A 42-year-old woman had to get eyelash transplants after her addiction to faux lashes left her lids almost bald.

Caroline Medcalf had been using falsies every single day for the last 10 years. The constant gluing eventually caused her real lashes to fall off. But despite the damage, she couldn't bear to see herself (or have anyone else see her for that matter) without false eyelashes. So she continued to spend around $150 every couple of months on faux lashes, the glue, and solutions for her eyes until she was finally left with nada!

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"I ended up looking like a frog. I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror," she told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. But luckily for Caroline, she had $4,000 to splurge on eyelash transplants. The three hour operation consisted of removing a strip of hair from the back of her scalp. The surgeon then took the individual hairs and threaded each one at the bottom of her eyelids using a specialized needle.

Honestly this has always been a nightmare of mine. It's for this reason I hardly ever use faux lashes. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing mascaras out there that get the job done. Here are five great mascaras that will leave your lashes looking luxuriously long and thick--no falsies necessary!

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CoverGirl 1


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I don't always have time to fuss with the eyelash curler, which is why I absolutely LOVE CoverGirl's Flamed Out Mascara ($6). It features a unique wire wand that makes it easy to curve lashes up and out.


Too Faced 2

Too Faced

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The Too Face Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) really does its name justice. The hourglass-shaped brush leaves lashes full, defined, and perfectly curled. Sounds pretty orgasmic to me!


Revlon 3


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Revlon's Lash Potion Volume +Length Mascara by Grow Luscious ($8) gives you long, lustrous lashes and helps them grow at the same time! How cool is that?

Maybelline 4


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Maybelline the Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($7) gives you such dramatic results everyone will swear you actually have faux lashes on!


Lancôme 5


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The dual-sided brush on the Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara ($28) enhances with a liner effect resulting in show-stopping lashes. Gotta love it!