Mink eyelashes are probably the most expensive and luxurious looking of all false eyelashes on the market today. Although available as eyelash extensions, they are normally found as strip lashes that are applied as when required.
False eyelashes are not new, in fact they have been around since 1916 when D. W. Griffith had a wig maker weave human hair through gauze and then glued to the eyeline of actress Seena Owen in the film Intolerance. No one really took much notice until the 60s. They came back into fashion with gusto but were made from man-made substances. Mink eyelashes are more recent and preferred by celebrities who do not always wish for permanent implants.
They are made from selected mink fur hairs that are simply brushed from live mink by hand. No chemicals or dyes are used on the hairs and thus they retain their rich velvety appearance. For instance, their lush appearance is why stars such as Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez and Oprah Winfrey wear them. Just to be clear, that's not to say that these celebs endorse them as such, but just that they have been seen wearing them. So I'll leave it up to you to decide!
To care for your mink eyelashes, think of them like a mink coat! Never sleep in them or bring them into contact with water. Remove them carefully and then store properly when you do not need them and they will last for anywhere up to 25 applications.
Your lashes may cost between $100 to $300 for a reasonable set and come as complete strips, bejewelled or in small clusters of hair. You can also get individual lashes for eyelash extensions if you prefer this option, but of course you will need to have these professionally applied - never try this yourself.
Beware when looking for mink eyelashes if you find cheap ones, as these are likely to be fakes. Look for the highest quality strip lashes that you can afford and that are guaranteed to be 100% natural mink fur. Then you won't be disappointed with your choice.