Permanent Makeup - Eyebrows – I can’t believe I did it!

Not only did I have a permanent makeup procedure done once; I did it twice. The first time I did, several girlfriends and I had a few glasses of wine and I did it on a dare.  I had a eyebrow tattoo procedure done. I had never been interested in some little heart with an arrow through it on my ankle or a butterfly on my buttocks, but eyebrow tattoo that made sense. I was not sorry the next day or anytime after that unlike some gals who get a tattoo after a few glasses of wine and a dare. It didn’t hurt. It was like little pin pricks. My eyebrows did feel hot when the tattoo artist was almost finished and then they were very slightly sore for an hour.

The first time it was done in a plastic surgeon’s office. My girlfriends and I had been attending a seminar on cosmetic procedures. For the first five years the eyebrow tattoos needed no penciling at all. But when they faded (and they will eventually fade) after eight years, I used the permanent eyebrow line, had the correct shape, .as guidelines for when I needed to pencil them in.

Fast-forward eight years. I am in the beauty parlor having my eyebrows waxed when the cosmetician remarked that one eyebrow was sparser than the other. That was obvious now that most of the tattoo was gone. “Why don’t you have it done again,” she asked. I decided then to make an appointment.

I had the procedure four days later and for a few days I needed to apply ointment to the scabs twice a day; I was not to get them wet. The color is darker than it will be when the scabs come off. What scabs? I didn’t think I had anything done so painful it would cause scabbing. Wrong! They will scab and then the color will be a much lighter brown to go with my fair coloring.

Here is my warning. Check around for someone experienced in creating permanent make-up. I have no desire to tattoo my lips and although I did have eyeliner done the first time I won’t go down that road again. It was great while it lasted and it does mean foregoing all those messy pencils and liquid liners but I think I would need more than a few glasses of wine to get it done again. I had never realized before having my eyebrows done the first time how important it is to have well shaped brows. I had put much more emphasize on eye shadow, foundation and blush. But well shaped eyebrows truly make your eyes look bigger and give your entire face balance. Think about it.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Wow. They look nice and natural. (the ones in the pic) Would you have to retouch them in say, maybe 10 years time?

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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

I have always wanted to do that but I want eyeliner done and that's too scary for me. It looks terriffic!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

If I tried anything it would be the eyeliner, but I'm like fortunerep...I'm too scared.

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Svea 7 years ago from Florida Author

I should tell you that at first the color may seem too dark. The woman who did mine had me come a second time to add more color.I thought my eyebrows looked to dark but in a few weeks they had faded to a natural color. Be sure you find someone really qualified. Eyebrows aren't as risky as eyeliner. I had not had my eyeliner re-done and I had that done ten years ago. When someone is working that close to my eye I get nervous. Mine were done in a doctor's office by an assistant. I would choose that over a hairdresser or an ad in the paper when it comes to eyeliner. It is great not to have to re-invent my brows every morning.

Makeup Expert 6 years ago

Very interesting article Svea! Some comments though: do not have permanent makeup done after having wine, - it promotes bleeding and reduces color retention. If the procedure was done right - using epinephrene throughout procedure to control bleeding - you should not have scabbing or swelling afterwards. I definitely agree with you that having it done in doctor's office is far safer than anywhere else. However, that alone is not enough. The practicioner must also be an experienced make-up artist in order to pick the best color and to create the mostr flattering shape. You can find a lot of information regarding permanent makeup on my website

Best of luck to you.

Denise, Gants Hill 5 years ago

I have just had my eyebrows permanently shaped by Ashlene McCormack, and I have to say how delighted I am with the amazing difference it has made to the shape of my face. I am thrilled with the results, and was really impressed with the painstaking patience and expertise I have received from her. Thankyou, Ashlene for doing a perfect job!!!

Svea 5 years ago

Since I first posted this hub I have had mine re-done. Exfoliants do cause them to fade. Of course, no matter how faint the line you want is there. Don't be alarmed if the brows seem a little dark at first. They will fade to the color you want in a short time. I had the liner done a long time age, but haven't worked up the courage to do that again. However, even now I still have some of the lines left. Be sure to go to someone with a good track record.

Louise Wrigg 5 years ago

I had my eyebrows tattooed today and I was freaking out til I read these comments- they look way too dark but I feel very reassured now that they will fade soon to a more natural colour. Thanks so much xxx

Ginny 5 years ago

I am going to get this done and am nervous, I hope somebody can help me out. What is the RECOVERY like? Will my brows really scab? And by scab, does it look like two burnt caterpillers above my eyes, or are they small patchy scabs that aren't super visible? How long does it take for me to leave my house and look sort of normal? I want to go to the gym, how long after will I have to wait?

Svea 5 years ago

Go out that day..Nobody will notice except perhaps the darker color...go with a little darker eye make up and it will be less noticeable. This is not a big deal. You will notice some scaling in a few days but not scarring as you imagine it. This is not like plastic surgery!

Trust me! I have had a number of procedures and this one is a piece of cake. I never again have to make my own eyebrows, and frankly as we age it becomes more diffcult to know exactly where they belong. I get my eyebrows plucked about once in six weeks and I never have to worry that someone is going to create new eyebrows for me. A big thing to remember is plucking. Even with your new eyebrows to maintain the shape you want to frame your face I suggest you get it done professionally. of course, that is only 10 dollars where I go. If you do it yourself remember to pluck all those stray hairs that are anywhere other than your new eyebrows and also pluck out those overly long ones especially as many come in gray. Gads! Good Luck. If your eyebrows feel hot when you are through put an ice pack on. They probably will be red in the same way that they would be after plucking.

Good Luck!

Tracy Howe 5 years ago

Had a holiday in Turkey this year, prices over there for tattooing make up are exellent, so I thought what the heck, & went ahead with eye brows & lip liner, really pleased with the results, lips did scab over a bit but do heal very quick, takes a few weeks for the true colour to come through im told, so eagerly waiting now... eyebrows my god they really do scab over especially if like me you opt for the block covering, but vaseline is simply brill & the scabbing is really softening. i have made a follow up appointment over here with a professional semi permenant make up artist, for advice & touch up's but all in all i truly feel its worth the pain as the results do appear to be showing positive...!

Svea 5 years ago

You will love the final results. Go easy on the exfoliant in those areas. That can fade them faster than they would fade naturally.

Dunja Ghag 5 years ago

These images belong to DUNJA GHAG , owner of PERMANENT MAKEUP BY DUNJA LONDON. , this is NOT the work of Ashelene McCormick, if you visit my site under PRESS you can clearly see this is my client Zara.

Svea 5 years ago

Dunja has just sent me a follow up saying they are not his images and to remove his post. Dunja, if I knew how I would . Sorry/

Pam 5 years ago

Where can I find this procedure close to me? 44035

dd 5 years ago

who does the tatoo makeup?

Omg 4 years ago

Mine look to thick are they swollen

tattoo fading 4 years ago

Today, lasers are the most common method of tattoo removal.

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Svea 4 years ago from Florida Author

The laser was not available when i had my done. The last time I had my done was 2006. They have faded. The good thing is that I still have the outline of where the shape should be. I use a blonde and brown pencils to fill in with light feathery strokes. Also it is very important to have your eyebrows plucked professionally every six months. I find it too expensive to have it done with wax every month so I have a good light and magnifying mirror to pluck all the strays; I don't have thick eyebrows but I do have wild little lashes growing all the way down to my lid.

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Svea 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hopefully by now the swelling is gone and i imagine they have faded. Mine always seem a little too dark when I first have them done but they fade quickly to a shade that looks good.

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Svea 4 years ago from Florida Author

You need to ask around. You can have it done in a cosmetic surgeon's office but you will pay more. Often the better salons either have someone on staff or someone comes to the salon who specializes. Ask to see pictures or if no pictures ask for references from those who have had it done. I had eyeliner done a long time ago but I wouldn't do that unless it was with someone with a lot of experience probably someone in a cosmetic surgeon's office.

Karin 3 years ago

permanent makeup eyebrow is the only thing I would consider, I thing doing eyeliner can be quite dangerous...

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Svea 3 years ago from Florida Author

Ok I agree. When I first wrote this hub I was younger and perhaps had more courage. To have eyeliner done does require a great deal of trust. However, It has been more than ten years since I had my eyebrows done and although they have faded considerably I know exactly where to put my brow pencil. As we age our brow line drops so it is easy to be off the spot. These lines still tell me exactly where I need the color and I do find I use a lighter color brow pencil ten years later.

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Sandy 3 years ago

Does anyone no about the machine that you can do your own eyebrows and it is permanent? I saw that they sell it on Amazon for $ 75.00 but there are no reviews available, any information would be helpful. Thank you

Betty Hall 3 years ago

Just had this done last night....pinched but not really hurt ! (come on ladies, we all had babies for God's sake) ) I freaked at the dark color. I look like Joan Crawford. I have faith in the salon that did it so I am just being patient and wearing bangs. The tech evened out my one brow since it has always been lopsided. I cannot wait for the results ! Next I am having my eyeliner done. I love the "to-go" look of not having to take the time for make-up....I am also a swimmer and I like to have a "made up" look with out the mess.

rocky ta2 3 years ago

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Nikki 3 years ago

I had my eye brows and eye liner done last week after a week of looking ridiculous the scabs are coming off but there doesn't seem to be much colour this normal?

KnR 3 years ago

I went in for tattooed eyeliner and it cost $300.00 I went in with my eyeliner on so the tech could see how I wore my eyeliner. Have been in modeling in my early years, we learned how to apply eyeliner to make our eyes appear more open and larger. So we wash off my makeup and after telling the tech I wanted a bolder thicker liner off we went. I was painful even with lidocaine gel. Within three weeks, I noticed the lines were crooked and not how I wanted them. Also she made the liner thicker by making a build up of ink and it would come off in chunks. I went back in and she charge me another $300.00 to correct her mistakes! Even though she has 14 years experience, I would never go back or recommend her. I had heard years ago that someone in CA was doing eyebrows in tiny thin lines more like hair growth instead of a filled in garbage so many do and it doesn't look natural, but I am unable to find someone locally (Eugene) to use this technique. I think they also need to come up with a more resistant ink so it lasts up to 10 years. it costs too much for such a short lived look.

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Svea 3 years ago from Florida Author

I started this hub years ago. It has had thousands of readers. I think it is sign of what we do to look our best as we age. I had this done twice. Yes, it fades and if you exfoliate (which you should) avoid those areas because they will fade more. Now almost 10 years after the last treatment I can tell you there is still a positive result even though they have faded substantially. However, I never had to wonder where to put eye pencil because the lines are already there and as we age it is more difficult to know where to put those lines. I was on TV for more than 20 years and learned some tricks. I will share those with you on a hub I am going to write in the next few days on Ways to look your best as you age. I hope you will read it and let me know what you think.

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Svea 3 years ago from Florida Author

Having received so many comments on eyebrows I thought I would share some other tips. I also have more than thirty hub entries. This latest is Ways to Look Great as we Age. I am 75 and these are all recent pictures.

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Svea 2 years ago from Florida Author

Wow what a terrible mistake, All I can tell you is that both the first time I had it done and then fifteen years later when the color had started I didn't pay more than 500 dollars. If you live in a pricey urban area that might explain the high cost. You could try a smaller city even if it requires a drive. Also, go to the Internet to see any reports on her work. Because this is outside any regulation anything seems to go both in terms of training of the person doing the procedure and also the ink. Ask on this site for someone who has had a good experience. Just give your city to get referrals close to your home. Also, I have found that with this procedure as well as hair styles you have to be very very specific about what you will accept. I bring a picture. You may to draw one otherwise stylists seem to do "their own thing". As for people whose first reaction is that the color is too light, I would demand a re-do. The colors will always be darker in the beginning and then fade so it looks realistic. This leads me to believe that you will not be happy at all in several months if your colors disappear. I am now retired, no longer on TV, and not having the cash to re-do it during retirement. However, I have what is so difficult when we age and where the eyebrow pencil goes becomes more and more difficult to find, I have the fade but true location and shape of my brows. As for eyeliner, remember this is where you really have to trust the person doing it. The instrument is that close. Finally, I cannot tell you how

often I have turned to the Internet when I look for advice on a product or procedure. Finding blogs that pertain to the service are very valuable. Remember as with any search you may have to go to page 11 or higher before you find the sites that give you the information you want. I would not be silent in your situation.

iris 2 years ago

I don't think they look natural. They were natural before were changed. Elongated angled eyebrows should be place more upwards as elongated they look more authoritative. It is not natural to have them so low.

Michelle 2 years ago

I've done in my eyebrowns, eyeliner and also lips! It was one of the best thing I ever did... it looks so natural, perfect and fabulous! And of course it hurts a lil, but it worth! First I did with one women who came to my house, and the result was horrible... I've just choosen her because the price... but then I went to a professional place, Grupo Marin, in Palma de Mallorca, and they did it P E R F E C T !! All the material and machines was totally profesional and also the stylist so good! I can not recommend it enough, If you're in the island of Mallorca and you want be even more beautiful, dont doubt to call them: Grupo Marin 971678983

Svea 2 years ago

As the author of this blog, I cannot stress how important it is to have the right person do these procedures. That means check the Internet, put the question out on social media, ask local salons. As the woman who posted the last blog said you can make horrible mistakes by choosing the wrong person.

Gillian 23 months ago

Svea: where are your photos?

Gillian 23 months ago

Svea: Which procedure is best when

eyebrows have disappeared?

I use brush and pencil but prefer

permanent and I am blonde.

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