A fallen eyelash means someone is missing you - blow on an eyelash and make a wish. Long full lashes are the stuff of dreams. We curl them, we extend them, we ply them with coast of mascara.
Why do we have such a fascination with eyelashes?
"Ancient Egyptians play a large part of the rich history of mascara. Dating as far as 3400-30 B.C., Egyptians used bone and ivory as mascara applicators, and blended kohl with crocodile dung, water and honey to create the first mascara. "
Edwardian ladies used "burnt matchsticks were used to darken eyelashes" and sometimes women made their own form of mascara by adding hot beads of wax to the tips of their eyelashes.
And in the 20's and 30's women used spit block - cake mascaras.And, yes they did spit on them to moisten and apply the 'cake' to their lashes.