A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has found that the presence of a “halo” effect on the way people look can influence how quickly people can shed their lashes, a finding that could lead to treatments that work better for those with shorter eyelashes.
Researchers used a video camera to record the eyes of two women who were asked to stare at a wide-angle camera while wearing eyeliner.
They then looked at images of the women’s eyes and asked whether the images looked different after they had shed their eyelashes for a week.
The results showed that those who had shed eyelashes tended to look much better in the next two weeks, with the eyelashes appearing longer.
The effect appeared to be a placebo effect, meaning the researchers couldn’t see the effects of eyeliner alone.
The research was funded by the US National Institutes of Health.
The full article about the study is available at the Science Media Centre.