Believe it or not, a healthy lash-line is as much about how you take care of it, and the kind of food you eat, as it is about genetics. While you can’t alter the latter (or can you?), the first two are completely in your control.

Let’s begin with ditching those extremely damaging false eyelashes first, and then get a move on:

Clean Up
Mascaras weigh your lashes down, make them brittle, and using an eyelash curler or heating clamp only makes things worse. Use a mascara only when necessary; find one that is hydrating (preferably with a nourishing oil as an ingredient), and take it off as soon as you get back home—you needn’t wait until bed time.

Be sure to invest in a good, oil-based makeup remover to leave no residue of the mascara by soaking the solution onto your lash line for 10-30 counts before gently wiping it off

Hydrate your lash-line with this concoction once a week. Mix 2 parts Vaseline, one part castor oil, and one part Vitamin E (capsule). Be sure to apply this formula with a clean mascara brush before bed-time for optimal results. Note: Do not go overboard; one coat is all you need.

Make sure your diet is protein-rich. If you are not getting enough, you will notice a lag in your hair growth—this includes eyelashes, eyebrows, and your mane. Lean meat, fish, green leafy veggies, beets, carrots, avocados, cashews, almonds, and walnuts are a few options you can choose from.

If you feel like you aren’t getting enough from your diet, taking basic multivitamin tablets can help. Biotin, and vitamins A, C, B5, B6, and B12 are some you could consider. They target hair growth by ensuring optimum blood, oxygen and nutrient circulation to the follicles. But, make sure to check with your physician before popping any pills (even over-the-counter ones).

For glamorous, lush and voluminous eyelashes always, you’re going to have to do more than add a stroke of ‘mascara’ genius.

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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.