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Beauty Mythbuster: Can I Use Cotton Balls to Get Longer Eyelashes?

The claim: You can use cotton balls to get longer, thicker eyelashes. There’s been a lot of buzz lately around this eyelash hack from YouTube user Huda Beauty, which involves applying fluffy cotton to your lashes to enhance them — essentially, they’re DIY eyelash extensions. As someone who has gone so far as to perm and dye my eyelashes (crazy, I know!) and uses mascara hacks on the daily, I had to give this trick a try for myself.


The best part of this beauty mythbuster is that you likely already own everything you need to test it out on yourself: mascara, a spooli and cotton balls. That’s it! The main things to keep in mind when you’re DIYing lash extensions with this method is to not let the mascara dry in between coats. Let’s get started!

STEP 1: FLUFF UP THAT COTTON + SWIRL IT

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Working with super fluffy cotton is key for this hack to work. Take a cotton ball (I’ve found that jumbo-sized ones work best) and tear it apart so you’re left with light, fluffy wool instead of the more compacted texture you’re used to. You want to be able to work the cotton through your lashes in a combing motion, so having a soft, airy texture is key! Swirl your spooli into the cloud-like cotton until it’s covered. There should be little strings of cotton hanging off the spooli.

STEP 2: ADD LIGHT MASCARA + COTTON FIBERS

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Now, apply one light coat of mascara to your bare lashes. Don’t go crazy here, though — this step is just meant to give your lashes a bit of grip so the cotton has something to adhere to. *Don’t* let this coat of mascara dry! Quickly and carefully sweep the cotton-filled spooli through your lashes, depositing the cotton strands — you’ll instantly notice they’ll look longer (stringy, yes, but longer!). Continue to do this until your lashes are as long and thick as you want them. Add another couple coats of mascara to blend it all together and cover up the cotton.

WOULD WE ACTUALLY DO THIS IRL?

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Yes! You can see my lashes on the left have the DIY cotton extensions, while my right eye just has regular mascara on. There is such a big difference! I have turned to this hack when I am going out and want a more dramatic look but don’t want to use false lashes — I LOVE it. It’s so easy to do and really makes a big impact. I definitely recommend trying out this beauty hack if you want lashes for DAYS.

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Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*