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Eyelash Tinting - Did/would You Do It?
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Hi everyone, I was wondering of anyone on these boards has had any experiences with eyelash (not eyebrow) tinting, and can tell me about the pros and cons (I am mostly worried about the dangers).

 

I have very long but very blonde and very thin lashes, and I wish I didn't need to colour them with mascara. Nothing wrong with mascara per se, it makes me look like I have falsies on, but I often wish I could just have them dark, without any smudge. So I have been pondering tinting, but I am very worries about possible reactions. I have very sensitive skin and dry eyes, I react violently to any products containing soy, as well. 

 

Anyone here tried it? If so, how was it?

 

Thanks :)

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I used to get my lashes tinted for years and loved it.  I have Sjogren's Syndrome also, which is extreme dry eye.  The tint used is very safe as it's a vegetable dye.  No way would anyone be using a dye that is similar to hair dye on your lashes or you would go blind.  You do have to be careful to get some one who does a good and careful job and to remember to keep your eyes closed when the tint is on.  They usually put toner soaked cotton pads on your eyes, while the tint is on, to keep your eyes shut and to sooth your eyes.  I never had any burning or any weirdness with the procedure.  I would still be getting them done except the nanny state that I live in has outlawed it's use because a dopey woman decided to read a book while the tint was on her lashes and some got into her eye and caused a problem for her.  She got a lot of it in her eye.  This is why you follow instructions so now the rest of us have to suffer because of some dumby who didn't follow instructions. 

 

You say you have sensitive eyes.  Mine are about as sensitive as they get and right now I am suffering with eye problems due to the mold count outside.  I look like a red eyed hell hound!

I used tint by a licensed professional for years and never had any issues with it.  As you also have problems with soy, I would advise you to read the ingredients to make sure there is no soy based ingredients.  It's possible.  Doing a test patch won't work because the skin around your eyes and the lids are far more sensitive than the skin on your arm.  Just check the ingredients and get someone who is good at what they do.  If you do decide to do it, I think you will love it.  I did and now must travel an hour into another state if I want it done.  :angry:  The woman who did mine would not do any tinting on me during allergy season, when my eyes were bothered. She was extremely careful, which I am thankful for.

 

Good luck and let me know what you decide!

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Hi Gemini, I'm in NYC - I didn't even check whether this is legal here? :blink:  Apparently there have been controversies. To my ignorant self it seems less dangerous than eyelash extensions, but what do I know.

 

In what state did you use to get these done? Do you have any tips for finding a trusted professional? And did you notice any thinning/brittling of your lashes when doing that?

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I'm in Massachusetts.....the mother of all nanny states, although NY comes in a close second.  ;)   I can get this done in Maine and I am checking on N.H. as I am close to the NH border.

 

These dyes have been used for a long time so the only controversy are in the minds of those who like to regulate stuff.  I would check out better salons and ask how long the esthetician has been doing them and make sure the salon is clean.  I got my referral from a friend, originally.  I have Sjogren's Syndrome and allergies that affect my eyes yet I have never had any negatives from the tinting.  It is carefully done and does not come into contact with your eyes...if done correctly.  Plus they are vegetable dyes so it's not like you are using peroxide on your eyes.  I had it done for 20 years and my lashes are still long and not brittle.  I am lucky that I always had nice lashes.  But they get grey like your hair and then you can hardly notice them.

I don't like mascara so tinting was a good answer.  I did not usually get them tinted during allergy season, though, if my eyes were irritated.  No one should do this if your eyes are irritated at all.

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