Oh, boy. I should know better by now. I’m old enough. Yesterday, I went to a make-up makeover, because it sounded fun, a little glamorous to have someone else do my make-up and also like I would be pampering myself. Don’t get me wrong…I fully enjoyed it. And then…this morning I woke up with puffy eyelids and my eyes feel dry and a little itchy. But it’s mostly my eyelids. And since I’ve been using the particular company’s eyeshadow for years with no difficulty and love their mascara (that’s another weird eye story), I don’t think it’s that. HOWEVER, the lady did use some eyeshadow base and I think that’s the culprit. I look like I have pinkish-red eyeshadow on and my eyelids are puffy, puffy, puffy…like I’ve been crying for days. You know what I mean. It’s when your eyelids look like they are starting to puff over your eyelashes to the point that there is a “seam” with stubby little hairs sticking out. Yikes!!!
Needless to say, this isn’t my first eyelid disaster when it comes to make-up. I warned the lady that my eyelids are very, very sensitive and that I can’t use ANYTHING with a red or pink undertone. But in looking later at the eyeshadow base, it was very faintly pink. Hmmmmm!
Anyway, now to explain my previous disasters that should have warned me not to try anything new, product-wise. Years ago, when I first discovered my allergy to make-up, I was wearing a purplish color of eyeshadow (because I have green eyes and purples and blues make eyes look VERY green). I know…they say that vanity is a flaw. I guess it did me in. I wore that purple eyeshadow all day. And that night, I washed my face and went to bed. But my eyelids were itching. The next morning, they were really itching and were sore. I looked in the mirror and to my horror, they were red and looked like they were breaking out in some kind of rash. As the day wore on, my eyelids got worse and worse. Eventually, I had red, cracked skin, oozing sores and…well, never mind. It was just disgusting! I am VERY allergic to red dye in make-up evidently. It was at least a week before I had normal eyelids again. I didn’t wear eyeshadow of any kind for a few years. In those years, though, I continued to wear mascara.
Now, for my mascara story that I mentioned earlier. Being someone who was always looking for a new item to try (do you see a pattern here?), I tried a new brand of mascara when I “got bored” with what I had been using. BIG mistake! My eyelashes looked great with this awesome mascara. Unfortunately, they didn’t look great for long…on my eyelids. They fell out! Yes, suddenly I had bald eyelids. Oh, boy…do eyelashes take a really long time to grow in! It was so embarrassing to have bald eyelids, I felt like wearing sunglasses for months. Okay, they weren’t completely bald…I had a few eyelashes left–very few. And I took very good care of them! I didn’t wear any mascara and I was careful not to rub my eyes for fear they would fall out, too. When my eyelashes finally did grow in, I switched back to my tried and true mascara. And there are only two brands I now use…ever!
So, now I tell myself I’ve learned (again) a valuable lesson. I will no longer experiment with new eye products. (Until the next time.) Sometimes, vanity just gets in the way of sensible behavior. Now I have to wait for the puffies to go down and hope and pray that my eyelids don’t break out again in that crusty, crackly, oozy mess. Keep good thoughts for me, will you?
“Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.” ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine