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The video, posted by TikTok beauty account @tesia84, features a close-up shot of a woman using what appears to be nail scissors to cut her eyelashes.
In a second scene the woman attaches false eyelashes. The video is captioned "nice eyelashes".
However, experts are now warning people to avoid cutting their eyelashes, which function as the eye’s first line of defence against dust, dirt and debris in the air reaching the delicate eye tissues.
They also help to keep moisture, sweat and rain out of our eyes.
Eyelashes are sensitive to touch and can warn you if an object is too close to your eyes.
While many people use make-up and false eyelashes to decorate and elongate their eyelashes, which is usually completely fine, it's important to remember they do serve a very significant function and we need them.
People in the comments were left horrified. "Our advice is avoid trimming your lashes in this way. Always seek advice from a lash professional first.”
One TikTok user replied to the video: “Don’t cut your lashes y’all. It protects your eyes from infections and disease.”
Another person asked: “What the heck did I just watch now.”
A third user shared: “Never cut your eyelashes!!! I hope nobody does the same mistake!”
While a fourth comment said: “My heart just dropped!”
Celebrity eyelash and eyebrow specialist Liarna Jessica Yearwood has advised against cutting your eyelashes for three important reasons.
Liarna has worked with presenter and model Vogue Williams, hairdresser Nicky Clarke, actress Gemma Whelen and Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead.
Speaking with Tyla, Liarna said: “Your lashes protect your eyes [from] airborne debris. Without lashes your eyes are at risk of serious infections or corneal abrasions.”
She adds: “Secondly, your lashes take approximately 90 days to grow. If you cut them you will have to wait nearly three months for them to grow back! Not a great look.”
And finally, Liarna said: “Trimming your lashes will remove the natural tapered edge of your lashes, this will leave your lashes with sharp edges and as they grow out these edges may irritate or scratch your eyes."
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