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Ask any beauty guru about eyelashes, and he or she will say it’s one of the most significant trends in the beauty world. It has something to do with how it lights up your face, but mostly how it makes your eyes sparkle.

With proper styling, you can pretty much take your glamor to the next level. And isn’t that what all women want? 

You’ve probably seen different trends and has become curious as to which style looks best on you. From glitter and glitz to long and lustrous lashes, these are the styles that have become all the rage for women around the world: 

Egyptian Almond Effect (3500 BC to 2500 BC)

Ancient Egyptians have always obsessed over their beauty and appearance, so it’s not a surprise to hear they also care about lashes. Back in the day, androgyny was a big thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman—you need to have long, fluttery, and fanned out eyelashes.

Lashes were smeared and darkened in black or green tones using ointments, achieving what is termed now as “almond effect.” While it may seem that the style was just their artistic statement, it also had several other purposes.

Egyptians believe the ointment worked to scare away evil spirits and strengthen their eyesight. It was also useful as an insect repellent and disinfectant and would protect their eyes from the sun glare. 

The Ancient Egypt-style lashes had an aphrodisiac effect and doubled as a protection from evil spirits. Talk about multipurpose. 

Extremely Long Lashes (753 BC to 476 AD)

If the earliest eyelash trend was about beauty and protection, the next one focused more on chastity. The style was born when famed philosopher Pliny the Elder claimed it says a lot about one’s upright morals. He asserted that eyelashes fall out from uninhibited sex, and women should keep it long to prove their purity. 

Wait, what? 

As a result, thousands of women strived to have the longest lashes possible, with some even implanting lashes into their eyelids. Those who couldn’t afford the procedure would then glue human hair to the eyelids, although that method wasn’t particularly successful.

Natural Look (1066 to 1485)

Christianity in the middle ages profoundly influenced the next trend. Women ditched the long eyelashes and preferred not to modify their natural appearance. Many believed cosmetics wouldn’t please God, and women acted on the duty to look their most natural self. 

As if looking natural wasn’t enough, some women even had their eyelashes and brows removed! Extreme!

Red Like a Queen (1533 to 1603)

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If the queen sets the trend, it’s impossible not to be swayed. 

Queen Elizabeth I, who was once England’s most powerful woman, perfectly embodied the Renaissance ideal of beauty. She had reddish-golden hair, which exaggerated her features even more, and many women fought to emulate her style. 

The women dyed their hair in a similar shade, some using crushed berries and soot from the fireplace. Despite the acceptance of cosmetics in this era, some thought dyeing the eyelashes to a red shade was too much. But not for the women who wanted to be like the queen!

Mascara Craze (1837 to early 1900s)

Contrary to popular belief, the mascara was invented long before the 1900s. The first mascara, primarily made of coal dust and Vaseline jelly, was developed by Queen Victoria’s perfumer, Eugène Rimmel.

It raised quite a disturbance at the time because, surprisingly, it was a household product which amplified a woman’s appearance more. As time passed by, many desired to create their formulas and put it on their lashes. 

This era was all about mascara!

Curly, False Eyelashes (1920s to 1930s)

The idea of putting on false eyelashes came from Hollywood film giant D.W. Griffith in 1916. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the 1920s when the need to transform the eyelashes into a more “supernatural form” was realized. 

Since then, false eyelashes immediately became a staple in every makeup artists’ kits and the film industry. Golden age icons such as Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe all sported it in their major photo shoots. Vogue released advertisements with models adorning the “eye enhancement.”

And what do you know… 

Even if some critics bashed the beauty innovation and the eyelash wearers, the public still had roaring reactions over it! 

Light and Stunning Eyelashes (1940s to 1950s)

There was a time when women went from “crazy about false lashes” to “I’m over false lashes.” They wanted their look to be more fresh and natural, instead of being fake. Some just opted to leave the eye enhancement to the entertainers and artists. 

For some reason, they accepted and embraced the beauty innovation, just not for themselves. 

The discovery of eyelash curlers, made of stainless steel and modeled after scissors, was a breather to the public. Many women loved it because it curled the lashes within seconds and was cheaper compared to false eyelashes. 

On the other hand, those who preferred a more refined, subtle, and long-lasting look embraced the new waterproof mascara formulas.

Heavily Accentuated Eyes (1950s to 1980s)

This era saw groovy, fun, and young lashes. People were bolder and more experimental with their makeup styles, and women geared for heavily accentuated eyes. 

Whether it was the hair, eyeliner, or eyelashes, the adage was “the bigger, the better.” 

The mascara was every woman’s best friend. Movie stars rocked trendy looks such as wearing thick dark false lashes and lots of eyeliner. They brought back the long lash craze, heavily coating both the upper and lower lashes with black mascara. 

Many idolized the iconic supermodel Twiggy who had a doll-like eye look and heavily accentuated eyes. 

You’ve tried that once upon a time for the drama, didn’t you? 

The Bombshell (1990s)

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Women of the 1990s were more accepting of the “falsies” given the fresh bombshell look in a bat of an eyelash. The resurgence was primarily due to popular models like Pamela Anderson and Anna Nicole Smith using it. 

Yes, the sexy gals!

Many wanted to bask in the enchanting and attractive persona just like these sexy models. 

This desire led to the birth of false eyelashes becoming a multimillion-dollar industry. It was quickly manufactured and distributed internationally and sold in drugstores and high-end department stores. 

Anything Goes (2000s)

It doesn’t matter whether you favor the soft or bold look, because the 2000s was all about embracing your style. Whatever you want, you can do it with your lashes! If you prefer the fashionable strip lashes—feathers, gems, double stacks, whatever—you got it! If you want a “barely there” touch, it will rock.

Lash bars and salons mushroomed, and services such as semi-permanent extensions and J. Lo style faux fur falsies were at one’s fingertips! 

You can even experiment on different mascaras in every shade, with wands that curve, comb, and taper according to your liking! 

Eyelash products were everywhere; you can be sure that the style was Anything Goes! 

While this period embraced individuality in stylish eyelashes, the majority of the women settled for the long and curly lashes. To complete the look, they just partnered it with either light or shimmery eyeshadow. Yes, that’s pretty much the look of everyone during this era.

The Clumpy Spider (2012 to 2014)

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Clumpy spider lashes may seem a little off, but when it’s done right, it looks cool! Many celebrities are known to sport spider lashes for a more dramatic effect. 

Although, some may beg to differ because it just appears to be a carefully undone mascara work. 

This eyelash trend also has different variations and let you achieve these looks:

  • Rebel and chaotic 
  • Grim and creepy
  • Cool and modern
  • Goth chic
  • Runway ready 

You know what they say: sometimes you gotta embrace your inner rock chick and slay that disordered lash appearance!

Creative Touch (2016 to present)

The beauty world widened the scope for innovation and individuality through several eyelash styles. From a time-honored natural set to full-volume mermaid lashes, there’s just no stopping a person from adding a creative touch.

These days, it’s not just about the conventional and simple anymore. It’s about how you want to express yourself and how you want your eyelashes to look like. Forget about weird, crazy, or “you-must-be-kidding-me”; it’s all about FUN! 

Here are gorgeous and fun eyelashes sported by the crazy brave gals: 

  • Eyelash Bling 

Yes, this is a thing. Some women bejewel their lashes for a party or an evening out. It may seem too over the top, but it looks good if you want a full doll-up look! Having gems or eyelash bling brings serious attention to the wearer’s eyes. 

If you want to stun the crowd, this will be a good idea! 

Many brands offer false eyelashes with bling like jewel droplets or even rhinestones. If you’re feeling crazy, you can bring out the big guns or the big prized jewels. But if you want to stay semi-fun with this, rein in the temptation by focusing on tiny ornaments. 

  • Fairy White 

The staple mascara had always been the color black. But for the more adventurous, and the people in the advertorial field, they thought of white as the new black! 

Does it work? 

Why, yes! Fairy white eyelashes give a rather interesting look, especially when paired with white eyeliner.

It gives just the right spotlight on the eyes, even enhancing the rest of your makeup. It is a neutral just like black, so it can work with pretty much any color and won’t clash with them. If you want to try and see how white looks on you, try a mascara. But for full volume, there may be shops which offer white false eyelashes. 

  • Love, Love, Love 

Those who are not fond of bling, gems, and jewels have another option in dressing up their eyelashes. The heart eyelash is a creative eyelash trend famous during days that celebrate relationships and romance. 

It is a simple yet quirky touch to the usual falsies and gives anyone wearing it the extra attention she needs. Some people place hearts on the tips of the eyelash, while others take the more extreme route and put it all over. 

  • Feather Eyelash

It doesn’t matter whether you want to channel your inner runway model or feel like being over the top. Feather eyelashes look gorgeous, creative, and extra sassy! Typically, women who wear this appear in glossy page magazines, runways, and billboards. If you want to experience the glamorous life like theirs, why not try this? Choose from regular feathers to fabulous colored and stylish ones! 

There’s a reason why many makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts don this look and share it with the Insta-world! You know what they say. You got to look good for the gram, no? 

  • Funky Color Lashes

Blame the pop culture all you want: the typical lash extensions can be artless and boring. Many women are embracing funky and colorful shades on their lashes, and some say it’s not just for summer! The colors range from pink and purple tones to full-on rainbow sets. 

You can say it’s pretty weird, but you need to admit, it looks beautiful! These are the eyelash extensions that channel the mermaid and unicorn love! Give it a try, and you’ll be obsessed!

  • Blossoming Flower 

You don’t have to be a hippie to slay the flowers! The flower eyelash trend has caused quite a stir since many “flower children” famous online use it. The visual is stunning, and it makes one think that the wearer smells like spring gardens. 

Some women glue real flowers to their eyelashes. You might react, “It’s a bit weird and uncomfortable. I don’t want to cloud my vision.” But some women don’t mind that. Decorating their lashes with flowers is the way to go. It’s just like being in a fairytale or a princess wonderland!

The eyelashes have always been an essential beauty amplifier. You can settle for simple or fun, depending on your mood and the occasion. 

With the new emerging trends, it’s just a matter of time before something new comes for the adoring crowd to try!