The first eyelash extensions...
Beauty legend has it that American movie director D.W. Griffith designed the first set of eyelashes, while creating a motion picture in 1916. He wanted his leading lady Phillis Haver to have eyelashes so long that they graced her cheeks when she blinked or looked down.
Then a wig master went to work creating the long luxurious eyelashes out of human hair and gauze. The result was a movie magic! Unfortunately the film was not a huge hit, and the screenplay became unforgettable. However, false eyelashes were remembered to the misfortune of Griffith who never formally made a claim to their fame and his idea was ultimately simulated, stolen, and altered in the decades thereafter.
Since 1916 there have been many leading ladies and celebrities who have used false eyelashes. Twiggy is an example of someone in the spotlight who used falsies in the way that they were intended. Eyelashes have always been a statement for the "The Art of a Lady". They have been used on cartoon characters such as Betty Boop, Judy Jetson, Miss Piggy, and Olive Oil (Of Popeye). Television characters such as Lucy (I Love Lucy), Samantha (Bewitched), Genie (I Dream of Genie), and Ginger from Gilligan's Island are just some of the first few who have been glamorized by wearing eyelash extensions. Today eyelash extensions are the fastest growing beauty trend in the world. Today most celebrities and TV stars have falsies.
Eyelash extensions and today...
Eyelash extensions are synthetic lashes that are attached to an individuals naturals lashes using a special adhesive. The lashes come in different lengths, curls and thickness' (and colors too!) which makes it possible to customize the application. Manufactured by hand or by machine, most eyelash extensions are made from polyester to imitate human lashes and other materials such as mink or silk. Real mink fur as well as human hair are also used but loose the curl when they get wet.
Formally created in Asia in the late 1990's this beauty trend has made its mark around the world. Eyelash extensions were once a beauty secret to Hollywood but now is becoming a welcomed addition to the everyday woman's and men's beauty regiment. The popularity of extensions continue to grow as it is the most innovative way to add length and volume to your own natural lashes with the need for mascara.