Permanant Eyeliner and Browliner
My Experience with Permanant Makeup
Ever since I first heard of permanent makeup I knew I wanted it. Yet, I feared it. It is my face after all, and it is permanent. So, I made an appointment about three years ago to check it out. When I met with the artist I was impressed by the facility, which more closely resembled a health spa than a tattoo parlor. As I went over my giant list of questions I found some surprises.
My first surprise was her reaction to my focus on the word permanent. Apparently permanant makeup is, in fact, somewhat reversible becuse it is very shallow in the dermal layer. As a matter of fact, it must be refreshed because it fades over time.
I was looking at doing only eyeliner and only on the top of my eyelid. I had never been able to pull off lower lid eyeliner before and it always turned out looking harsh. I didn't want to do my lips because I didn't want to commit to a color and I didn't want to do my eyebrows because eyebrows are susceptible to changes with fashion. Sometimes thick is in, sometimes thin and I felt more comfortable not doing them. The artist listen and only argued with me on one point, that I should do both upper and lower eyelids, with a thin natural line on the lash line on the bottom.
We agreed that she would do both my upper and lower eyelids and she began working. I had asked her to leave time open after the consultation because I would likely be going ahead with the procedure that day. The procedure hurt. She put some numbing cream on my eyelids but it still hurt worse than getting a tattoo. They use small needles to do the work. It was over quickly, she was done in less than an hour.
Once I was done I drove home, my eyes sore and puffy. I had an appointment with an electric company representative at home and was struggling to keep my sore eyes open while I talked to him. My eyeliner looked dark and extreme at this point. My husband came home and said wow, but no compliments over my very darkly lines eyes. I put a cold eye pack on my eyes and rested.
The pain was mostly gone by the next day but the eyeliner was still extreme. I had shed some black pigment overnight, which I had expected, having been told that some surface pigment would shed. I hid behind my glasses for a couple of days, to put a layer between people and my makeup. I was feeling a bit devastated by the heavy makeup look. I continued to shed pigment during this time.
Suddenly the shedding was done and the eyeliner looked dull, even light. I was disappointed by the lightness of it and called for a touch up. I was told that it was normal for the eyeliner to look faded and to give it a little time to settle in, it was part of the healing process. About a week later I looked in the mirror and saw perfect eyeliner. It was beautiful. It's still beautiful. I haven't yet had it touched up, but it is getting lighter and I will have to soon.
Now I often leave the house bare faced, where I never did before. I feel more confident and those snapshots without makeup look so much better. I never look in the mirror and see the girl with the plain eyes anymore. As with anything permanent, and especially things involving the face, do your research. Go with the best person you can find. Ask to look at their pictures and at their personal portfolio, not just brochures. If their style doesn't suit you, go elsewhere. I've had fabulous results, it's the best money I have ever spent.
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