It is believed that eyelash extensions were first used in ancient Egypt. It is said that they were used to enhance the beauty of the eyes and make them stand out, with both Egyptian men and women looking for this novel way to improve their appearance and status. According to beauty magazine Marie Claire, ancient Egyptians began using brushes and ointments to achieve voluminous, fluttering eyelashes in 3500 BC. In Egypt, it wasn't just women who were looking to extend their eyelashes.
Both men and women used different materials, such as malachite, to darken their eyelashes. They also wanted to have long eyelashes to protect their eyes from the sun's rays. Eyelash extensions are cosmetic applications that improve the length, curl, fullness and thickness of natural eyelashes. The extensions can be made of various materials, including mink, silk, synthetic material, human or horse hair. The main method of applying extensions is to use a cyanoacrylate adhesive to apply the extension (s) to the natural eyelash 1 or 2 mm away from the base of the natural eyelash, never making contact with the eyelid. In the 21st century, more advanced methods of eyelash extension began to be used.
Unlike previous artificial eyelashes, they are much more accurate. Reportedly developed in Korea in the early 2000s (based on ancient techniques), these methods became widely used in 2004, being widely used by celebrities and movie stars who favored their popularity. Modern eyelash extensions consist of individual hairs attached to existing lashes with a medical grade of adhesive. These eyelash extensions come in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials. Materials include human hair, synthetic silk, polyester and Siberian mink fur.
Today's extensions are lightweight, comfortable and much better than the old methods we saw in the past. Unlike temporary false eyelashes, eyelash extensions don't have the letter D, I, or Y.Little by little, people came up with an idea of eyelash extension achieved by gluing together pieces of hair or soft animal hair. Another well-known inventor of eyelash extensions is Maksymilian Faktorowicz, a Polish beauty guru and businessman who founded the company Max Factor. All materials for this type of eyelash extensions must undergo very strict quality control and are subject to certification if they do not damage natural eyelashes. In the United Kingdom, the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists accredited courses for the safe application of individual semi-permanent eyelash extensions.
There are different companies that provide training and certification for potential eyelash extension technicians. Magnetic lashes work by placing magnetic false eyelashes between lashes, thus interspersing natural lashes with magnetic lashes. Although magnetic eyelashes have become more popular since their invention, adhesive lashes are still the more common of the two. Medical problems associated with eyelash extensions include the possibility of trauma and infection to the eyelid or cornea, permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes, and allergic reactions to glues, some of which have historically contained formaldehyde. Makeup tutorials have become very popular on YouTube, with many YouTubers sharing videos on how to apply eyelash extensions. Other beauty books such as My Lady's Dressing Room (189) by Baronne Staffe and Beauty's Aids or How to be Beautiful (190) by Countess C., also claim that trimming eyelashes together with the use of Trikogene ointment promotes eyelash growth. The history of eyelash extensions is especially interesting and goes back further than most of us realize. Another important leap in the development of eyelash extensions in the 1950s was represented by false eyelashes which were available not only to the rich and famous but also to the general public. It is generally believed that this eyelash extension procedure was developed in the early and middle of the 20th century when legendary makeup artist and innovator Max Factor was already famous all over the world.
Even better, the history of eyelash extensions has evolved from gluing human hair or some other foreign material to the eyelids and is no longer necessary to achieve that luminous look.