So you’ve been thinking about having permanent make up done for many years now. First it started as a brief thought…then gradually, the thought grows and grows until now you are practically browsing different websites everyday, trying to get up the nerve to actually take the plunge.
What’s holding you back? Well, most likely it’s fear. Fear of shabby work, fear of too dark brows with poor shape and fear of spending too much money. You want the best work but perhaps can’t afford it. You also fear the thought of pain. And how can you not if you have the image of a needle right up close to your eyes? You’ve been scared off by seeing poor work done on other people and you’ve probably heard horror stories of torture like procedures where numbing cream wasn’t used. But what you don’t realize is that you’ve more than likely passed by someone who had a wonderful job done…and never noticed because it’s just that natural! That girl in the gym who is sweating up a storm and loving it because her brows are staying put! The girl at the beach who doesn’t hesitate to jump in the water because she knows she’ll get out still looking great. The woman who doesn’t mind when it rains and even doesn’t have an umbrella to shield herself. Oh the freedom of all this! And how you long for a life like this also…
I hear it all the time from my clients. I ask them how long they have thought about getting permanent make up done before finally making the decision. And often the answer is “oh, many years!”. It’s very understandable as it is your face you are dealing with…a face you’ll have to look at each time you stand in front of a mirror and a face you present to the rest of the world.
So what made my clients make the leap? Being tired and frustrated of constantly drawing in brows and eyeliner. Upset of always worrying about smudged make up. Essentially…another type of fear. One that limits your activities, your fashion picks (can’t wear a particular hat, have to be very careful of putting on turtlenecks, etc), and your daily behaviours. This type of fear can also affect your self-esteem and confidence, not to mention time.
I’m not advising to just go to anyone to get permanent eyebrows or eyeliner. Please please do your research. But what I advise is to really look carefully at their portfolio and how willing they are to please their client by listening to them and getting to know what their client really wants. There are many practitioners out there who feel they know it all and will have a superiority attitude when it comes to their expertise. Yes, their advise is valuable and often they will know how a brow or liner will look best on you. But ultimately, you are the one who has to look at yourself in the mirror each day, so your input is highly valuable as well. If you are truly not happy with shape or colour…you must say so. Then perhaps a compromise on the look can be achieved (if practitioner truly insists on a different shape) or the new shape can be drawn on with conventional make up for you to “try on” for a day. You can walk out and see if the new shape will grow on you (or show your friends and get their opinions) before you fully commit. This can be done during the consultation. If you like it, then you can come back for the procedure.
Whatever you do, please don’t feel rushed or pressured to have permanent make up done unless you are truly happy with what the practitioner has drawn for you.
I had a client who made an impulse decision one day (even though she had thought about getting her brows done for years also). She was on vacation in Florida and thought…”ok, I’ll get this done now”…and chose at random at place that professed to have over 20 years of experience. Sounds good right? Well, this practitioner tattooed on uneven brows with an unflattering shape and a color that ended up being charcoal blue (and she has dark red hair with a warm skin tone). The practitioner advised on this color, insisting that it would go great with her eye color. And even though this client had a skeptical opinion about this, she went ahead because she thought with over 20 years experience, this tattooist must know what she is talking about.
Moral of this is that experience doesn’t necessarily mean good work. Don’t make impulsive decisions on the fly (especially while on vacation, because you want to be able to go back for a follow-up appointment if you are unhappy with the healed results) and always listen to your gut instinct.
I’m very cognizant of the fears and worries of my new clients. I make every effort I can to listen to their wishes and their expectations. My approach is to draw in the brows first…and to take my time doing it. Always making adjustments and taking pictures to see how it looks like on the camera. Only when the client is COMPLETELY happy do I go ahead with the tattoo. I don’t believe in “I’m the expert, so this is how it needs to be done”. If I really don’t like the shape the client wishes for and she is unwilling to compromise…then I will not do her tattoo. After all, it is my work and reputation that is presented in the end. But I will not force my client to do something she is unwilling or is skeptical to have done.
I’m always erring on the side of conservatism as I feel it is better to add on than to erase. I love drawing on my spare time and consequently love to draw brows.
Permanent make up will immensely improve your way of life if it is done properly. Take your time looking for a good artist (and I say artist because anyone can do this, but an artist will do it right!) who is aware of eye anatomy, has an understanding of colour, and who is willing and patient to listen. I promise you won’t regret having it done when you finally choose to make the commitment.
I wish you luck with your search 🙂