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  1. (She was an artist of the face,) drawing her long lashes out like licorice —Jay Parini
  2. Eyelashes like the wicks of many extinguished candles —Frank Swinnerton
  3. Eyelashes long as shish kebab —Rex Reed

    The owner of the long lashes is Carol Channing.

  4. Eyelashes … long, like flies’ legs —Aharon Megged
  5. Eyelashes stiff as bird-tails —Eudora Welty
  6. Eyelashes … thick and furry as tarantula legs —James Crumley
  7. [Eyes] lash-fringed like Spanish lace —Davis Grubb
  8. Lashes as thick and dark as raven feathers —Jonathan Kellerman
  9. Lashes bunched together like star points —Jill Ciment
  10. Lashes thick and black as if painted with a black tar-like material —Joyce Carol Oates
  11. Long lashes fluttered like the feelers of a beetle on its back —Truman Capote

    The lashes thus described belong to Mae West.

  12. Thick lashes, soft as paintbrushes —Louise Erdrich
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
She is delicately fair, with fine grey eyes and dark eyelashes; and from her appearance one would not suppose her more than five and twenty, though she must in fact be ten years older, I was certainly not disposed to admire her, though always hearing she was beautiful; but I cannot help feeling that she possesses an uncommon union of symmetry, brilliancy, and grace.
As he did so I thought, somehow, that he seemed to have grown taller and straighter, and that the pus-drops seemed to have disappeared from his eyelashes. Yet how agitated he was, poor fellow!
I will uphold the curve of her eyelashes, for it tickleth my very heart-root to think of her.
So, with his ivory leg inserted into its accustomed hole, and with one hand firmly grasping a shroud, Ahab for hours and hours would stand gazing dead to windward, while an occasional squall of sleet or snow would all but congeal his very eyelashes together.
"Brother Ferrier," he said, taking a seat, and eyeing the farmer keenly from under his light-coloured eyelashes, "the true believers have been good friends to you.
From all these mute signs and tokens of her presence, he naturally glanced at Barbara herself, who sat as mute as they, shelling peas into a dish; and just when Kit was looking at her eyelashes and wondering--quite in the simplicity of his heart-- what colour her eyes might be, it perversely happened that Barbara raised her head a little to look at him, when both pair of eyes were hastily withdrawn, and Kit leant over his plate, and Barbara over her pea-shells, each in extreme confusion at having been detected by the other.
Hall," said Christie, faintly smiling through her moist eyelashes. "Then will you go at once and secure tickets for to-night's boat, and bring them here?
George Jones had the glory of perpetrating the first joke on him; he gave him a cigar with a firecracker in it and winked to the crowd to come; the thing exploded presently and swept away the bulk of Nicodemus's eyebrows and eyelashes. He simply said:
Her eyes, a deep grey, with dark eyelashes and eyebrows, had never been denied their praise; but the skin, which she had been used to cavil at, as wanting colour, had a clearness and delicacy which really needed no fuller bloom.
The Medical Man smoked a cigarette, and watched the Time Traveller through his eyelashes. The Silent Man seemed even more clumsy than usual, and drank champagne with regularity and determination out of sheer nervousness.
Milady possessed that great art, so much studied by women, of looking through her long eyelashes without appearing to open the lids.
"It would not be easy, indeed, to catch their expression, but their colour and shape, and the eyelashes, so remarkably fine, might be copied."