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There’s only a select few beauty tragedies that can evoke the kind of emotional response that can send chills down our spines—an allergic reaction from our favorite makeup, a much-too-short haircut (which, is now easy to grow out with these tips, FYI), finding hidden deposits of old makeup in your Beautyblender, and possibly the most cringe-worthy of all, accidentally ripping out a few eyelashes with your eyelash curler.

While the accidental tug of a lash curler is super scary, most of us usually only sacrifice a few tiny hairs from the corner of our eyes when that happens. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case for one woman, redditor Aub3912, who shared her horrible lash story via Reddit yesterday.

“I sneezed while curling my eyelashes,” she explains, adding, “I really thought I ripped my eyelid in half.”

At the risk of sounding dramatic, it’s safe to say that this is officially what nightmares are made of. Check out the terrifying damage for yourself, below:

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And here’s the eyelash curler’s aftermath:

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PHOTO: REDDIT/AUB3912

We’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor. Losing that many lashes not only majorly hurts, but is such a pain to have to grow back. What’s a girl to do to bounce back from such a horror? The good news is, there are some options to help speed up the healing process.

David Shafer, M.D., board-certified celebrity plastic surgeon based in New York City, says that although you want to do your best not to dislodge or traumatize the lash roots when curling your lashes, accidents do happen, so stock up on a few products to promote regrowth. “If there is damage, then a product such as Elizabeth Arden’s Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum can help strengthen lashes while Latisse can help promote lash regrowth in as little as two to four weeks of daily use.”

If you’re looking for a more natural solution, Dr. Shafer confirms that olive oil, castor oil or cold pressed coconut oil all contain vitamins, proteins, and fatty acids that can help strengthen and rebuild damaged eyelashes and eyebrows. However, keep in mind that results will typically take much longer and using these oils won’t regrow eyelashes, they’ll only strengthen them.

Overall, it’s not the end of the world; although, easier said than to have it happen to you. At least there’s always false lashes, right?

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PHOTO: STOCKSY There's only a select few beauty tragedies that can evoke the kind of emotional response that can send chills down our spines—an allergic reaction from our favorite makeup, a much-too-short haircut (which, is now easy to grow out with these tips, FYI), finding hidden deposits of old makeup...