False Eyelashes: The History

Eyelash extensions are in no way a recent trend but have seen a revival recently.  Interest in them seemed to kick up in 2012. Before that, it was only something I used to see in vintage photographs of women in the 1960's and on fashion icons, like Twiggy. However, I was amazed to learn that it went back even further, to a rather obscure but epic silent film era movie of 1917 titled Intolerance.

The film was directed by a man named D. W. Griffith who is credited with being the first to actually create false eyelashes for Seena Owen to create an effect of fluttering eyelashes sweeping her cheeks. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have eyes that shine larger than life, to create dramatic effects in black and white film. So, he had a wig maker weave human hair through fine gauze, which was then gummed to Owen's eyelids. While the movie itself flopped, it really helped launch an idea thought of by Maybell Williams and helped kick-start a cosmetics company her brother later founded called Maybelline.

For the full history of false eyelashes, this site has an interesting read on it!
Anyways, as much as I love seeing all the options we have these days, I am just not determined enough to put glue on my eyes or spend $100 to $400 for a set,  and then $50 to $165 to maintain every few weeks! I'm actually a pretty low maintenance gal. Being 52, I have noticed it is getting harder to keep my lashes looking long. They also fall out easily these days,. 

So, on a whim, I decided to just try some off-brand I had never heard of simply because I have tried so many higher end products that 1) don't work like they say 2) dry up fast 3) flake off into my eyes. The product I bought is VieBeauti ULTIMATE 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara.

This is a photo I took of myself wearing it just last week. I didn't even put that much on and the effect was amazing! What I like about the product is that it's not a struggle to remove, and doesn't take half of your eyelashes off in doing so! 

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