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False Eyelashes: The History

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014. | beauty

Twiggy False Eyelashes

False eyelashes have a very interesting history, starting from Hollywood’s silent film era. In 1916, while making the silent film “Intolerance”, the American film director D.W. Griffith first dreamed up the idea of false lashes. He wanted the actress Seena Owen to have eyelashes so long that brushed her cheeks, and make her eyes shine larger than life. A wig maker created these very first false lashes by weaving human hair through fine gauze, and then pasting them to Owen’s eyes. 

So at that time, when false eyelashes became popular, they were mostly made of fringe, so they didn’t look that natural, and only lasted for a few hours. So they didn’t catch on in popularity that much. Not until the 1950’s when they really started to be a must-have beauty piece. Hollywood icons started using false eyelashes made of synthetic materials.

Twiggy applying eye makeup

But later on, false eyelashes became one of the most common fashion accessories during the 1960’s (from about 1964 on) and stylish girls were wearing them everyday and everywhere. The eye was definitely the focus of the 1960’s face, and women used heavy, dark mascara and false eyelashes on a daily basis. They placed it on both top and bottom of the eye for a real retro flapper effect. Some girls even wore two sets at the same time, for more full lashes. These false eyelashes were usually made from natural hair, such as human hair, synthetics and animal hair like sable, mink, and seal. And mainly came in black and brown, but could be decorated with some rhinestones and glitters for photo shoots, parties, or some special occasions. So many models and style icons such as Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick used this fashion accessory in the best way possible. This perfect fashion accessory is popular until now, being used by each and every stylish girl who loves that retro flapper look!

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