I have no eyeshadow and no mascara on in the above pictures. Those are my naked eyelashes.
Shortly after I started esthetics school, I went to a fun open house at a medical spa down the road from the school. I thought it would be a great networking opportunity and met a ton of really awesome people and spa vendors. One of the vendors there was for Latisse. I had been dying to try Latisse; I remember those commercials with Brooke Shields. So while I was at the open house, I picked up a box of Latisse. (You do need a prescription from a doctor for Latisse. The medical spa has a doctor on staff and she prescribed it.)
As soon as I went home, I took a picture of the box and posted it on Instagram with promises of updating you guys on my results. The next morning, I took my first “before” Latisse picture on November 8, 2013. I started using Latisse each night. I put a drop of the liquid on the little disposable brushes that come in the kit (you are supposed to use one brush for each eye, but I used one brush for both eye every night) and swiped it over my upper lash line several times for each eye. You aren’t supposed to put it on your bottom lashes AT ALL. The little medical insert also recommended using Latisse at night before bed and when you close your eyes to sleep, some of the Latisse does “catch” on your lower lashes, so they do grow a little bit as well.
What Latisse basically does is extends the growth cycle of your eye lashes. All hair on your body follows three growth phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Anagen is the “active” growth phase where the hair is growing. Latisse keeps your lashes in this growth state, instead of going into Catagen where the hair is detached from it’s blood supply and nourishment inside the follicle and then eventually moves into the Telogen phase where it either sits there dormant to rest or falls out of the follicle completely and the cycle begins again.
I used Latisse every night for about two months, occasionally missing a night here or there. After about six weeks (around Christmas), I noticed my lashes appeared fuller, like I just had more lashes. This is likely because instead of shedding old lashes, they kept on growing. It was around this time that yes, I did notice some eyelid discoloration. In the “after” photo, you can see a purple-ish tint to my eyelids. That’s not eyeshadow, it’s from Latisse and is one of the possible side effects. Now, it really is not as noticeable as it appears in the picture. And when I have on makeup and primer and eyeshadow, you would never know it’s there. Once you discontinue use of Latisse, the eyelid discoloration does go away. After about two months, I got lazy with Latisse and sometimes forgot to use it for several nights in a row. After about four days without Latisse, the discoloration started to fade. It truly is not that noticeable and I wear makeup almost every day anyway, so it’s not like anyone would be able to tell.
After four months of using Latisse, I definitely noticed longer lashes. Along with the fullness, my eyelashes were ridiculous. Now here I am, almost five months out from using Latisse (which I still use about three to four times a week) and my lashes are beyond amazing. When I wear mascara, they practically touch my eyebrows. It’s crazy! So I don’t use it every night. I don’t need it every night anymore. To simply maintain my lush eyelashes, I use it a few times a week, usually three days in a row, with a break of three days in between for whatever reason. Keep in mind, if you completely stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will eventually go back to normal – probably after about three to four months. You can maintain your lashes like I do with only using it a few times per week.
I didn’t experience any other side effects aside from the eyelid skin discoloration, which has been worth it to have longer, lovelier lashes. I didn’t have any change to the color of my eyes and there was no skin discoloration under my eyes. Seriously, you need to follow the directions that come with the kit and listen to what your doctor tells you. I applied mine only once per day, on my upper lash line, and only at night right before I went to sleep.
It’s been totally worth it and I’m just now nearing the end of my first little bottle of Latisse drops. I plan to pick up another bottle so I can keep these gorgeous, full lashes.