Besides their biological functions, our eyelashes have also served as a sort of accessory for our day to day and going out looks; they have been primped and primed in every which way since ancient times depending on the trends.
During ancient egyptian times both men and women darkened their eyelashes with kohl and ointments or malachite (which was thought to be an aphrodisiac). On the other hand during the middle ages the forehead was considered the sexiest part of a woman’s face, so in order to emphasize the forehead women would shave off both their eyebrows and eyelashes (we’re glad that trend didn’t last!).
Fast forward to 1916, film director D.W. Griffith wanted Seena Owen (an actress in his movie Intolerance) to “have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine brighter than life.” Her lashes were made of human hair woven through a fine gauze by a local wig maker. It was at this time we began to see something closer to our current eyelash trends.
The current trend for the classic individual eyelash extensions started in Japan in the early millenium and became popular in the U.S. around 2004. Volume lashes however, began in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2011 by a lash stylist named Olga Debronravova, who had been applying lashes with .10 and later discovering .07 to create an even fuller look by adding multiple lashes in the shape of a W without weighing down the natural eyelash.