The Eyelash Lengths We Go


Why do women care so much about their eyelashes? From science and ancient history to to a mascare inventor named Rimmel, Cristen and Caroline get deep about these not-so-superficial hairs.

Episode sources:

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"Encyclopedia of Body Adornment" by Margo DeMello. ABC-CLIO. 2007. http://books.google.com/books?id=s0122BsqrZwC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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"Sore eyes, bad backs, low pay: the cost of false eyelash glamour" by Gethin Chamberlain. The Guardian. Dec. 28, 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/28/false-eyelash-industry-indonesia-low-pay

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Academic insights:

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Topics in this Podcast: Beauty, cosmetics, eyes, makeup, mascara, eyelashes, best of 2014 body image