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Kerry Washington's answer for longer, healthier lashes isn't a special peptide-infused eyelash growth serum, a set of extensions, or an Rx for Latisse—and it's way more affordable than all three of those options, too. Washington's secret is simply $7 tube of mascara you can find at pretty much any drugstore.
Seriously. The actor credits Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara ($7, walmart.com) to boosting the overall health of her eyelashes, all while making them instantly look longer, thicker, and fuller.
"We tend to think about the impact of the environment or hydration on the hair on our head or on our skin, but it’s like lashes get lost in the shuffle," Washington told InStyle during a phone interview. "I find that a lot of mascara can be drying, and I find that the hair suffers. I notice that my lashes are healthier since I’ve been using it." (Related: Do Eyelash Extensions Ruin Your Real Eyelashes?)
Bonus: Healthier eyelashes are more likely to grow out faster.
The reason this particular mascara is so good for your lashes is because it's packed with hyaluronic acid, an unbelievably hydrating ingredient that can be found in every product in Neutrogena's Hydro Boost line, as well as thousands of other skin-care products on the market. It instantly provides moisture and plumpness to dehydrated skin—and in this case, hair. (Related: The Absolute Best Mascaras On the Market for Every Lash Look)
As a rule, Washington told us that she always prefers using products that multitask in her routine. Another one of her favorites? The Hydro Boost Lip Shine ($7, target.com), a gloss that gives a wash of color to the lips while providing the intense moisture of a balm.
Brittle lashes or chapped lips? Turns out, Washington is the winter skin guru we've all been searching for.
This story was originally published on InStyle.com by Victoria Moorhouse.