Nobody does false eyelashes quite like the Japanese.
It wasn’t until I moved here that I really noticed girls wearing them. It’s like every other girl does! I once even saw a junior high school student applying individual lashes with tweezers while on the subway in Nagoya! Now those are some mad skills if you ask me.
I’ll often be on the train and think, “Oh, her lashes are so perfect and gorgeous! Why don’t mine look like that?!” For the longest time, the very notion of them possibly being false didn’t even hit me (call me naive if you will). It was only after starting to get into beauty that I started to be able to tell. Sometimes it can be really obvious, especially if they’re really insanely long or full, but usually you’d really need to look closely.
Those who can afford it tend to go for eyelash extensions, I know one of my co-workers does. I complimented her on her eyelashes and she told me they were extensions. They last longer, three weeks or so, but you do have to make regular salon visits to keep them looking nice. They can end up looking a bit ratty as they near the end of their wear time, I think.
For those who either can’t afford it or who can’t be bothered, falsies are the way to go. And they are everywhere! From 100 yen shops like Daiso to novelty shops like Donki (Don Quixote) to drugstores, you can get your hands on an array of eyelashes. I’ve seen so many wonderful brands, such as Romantic Minnie (featuring Minnie Mouse), Hello Kitty lashes, Princess Eyes (featuring the Disney Princesses), Brigitte (a makeup line fronted by mixed race Japanese fashion model and TV personality, Rola – she’s so pretty and funny, if sometimes a little annoying), Dolly Wink (endorsed by Japanese gyaru model, Tsubasa Masuwaka), let’s not forget Shu Uemura, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg!
If you are new to eyelashes, and want to try them out but don’t want to fork out a lot because they might not be for you, I recommend just buying a pair from a 100 yen shop, or Donki. I first bought mine at the Donki branch in Shinjuku – they have a great selection, and one pair cost me 95 yen. Affordable or what? I tried them out and loved them once I got used to them – although they were a bit fiddly, and they did sometimes poke me in the eye, and they felt so weird and made my eyelids heavy. I haven’t really made them sound very good there, have I? But honestly, they change your eyes, your face, and your look so much and add an instant glamorous touch to any makeup look. I don’t use them often, but do get them out for special occasions.
What are your thoughts on false eyelashes? Let me know if you love them or hate them, would like to try them, or have no intention of ever putting these near your eyes – I love to read your comments!
A view of the eyelash selection at Don Quixote.
Popular eyelash glue – it has been ranked #1 by readers of Japanese beauty website Cosme.
I picked this up from the drugstore for about 300 yen, if I remember correctly. I wanted something super cheap for my first time, just in case falsies weren’t for me.
My personal selection of lashes, all from 100 yen shops except the Rosy Rosa ones, bought at the drugstore.