Summary of “The Psychology Behind Why We Like Long, Dark Eyelashes”

The Everything Guide to Eyelashes is a week of stories on the Cut about lashes, from all the mascaras we’ve obsessively tested to our personal feelings about why eyelashes matter.
Long and sweeping enough to brush the lenses of his sunglasses and attract compliments from old ladies, his lashes embarrassed him: Weren’t long eyelashes for girls? Didn’t they make you pretty? He was a boy.
Long eyelashes are in no technical or biological sense a lady thing.
Still, eyelashes have managed to become one of the few types of female body hair to make it into the “Good, emphasize” category and not the “Bad, eliminate” one – and for centuries, we’ve been imagining the presence of long, dark eyelashes to signify feminine beauty of the highest order.
Eyelashes have also historically been associated with chastity – ancient Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder suggested, rather amusingly in hindsight, that women’s eyelashes could fall out if they had too much sex.
Why? More recent research points toward the notion that long eyelashes are valuable for the illusion they create of wide, gazing eyes.
Still, these theories explain little about why long or full eyelashes are considered feminine.
“What eyelashes do is like what lipstick does, and eyelashes may actually even do it more: They draw a contrast between the eye itself and the eyelid, like lipstick draws attention to the contrast between the lips and the surrounding area.” Attractiveness indicators in men, she says – facial features whose larger size and more striking definition suggest a man possesses traditionally “Masculine” qualities, like confidence and assertiveness – are more likely to be the eyebrows and jawline.

The orginal article.