Friday, 12 October 2012

Semi-permanent eyeliner!

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:

The look!

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.
Yes, I've go to say that I'm pretty happy with the initial lines that I've been given. I may ask the therapist just to take them in ever so slightly further to the inner and outer corners but I don't want her to stray from my natural lash line or close my eyes up. With the lines, I currently have, versatility is maintained. I can go over them with different eyeliner products and colours. I can also add to them to change the shape of the line for a special night or to indulge my latest whim or the the latest fashion. Who knows maybe if I keep tracing over the pigment, I may get the art of eyeliner in to my head and be able to do it myself, without any guidelines, by the time the pigment disappears. Yes, flying pigs!!

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.
- After the initial 2 or 3 days, my eyes felt (and looked) normal again. Very occasionally, maybe 2 or 3 times a week, I have a couple of minutes where it feels as if there is something in my eye. It may be they are a little bit dry, it reminds me of how they felt when I tried contact lenses at the beginning of the year (disaster!) but passes much quicker. For the first couple of weeks, I would also find little flakes of pigments of my cheeks or face cloth.

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 . . .



MayT said...

oh my!!!! You're a brave heart to do this!! It's amazing!! thanks for sharing your link via twitter with me. Hope you check and like my blog as well. :)


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Essjay23x said...

Ha not sure if I was brave or if I just switched off a bit when she warned me about side effects!!! I've got my follow up later and I'm a little more scared this time 'cos I know what might be coming. No to be honest, it was all quite bearable as long as it isn't any worse this time. Will pop across to your blog now, thank you for following xx

Daisy Quijada said...

OMG! You are the bravest woman i've known. I don't have any plans to do that but at some point thinking of considering too... Isn't it painful really? :( ouch you are so brave!

Hmmmp... i don't have any cosmetic treatments done im too scared to do that! heheh

Yolandaas said...

thats co cool!! wow :) I wouldn't consider it only because I don't really mind putting on a tiny bit of makeup everyday.. xx

Essjay23x said...

@Daisy Quijada
Hee hee, I'm not often described as brave or as a woman (even though I'm getting very, very, very old)! xx

Essjay23x said...

And you should do your own make up because from what I've seen, your eye looks are AMazing!! You're talented :)
I don't mind doing a bit of make up but I just can't master liner right and with the weird hours I work (getting up at 530am and getting in at 1030pm quite often), I've finally gone for the easy option! I do hope to use it as a guideline so evantually I can do my own without thinking. Here's hoping!!xx

C.S.I Beauty Blog said...

Great post. Semi permanent make up intrigues me. I look forward to seeing the second lot of results. I'd panick if my eyes were sore too. It looks good on you. I think natural engagement is best with semi permanent make up x

Essjay23x said...

@CSI Beauty Blog
Yes, I think, it is a little easy to go too far with these things. Better to stay on the side of enhancement rather then tranformation!
I've now had the second lot done, post coming soon. :)

rachinald said...

This is awesome! I've always wondered about semi-permanent make-up. Don't think I could take the pain though, major wuss. Thankyou for your comment on my blog too! :) xxx

Essjay23x said...

I'm a major wuss. I've had the second lot now and the pain is certainly bearable. Its amazing what I can put up with when I *really* want something!x

Hola Bambi said...

Your brave! I'd like to try it though! X

Essjay23x said...

@Hola Bambi
Well, if you ever do, let me know!!! There should be a part two up soon xxx

Emily Ross said...

Three to four hours of trying to put on eyeliner? Wow, you’re really serious when you said you wanted your eyes to look best. But who wouldn’t, right? As cliché as it may sound, eyes are really the windows to the soul, and the first thing most people will noticed. I’m glad you found semi-permanent eyeliner as a solution to your woes. Emily @ Age Less Laser Centres


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