What do you think of the idea of permanent makeup? Here in Hawaii I don’t wear make up much. It never stays where one puts it. Because of the humidity, sooner or later (usually sooner) it all slides off my face and soaks into my collar — and the slide itself isn’t pretty to see. I gave some thought to permanent cosmetics.
I keep seeing these shops that offer permanent makeup. Imagine never having to put on eyeliner, blush, eyebrows or lipstick again because it is always there, 24/7. But at what cost? Price-wise, emotionally, physically? I’m telling you, the thought of being poked a kajillion times with a sharp needle doesn’t really appeal to me. However, after perusing browlady.com and looking at some of the before and after pics, I was intrigued.
That’s when I decided to call my sister, Caryl. Caryl has permanent cosmetics (top & bottom eyeliner and eyebrows). The first question I asked her is do you like it? She responded, “I love it and I wouldn’t do without it!” So I said, “Did it hurt?” And she said, “I personally don’t think it was painful, no. But you’d better ask Jackie. She thought it was horrible and wouldn’t finish.”
Caryl also told me black ink causes less skin irritation than the other colors. That’s when I asked her how long one’s face is out of commission after getting this done. “Tell me about the swelling and the bruising,” is actually what I meant. Caryl said that there is some redness and irritation for a couple of days, but nothing so bad one can’t go about their normal life — including shopping and other public things. She said that’s providing you research your permanent makeup artist with care and get somebody with a reputation for quality.
I asked her what the biggest drawback was to doing this and she told me that for her, there were no drawbacks. Then I asked her how permanent permanent makeup is. She said, “Well, it only lasts 10 to 15 years. I just had mine redone.” Then she explains that the tattooing fades over time. As to the cost, she said it was worth it just to not have to waste time with cosmetics (or buy them!) or worry what she looks like because of “makeup slide”.
So, back to the website that started this line of thinking, browlady.com. The site has some great before and after pics — and at least one not-so-great (my opinion) before and after pic. That bottom lip job, to me, is just a bit too much; but then I prefer the “natural” look. Still, not having to put on messy, smelly, smeary makeup for the next 10 years sounds awfully inviting.
This site also has a few dead links. The one that concerns me most is the “Qualifications” link. It doesn’t open but it does have a doctor’s referral recommendation under it. That would only satisfy me if I really knew and trusted the referring doctor. I want to see the lady’s certifications, too! And I’d want to speak to a few of her customers (and look at them) in person. A recommendation from a satisfied customer is worth a dozen websites.
So, voice your opinion — is this something you would try? Why or why not?
This was a paid post. The links were removed on 10.12.09