I bought an inexpensive heated eyelash curler ($7.99) and got some cheap combonation mascara (the kind that has the protein building lash base that you apply before the color with one wand and the other wand has the color for $2.99). And I bought some lash TINT (make sure it's a "tint" and not mascara).
This takes some practice, but it's not hard. I really heat up my lash curler for longer than directed, usually a few minutes. I apply the protein base and carefully use my heated curler to gently pull my lashes in an upward and outward motion, making sure not stop or they will curl and not straighten (sometimes I do this a couple of times to achieve the best straighteneing). I then apply 1 or 2 THIN coats of lash tint, let it dry and I'm good to go! Lash tint really doesn't give any volume or fullness, so I will also use regular mascara on top of the dried tint and just half way down my lashes to give a fuller look. I found if I apply too much mascara or apply it to the entire lash from the base, I will get curly-than-normal lashes again. But you can experiment, it might work different for you.
You need to do this each day, it's not permanent or even semi-permanent. But for me it's better than stubby looking lashes.
Hope this helps those of you in my situation out there!!!!