I did not know that fake eyelashes were still a thing. In my mind, I likened them to press on nails. Neat idea but bad in real life. I thought they had ran their course and died quietly years ago. I can see fake eyelashes being useful in acting but in everyday life? Nope.
Imagine my surprise when found out that they didn’t die out. They may have never actually gone away. I don’t know… However, I didn’t began noticing them again until a few years ago. I’m not talking about the eyelashes that are professionally applied at a salon. I mean the ones that you can buy just about anywhere, including Dollar General, and put on by yourself with special glue. I remember the first time I saw someone wearing them in public. She was wearing a pair that were so thick and heavy that they looked ridiculous. She blinked continuously, batting her eyelashes at me and my co-worker. Most likely because she couldn’t see very well with them on. Ridiculous! Why would anyone choose to impede their vision to have eyelashes that looked so obviously fake?
Several months later, I got a pair of fake eyelashes in my Ipsy bag. (For those who do not know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription for makeup and beauty products.) What is this nonsense?, I thought. Do self-respecting people actually wear these things?! And then as I side note, I wondered why they did not include the glue in the bag as well. I gave the fake lashes to my co-worker because she told me that she wears them on special occasions. Interesting…
Most recently, while taking the Canadians shopping for souvenirs, I watched as they sorted through sets of fake eyelashes. They discussed which would look best with their features and finally settling on a few sets. These dainty ladies are gorgeous. If they wear fake eyelashes regularly, then they must know something that I do not. I decided that shape and size of lashes were the key to getting it right.
I finally got the opportunity to try them myself. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and we had a professional makeup artist come in to do our hair and makeup. When she applied the fake lashes, I was slightly worried that the glue was similar to super glue and my eyelids would be stuck together. But, of course, this did not happen. They were uncomfortable at first. They felt unnatural and my eyes watered. It took a little getting use to. I did adjust and once I looked in the mirror, I loved what I saw. (The professional makeup wasn’t bad either.) The fake eyelashes looked great! They didn’t actually look fake. They just emphasized what was already there.
So, pop culture, you win this round. Fake eyelashes, when done properly, can be stunning. Key word here is properly. Unfortunately, this does not mean that I will be applying them and wearing them in the future. I would probably glue them on all crooked and look like a crazy person.