I used to get my eyelashes tinted- the process of dyeing the eyelashes with a vegetable dye, to make them look darker (and, I believe, longer and thicker).
I loved the way it accentuated my eyes and that I didn't need to wear mascara. That’s the upside.
Now for the downside. Grab your parachute.
It’s not cheap. I paid $28.
It’s supposed to last 4-6 weeks. I found it lasted more like 2-3 weeks.
The tinting process is torturous.
It goes something like this: They apply the dye and say don’t open your eyes or the dye will get in. They then set an egg timer, walk away and the torture begins.
As you sit there, with your eyes clamped shut, your first thought is, “What if she forgot to set the timer?”
Next, you think, my purse is on the floor, people could be rummaging through it right now, stealing my credit cards, driver’s license, identity. Then you talk yourself down off that ledge.
I know exactly what she’s thinking. Please God, tell me they're not stealing my postage stamps. I hate buying new stamps.
Your first urge is to throw your eyes open and run screaming from the room. Then you realize, if you do, you’ll only get more dye in your eyes and probably go blind. So you sit there trying to remember loved ones faces, just in case you never see them again.
Your eyes start watering. You’re not sure if you’re crying over your lost vision, or if they’re just tearing from the irritation. Whichever, the watering helps flush out the dye and the pain subsides.
Fifteen minutes later they rinse the dye off. You look in the mirror and think, "Damn, my eyes look good."
I had my lashes tinted 5 times. Apparently, I would do anything (5 times) for thicker, darker lashes.
Thankfully, I’ve since found FiberWig mascara, which I can wear on my lower lashes, without it running, so I no longer feel the urge to resort to tinting.
Would I recommend it? If you have pale lashes, are rich, have a high treshold for pain and are so psychologically stable that you wouldn’t snap, even if were being tortured, then go for it.
Otherwise, I say check out FiberWig mascara.
Anyone else out there ever try eyelash tinting? Was your experience any less “Abu Ghraib”?