Bat your minks

Friday, 18 May 2012

Bat your minksIt seems salons in the UK are being inundated with requests for real mink eyelash extensions after being made popular by celebrities.

Crafted from fur brushed off live animals, the lash extensions have long been popular on the other side of the Atlantic, thanks to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. And now an increasing amount of Brits are snapping up the beauty accessory.

Previously, sets of mink lashes could cost up to £5,000 (about R66,000) but as the craze has become more mainstream customers can have them applied in two hours for just £125 (about R1,600).

Janette Vince, of Designer Lashes London, which offers 100% Siberian mink eyelashes, said that the fur lashes have been a hit with women looking for a more natural look.

She told MailOnline: ‘I started offering 100% Siberian mink lashes around 12 months ago and now I have a couple of suppliers in the U.S. There aren’t that many people offering the treatment and I wanted to offer my clients more choice. Mink lashes give the most natural look.’

And she reassured: ‘They don’t kill the animals, they brush the minks and then collect the fur by hand.’

A range of 100% mink lashes also appears on Eyelashesdirect.co.uk. A palette containing 12 lines of lashes is priced at £9.95 (about R131), while a boxed set can be purchased for £44.95 (about R590).

Meanwhile, the Away Spa at the W Hotel in London’s Leicester Square has started offering a mink eyelash treatment. However, its London-based eyelash extension artist Ruthie Belle prefers to use synthetic versions.

‘Synthetic mink lashes have the look and feel of real fur lashes but they produce a better curl. We’ve just added the eyelash treatment to the menu and it’s already proving very popular.’

Earlier this year U.S. star of Jersey Shore, Snooki, was forced to remove five pairs of real mink eyelashes from her website after coming under fire from animal rights group PETA.

It is thought false eyelashes first became popular in the 1920s when Hollywood actresses used them to make their eyes appear bigger. They were first created using human hair.

Written by Sadie Whitelocks, this article originally appeared on The Daily Mail.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Carlene

    Interesting article, but the results (although nice) are not really worth the cost.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Its great because they are not hurting the animals.

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I would also love to have these eyelashes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    Wow looks lovely don’t think I can afford them thou

    5 years ago •

  1. Botes

    It looks so real!!! I would do this without a doubt!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Yucky, who would want to wear animal fur on their eyes, never mind the price tag that comes with it!

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    these lashes look so natural! would never be able to tell that they are fake although dont think i could afford them though

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Refreshing to read no animal cruelty involved for a change

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    I thought it was really lashes. Stunning

    5 years ago •

  1. Smal

    They look really natural, but I am not too sure if I would like to use the real Mink lashes however the synthetics sound promising!

    5 years ago •

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