Brought to you by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, Latisse is currently the only available FDA-approved treatment to grow lashes. The topical product is applied by placing one drop of the solution on a disposable, sterile applicator and drawing the liquid horizontally along the base of the upper lash line.
The eyelash-thickening effects of Latisse was discovered during usage of the Allergan drug Lumigan, which was originally introduced to treat glaucoma. Users of Lumigan noticed signicant eyelash growth; the enterprising Allergan rushed to introduce a weaker formulation of Lumigan in 2008, calling it Latisse. The active ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, works by keeping lashes in their growth stage.
How long it lasts: Eyelash growth is gradual, but after eight weeks of applying the topical solution, some growth should be visible. The final results will be apparent after 12 to 16 weeks. Continual management is required after the initial treatment period to maintain results, though some users polled by website Styelist said that the product could be used every other day for maintenance after the initial growth period.
Key benefits of Latisse: A clinical study held by Allergan found that 78% of participants observed that their eyelashes improved at the end of the 16 week growth period. Lashes , according to the Allergan-organized study, were reported to be 25% longer, 106% fuller, and 18% darker.
Who's Done It?
Thick-browed model/actress Brooke Shields was the first spokeswoman for Latisse, which, she states, helped to revive her eyelashes after years of makeup and false eyelash-induced damage. Actress Claire Danes took over as the new eyes for Latisse in 2010. Other celebrities who are fans are Jenny McCarthy, Mandy Moore, Debra Messing, Marisa Tomei, Angie Harmon, and Jewel, who were all attendees at the Latisse launch party in March 2009. Other Hollywood starlets have also been seen toting Latisse products, from 90210 vixen Annalynne McCord to wan vampire-fancier Kristen Stewart.