We could sing the praises of a well-defined brow all day. Groomed eyebrows frame your entire face, making you look younger and more awake. The only issue is the time factor. For those of us who weren’t blessed with Cara Delevingne-like eyebrows, penciling in those tiny hair-like strokes is one of the biggest time sucks of our morning routines. What if you never had to stare into the mirror and assess whether or not your brows were even? What if you could wake up every morning with supermodel-esque brows, without having to touch an eyebrow pencil? That’s exactly what permanent makeup is for.
Think eyebrow tattoos sound extreme? Keep reading to find out more!
Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing used to mimic the look of expertly applied makeup, like eyeliner, lip liner, and brow makeup. The tattoos you’re thinking of are probably anything but subtle, but the effect of cosmetic tattooing the is soft and natural (provided you want it to be).
Just like with regular tattoos, tattooed arches are applied with a needle. The needle passes through the epidermis (the upper layer of your skin), and releases little drops of pigment into the dermal layer. Short hair-like strokes in the direction of growth are used to recreate the look of actual hair.
Before the actual procedure begins, there’s a consultation to assess the shape and the color you’ll need. Hair color, eye color, and skin tone are all taken into consideration, so that your custom-blended brow color is as natural-looking as possible. Your eyebrow shape will also be pre-drawn to ensure one you like and can live with for an extended period of time.
Once all decisions have been made, the tattooing begins. Topical anesthetic is used to make the procedure more comfortable. From start to finish, the whole process takes anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. When you leave the clinic, you’ll probably experience a bit of redness and swelling that will last for 24 to 48 hours. For about a week, the color will be darker than your desired look. But once the area has fully healed, you’ll see the final results.
Let’s say you notice a spot that just looks off—don’t fret, eyebrow tattoos are a two-visit process. Four to 12 weeks later, you’ll go in for corrections. At that time, your technician can address any concerns you have, and touch up areas that need perfecting. This second visit usually takes less than an hour, but the same healing process will be repeated. Prices vary, but generally the total cost for permanent makeup procedures runs between $300 and $1,000.
Your new eyebrows will last about ten years, maybe a couple years longer depending on your body’s chemistry and various lifestyle characteristics. Tattoos do fade over time, so expect to go in for a touch-up every one to five years.
Would you ever try permanently arched brows? Sound off in the comments!