Today we’re talking this history of fake eyelashes...
Please join me on instagram around 11am @backstagemakeupandskin for a live video where I’ll show you how to apply fake eyelashes and talk more in depth about the history or the fake lash. Check out the images attached to see some old lash adverts! Some of these companies are still in business today! Some of you may even remember some of these or have heard stories about them!
Have some lash stories? I would love to hear about them!
According to Racked... “By the late 19th century... eyelashes were... in vogue, some absolutely insane treatments were offered. Foremost among them was an operation for transplanting hair from your head to your eyelids — which the Dundee Courier ran a story about in 1899. They explained that the procedure entailed: An ordinary fine needle is threaded with a long hair, generally taken from the head of the person to be operated upon.
The lower border of the eyelid is then thoroughly cleaned, and in order that the process may be as painless as possible rubbed with a solution of cocaine. The operator then by a few skilful touches runs his needle through the extreme edges of the eyelid between the epidermis and the lower border of the cartilage of the tragus. The needle passes in and out along the edge of the lid leaving its hair thread in loops of carefully graduated length.”
Thankfully some women were smart enough to know better and opted for glued human hair to their eyelids. These didn’t last very long on and I’m sure there were a lot of mishaps and incidents of lashes in fallen in cups at high tea, but better that then the pain of Cocaine numbed lash transplants with a needle! Ouch!