Faux eyelashes are a quick beauty fix, and make a great accessory to play up your eyes. Have you ever wondered who created this fabulous beauty trend? The first pair of strip eyelashes were created in 1916 for the film “Intolerance” for actress Seena Owen. The director, D.W. Griffith, wanted her to have lashes “that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life.” What an eye-opening idea! The first set of strip eyelashes were created by a local wig maker by weaving human hair thru fine gauze… and voila one of the most addictive beauty trends was born.
Fast forward almost a century later, and the lash industry has turned into one of the most lucrative businesses that is here to stay. Faux eyelashes have evolved from a plethora of styles in strips to clusters in a variety of lengths, to customized looks by using individual eyelash extensions. No matter which type of faux lash you choose to use, your results will be stunning. Faux lashes are worn for all types of occasions, from special events to a night out on the town, and on a daily basis.
As a professional makeup artist one occasion that I always suggest the use of faux lashes is for a bride on her big day. They create the illusion of a thicker, fuller lashes, and lush lash line. Selecting the proper style can make your eyes appear brighter, and more awake. This is important especially for photography purposes. Deciding not to wear faux lashes can make your eyes look naked in your pictures. For me they are the icing on the cake and read perfectly on camera. They don’t have to be dramatic or over the top. Even a subtle natural set of faux lashes is enough to play up the eyes. As a professional lash artist my favorite type of faux lashes to suggest are individual eyelash extensions. Individual eyelash extensions are to be applied by a professional only, and are attached to the natural eyelash individually by using a stronger adhesive so that they will last longer. This should be a customized service, and when done correctly by a properly trained lash artist, no one will ever know that you are wearing extensions. It’s a great option for brides, because it creates the look of mascara without the mess. Individual eyelash extensions are resistant to water, heat and cold… meaning you can continue to look and feel fabulous regardless of where you decide to venture to for your honeymoon. Stay tuned to get in-depth information about what individual eyelash extensions are.
Francisco Catedral is a Makeup Arist, Lash Artist & Educator with a huge passion for makeup artistry and the beauty industry in general. He has been working as a Professional Makeup Artist for over 9 years with extensive hands on experience, and training. In addition he is a Beauty Editor for World Bride Magazine, a lash expert, a Certified Lash Artist, and a Master Trainer for JB Lashes. He is a licensed Esthetican in the state of New York, has worked as a freelance makeup artist, and has trained with top brands over the course of the years such as MAC Pro, TEMPTU Pro, and Make Up For Ever. His experience in retail working at Sephora for 4.5 years helped to perfect his craft, and exposed him to many cosmetic & skin care brands. He gained even more exposure to professional brands by working with The Makeup Show for 2 years. Worked with the marketing, promotions team, and had the opportunity to travel to Berlin for the first The Makeup Show Europe. He shared his experience and knowledge as a full time makeup instructor at, one of the most prestige beauty schools in the country, Christine Valmy International School for 2.5 years, and has also been a guest instructor at The Make Up For Ever Academy NYC. He started working with brides from the beginning of his career, and since then has worked within segments of the industry: Key Makeup Artist for shows, Music Videos, Television, Short Films, Editorials, Head Shots, New York Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Swim Wear in Miami, Theatrical Productions, and Ad Campaigns. He is a published makeup artist being featured in LoveCat Magazine, LATINA Magazine, Inside Weddings, The Knot Magazine, New York Weddings, and Passport Magazine. Has worked shows as the key makeup artist for Anne Barge, Matthew Christopher, and Alfred Angelo shows. Has also worked on projects with renowned photographers such as Albert Watson, David LaChapelle, and Ezequiel De LaRosa. Currently Francisco resides in New York City and is the owner of Francisco Catedral The Lash and Beauty Studio in Manhattan where he caters to his private clientele, offering specialized services, continues teaching Makeup Artistry, and trains students to become Certified Lash Artist.