A few weeks ago I burnt off my right eyelashes while eating fire for a short web film (I just found out I’ll have production stills to share soon!) – it was the first, and hopefully the last, time that has ever happened to me. It was rather unnerving watching my own eye burn, and it left me with singed stubby lashes on one side only.
Eyelashes take a long-ass time to grow back, so I’m still rocking a bit of a Malcolm McDowell look day-to-day; luckily my lashes are dark enough that mascara is not an essential part of my everyday look and it’s not that noticeable. It really won’t do for glam performance face, though, so for my gigs and photo shoots I’ve been experimenting with a variety of false eyelashes.
I have worn them before, but only occasionally – in large part because I perform with fire so much that it’s just not part of my routine (my real lashes just scorched, but most glamour falsies in that scenario would melt and potentially do permanent damage to my eye area), but also because a couple of coats of mascara is usually sufficient to pump up my long eyelashes.
I’ve gotta say: I haven’t quite got the hang of them. They make my eyes feel gummy and heavy and I’m really paranoid that they’re peeling off and making me look freakish, so I have to keep running to look in the mirror to reassure myself. They look pretty fab, though, so I’m trying to repress my cat-on-a-leash type reaction to having foreign objects glued to my face.
So far my favourite set is a simple, natural-looking pair just slightly longer than my own lashes, which I picked up from – of all places – Dollarama; they add a touch of drama to my eyes without going overboard. I also have a collection of fancy costume sets with glitter, feathers, beads… I can’t resist picking them up around Hallowe’en, but most of them have never even been out of their packages. I’m still waiting for just the right act or photo-set to incorporate them, because they are definitely not a subtle addition to my look.
Then again, maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and put on some glitter lashes just for the hell of it. You only live once, right?