WAKE UP LIKE THIS
LOOKING TO SAVE FACE WITH PERMANENT MAKE-UP? HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST
Imagine waking up with flawless eyebrows every day, arched and filled in before you’ve even washed your face. Imagine. It’s a dream that’s come to reality in recent years with tattooed make-up one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in the beauty industry.
Amy Jean Brow Agency Queensland director Monique Deveney says permanent make-up has come a long way in recent years — less etched black caterpillars a la great aunt Brenda, more subtle improvements to your features.
“You can now have cosmetic tattooing for brow, lip and eyeliner and leave the treatment looking and feeling like yourself with a look that is not relevant to trend and won’t date,” Monique says.
“The philosophy is to subtly enhance rather than stamp or feel overdone and blocky like yesteryear. Clients enjoy the convenience of waking up with minimal effort required.”
Feather tattooing on eyebrows is one procedure that’s advanced in leaps and bounds — small strokes of ink that appear as extra eyebrow hairs.
Rather than sporting an eternal cateye, tattooed eyeliner fills in the gaps between eyelashes for a less-is-more look. And lip tattoo make-up augments your natural lip colour with a slightly darker pigment.
Amy Jean has taken eyebrow tattooing one step further with its Mist Brow technique.
“Misting is a process where we airbrush fine pixilated dots of organic pigment into the outer layers of the skin,” Monique says. “We create your ideal shape and add deeper colours for an ombre effect where desired.”
While the procedure is called permanent or tattooed make-up, the looks last between a year and 18 months for eyebrows and three to five years for lips and eyeliner.
Sessions can cost between $300 to $800 or more so it’s worth doing your research for that reason alone.
“Book a consultation (with your make-up tattooist) and ask to view previous client results,” Monique says.
“There are many visual platforms such as Instagram and Facebook that will showcase the artist’s work.
“It is also important to ensure you feel connected and confident in establishing your desired outcome — after all, this is your face.
“Ask how many years they have been operating as a cosmetic tattoo artist, their qualifications and whether the salon is a member of the Association Cosmetic Tattoo in Australia (ACTA) or The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) globally. Unfortunately, the industry is not heavily regulated and some artists are opening businesses after doing a two-day workshop with no understanding of the anatomy of an eyebrow.”