The reason to go to these extremes? I don't care about wrinkles as such as I'm getting older ... but when it messes with my eyeliner??? As you get older, the skin around the eyes gets a bit, er, slacker. And the eyeliner just doesn't last like it used to, regardless of the brand.
Deraly went over my existing eyeliner. She used a numbing cream, but I must confess it still hurt (especially in the corners of the eyelids).
Here I am the night that I had it done:
Ouch! Next is later on that night - looking much better!
And this one was taken yesterday - the bruising as already eased off:
I have had so much feedback on Instagram and Facebook, that I thought I would document the process - I just couldn't find much online about personal experiences! I need to go back in November to get them retouched, as well as my eyebrows darkened (I love them, but I want them darker!). My left eye wasn't completely finished, as it started bruising very quickly so she had to stop - that will be finished off in November too ;)
Overall, I'm glad I didn't know how much it was going to hurt .... though Deraly assures me that subsequent visits won't be so painful as touch ups don't require so much ink/needling. I'm budgeting to get them done once a year, though they will easily last for about 2-3 years (I want them to stay black and bold, but they will last a lot longer if you like a more natural look).
If you're thinking about getting your brows/eyeliner done, here are my recommendations:
1. Google!! Find a good practitioner by reading online reviews, getting recommendations from friends, etc. Find something with experience in the industry with a good track record.
2. I would recommend a practitioner who uses a 'pen-styled device', which is actually a miniature tattoo gun. The difference is that they use semi-permanent ink, as many people change their mind about their makeup style as they get older. I would NOT recommend the 'soft-tap method' - I had that done the first time, and while it lasted the same amount of time, it was way more painful and took a lot longer to heal.
3. I know this sounds obvious, but make sure that the shape you are after is something that you can live with every day for at least 2-3 years!
4. Looking after cosmetic tattoos are the same as a conventional body tattoo - tattoo balm throughout the day. Since I don't like chemicals, I have been using Dr Bronners Organic Balm with all-natural ingredients.
Please feel free to ask any questions! :)