Plus, iris discoloration is not an issue, and I have EVIDENCE!
Publish date:
January 31, 2012
falsies, fake lashes, how-tos, kardashians, Latisse

Thank you! I will never forget about acne, but I will tell you about eyelashes. Since starting Latisse several months ago, I've received a lot of attention for the length of my eyelashes, which makes the $120 a month I spend on the stuff totally worthwhile.

I love almost all FDA approved dermatological products and Latisse is no exception. Regulated drugs make promises and usually keep them, you see. And I live for that kind of reliability.

For those who are worried about iris discoloration, I spoke to top NYC ophthalmologist Dr. David Ritterband to find out the truth. In short, Latisse users may experience some eyelid discoloration, but your irises are safe. Here's the full story from Dr. Ritterband, who sent me this via email:

Only one article exists in the literature about "Latisse" induced periocular skin hyperpigmentation. Priluck J in in Archives of Ophthalmology, June 2010. In this small case series of 4 patients, 4 different woman after treatment with Latisse developed hyperpigmentation of the upper eyelid skin in addition to lash growth. The onset was between 3-8 weeks after use, a more rapid onset then seen in patients who had used Lumigan (bimatoprost) for glaucoma who developed the skin changes. Interestingly, those were mostly on the lower lid because the drop is placed into the eye and excess may roll out onto the lower lid. The authors also commented, that the more rapid skin changes noted may be related to direct application of the medication to the upper eyelid skin.The early diagnosis of skin hyperpigmentation may only be due to the fact that all these woman were using the medication for cosmetic purposes and have more "cosmetic consciousness" of their appearance. Also of note, none of the women stopped the medication once the skin changes were noticed. Lastly, in answer to your question, this is not dangerous in light eyed or skinned patient. Patients should understand, there is a small risk for hyperpigmentation of the skin. The medication does work well on lash growth.

Thank you, Dr. Ritterband. Of course, if you have any additional worries about Latisse, you should consult your own eye doctor too. Now, have a look at my mascara-free lashes and unscathed irises after four months of Latisse. God, this endorsement is becoming excessive.

Because everyone isn't as vain and financially irresponsible as I am, there is a less expensive alternative for getting crazy-long, compliment-inducing eyelashes. Falsies. And you can successfully apply them yourself. All you need are a good set of tweezers, an eyelash curler, a medical grade adhesive, mini-scissors and your choice of lashes. To avoid pageanty looking fakes, choose lashes with a clear band made from human hair like these.

Now here's how you apply them:

Step 1: Start with clean, makeup-free lids. Measure the length of the lash strip, snipping any excess from the outside corner with a pair of mini-scissors. Apply a thin line of medical grade glue along the lash band, then wait about 30 seconds.

Step 2: Using slanted tweezers, lift the false lashes off of the plastic platform and align the lash band as close to your upper lash line as possible, working from the outside in. Then let the lashes sit for a minute.

Step 3: Once dry, press your real and false lashes together using an individual lash curler. Unlike a regular sized curler, this tiny tool really blends and bonds the lashes together for a natural-looking, long-lasting finish.

Want an extra porny f*ck-me finish? Coat your extensions with a layer of mascara. BAM, you're done. I didn't make a video because I don't have all of the necessary tools in the office, but if you ask me to in the comments then I will.

What do you guys think of these options? Helpful or annoying? What are your favorite lash products, secrets, application techniques? Or anything. Talk to me.

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