“Mom, are you wearing false eyelashes?” It was before the talent show and my husband and I had met our daughter and her husband there. We were going to sing a duet and, “yes.” for the first time I decided to wear false eyelashes. After all, it’s the ‘age of the false eyelash’ and stage makeup needs to be heavier, and more defining. These were the reasons that on that evening I took the plunge and wore false eyelashes.
My daughter’s reaction was not like some daughters. She did not get in a huff, and say, ” Mom, you’re too old to wear false eyelashes.” No, she said, “they look so natural.” We are both conservative in our dress and makeup, so her comment pleased me. When I chose the eyelashes, I knew I had made a conservative choice. Just a little “flash” up-on-stage was what I needed.
Then, our son-in-law, Matt, walked up to us and I decided to find out what he thought about my new look. I looked him straight in the face, fluttered my eyelashes at him, asking, “Matt, do you see anything different about my face?” “Boy, was I asking for it!” He looked and looked and said, “No I don’t see anything in particular.” There was his
chance to ask, “more lines?” Or, even worse, he could have said wrinkles? But he didn’t. He is very sweet to his mother-in-law, and didn’t notice any change, and I began to wonder if my choice was too conservative to be effective. They say men hate false eyelashes, my husband liked mine. So how do you figure?
I went to “Sally’s” to get my lashes. I wondered if I would ever get them on correctly, but I had no trouble at all. The girl in the store said she always does have problems and
recommended that I purchase individual ones. I couldn’t picture myself putting those tiny groups of eyelashes in place, during the short time I always allow for makeup and dressing. I have since read that the individual lashes last longer and look more natural. I chose the strip lashes and hoped I’d get them in place and not find that, during the evening, one had slipped off my eye and now sat looking like a spider on my cheek. This didn’t happen. After the performance, I carefully slipped them off each eye and haven’t worn them since, until now when I put them back on for the photo to accompany this entry in Shirl and You.
Will I wear them again? Truthfully, I like them! I am fortunate to have long eyelashes of my own and like every new gimmick we try, there are pros and cons on the subject. One eyelash company has reported 1000 percent increase in sales of fake lashes, so a lot of women are liking them. However some believe that while wearing false lashes the glue may have a bad affect on your natural lashes. It may block the hair follicles and a person could end up losing their natural lashes. Are these ‘killjoys’ ending a little fun? Won’t the lashes grow right back? Eye lashes will cease to grow, if repeatedly pulled out. An allergic reaction was mentioned, also.
Well, so much for my first false eyelash experience. Since it was truly a lot of fun, I don’t
like ending this blog on a negative note. Although some women wear two or three pairs and young girls are wearing them, too, this does not make them safe. If you do decide to go with them, choose the wispier ones. If I go with them again, my choice will be for thicker ones, lashes that would make a ‘ llama jealous.’ Maybe a better choice is to purchase volume mascara with lengthening fibers. What’s your opinion on this subject? Some of you may say, “Shirl, stop pretending that you’ve got what you don’t have.” I am considering that this will probably be the first and last talent show I perform in and the first and last time I wear false eye lashes.. By the way, we didn’t win, the eye lashes didn’t help sway the judges one bit.