by Margaux Diaz for Your Zen Life
Raise your hand if you currently have a tub of petroleum jelly lying around your house?
That’s no surprise. Petroleum jelly can be used for absolutely anything — on your lips, on your hair and even on your eyelashes.
You’ve probably heard this age-old beauty tip. I’m sure I did growing up; my mother used to tell me that if I religiously applied petroleum jelly to my lashes every single night then I would end up with longer lashes.
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But how true is this trick? Does it really work? Or is it just another beauty myth we should chuck down the drain like the rest of them?
We’ll get to the step-by-step guide on using petroleum jelly for your lashes later, because first I would like to discuss a couple of tips and tricks that will probably aid you.
1. It is best to apply petroleum jelly at night.
Have you even felt petroleum jelly on your skin? Every human being knows how oily it can get. So imagine having that much gunk on your face at around 10 o’clock in the morning; believe me, it’s not a pretty sight.
Also, people believe that it makes their skin look brighter come morning time.
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2. Remember to be patient.
Rome was not built in the day. Translation: your eyelashes will need a bit more time to absorb the moisture petroleum jelly has to offer.
How to apply it
1. Remove any trace of makeup from your face.
2. Apply the petroleum jelly using your clean fingers or a clean mascara wand.
If you intend to use your fingers, remember to only put a small dab of it to avoid putting too much on your eyelids (this can cause puffiness).
If you’re going to be using a mascara wand, just put a bit of the petroleum jelly on it and use it as if it were your mascara.