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Long eyelashes come with benefits both hidden and obvious. You already know they're nice to look at, but did you know they can also be good for your health? If you're on a quest for longer eyelashes, or just naturally endowed, you should be aware of their advantages.

The Look

Longer eyelashes are generally considered attractive, particularly on women. Quickly surveying the makeup wall at your nearest drugstore proves to you the lengths people can go to achieve the long-eyelash look: eyelash curlers, mascara, and eyeliner to emphasize the mascara. If you naturally possess long eyelashes, you need not worry as much about playing up this much-envied facial feature.

Possible Health Benefits

It may come as a surprise, but eyelashes do serve a purpose. They keep dust and debris from everyday life out of our delicate and sensitive eyes, acting as a sort of basket that prevents irritation. Longer eyelashes are better at keeping this debris out of eyes, letting your body shed detritus that can lead to infection more easily.

Shorter Grooming Time

If you have longer eyelashes, whether because they're naturally yours or have been enhanced with lash-growing or lash-tinting procedures, you don't need to spend as much time preparing your eyelashes and applying makeup, if that's part of your routine. Longer eyelashes let you eliminate time-consuming steps, such as heating and using an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Spending less time applying makeup can lead to a more naturally beautiful look.

The Drama

Longer eyelashes have another advantage in that they are naturally dramatic. For an evening out when you want to create a smoky eye, longer eyelashes can add drama to the look without too much extra effort. Having longer eyelashes allows you to create an intense look in a matter of minutes, whereas shorter eyelashes require a larger investment of time and money to achieve a similar effect.

About the Author

Goody Clairenstein

Goody Clairenstein has been a writer since 2004. She has sat on the editorial board of several non-academic journals and writes about creative writing, editing and languages. She has worked in professional publishing and news reporting in print and broadcast journalism. Her poems have appeared in "Small Craft Warnings." Clairenstein earned her Bachelor of Arts in European languages from Skidmore College.