I have horrible brows. Blame it on years of over plucking, which have turned my own natural brows into a patchy mess that require pencilling in each morning. And let’s face it, having 2 kids under the school age doesn’t leave me a lot of time in the mornings to get ready. The solution to my problem seemed to be to get my brows tattooed!
Here’s a before/after photo for your viewing pleasure before I get started on the post.
This type of tattoo, called Featherstroke, is designed to mimic real hair and look really natural, so you don’t get the solid coloured brows that can make you look like Morticia Addams. It’s semi-permanent, meaning that it’s not going to last forever so there’s no risk that I’ll be 80 yrs old with grey hair and super dark arched brows. This type of tattoo lasts anywhere up to 2 years, depending on your hair and skin type.
Since this type of tattoo raises a lot of questions from people, I thought I’d do a post about the process. Just remember these are my opinions based on my experience. If you are considering getting feather stroke brow tattoos I suggest you find a reputable salon that does it and ask for a consultation so they can give you more in-depth answers.
The Tattoo Process
This type of tattooing is done over 2 separate appointments, 6 weeks apart. During the first appointment you agree on the shape and get the initial tattoo done. Then after 6 weeks you go back to perfect the shape and touch up any bits that haven’t taken the pigment well.
My first appointment took 2 hours. We spent the first hour perfecting the shape to suit my face. My left brow is naturally droopy, which brings down my left eye. Katie, the brow specialist, corrected this by drawing where the brow should be, rather than where it naturally hung so low. She managed to make my brows symmetrical, something I hadn’t managed to do in my years of doing makeup and brows.
After I was completely happy with the shape and colour, Katie applied numbing cream then got to work applying the pigment using a single-use microblade.
You might be wondering if it hurts. I won’t lie, it does, but it’s a completely bearable pain. For me it felt like someone was quickly plucking the hairs off my brows. It’s way less painful than waxing, just feels scratchy.
Healing and After care
I experienced no downtime after the tattoo, straight after getting them done I went about my business as per normal. There was a tiny bit of redness around my brows but no one noticed. I had a bit of a headache most of the first day which Katie said is completely normal. It’s from all the pressure of stroking the pigment on to my brows. The headache wasn’t bad enough to warrant painkillers, it was just a dull ache. For about 2 weeks after I had to apply antiseptic cream on my brows to make sure there were no infections, and also need to be careful not to apply any product to the brow area for those first 2 weeks as well until they heal.
When first done, the colour is about 30% darker than what you will actually end up with. It takes about 2 weeks for the final colour to come through. During those first 2 weeks the skin on my brows started getting dry and scabby, and dry bits started falling off. At first this freaked me out as I thought that meant the whole colour would be falling off together with the dry skin. Not the case. It was just the darker top layer, what I was left with was the actual colour my brows would take.
After about 6 weeks, my brows got a bit patchy in parts where the pigment hadn’t taken well, but it was still 100% better than my natural brows. For my 6 week touch up Katie went over the sections that didn’t take the colour as well. The whole thing took about an hour. Healing and after care was exactly the same as after the first time.
This is what my brows look like now 3 weeks after getting the touch up done. If all goes well, this should last me around 2 years. I have absolutely no regrets getting them done. Actually, I wish I’d done them sooner! It makes getting ready in the mornings that little bit quicker. And for a busy mamma of 2 kids, any time saved is a bonus.
I got mine done at La Belle Parramatta. I am not affiliated with the place and found them by Googling. Then I stalked their Facebook and Instagram pages for a few weeks until I was confident that they were the place for me. Their work looked consistently great and Katie, the tattoo artist, was very friendly and knowledgeable. I paid $580 for the two sessions, most places charge roughly the same amount. If you’re thinking of getting your brows tattooed in this manner, I suggest you research the place thoroughly. Make sure they’re reputable, hygienic, and of course their work must also be of a standard you’re happy with.
Let me know what you think of my brow transformation. Would you do it?
Update 18 Months Later
It’s been nearly 18 months now since I got my brows tattooed. And I need to go back for a touch up. The ends have really faded and the colour overall is very light now. Still worth it though in my books.