Car crashes are awful, but we love how this person responded to her recent accident. Originally reported by Bored Panda, this story is a great example of how to stay positive in the midst of a difficult ordeal.

Shelby Pagan, is a 25-year-old nurse living in Boston, who posts on her @coffeecatsandcurses Instagram page. Last August, her car ran out of gas on the highway and she pulled over to wait for help. That was when another car collided with her vehicle at 55mph.

She was taken to the hospital with several injuries. “I was treated for cervical strain, closed head injury, head laceration and knee contusion. I participated in physical therapy for a few weeks and have recovered,” she told Bored Panda. “I consider myself lucky to have walked away from the accident relatively unhurt and alive.”

Once the dust had settled, Pagan couldn’t help but notice how, despite some blood and a day’s worth of crying, her eyeliner game was still on point. She posted a police photo of herself shortly after the accident:

Photo Credit: Shelby Pagan

Not bad, all things considered!

The eyeliner in question was Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, which, according to the product description, can be relied on for 24-hour coverage and “bulletproof” lines. And it looks like they weren’t exaggerating.

Photo Credit: Kat Von D

Pagan was so pleased with her eyeliner that she wrote a glowing review on the company’s website, along with the accident photo for proof.

Photo Credit: Kat Von D

That would have been the end of the story, until last week when a Twitter user named @guadalahari spotted the review and Tweeted a screenshot. It promptly went viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets.

Photo Credit: @guadalahari

Pagan was amused to see the worldwide reaction to her photo. “I think the reaction is comical and in all good fun,” she said. “I definitely never in my life thought I would become a meme! I originally reached out to Lahari to tell her it was me. Her post was pretty damn funny, although no one likes being the butt of a joke, it’s something I would have done. If you can’t laugh at yourself what is your life?”

Other Kat Von D fans began sharing their own eyeliner survival stories.

Photo Credit: @MageePaige

Apparently the Tattoo Liner is impervious to accidents!

Photo Credit: @MadeleineDunne

Other folks reported their Tattoo Liner holding up through another difficult ordeal: giving birth.

Photo Credit: Instagram


Photo Credit: Instagram

Of course, this being the Internet, there were a few spoilsports who questioned why Pagan would be so willing to share a photo of herself post-car accident, or why she chose to focus on something as “inconsequential” as her makeup. She had this response to the haters:

Photo Credit: Shelby Pagan

Right on, Shelby!

So if you’re looking for an eyeliner that will still look great even after you survived a shipwreck, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner is a good pick.


h/t: Bored Panda