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So when a beauty salon in Brisbane offered to permanently tattoo her eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner for just $300 — a treatment that can easily cost upwards of $2000 — she leapt at the chance.
At the beginning of her appointment the 49-year-old mum requested a “light” and “very natural-looking” result, even demonstrating her desired look with makeup.
However, when Malargic emerged from the Slacks Creek establishment she could barely recognise herself. “When I saw my face in the mirror, it [was] terrible. I look like a clown,” she recalled during an episode of A Current Affair last week.
“Is this natural? No.”
The first indication Malargic had that the tattooing wasn’t quite right came seven hours into her treatment. She caught a glimpse of her reflection in a mirror and was shocked to see that her eyeliner tattoos were uneven — one eye was straight, while the other was “dropped”.
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She also recalled being in “terrible pain” throughout her appointment, and claimed the therapist squirted an unknown liquid in her eyes that caused them to become swollen and sore.
However, when the tattoo practitioner offered to re-do the lopsided eyeliner free of charge, Malargic accepted — and another seven hours later, she was horrified by the final result.
Her distress is understandable. As you can see, the thick eyeliner sits well beneath her natural waterline, the lip liner is patchy, and the inked eyebrows are severe and unnatural.