In the making: false lashes

Have you ever applied your favourite pair of falsies for a night out, and wondered exactly what process they go through to be made? We have, so we’ve done our research to find out.

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“No more excuses not to be a long-lashed, silky-lashed, man-shattering beauty”

– Max Factor 1969

The many types of lashes

False lashes are a less permanent, and more affordable alternative to lash extensions. And whilst they’re not always included in everyone’s glam routine, there’s no denying the power of a pair of lashes. Practise definitely makes perfect, as lashes can be initially difficult to apply. But when done properly, they have the ability to drastically improve your makeup look.

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With the forever growing range of lashes to choose from, it’s hard not to pick up every set off the shelf. But have no fear, you don’t have to rinse your bank account, you can narrow it down to the specific look you wish to create.

Nowadays, there are specific lashes to add texture, drama, exaggerate, add volume, add dimension or lengthen. And of course, a more natural option for those who wish to be slightly more discrete with their lash game.

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With both full lash bands and individual lashes to choose from, it’s useful to know the pros and cons of both. Where individual lashes last longer and look more discrete, strip lashes load up the lashes a whole lot more.

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Different prices for different styles

Lashes are mostly made from either synthetic, human or mink hair. And whilst synthetic lashes tend to be the cheapest, starting from around £3.00, mink lashes are always more on the pricey side, mainly standing at around £20.00-£30.00.

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Some of the most popular brands available on the high street and online include Eylure, Ardell, Velour and House of Lashes. Being huge lash fanatics themselves, celebs and beauty gurus have also graced our makeup sets with extremely successful lash lines, including lash expert Lilly Ghalichi, Cheryl Cole, Instagram sensation Huda Beauty, and Youtuber Fleur De Force.

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So how and when did the idea of false lashes come about?

A lot has changed since the 1400’s when women would purposely pluck out their lashes. Yes you read that correctly!

cosmeticandskin.co.uk We’ve also come a long way since the first method of adding drama to the lashes. In the 1800’s, dark hairs would be sewn into the eyelid using a thread and needle. It is said that cocaine was used to numb the pain. Talk about taking it to the extreme!

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Like lots of other cosmetics however, falsies properly took to stage through the film industry. In 1916, movie director D.W. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have eyelashes ‘brushing the cheeks’ when she blinked. So, prepping for the camera, he had his wigmaker glue human hair onto her lashes using Spirit Gum.

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Soon after 1947, when huge eyelash brand Eylure burst onto the scene, synthetic materials finally came into play, making falsies a whole lot more affordable.

cosmeticsandskin.co.uk Finding their ‘eye-dentity’ – the 1960’s were the prime time for falsies, after being rocked by the one and only Twiggy so many times. With eye lash brands like Andrea creating a variety of 12 styles, women were encouraged to spoil their lashes with a whole new appearance.

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Now being one the most successful lash brands today, ‘Ardell’ was born in 1971. They came on the scene launching their ‘Ardell Duralashes’, clusters of individual lashes, which you can still buy today. They now have over a whopping 125 different styles to choose from. We’ll take them all!

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Now, in 2016, false lashes are a staple within the beauty industry, not just a trend. With lots of women and young girls wearing them daily, it’s clear to see that lashes aren’t just for the cameras anymore!

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How are our favourite falsies created?

Whilst synthetic lashes are made from silk and plastic fibres, human hair lashes are made from sterilised hair and tend to be lighter in weight. Mink lashes are created from minks, and the hair they naturally shed is used for our fluttering eyes.

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Whilst different types of lashes have differing manufacturing processes, they all have, pretty much, the same basic steps.

Lashes with a clear lash band:

Step 1. Hairs are individually threaded and knotted onto the clear band

Step 2. Hairs are then straightened and rolled around a metal tube

Step 3. The rolls are then put into an oven and baked so that the eyelash maintains its curl. If the eyelashes have a ‘wispy’ style, each individual lash is curled using a pen, by hand.

Step 4. The lashes are then stacked, taken to the cutting table and then put on a cutting guide. Each individual lash on the band is hand cut.

Alternatively, for synthetic lashes, the hairs are pre made. They are then added to pieces of tape on strips. Each lash is individually placed to create the correct pattern of the desired style. Finally, the band is cut and dyed black.

… And there you have it, your voluminous pair of lashes. Ready to wear!

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Where do you prefer to wear your falsies? And what are your favourite style?


Text: Lizzie Moxom

Images: YouTube, Pop Sugar, Boots.com, Cosmetics and Skin

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