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How to Look 10 Years Younger: Henna Tattoo Eyebrows

Updated on February 1, 2012

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What prompted me to have my eyelids, eybrows and lipline tattooed:

I went to my beautiful friend Gigi's birthday party in a lounge on Española Way in South Beach, and one of the fabulous indulgences was the presence of an artist named Christina to design henna tattoos (Menhdi's) on our hands. As she applied the latticework, I noticed that she was beautiful and very symmetrical.

I asked her how she had achieved such amazingly esthetic eyebrows, and she told me that she was a makeup artist and specialized in henna permanent makeup. I asked her for her card and stayed in touch.

It took me about a year to decide. Finally, I called for an appointment, and deployed myself to her studio. Everything very clean, and the equipment was absolutely sterlle (taken out of sealed, paper packets).

She played soft, global beat music, actually the cable guide soundtrack.

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The "procedure" involved applying henna, one needle at a time, to line my eyelids, define my eyebrows, and correct my lipline, and took about two hours. It didn't hurt any less than a permanent tattoo. I don't have body art but I've had needles on my eyelids - respect!

What appeals to me is that the pigment applied - the henna - is comprised of natural minerals without chemicals. Christina suggested muted, natural tones which she let me select from a wide palatte of colors.

My eyes and lips looked swollen the first day and formed a scab, and Christina told me they would. She provided me with packets of sterile salve like Neosporin, and a special lip balm. Two days later I looked 10 years younger.

I was supposed to go back a month later to fill in some tiny spaces she had left intentionally. I was happy with the results and decided to stop while I was ahead.

Several years later, the tones have faded, but have not disappeared. My eyelids don't look transparent like they did before the permanent makeup. I don't really look like I have eyebrows but I also don't look like I don't. My lips look symmetrical but not so full.

I feel she did a great job. I had no side effects. I feel it's time for a touch up, but my sweet husband assures me it's not needed;-)

I Feel Lucky

Would I do it again if I could? In my case, yes, because all went well. But in a sense, no, because my priorities may have shifted, and I just wake up early and put on makeup.

I was lucky that Christina was scrupulously professional (she showed me her certificates) and extremely clean and health oriented.

Would it be better to have it done in a salon? Conventional wisdom says yes, but I felt much more relaxed and yet wakeful in her home.

Caution to anyone getting a tattoo of any kind: Bacteria are not your friends. Choose wisely.


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      jerrry666 4 years ago

      I agree! Eyebrow makeup can also create my best face ..

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      Cory Zacharia 8 years ago

      Hi Menanie, Well, that adorable lady in the photo at the top of the page is moi, about a year after having the tatooes done. Of course, I'm wearing base and eyeshadow. Now, six years later, the "permanent makeup" is faded but not gone. The one thing I like best is how it corrected my lipline which used to look thinner and asymmetrical. Please bear in mind that I'm not trying to sell you anything, except what you might find in the Amazon ads. Take the information you see here in the spirit of a blog - my own personal experience. It's not for everyone. It's quite ouchy, actually. Cheers, Cory

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      privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      ...hmmmm - WHY no pictures of your results? Or of anybody's that we can *see*?


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      Cory Zacharia 8 years ago

      Hello Leah, It's been a few years, so I will have to find Christina's contact information. As soon as I do, I'll email you through Hubpages. Please note that the work she did was an actual tatoo, using a needle. I get the feeling you would like a temporary henna tattoo...

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      Leah 8 years ago

      I have been looking for a place to do some temporary henna on my eyebrows since I had freak wax acciddent all the Indian salons look at me like Im nuts to want to use henna on my face, Even after I explain its done in the middle east commomly.How can I contact Christina does she have a website?

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      HennaDervish 8 years ago

      Interesting article -- but I think confusing to someone not familiar with henna -- which is NOT a mineral, but a plant product which oxidizes and turns reddish brown on the surface of the skin. Henna itself could not be injected with a needle -- what she probably used was a tattoo ink that was henna-colored. "Permanent" cosmetics are temporary - eyebrows and lips seem to last about 3-5 years. Real, natural henna would fade in 3 weeks.

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      Thank you so much, SunSeven for your kind comment. I think mehendi designs are so beautiful! I would love to see the ceremony one day!

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      SunSeven 10 years ago from Singapore / India

      Henna is very popular in India. Almost all brides use it for their wedding make-up. You can find some really beautiful designs and patterns done with henna also known as mehendi. Good work Cory.

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      I know exactly what you mean, Terri. When I have had my hands decorated with henna, it makes me feel strong and beautiful.

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      Terri Paajanen 10 years ago from someplace in Canada

      I've had some henna work done, just as a temporary decoration for the back of my hand during a Pagan festival. I loved it. I loved the natural brown of the henna and the fact that I can enjoy it for a while but not forever.

      I have a pic:

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, Livelonger. The technique is referred to as "permanent makeup" but you're right, th henna tattoo is not permanent. It's actually semi-permanent, which is why each day I need to apply a little more makeup...

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      Really interesting - had not heard of permanent henna tattoos before.