Without sounding dramatic, there often comes a time in a woman’s life where a certain beauty treatment feels particularly URGENT on certain days/weeks. These urgent matters may be consistent with, but not limited to: a date, an event, or just the feeling that self-care is suddenly imperative. While I might not have a Prince Charming knocking down my door, OR a likely terrible tinder date waiting for me at The Forresters, like spray tan Thursday, where girls feel like they go from a 4 to a solid 9.5, tinting my lashes is conducive to a similar spike.
I don’t have a problem with mascara, I have two. It irritates my eyes, and come 5 pm I look like a stoned racoon. And while I fare better with colour on my long lashes, I don’t like the clumpiness.
Bank balance and time permitting, holding fortnightly lash tint appointments is one of the only constants in my life. So on Monday when I was desperate, my usual spot was booked, and not wanting to part with $400 (actually $45 which I consider pricey for a tint) I made a dash to Chemist Warehouse and picked up 1000 Hour Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit ($16.99). En route home I sent a text to a friend: for pre-emptive moral/technical support.
After making sure there is no eye-makeup residue, and applying Vaseline to the areas above and below the lashes, I mix the liquid and cream dye together, then apply the same way I would mascara, and wait for 12-15 minutes (as per the instructions) with eyes closed. What then ensued was a heavenly head massage, performed by TB Contributor, Matilda, optional but helpful, and a particularly hilarious guide of me by her, to the kitchen sink. Where I removed the solution with damp cotton pads, and an extra rinse to cure my burning corneas. Apparently, stinging is normal, and it DOES sting. But, pain is beauty!?
Not blind, thankfully. And WITH tinted lashes. A win on my end. Anything that I can save money on and do from the comfort of my own couch whilst blindly eating junior mints gets a 7/10 rating from me. I will probably do another coat après the first go, as I like my lashes VERY dark and the result, while great didn’t quite stack up with my usual salon job. However, for a DIY approach, if you are short on money and/or time, this is a good, legit alternative.
Words and collage: Ella Jane (using Harper’s BAZAAR Australia September 2017 layout).