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Long lashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures

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We all want long, thick, luscious lashes ... 

... and these days there are many options to help us achieve this.  

Mascara - popular since the 19th century

Mascara has been used since the 19th century. The early commercial mascaras, including Maybelline, were simply pressed cakes containing soap and pigments. A woman would dip a tiny brush into hot water, rub the bristles across the soap, remove excess product by rolling the brush onto blotting paper, and then paint on the mascara. Imagine how much the product would sting if you got it into your eyes.

Common ingredients today:
Carbon black or iron oxide for colour, a polymer that allows the product to coat the lashes, preservatives, and thickening waxes or oils.

If you prefer natural oils like I do, check ingredients lists for beautiful Castor oil, Carnauba wax, or Candelilla wax.

Party lashes or false lashes are an easy to use and inexpensive way to create long luscious lashes.

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Lashes are sensitive to being touched and close reflexively when something comes too close, just like the whiskas on a cat or mouse.


More permanent solutions

Fancy a trip to your beauty therapist?  They can help you with lash extensions, a semi permanent solution to give you long thick lashes.  Synthetic lashes are glued along your lash hair line and naturally fall out after 6 to 8 weeks. 

If you have straight lashes you might like a lash lift.  A lash lift is essential a perm for your lashes.  This procedure can look great when paired with a lash tint.

If you have sensitive skin you might react to the lash extension glue or lash tint dye so best to give those a miss.


Do you have sensitive skin? 
Do not apply mascara to the base of your lashes.  Instead leave a small gap so that your mascara does not touch your skin. 

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