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The History Behind False Eyelashes

Ever since ancient Rome, longer eyelashes have been considered beautiful and alluring. Women of different ages, from different cultures and different parts of the world valued longer and fuller eyelashes all throughout history; however, the concept of false eyelashes only started gaining its fame in the early 20th century.

The first ever false eyelashes were officially patented in 1911 by a Canadian woman, Anna Taylor, who was the first one to officially present the concept of false eyelashes to the world using a piece of fabric with small hairs attached to it. In 1915, a famous hairdresser, Karl Nessler, provided eyelash services at his New York salon for the first time.

However, the true popularity of false eyelashes didn't spread until 1916, when a Hollywood film director used the concept of using false eyelashes in one of his films. To achieve an alluring and romantic look, he asked for the false eyelashes to be glued directly on an actress's eyelids. Of course, gluing eyelashes onto one’s eyelids using spirit gum ended terribly; however, the movie was filmed successfully and reached many young women across the country further spreading the new concept of long and fuller fake eyelashes.


Bush, S. (2022, October 24). The history of eyelash extensions. Lash Lovers. Retrieved January 25, 2023, from

By Alina Myakota

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