These little treasures are would you believe it, false eye lashes. They’re made out of paper, delicately cut into the shape of peach blossoms (which look more like minute, smiling heads), peonies (more abstract swirl in the spirit of…) and horses (see left, I see zebras).
They caught my eye as I flicked through a new online beauty magazine called Beautyetc and are by the designer Ting yu Wang. Inspired by the Chinese art of paper cutting they’re an enchanting, contemporary spin on the Geisha make-up and false lash tradition.
If you happen to be a Rob Ryan fan (he creates fabulously intricate drawings or cut-outs with paper), you can’t miss this kindred spirit. If however you are, like me, a clutz when it comes to putting on false lashes, I suggest you take them to a Shu Uemura eyelash counter, smile sweetly and ask if they’ll put them on for you.
Your eyes will be, if eccentric, a walking, fluttering art piece.
Where’s Lady Gaga?