Bit of hilarity I forgot to mention:
In pursuit of looking kinda-female-ish for my interview, I got my eyebrows waxed and eyelashes tinted. (I know.) It was this sort of three-for-one deal, where they offered to tint your eyebrows at the same time, too. But my eyebrows are already plenty tinted, so I took a friend along and she got her eyebrows waxed instead.
I’ve never had my eyelashes tinted before, so I had no idea what to expect. But it turns out it’s pretty easy. They just stick some moist, protective cotton (cotton-ish thing? I have no idea) under your eyes, make you close your eyes, then paint dye all over your lashes and throw another protective cottony-whatever over the top of that. And then you sit for fifteen minutes, trying not to blink.
If you have a nice make up artist, she’ll take this opportunity to talk to you.
First thing my make-up artist said: “Y’know, not many guys have this done. But I think it’s awesome. I used to do my boyfriend’s eyelashes all the time.”
“I fancied a change?” I said vaguely, flat on my back and determined not to fluster the woman dyeing my eyes.
“Great!” she enthused. “I think this’ll really make your eyes pop.”
Then she left me alone and went to talk to my friend. Apparently, the conversation went something like this:
Make-up lady: “So, have you known him long?”
Friend: (without missing a beat) “Oh sure, he’s been my best mate since college.”
Make-up lady: “Awww!”
I’m just guessing, but I’ll bet she thought I was fabulously gay. Which is half-accurate. And she was right — dyed eyelashes really do make my eyes pop.
Edited for picture evidence:
Here is regular me, with eyebrows intact and hair short.
And new me, looking creepy-weird and slightly fluffy. I shall be getting the hair fixed soon. (The make-up lady did think I was a guy, so she didn’t take my eyebrows too thin, fortunately. They’re just a bit… neater.)