Mary Graham Replaces False Eyelashes with Foraged Plants
Kingston University graduate Mary Graham has created entirely natural false eyelashes made of grass blades and pine needles. Graham turned the foliage into sets of eyelashes to highlight the fallacies of cosmetics that are labeled as “natural” – which she claims often don’t contain many naturally sourced ingredients.
To make the Natural lashes, she picked up grass and needles of evergreen trees from the ground at her local park and in her garden. The strands of plants were stuck together with a natural glue made from eggs and snow, which was also used to attach the lashes to the eyelids.
As part of her Graphic Design course at London’s Kingston University, Graham photographed a model wearing the lashes and printed the images in a magazine to look like a beauty product campaign.
Graham pointed out that the only unprocessed ingredient in a “natural” set of lashes made by a well-known UK pharmacy is water, and that the classification of beauty products in this way does not reflect what goes into them, as a product only has to contain one percent of natural elements to be labeled as a natural product.
The designer believes that the lashes, which last for less than 24 hours before they wilt, could be used for a variety of occasions, from music festivals to couture fashion shows.
Aside from the cost of the eggs, Graham’s lashes are free to make and she wants to encourage others to create pairs themselves.
She would also like to make a new range when the plants change color towards the end of the year.
“I want to create these lashes again but in the autumn so that I could use beautiful oranges and reds,” said Graham. “These lashes have seasons and would appear differently depending on the time of year. Almost like fashion trends, they are always changing and never constant.”
Graham intends to extend her line to include beauty products for the lips and skin.