Page Six reports that the actress, who signed up to join Brooke Shields as a spokeswoman for the eyelash enhancing serum this summer, has had her share of trouble with one of Latisse’s side effects. A source says the serum has forced Danes’ makeup artist to “plaster on concealer to cover the purplish and yellowish shade” of her eyelids.
Latisse, which is made by the same people who make Botox, lists itchy eyes and redness as its most common side effects. But some doctors (or at least people who claim to be doctors on the Internet) say that the treatment could also darken your irises, and worsen conditions like allergic conjunctivitis and uveitis.
But according to Danes, her side effects have been minimal.
In a video diary on the Latisse Web site documenting her 16-week journey, Danes admitted, “When I first started using Latisse, I did actually have a side effect, the skin around my eyes was a little bit red that lasted for about a week. But since then, no, I haven’t had any side effects.”
Latisse’s spokesperson says they’re going off what Danes tells them and Danes’ publicist told Page Six that their source’s claim was so false they should kill the story — and then threatened to sue. Danes most likely has a hefty contract with Latisse which raises concerns about how honest she might be about the product. (Have you ever heard a celebrity spokesperson dish on the actual side effects of a prescription? Imagine how many people would freak out if Sally Field came out and said Boniva turned her tongue purple!)
Latisse is, of course, only available by prescription, and no responsible real life doctor would write a script for Latisse if his or her patient would be ill advised in using it. But even with the approval of a doctor, do you think having longer eyelashes is worth possible irritation or changing the color of your eyelids? And should the Latisse ads be more upfront about the danger it sells?
Cold eye on Claire’s lashes [Page Six]