My friends know I’m obsessed with eyelashes: I’ve tried every kind of mascara and lash revitalizer out there, not to mention a few rounds of extensions. But it’s not as if I get behind every wacky lash trend out there—I’m still too afraid of Latisse (I’m afraid it will change my iris color), and I was thoroughly repulsed when British artist Jessica Harrison applied individual dead fly legs (yes, you read that right) as falsies. So when my friend emailed me with the subject line “cool new eyelash thing” I couldn’t tell whether I’d be thrilled or horrified.
The verdict: Thrilled! A company called Paperself is making super-intricate, crazy-gorgeous false eyelashes inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cutting. In shapes like peach blossoms, butterflies, peacocks, peonies, and horses, it may sound like a little girl’s dream—but you’ll actually need a fierce, grown-up attitude (and a bit of Black Swan drama) to pull these off. The lashes are mostly sold in the U.K., but are available stateside at some Urban Outfitters stores and the New London Pharmacy in NYC.
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