Maybe She's Born With It? Maybe It's Lash Tinting?

When it comes to makeup, I am clueless. My mom only wears eye makeup and lip stain a handful of times a year and as a result, cosmetics weren’t something that often came into our house. I’ve never enjoyed the feeling of a full face of makeup, foundation feels thick and a bit suffocating to me and, given my skin’s proclivity to break out or get a rash from anything and everything, I am always hesitant when it comes to any sort of product going on my face.

Really, makeup does not equal beauty. [Source]

Really, makeup does not equal beauty. [Source]

I have had the occasional makeup application done prior weddings, prom, and a few times just on a whim when there was an opening at a department store. I will put on lip-gloss if the mood strikes or pre-date, but that’s where it stops, or used to stop (minus spot-concealer for blemishes). I have enjoyed the times when I’ve treated myself to makeup applications. As terrible as it sounds, it takes away any self-doubt and I walk into whatever event I’m going to, knowing that I look great. Saying this makes me cringe though because I don’t believe anyone needs makeup to look beautiful and I think that people are beautiful with or without makeup on, they are just different looks.

After getting scolded by my bff, for my makeup-less ways, I decided mascara seemed like the best place to start.

I like cake and I like frosting so... P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

I like cake and I like frosting so... P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

Be still my heart. I. LOVE. IT. (Except when it ends up on my contacts, which hurts my eyes and means I have to toss a perfectly good pair.) I don’t wear mascara everyday, and never when I work out, but, to quote my mom, “it makes your eyes sparkle.”

A few months in, I started thinking about getting lash extensions but they are really expensive and the application process can take hours. Considering that I workout daily, usually in a cycling class which leads to some pretty heavy sweating, I knew the lashes definitely wouldn’t last as long as the range salons quote. In searching for info on lash extensions, I came across lash tinting and suddenly had a vague memory of my mom going for tinting appointments. After consulting with my mom and reading everything I could about lash tinting, even the articles that claimed I would go blind, I bit the bullet and when to The Lash Loft

The experience itself was rather pleasant, though I don’t have anything to compare it to. The Lash Loft is a beautiful space where they do tinting and extensions; everything is clean with a luxurious flair. Initially, I was a little thrown by the fact that it’s one big open room, but this actually turned out to be helpful for me since it meant I could see the other clients and make superficial judgments a la ‘She looks like someone I could hang out with and she is here so everything will be fine,’ and ease my nerves. Any lingering reservations vanished once I got started; how could they not, you’re lying down and comfy and your eyes are closed. The staff was lovely and everyone answered all of my questions, even during the treatment. In total, I was there for a little under half an hour and, including tip, spent approximately $31. While I can’t say I notice a big difference (apparently if my hair were lighter it would have made more of an impact), getting on one of those padded spa tables is always nice and the curiosity would have continued to gnaw at me until I finally tried it. I’m now back to wearing mascara, though I still have about a week and a half left on the tint (based on what I was told) and starting to think about getting extensions.

The line up. It is weird at first isn't it? But those throw pillows! You've won me. P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

The line up. It is weird at first isn't it? But those throw pillows! You've won me. P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

Will extensions make me look like this? I hope so! I promise I'm not vain.

#LashGoals Maybe next time. P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

#LashGoals Maybe next time. P/C: The Lash Loft's Instagram

Have you had your lashes tinted? Do you wear lash extensions? Am I really pathetic for not wearing makeup?

Leah RosenbaumNYC, StyleComment