History of Eyelash Extensions: from Falsies to Natural Looking

Did you think that eyelash extensions were something new and a trend that will eventually get replaced by another? Think again! Eyelash enhancement has a long path in the beauty history and won’t be retiring any time soon.

The beginnings of fake eyelashes proved to be extremely painful, and we should be happy eyelash extensions have evolved to a painless and safe procedure!

First Fake Eyelashes

There have been different practices that say you can trim your eyelashes to make them longer, but this has shown to not work all the time. Eyelashes do grow and they do renew themselves, but we don’t recommend anyone trim them.

An 1882 article in a Parisian newspaper reported that a way to make eyelashes longer was to sew hair to the eyelids. That sounds extremely painful, but wouldn’t be the first time a beauty practice costs some blood and tears.

Lucky for us, by 1916 someone had already thought of the fake eyelashes and how to create them before putting them on our eyes. Actress Seena Owen tried the first set in the film Intolerance, because director D.W. Griffith wanted her to have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life.” These false eyelashes were made of human hair that had been woven through fine gauze by a local wig maker and were then attached to Owen’s eyes.”

Eyelash Extensions Enter the Scene

During the 40’s and 50’s the beauty industry experimented with different ways of extending the natural lashes, but it mostly gained popularity during the 60’s, “when women desired overdone, doe-eyed lashes like Twiggy. While today’s clients want their lashes to look as natural as possible, the most important thing in the 60’s was boldness”.

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But as trends come and go, boldness was replaced by the search of natural looks. Reportedly developed in Japan and Korea – with inspiration from older techniques – modern eyelash extensions are single strands applied with medical-grade glue, for a much more precise result.

A Luxury Everyone Can Enjoy

Extensions are not exclusive to celebrities on the red carpet anymore. Millions of women are now choosing this option to enhance their looks and free themselves of the daily makeup routine.

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