Saturday, February 12, 2011

AT LONG LASH; Fake eyelashes are all the rage

What used to be the preserve of drag queens and pantomime dames has suddenly become a hot trend. The depth of the fashion became clear in April 2009, when 40 something Michelle Obama arrived at Buckingham Palace wearing ... false eyelashes. Now, they are suddenly everywhere. It seems as if worlds gone mad for flirty lashes.

Much has been written about the so-called lipstick effect; the eyelash effect takes things to a new level. False eyelashes are the ultimate in groomed glamour- and that so many women are opting for them says a lot about our determination to ignore the recession with something utterly frivolous.

Sales of lashes have rocketed in the past year and the trend is set to keep growing but falsies are nothing new - Dusty Springfield was never without hers in the Sixties. False lashes were originally invented by Academy award-winning film director D. W. Griffith for actresses in his 1916 epic movie Intolerance, using human hair woven through fine gauze which was then gummed to the actresses‘ lashes.

They became a key part of the 1930s and 1940s screen sirens‘ aesthetic (think Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Betty Davis). But it wasn‘t until the 1960s and Twiggy that they were adopted into ordinary women‘s beauty regime. But why are we so enamoured with the idea of having long, thick eyelashes?
 As usual, it‘s all about attracting the opposite sex and trying to appear a little younger than we actually are.Dr Bernhard Fink, a research scientist at the Department of Sociobiology at the University of Goettingen in Germany, says:

"Cosmetics and make-up exaggerate the features that men are usually sensitive to, thus making those women highly attractive to them. Eyes and eye gaze are of particular relevance in terms of showing interest and attention. I believe that showing exaggerated (and groomed) eyelashes highlights the eyes; it draws attention to them, not because the lashes per se are important, but because the eyes are the key features."

Besides, Dr Fink points out ―Hair tends to grow slower when we age. Thus, long eye lashes signal youth. So whether you want to go for a younger wide eyed look of simply feel like trying out something to boost your sex appeal, one thing is for sure, there‘s never been a better time to opt for lashings of glamour!


 SUBTLE APPROACH: A few lash inserts added to the outside edge of the eye for a fuller, more fluttery look.

The OTT LOOK: Not for the faint-hearted, this is for those who like to stand out from the crowd. The bigger and sparklier the better.

EYELASH EXTENSIONS: Everyone from Cheryl Cole to Victoria Beckham wears eyelash extensions these days, which last up to four weeks.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

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