Eyeliner has always been a bit of stumbling block for me. No matter how hard I try, I very rarely perfect it and if I do, it is usually three or four hours (and five or six tantrums) after initially plopping down in front of the mirror AND by then, my eyes are so irritated and watery that the so allusive 'perfect' line quickly becomes a black splodgy mess.
One big fat sigh!
Few things frustrate me more. I've tried so hard over the years to master some kind of lining technique but to little avail and I've got to say as far as make up can, this makes me sad.
You see, y'all know I'm a bit of a sucker for mascara. I like my eyes to look their best. To be honest, its the first thing I notice in others and I guess, I wonder if it the same in reverse. If it is, if my eyes are the first thing people notice about me then I want them looking darn good and sorry, but without eyeliner, sometimes I think my make up looks a little incomplete or as if I haven't bothered. I also think certain eyeliner looks give off a bit of a professional air and that all eyeliner makes a person instantly look more confident. As I grow older, I find this appeals to me more and more.
See, I friggin' love eyeliner, I should be showcasing flicks and lines everyday. . . if only I could apply it.
Well, I can't so I have opted for a little help . . , semi-permanent eyeliner.
Semi-permanent eye liner (micropigmentation) is similar to a tattoo in that pigment is injected in to the skin to leave a lasting mark. All semi-permanent make up procedures should be done by a qualified specialist (and not your everyday tattoo artist). My therapist is actually a qualified nurse, a fact I repeated to myself again and again as I saw the shadow of the needle heading towards my eyes! The most common features enhanced by semi-permanent make up are the eyebrows, lash lines and lips. I have opted to have eyeliner micropigmentation on both my top and bottom lash lines.
Semi-permanent make up does not tend to last as long as a tattoo. It is not permanent. In my case, I had an initial consultation (including patch tests. Note: I believe that you have to be 18+ to have semi-permanent make up in England) and it was explained to me that the pigment would be placed in to my skin during the first appointment and a guideline would be formed. Then on the second appointment, at least 4 weeks later, a little more pigment would be added and my lines would be perfected. My therapist could not pinpoint exactly how long the lines would remain perfectly in place but she strongly recommended a booster session after the first year then sometimes, the make up can last six years or so but again, it depends on the products you use, your environment and natural skin exfoliation and reactions. Annual boosters may be necessary for some.
So far, I have only had my first appointment but I'm quite impressed. I will do a full post after my second appointment but so far I can make the following points:
|A photo I took on my phone a couple of hours after the treatment.|
- The initial lines, particularly the top one, looked great. The pigmentation of the black I'd chosen was very strong and the colour was solid. My eyes were obviously lined but very neatly so it didn't look too much. I was advised not to wear eye make up for a while and that first night, I didn't need a scratch.
|What my eyes look like now.|
- Moving on four weeks and right now, if you looked at me straight on, you may see a difference in my eye make up but you probably wouldn't be able to pinpoint what it was or any obvious eyeliner.After the first appointment, you are told that 70% of the pigmented new lines will appear to disappear in the first week (you do not lose as much after your second appointment as then there is a pigmented base to work from) and that is about right. My bottom lash line and the ends of the top lash line have muted greatly. The needle used was very thin and precise and now, my lash line just looks deeper. Although from above, you can see fine lines.
- I've got to say that even though the eyeliner is not particularly identifiable as eyeliner, my face does seem to be taking less time to do in the mornings. I don't think I look made up when I wake up or anything but I just don't seem to need quite as many layers of mascara or blush to awaken or brighten my face up. There is no doubt the lines have added something already even if you can not always see "lines".
- My therapist has initially given me two lines which follow my natural lash lines. There are no flicks or anything like that. If I want those, I can (easily?!!) add them myself. Some therapists may add these more arty touches on the second appointment. I think, my therapist would prefer not to. She sees the treatment as one to enhance my natural lash line and something I can build on further. Once you have your therapist put flicks or cat eyes on, you define the way your face and style will be for months, possibly years to come. It's a bit of a commitment as far as make up goes.
|About a week after the treatment. This is what I would like the finished look to look like although I've just noted one eye still looks a little swollen.|
And 'cos I'm sure you're all wondering . . .the pain!
- The initial application did not hurt too much at the time. Though I did find it more painful then a tattoo I recently had (but then I didn't find the tattoo painful at all). The needle bit was bearable and I did not need any breaks. The therapist went over each eye four times with pigment. Local numbing products was used. It took about an hour.
- My eyes felt more or less fine for the first 12 hours after the treatment and I drove 30 minutes home with no problems. The next morning, my eyes felt very heavy and began to look swollen. Within 24 hours, they were very, very swollen and extremely sore. It took about 48 hours for this to die down. Even though, my therapist had warned me over and over about this. The extremity of discomfort those couple of days did worry me at the time and I started panicking, thinking, 'Is this normal?'. I think, I was just so shocked because they had felt so ok on the day itself.
|Ouch! 24 hours after the initial treatment.|
Anyway, at the moment, as uncomfortable as the aftermath was, I'm hoping that it will all be worth it. This was just a post today to introduce you to semi-permanent make up but I will follow up with my final thoughts after my second appointment next week.
Would you consider semi-permanent make up? How do you master eyeliner? Have you had any cosmetic treatments to try and enhance your look or just make life a little easier?
Have a fab weekend. Until next time . . .