I Dyed My Eyelashes & It’s Awesome!

I so want to look put together, but always seem to fall short.

For example, I love wearing a dark, rich lip, but always end up smearing it.

Heels? A great idea, until I need to walk more than a block, which when I start weighing whether I’d rather deal with stepping barefoot on broken glass versus one more step in heels.

And just once, I want to wear the perfect jeans and starched button down (or fancy cashmere sweater that I do not even own) with amazing heels while toting a fancy designer bag casually perched on my left forearm while shopping at a mall. Just once.

Lastly, there’s eye makeup. I can’t apply it for crapola. Give me some eyeliner and I got from normal to Nancy Spungen in ten seconds, flat (not in a good way). Even if a professional applied the perfect smoky eye, I’d probably unintentionally rub my eyes and poof! Raccoon city.

Day-to-day, my look is tinted moisturizer, a little blush or bronzer and mascara. However, even the mascara can end up biting me in the butt. Maybe I’m just wearing the wrong kind, but it always seems by day’s end, I’m walking around with a dark makeup traces under my eyes. Makeup remover never seems to get the entire job done, either. I always wake up with a bit of yesterday on my face. Not cool!

Precisely why I decided to just dye my lashes.

The last time I had my eyebrows waxed, I inquired about lash tinting. My brow lady, Sandra, said she does it and had time to squeeze me in.

I said to myself, What would Eleanor Roosevelt do? I’ll bet she’d say no thanks (she was FLOTUS before Instagram, so…) , but would totally respect my decision to say yes.

I think the filter I used here makes my lashes look darker than they are in real-life.
I think the filter I used here makes my lashes look darker than they are in real-life.

Sandra had me close my eyes, then attached some sticky pads below my lower lids. These are meant to keep the dye off my skin.

Next, she applied the dye to my lash line, stating it might sting just a little bit and whatever you do, do not open your eyes.

Chemicals next to eyeballs = incentive to keep eyes closed. Spoiler alert: I did not go blind.

It hurts to be beautiful. Or more accurately, stings just slightly.
It hurts to be beautiful. Or more accurately, stings just slightly.

I waited ten minutes for the dye to do it’s thing, Sandra regaling me with stories of bad dates. It was great.

Next, she removed the dye, and I was left with black-black lashes that will last for at least five weeks. Apparently, the more you do it, the longer it lasts.

I feel like a Kardashian! Just kidding, I don't.
I feel like a Kardashian! Just kidding, I don’t.

Here’s me, one week later, SANS MAKEUP.

No mascara, NBD.
No mascara, NBD.
Really, ZERO.
Really, ZERO.

I was a little nervous about having chemicals to close to my eyeballs, but I think the results are worth it. Are chemicals near your eyeballs once every five to six weeks worse then applying them to your lashes every day? Who knows, and quite honestly, it’s the low maintenance aspect that won me over. I’m a convert.

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So fess up… what’s the beauty service you splurge on? Where do I even begin– haircuts every six weeks, facials with light peels, and now lash tinting. Oh, and shellac nails. Whatever, it all makes me feel like a million bucks.

PS Check out how Elizabeth Dehn turned her passion for beauty products into a budding empire; why airbrushed makeup is for the birds; and how going gray launched this amazing woman’s modeling career.

BONUS VIDEO CONTENT: The time Sandra waxed my armpits. Not pretty, but pretty funny.

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Comments (13)

  • Jen S. 2 years ago Reply

    Hey – I’ve done this. It irritated my eye lids so much. I’m not sure I can do it again.

    I get haircuts every 4 weeks. It’s expensive but I love my short hair cut.

    I also get facials every month! It’s awesome.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I would really like to get a facial once a month. They make a huge difference!

  • Meg V. 2 years ago Reply

    I just tinted my brows the last time I had them waxed and am now a total convert! It wasn’t even that much of a difference in color, but it helped some of those stubborn white-blonde mini hairs show up better. I’m on my way to rocking more full brows – a major life goal after some bad plucking habits from high school!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    It should be against the law to hand a 13 year old a tweezers! Over-plucking is worse than a bad tattoo. At least you can get those removed!

  • April H. 2 years ago Reply

    I would love to do this, but I am so bad about pulling my eyelashes out all the time I do not think I would ever achieve the desired effects. It is really amazing that I have any lashes left at all!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Do you mean like Trichotillomania? That sounds terrible and so difficult to deal with. 🙁

    It is amazing you have eyelashes left at all!

  • Maia R 2 years ago Reply

    I totally love this…did it for the first time a few weeks back, and with allergy season + no mascara, I am a much happier, less itchy eyed lady:)

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Yes, the allergies and mascara DO NOT MIX! The absolute worst.

  • Jocelyn 2 years ago Reply

    I’m doing laser hair removal and decided to splurge a little. I did win a $500 gift cert from TwinsFest a last year and on an interest-free repayment plan for a bit. Spendy, but worth it. Ms trance because I haven’t had a haircut/dye in about 5 months…

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Laser hair removal!? Badass. I kind of want to give that a whirl. I’d probably spend less than I do on waxing within a year. Seriously.

  • Morgan A. 2 years ago Reply

    I did this once and I loved it! It really wasn’t expensive but it seemed like a "luxury" still so I couldn’t justify going back. BUT, now that I’m a little older…I am all.about.that low maintenance. I think you just convinced me to look into it again 😉

    x. Morgan

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    You should! I think I only paid $20 or something. I spend that without thinking about it on a happy hour!

  • Rachel 1 year ago Reply

    OOooh- going to have to try this! Great option for my blond eyelashes! My splurge, which has turned into a rockin’ side-business, are Rodan+ Fields products. Totally worth the money so that I no longer have a beauty product graveyard in my bathroom cabinets, just real products that actually do what they say they will do!

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