

Attaining thick, full lashes is often a must for many women's beauty wish lists. There's just something about big eyelashes and their unique ability to improve a person's overall appearance by making them look more awake, attractive, and put together.

While you could go the eyelash extension route, that is often costly (refills average between $75 and $150 every two to three weeks), and each session can take up to two hours to complete.

If having eyelashes that are mistaken for real extensions is your goal, then you have come to the right place, and the best part is that it can all be done naturally and for a fraction of the cost. Here's how to get the lashes of your dreams.

Should you try castor oil?

Castor oil isn't just multipurpose vegetable oil made from extracting seeds from the Ricinus communis plant. Beautywise, it has made its rounds on the internet, touted as the be all and end all of beauty oils that helps radiate the skin and promotes hair growth. The big question is, though: Does it actually work?

According to dermatologists who were interviewed, the consensus is "no." "There is no evidence for it and no scientific theory supporting that it would work, so yes, it's a total myth," says cosmetic chemist and author Perry Romanowski. While it's a pretty devastating blow to hear that castor oil doesn't grow eyelashes, don't give up hope just yet.

How to use castor oil

Castor oil is pretty cheap, averaging around $5 to $10 a bottle, making it a safe bet to at least try. It's also made with vitamin E, which has proven to be beneficial to the hair and skin. So, if you want to give it a try, apply a few drops in a bottle with carrier oil (olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.) and, using a clean mascara brush, apply it morning and night and await the results.

Eyelash curler mistakes to avoid

An eyelash curler is a handy product to have in your makeup bag. It helps get wonky eyelashes back in place so you can have a structured canvas on which to apply mascara and achieve the lashes you desire. Eyelash curlers, however, can also be damaging to your eyelashes.

All it takes is one little mistake while holding it—like a large sneeze, for example—and you could end up with missing lashes. There's also holding it the wrong way, gripping the tool too strongly, and having a worn-down pad. Yikes. For a safer alternative, try the spoon method.

How to create a DIY eyelash curler

Start by heating up a metal spoon in a mug full of warm water and then using the curved side of the spoon to press against the lashes gently for around 10 seconds. Other methods include a hot toothbrush to brush and curl the eyelashes, warm hands to lift the lashes yourself and set them in place, and there's always making your mascara work double duty with multiple coats.

When all is said and done, keep calm and curl on.