Why Do People Use False Eyelashes? [Explained]

Eliza Barlow
February 11, 2020

Why do people use false eyelashes? Well, when it comes to beauty, there may be many reasons why individuals choose these accoutrements. With such a diverse market, false eyelash wearers are free to express their unique styles and personalities in many ways. We’ll look at why people use falsies as part of their beauty routine, the benefits, and how to use them.

 1) It’s a Tradition

Falsies may seem like a new trend, but they aren’t. People have always loved the lure of full and voluminous lashes. History provides us with many examples of how long lashes have often been en vogue. One example includes early Rome. It was Pliny the Elder, an ancient Roman philosopher that praised the women with long lashes as “chaste.” Even the bible described Ruth as a beauty with gorgeously luxe lashes.

The ’70s saw a rise in interest as popular models like Twiggy sported some major lashes in magazines. Advances have pulled us away from magazines and more towards online blogs and articles (*ahem*). However, we’ve become influenced by a new generation of beauty gurus, including social media influencers.

It's a Tradition

2) It’s an Instant Transformation

Nothing shakes up a boring old makeup routine like falsies. False eyelashes can instantly transform a look. They can even take a casual nude lip and eye and move it into a glam new territory.

They are an excellent option if you’re seeking just a bit of ‘oomph.’ You can get a strip that will slightly enhance your lashes for a natural but boosted look. Falsies can give your look the moxie you’ve been waiting for.

3) They’re Easy to Use

If you’ve watched any number of how-to vids, you may have found yourself thinking, “I can do this!” And you may have tried many times only to admit defeat. Well, unlike those projects, falsies really are easy! Beside your lashes, an adhesive, and a few minor tools, what you need is patience.

Getting the hang of putting on lashes takes some practice, but like riding a bike, once you’ve got it, you never forget. False eyelash application is so simple that anyone can do it.

4) Falsies Emphasize the Eyes

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but those with luscious lashes may have eyes that look bolder and brighter. Lengthy lashes often make the eyes more pronounced. Behavioral scientists note that humans love things with big, beautiful eyes.

It may be a layover from our evolutionary past. We often associate big eyes with confidence and beauty. Wider eyes may be an adaptation that allows us to see better and farther. Whatever the reason, lashes have certainly informed how we define aesthetics.

5) They’re Affordable

Before the ’70s, eyelashes were the domain of the well-to-do. With the invention of Nestolashes, this changed. Karl Nessler, the inventor, opened the gates for falsies to become widely available. The introduction of these lashes into the beauty market allowed lashes to be popularized by the masses.

For the first time, everyday people could have a look that they’d always envied without blowing their bank. Lashes come in multiple styles and materials. There’s something for every price point and beauty need.

The Benefits of False Eyelashes

The Benefits of False Eyelashes

The benefits of false eyelashes include saving your natural lashes from breakage. False eyelashes can be a protective accessory. Certain chemicals and eye makeup may cause lashes to become weak and prone to falling out. However, if applied correctly, falsies can prove to be an advantage.

Falsies also provide wearers with a boost of confidence and allow them to express themselves. False eyelashes are also versatile. There are a number of styles and lengths to choose from. They can be worn at just about any event or social occasion and complement a variety of makeup looks.

How to Use False Eyelashes

For many people, using fake eyelashes may be intimidating. After all, how is it possible to get it just right? While it may seem impossible, it is quite simple. We’ll outline a few tips to get you the right look every time.

1. Measure Out Your Lash Strips

If you’re using a full or half strip, measure them, so they fit your eye perfectly. Each person has a unique eye shape, so it’s best to get the best fit before you begin.

2. Obtain Your Necessary Tools

Applying your falsies is easy if you have just a few essential tools. A well-lit place, a mirror, a quality adhesive, a bobby pin or q-tip, and of course, your lashes.

3. Apply Your Glue

Place a dab or two of glue onto the head of a bobby pin or q-tip. Roll the glue over the lash strip. Wait a minute or two for the adhesive to become tacky, and then you can adhere the strip.

4. Apply the Lash

Place the lash strip close to your lash line. Lightly tap the lash into place. Although some prefer to begin the application beginning at the inner corners of the eye, others find it easier to start at the center and then move outwards.

5. Blend

Now that the strip is in place, try to blend the lashes for a more natural look. This can be achieved with a coat of mascara. And that’s it! You now have a lash look. Lashes are perfect for a variety of settings, and many false eyelashes are excellent for daily use.