Eyelashes were designed to protect the eye. They help to catch dust and debris which might otherwise make their way to the eye and cause damage. They also act as a sensor, signaling the eyelid to close when they are touched. It is this automatic function which can make it difficult to keep the eye open when applying makeup to the lashes.
Every woman knows eyelashes are not just about keeping eyes safe, they are for getting the eyes noticed. Long, full eyelashes are youthful and beautiful which is why women have spent centuries finding ways to enhance the appearance of their lashes.
Ancient Eyelash Traditions
It is not just today’s modern society which appreciates the beauty of eyelashes. In ancient times, the eyelashes were considered a tool for keeping away bad spirits. It was believed the products they applied to their lashes assisted with this defense. Ancient Egyptians used animals fats mixed with various minerals to darken their lashes. Men, women and children all used these products. They were considered by Egyptian women to be aphrodisiacs and they provided eye protection by blocking reflections from sunlight.
Manufactured Eye Makeup
It was the 19th century before eye makeup could be purchased rather than made at home. These cosmetics were only available in Europe originally. It would be another century before they finally made their way across the Atlantic.
Eyelids and lashes are sensitive areas which can become inflamed and infected. These problems can lead to the loss of lashes. Often they will grow back, but not as full as they once were. Aging causes eyelashes to thin just as it does with hair and eyebrows. Cosmetics are only able to improve on the lashes which are there, so they are rarely the answer. Women need their lashes to be longer or fuller first. For this, eyelash serums have been created which can help keep lashes healthy, promote the best eyelash growth and make existing lashes fuller.
Nature made eyelashes for utilitarian purposes, but humans have turned them into measure of beauty and femininity. There is no question women will continue to search for products to improve the appearance of their eyelashes. It is a tradition women of all cultures have been following for centuries. Luckily, the challenge becomes easier every day as science continues to create new, more effective cosmetic products.