By Ellen Wheeler
As an actress in a past life, I have logged a lot of time in hair and make-up chairs. It is a fun adventure to discover how creating new looks can influence how you feel. For many of us when we look better, we feel better. In my real life there is no 5 AM call time and a team of people to rush in and make me look fabulous, so I’ve always been on the hunt for simple and quick solutions in my personal beauty routine.
I thought I worked hard as an actress, but when I became a mother I learned what hard work really was. Mothers put in long hours every day. Kids, homemaking, work, chauffeuring, meal-prep, shopping, bills, schools; there are innumerable demands on moms. Some days my “beauty routine” barely consists of enough time to brush my teeth and hair. Yikes! That’s why I was thrilled when a friend introduced me to eyelash tinting.
I had already tried to accomplish a quick make-up routine for the morning when I could get to it. And mascara was an essential. I have blonde eyelashes and a few passes of the magic wand makes a world of difference. But sometimes I didn’t get to use it before it was time for school drop-off, or weekend soccer practice. So for me eyelash tinting has been a great solution.
If you want to give it a try, many salons offer the service. If you feel brave you can do what I do and tint your own eyelashes at home. (It sounds much scarier than it is!) Here are the before and after photos from a tutorial on Forever Amber.
To be sure, the results are not as dramatic as a good thick coat of your favorite mascara. But I like the fact that my eyes have a bit of definition to them even when I don’t make the extra effort in the morning and I don’t miss the raccoon eyes around 5 PM either. I also tint my eyebrows (they are very blonde) to frame my eyes. Of course I still use mascara when I make the time and I want to look more polished. But if you are looking for a way to speed up your morning routine you might give this a try.
You can seek out a professional. It is always fun to go to a spa and get pampered but if time and money are in short supply there are tutorials and blogs online. Here are a few:
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