Six glorious weeks ago, I made the best decision of my life to date: I got two tattoos on my face.
After years of suffering the aftermath of my teenage self’s overzealous plucking, I finally — after months of research and convincing that it wouldn’t be the most painful thing ever — booked myself in for the feather touch brow treatment.
This involves the application of semi-permanent pigment that appears like fine hair strokes to make your eyebrows appear fuller and more defined.
I arrived with skinny, asymmetrical, unflattering brows, and walked out less than two hours later looking and feeling like a total goddess.
Before and immediately after. Image supplied.
The transformation was immediate, relatively painless, and changed my life almost instantly.
The appointment itself was simple — after a consultation with the brow artist to determine that I was an appropriate candidate for the process, and the shape that I desired, it was time to start.
After a quick break for a nervous wee, a topical anaesthetic cream was applied to my eyebrow area to minimise pain throughout the procedure. My new eyebrow shape was then measured and sketched onto my face ready for Stephanie from LeBeaute Salon to work her magic.
And work it she did.
Using a manual hand tool, which has a series of needle tips on the end, Stephanie created my brows stroke by stroke. And voilà — the before and after photos don't lie. (post continues after gallery).
My new brows were a little sensitive for the first few days, and like any normal tattoo there was some itchiness as the skin healed. It was also really important to look after the area during this time, ensuring I applied soothing cream and avoided contact with any cleansing products and exposure to water where possible.
The effort was worth it, though — I couldn't be happier with the result, and not only because my brows now fulfill their purpose of keeping sweat and moisture out of my eyes. Here are the other benefits:
1. Less makeup.
I've never worn a whole lot of makeup. Pre-Feather Touch Brow, however, I was very conscious of my eyebrows and spent too much time and money on various products to try and improve the situation. Pencils. Powders. Enhancers. Magic potions.
I dove head first into a pool of eyebrow products and I had no freaking clue what I was doing. Zero. Nada. Nothing.
Sometimes I nailed it, but more times than not I failed on an epic scale. Since my appointment, I have entered an eyebrow product-free zone and the world is better for it. Trust me.