What are false eyelashes?
False eyelashes, also known as falsies, come in many different shapes and styles. They are applied to the lashline of the eye to create the illusion of longer, fuller, darker eyelashes. They are meant to blend in with your natural eyelashes. You can get simple, natural-looking ones for day time, dramatic full lashes, or flirty “oddly” shaped ones! You can even find lashes that are feathers, bright colors, or patterns.
History of False Eyelashes
In 1916, while making his epic film Intolerance, director D.W. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes “that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life.” The first false eyelashes were made of human hair woven through fine gauze by a local wig maker. They were then attached to Owen’s eyes.
From 1940s to 1950s, false eyelashes start to trend when makeup artist brothers David and Eric Aylott perfected false lashes for the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Collins.
In the 1960s, high-fashion makeup became all about the eyes – the rest of the face was kept more soft and natural, or pale and understated.
False eyelashes were the fashion accessory of choice from about 1964 on and fashionable girls have been wearing them everyday since recreating the sooty-eyed looks worn by everyone from twiggy to Dusty Springfield.
Types of False Eyelashes
Strip false eyelashes are any lashes designed to be worn for a short period; 1-2 days. They are the more popular type of false lashes, because they are quicker to apply. They can be made with a variety of materials and are not designed to be worn when showering, sleeping or swimming. They are applied with lash glue designed specifically for temporary lashes.
Individual false eyelashes come in different lengths and are attached individually to your natural lashes until the lashline is full. These lashes typically come in lash clusters do take longer to put on, but they look more natural where your eyelid meets your lashline and you can put on as many or as few as you want and customize the length and look you are after.
Semi-permanent lashes, also known as individual eyelash extensions, are eyelashes applied with an FDA approved adhesive with a stronger bond. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash. When applied properly, neither the extension lash nor the glue should touch the eyelid. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out, though the extensions may fall out faster if one uses oil-based eye makeup remover or rubs eyes regularly, as oil weakens the bond between the glue and the lash. Eyelash extensions create eyelashes that remain on for approximately 3-4 weeks with their natural growth and shedding cycle. To keep the eyelashes full, one must maintain them by refilling monthly.
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