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False Eyelash Dangers
Fake eyelashes are nothing new; for decades beauty queens, celebrities and models have been using fake eyelashes and eyelash extensions to enhance their natural beauty.
Consumer Reports recently conducted an investigation into the fad and found out a number of celebrities and people in the entertainment industry have suffered potentially-serious eye issues from allergic reactions, irritation and infection.
“False eyelashes can trap dirt and bacteria, creating irritation and infection. And they can be difficult to remove,” Consumer Reports’ medical adviser Dr. Orly Avitzur said in the television segment. “The risks of eyelash extensions are not only an allergic reaction to the glue but erosion of the inner surface of the eyelids. And they can cause permanent damage to your natural lashes.”
According to The Beauty Insiders, infection, lash damage and allergic reactions are the three most common side-effects from fake lashes and extensions. While damage to natural lashes is bad enough, allergic reactions and infections—and almost any eye irritation in general—always carry the risk for b
Sign of an eye infection, according to WebMD, include:
Pain in the eye
Foreign body sensation
Sensitivity to light
Discharge from the eye
Redness of the eye or eyelid
White or grey mark on the iris of the eye
Fever with no apparent cause
Blurred or decreased vision
For those women who still want that extra something when it comes to their eyes, most experts recommend trying to accomplish the look using eye shadows and mascara. While these beauty products carry their own risks and should be changed out regularly to prevent bacterial contamination, they may pose less of a risk to eye health when used properly.
A simple tip to make lashes stand out is to curl them with a hand curler after mascara is applied. This, combined with the right eye shadow application will make lashes pop.
To achieve the look, select an eye shadow one or two shades lighter than your mascara. If you use the same color your lashes will be lost against the color of your eyelid. Apply a thin line of shadow at outer third of your lid—do not line the entire eye.