So, you’re thinking about enhancing your lashes with some lash serum, but you’re not too keen about handing over around $50 for the experience.
As a lash technician, I agree with you – lash serums are pretty expensive. So, is it possible to make your own lash serum at home?
Yes! You can easily make lash serum at home using natural ingredients such as castor oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, essential oils, vaseline, and Vitamin E oil. Simply fill up an empty mascara tube and use the wand applicator to apply the serum to your lashes.
But how do you actually make lash serum at home, and is it really effective for creating those long, fluttery lashes you’re looking for? Let’s take a look.
How to Make Lash Serum at Home (4 Easy Steps)
So, where to begin? Making lash serum is simple, but you need the right ingredients if you want your formula to work. Here’s how to make lash serum at home, step-by-step.
Step 1: Choose Your Ingredients
Firstly, you’ll need to choose a couple of key ingredients to include in your lash serum. The following ingredients have all been known to promote healthy hair and lashes, so it’s up to you to choose which ingredients you’d like to include:
- Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has been proven to aid the hair’s natural keratin and hair health, making it an ideal candidate for lash serum.1
- Castor Oil. Castor oil is used in many over-the-counter lash serums. This is because it contains ricinoleic acid, a protein known to encourage healthy hair and prevent hair loss.2
- Aloe vera – Aloe vera is another natural ingredient known to hydrate the lashes and make them appear healthier and longer.
- Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil works as a lash conditioner, while also helping to prevent breakage by strengthening the lashes and making them appear thicker.
- Vaseline. Vaseline is an occlusive hydrator and can help condition your lashes, combating premature breakage and nourishing the natural hair bonds.
- Essential oils. Essential oils are great for hair health, and they’re great for hydrating and nourishing the lashes too. Lavender oil and Eucalyptus oil are the best essential oils for your lashes.
You can find all of these ingredients easily online or in your local pharmacy. Make sure to buy authentic versions of these products – check the label to ensure no other ingredients have been added to the formula.
Step 2: Create Your Applicator
Once you’ve decided what ingredients you’re going to use for your DIY lash serum, you now need to buy (or create) an applicator. You’ll need an applicator to apply your serum to your lashes, and I find that an empty mascara tube does the trick.
So, where can I find an empty mascara tube?
You have two options here. You can either use an old mascara tube (after having thoroughly cleaned it) or you can simply buy an empty mascara applicator online. You can find sets of 4 mascara applicators for less than $20 on Amazon, and in my view, this is the best option.
But wait – why not just use an empty mascara tube?
Technically, you can. However, it’s much less hassle – and much more hygienic – to simply buy new ones. If you want to use an old mascara tube, you’ll need to clean and disinfect it thoroughly using a safe disinfectant, ensuring no mascara product remains either in the tube or on the applicator wand.
And don’t forget: lash serums need to be applied to clean, dry lashes in order to work properly. If you still have traces of mascara on your lash applicator, it’s going to disturb the lash serum’s process and potentially prevent it from working entirely.
Step 3: Make Your Lash Serum
Now it’s time to mix together the ingredients you want to use for your lash serum. This is the fun part – as you’re using all-natural ingredients, you’re free to choose how much of each product you want to use.
Pro Tip: To ensure that all the ingredients get a chance to work their magic on your lashes, try not to overload your lash serum with just one dominant ingredient. It’s better to split things equally between your chosen ingredients.
Using a teaspoon, add your ingredients one by one to your applicator tube. Once all the elements have been added, shake thoroughly and close your lash serum.
And voila! Your lash serum is ready to use.
In this Youtube video, Syndey uses castor oil and vitamin E oil to make her own eyelash growth serum at home. Check out how she does it!
Fun Idea: If you buy a set of empty mascara tubes, why not make enough lash serum to create several tubes and offer them as gifts to your friends? You can customize each tube with stickers and surprise your friends with a fun, safe, homemade beauty product.
Step 4: Applying Your DIY Lash Serum
So, is applying DIY lash serum different from applying manufactured lash serum? It can be!
If you’re used to applying eyelash growth serum, you’re probably most familiar with applying lash serum to the lash line, rather than to the lashes directly. When it comes to DIY lash serum, it’s a bit different.
Instead of applying serum to the lash line, you’re going to apply it directly to the lashes using the mascara wand. This allows the formula direct contact with your lashes, so they can start working their magic right away.
What Are The Best Ingredient Combinations for DIY Lash Serum?
We all have different goals for our lashes, right?
Some of us want long and fluttery lashes, some of us want bold and thick lashes, and some of us just want our lashes to look nourished and healthy.
When it comes to making lash serum at home, here are my recommended DIY combinations for each and every lash concern:
- Best Hydrating Combination: Coconut oil, Vaseline, and Aloe vera.
- Best Lengthening Combination: Castor oil, Vitamin E oil, and Coconut oil.
- Best Nourishing Combination: Vitamin E oil, Lavender oil, Castor oil, and Aloe vera.
- Best Strengthening Combination: Castor oil and Coconut oil.
- Best Thickening combination: Castor oil and Vitamin E oil.
Is DIY eyelash serum safe?
Yes! So long as you’re using the safe, natural ingredients listed above, your lash serum is 100% safe to use.
How often should I apply DIY lash serum?
You should apply DIY lash serum once a day. If you have sensitive eyes, begin by applying it every two days.
How long does DIY lash serum last before expiring?
6 months. Once you’ve made your lash serum, you should be able to use it for around 6 months. After 6 months, you should create a new lash serum.
How to store DIY lash serum?
You can store your DIY lash serum alongside your usual beauty and skincare products. There’s no need to keep it chilled or in the fridge.
The Bottom Line
While DIY lash serums won’t grow your lashes in the way that some commercial lash growth would, they’re much safer (and cheaper!) and won’t bring about any unwanted side effects.
For the safe route to long and luscious lashes, I highly recommend making your own lash serum at home.
- Aarti S. Rele, R.B. Mohile. (2003) Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. Retrieved from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12715094/ (Accessed on July 10th, 2022)
- Luis A. Garza,1, Yaping Liu. (2012) Prostaglandin D2 Inhibits Hair Growth and Is Elevated in Bald Scalp of Men with Androgenetic Alopecia. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3319975/ (Accessed on July 10th, 2022)