False eyelashes have been around for decades. They were first patented in 1911 by Anna Taylor, and since then lash lovers worldwide have not stopped reinventing this beauty staple. Magnetic eyelashes have recently revolutionized the way we glam up our lashes without any glue. Now, tech beauty gurus in Japan aim to give our eyes a whole new glow by creating wireless LED eyelashes.
You can immediately see how LED lashes would be perfect for a rave or completing your sexy robot costume at a masquerade party. But the cosmetics company Shiseido believes they’ll soon be ready-made for the masses. Shiseido requested a team of professors from Japan’s Ritsumeikan University to specially develop a prototype. So far, the lashes have been tested on robots, and trials will soon be done on human subjects to guarantee the product’s safety.
Last year, another brand named F.Lashes successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign where they nearly tripled their $40,000 goal. F.Lashes earned write-ups in both Forbes and Cosmopolitan, showcasing the features of their LED lashes, namely their five distinct light programs and how they can be applied with glue lash adhesive.
How do LED lashes work?
Shiseido’s lashes are affixed with LED lights and three centimeter long antenna. Once power is supplied to the lashes wirelessly, they illuminate green light. The technology allows fashion to become centerstage over cumbersome wires connected to batteries. In comparison, F.Lashes stay lit for up to four hours, but the wearer is somewhat burdened by bulky controllers that must power the LEDs.
Are they safe to wear?
A study examining the effects of LED light on human eyes said that 99 percent of the cells that protect the retina can be potentially damaged by LEDs. However, many experts say that LEDs that we commonly come in contact with (think smartphones and computers) pose no overall harm to eyesight. In other words, you’d have to really up your screen time (by a LOT) to potentially damage your eyes.
“The light from LEDs is not intense enough to damage someone’s eyes,” Henry Lau from the Institute of Physics told Metro. “Only ultraviolet and higher frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum can cause damage to cells.
So we would assume that the same is true for LED eyelashes, which don’t emit harmful UV and higher frequencies. Plus, they’re sitting on top of your lids, so you wouldn’t be directly looking at the light for a long period of time.
But until the product is available and deemed completely safe, the verdict is still out. We want to know — would you illuminate your beauty routine by wearing LED lashes?
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