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This week I wanted to talk about Semi-permanent make-up and share some of my personal experiences with it. Semi permanent makeup is often referred to as a 'Cosmetic Tattoo' and can normally be applied to 3 different areas, your eyebrows, your eyelids and your lips (it is often said the lips are the most painful). This service can take up to an hour and is fairly inexpensive when taken into account the length of time it lasts, which can vary from 5 to 10 years.
TRYING TO GET THE PERFECT EYEBROWS
In 2012 I spent months and months getting my eyebrows waxed, trying to achieve the perfect arch whilst also making my brows thinner (which seemed impossible with my thick, bushy brows). I had always thought about shaving my brows off completely and drawing them in on a daily basis, but worried about the shape and how much time I would need to put into it. Then one of my family members told me about Semi-Permanent Eyebrows, where they tattoo them onto your face (which sounds like an extreme and painful concept). I eventually told my beautician that I wanted my brows shaped into the perfect style so I could go and get them tattooed in the same shape, as before hand they were just horizontal lines. (See Picture)
RESEARCH & PROCEDURE
I tried to find somebody as local as possible whilst still having a great reputation and 'respectable' if you like, clientele. The person I eventually decided to with after seeing her portfolio is a Self employed woman based in South Gosforth, extremely friendly, hygienic and informative. The session cost £100 plus a free check- up/top-up 4 weeks after your first appointment to make sure your brows are perfect. I sat and talked with her for about 15 minutes before the procedure on the desired outcome, what my expectations were etc. In total, I was in the chair for an hour, she cleansed my face, threaded my brows slightly, applied numbing solution (in LARGE quantities to ensure I didn't wriggle about in pain) and talked calmly throughout. The hour seemed to fly past, she then explained that I needed to keep my eyebrow region make-up free and lathered with Vaseline to make sure they didn't dry and scab.
IS IT WORTH IT
It has been just over 3 years since I had my eyebrows done and I'm planning on booking in for a touch up in the New Year as they're a bit faded (See Picture), which costs only £10. The shape of my brows are still perfect and clearly visible, though I always fill my brows in with a pencil or using a Brow palette in the morning as they are a lot more faded due to excessive sun exposure. I have absolutely no regrets about having this done, though the lady said she recommends keeping some of your natural eyebrow hair for a more natural look, I prefer to shave mine for a more sharp and defined look. Considering you have a needle in your face this is a fairly painless procedure, there is also plenty of numbing spray at your disposal so do not let that put you off if this is something you're considering doing.
Thank you for reading.
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There won't be a post next week, but I will see you the week after,