The History of False Lashes

The History of False Lashes

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Lashes Will do For You What Mascara Can Not

You’ve curled your hair, tapped on your blush and highlighted your cheekbones to the gods. Now it’s time for the last step in your beauty routine, applying your false lashes. As you sit there fanning the lash waiting for the glue to dry, you sit back and wonder ‘just where did false eyelashes come from?’.

Just kidding, I’m fairly sure no one has had that thought while applying lashes, before running out the door. However, it’s actually a pretty intriguing story and takes us back centuries!


The Historical Love For Long Lashes

If we go back into the Egyptian Era and even Roman Times, women would use ointments and brushes to create long-fanned-out lashes as it was said that women who maintained a healthy lifestyle would be blessed with long lashes. Apparently, a fella named Pliny The Elder also stated that Eyelashes” fell out from excessive sex, and so it was especially important for women to keep their eyelashes long to prove their chastity,” Fast forward to the 1800s, women realized that no matter how healthy they were or how promiscuous they weren’t sometimes their lashes didn’t grow as long and lush and they had hoped.

It was at this time “false” lashes became a thing when women tried to glue human hair to their eyelids. Nearing the end of the 1800’s women even went as far as to having additional eyelashes sewn onto their eyelids?! Luckily that phase did not last long!

In 1911 a fantastic Canadian female (naturally) by the name of Anna Taylor created the first official artificial eyelash patent by using a small piece of crescent fabric embedded with hairs. However false lashes did not become overly popular until 1950’s Hollywood. Where the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth would don them in their feature films. Plus no one can forget Twiggy, her iconic lashes are still referenced today.

False Lashes, It’s Not A Trend or Fad

Fast forward to 2021 and false eyelashes have advanced tenfold. You now have options galore, should you prefer silk lashes, want them extra-long or extra full? You can change your look up every day to your heart’s content. The best news of all? You don’t have to sew them to your eyelids, you’re welcome!

Watch this quick TikTok reel on how to apply your fave lashes!

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