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.

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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