Spa Tip From a Spa Chick - #5 Go Ahead and Bat Those Lashes

Do you refuse to leave the house without mascara? Do you have light eyelashes? Are you so oily complexted that even water-proof mascara formulas leave you looking like Rocky Raccoon after a few hours? Are you going on vacation and hate even waterproof mascara? Do you wish you could wake up with your eyes “on”? Am I asking too many questions?

Then brace yourself for the wonderful miracle of lash tinting. Some of you may already be in the know on this one but I am amazed at how many of my clients have no idea this service is available until they see me do it on someone else. I tint my own lashes. In spite of being a 1st class girly-girl, I have three kids and try to keep the beauty routine manageable. I tint my lashes in part because it's one less thing I have to do in the morning and I love waking up with 'my eyes on.'

To tint lashes, estheticians use a tint designed specifically for the eye area. You or anyone else should ever use hair tint or other tints not specifically designed for use on or around the eye for lash or brow tinting. It's dangerous and could make you blind, like that other thing you do. Barrier cream or petroleum jelly is brushed across the top and bottom lids to prevent staining. Then, protective pads are put on bottom lids where lashes rest when your eyes are shut. Then the technician uses a brush to gently dab tint over the lashes. working it through to the bottom lashes. The tint stays on for about fifteen minutes and the result, dark lashes.
The tint lasts for about four weeks gradually fading to your natural color. I have several colors clients can choose from. Blue-black is very dark and dramatic, much like mascara looks, whereas soft brown is a good choice for light blondes or the ginger-haired for a soft and natural look. If you normally curl your lashes, you will still want to use mascara or a clear mascara to set the curl.

There are some possible downsides to lash tinting. One, if you have extremely sensitive eyes, you are not a great candidate. If you are prone to allergies, you should get a patch test first before you risk putting the tint near your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, I recommend you take them out before and bring some saline drops with you. If any tint gets in your eye, you'll need to flush them out and this is easier done with corrective lenses out. This should only be done by a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist who is experienced in this service.

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12 comments:

Duck said... October 30, 2008 at 8:04 PM  

Sounds fabu but I can't even get someone to put eyeliner on me without freaking out.

Along those lines, my mother got her eyebrows dyed once. She looked like Groucho Marx. Then the hairdresser took off to pick up his kid, and forgot to come back in time.

We dumped him.

A Free Man said... October 30, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

What's all this girly stuff! Man.

I guess to be fair, if you put up with my football, I have to put up with eyebrow tinting or whatever the hell...

Formerly Fun said... October 30, 2008 at 9:37 PM  

duck-
You're not alone, I have some clients who go into near convulsions, I have little tricks that help akin to trying to feed a toddler, " ah, look at the pretty airplane" variety.

afreeman-
yeah, if I gotta a read all the confusing Florida Hate week stuff, Georgia bulldogs(I didn't even know about them until you, now I have one more thing I don't understand occupying valuable real estate in my brain)then deal with the girl stuff- hey at least it's not tampon talk.

SSG said... October 31, 2008 at 2:29 AM  

quality! never had my eyelashes tinted, and I am SO going to get it done now. QUALITY. Bring on the beauty posts, SO much better than gator/dawg posts, come one, everyone can realte to beauty, but not everyone can relate to a specific american football team...
PS mt word verification today is "sperds". Now that sounds like something I will definitely be using to call my co-workers...

mongoliangirl said... October 31, 2008 at 5:32 AM  

I am SO going to find someone local to do this to me. Among other things...but we only need discuss the eyelash tinting thing here. Thanks for the tip!

KaritaG said... October 31, 2008 at 7:15 AM  

OMG I have done this and love it...I have blonde, straight lashes...this is great for camping, skiing, swimming, etc...nice post. I left you a cheesy award at my blog because I love yours so much!

CageQueen said... October 31, 2008 at 9:40 AM  

Dude. I live in the OC so I am close. If you could meet the Dirty Pirate Hooker in person, you can meet me? How much does this cost and when can I come in? I am DYING to have this treatment done! Like, yesterday. You have my email!

Dirty Pirate Hooker said... October 31, 2008 at 9:56 AM  

If I had blonde or light hairs, I would totally do this. But since my hair is black, I don't think I would really benefit from it.

Rassles said... October 31, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

The things I learn about maintaining beauty. I don't even like, own eyeliner.

FF, in all seriousness: How did you get into this field? How did this interest develop? I guess I skipped that day of class.

(it's still interesting, though)

MJ said... October 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM  

I had hear of eyelash extensions, but never tinting. Very informative ma'dear. Thanks!

Gypsy said... November 3, 2008 at 9:25 AM  

You've isolated the one area where I need no improvements. The only one.

Bluestreak said... November 16, 2008 at 5:40 AM  

I just discovered this like a month ago and love it. Here they can also perm your lashes so they stay curled and it looks really natural.

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