I don’t wear makeup. In fact, I’ve probably worn makeup on less than twenty days in my entire life (one of those days was my wedding day). While I’m comfortable with my makeup-less face, the one small complaint that I do have about it is that I seem to have no eyebrows or eyelashes. This is one of the curses of the natural blonde. (The other one is the jokes.)
Eyebrows and eyelashes, like fezzes, are cool, and I would have liked to have some. Sadly, mascara application is something that I fail at. It comes out all uneven and clumpy, so I resigned myself to a life with no eyebrows or eyelashes. Laziness and not caring were very much factors in this decision. Until I found the only make-up routine that works for me…
A few months before I got married, I decided that I wanted to have eyebrows in my wedding photos, and one of my friends told me that I HAD to get my eyebrows tinted.
I initially laughed at the suggestion. I’ve never even dyed my hair, so it seemed like quite a big leap for me. But I decided to at least give it a shot.
With some trepidation, I went to the booth in the local shopping centre that advertises all kinds of eyebrow treatments. My sister came to hold my hand. After all this psyching myself up, I’m told that I have to come back another day, because they use henna dye and have to do a patch test to check for allergies.
Having duly ascertained that I didn’t have a reaction, we tried again, and this time we were successful. It was fast, less than fifteen minutes in total. For my eyebrows they basically applied the dye, then wiped it off a few minutes later, and checked I was happy with the colour.
My eyelashes were slightly more complicated. They applied a protective layer to the area around my eye before applying the dye, and I had to keep my eyes shut for a few minutes before they took it off. That was a bit weird, but my sister kept talking to me the whole time. My eyes smarted slightly when they’d finished, but that quickly passed.
The results initially panicked me. (My face! It looks different!) But I soon got used to it, and even grew to like it. (Yay, my eyes don’t look so lonely in my face anymore!) So much so, in fact, that I’ve decided that this is a make-up routine I can live with. It only has to be done every six weeks, I don’t have to learn how to do it myself, and best of all it adds zero minutes to my morning routine.
Anyone else apply permanent or semi-permanent make-up? If not, what are your lazy make-up hacks?