Hey guys guess what?! I got my eyebrows tattooed...yep tattooed. When I told my friends I was doing this they immediately thought I was crazy...as would I had I not known what eyebrow 'tattooing' really involves. Your mind immediately goes to blue tinted single line, shaved hair eyebrow tattoos--somewhere along the lines of the Priscilla Queen of the Desert costumes. Or maybe Wiz Khalifia or Chris Brown? I happen to have naturally dirty blonde hair, and inherently my brows are literally non existent. When I got out of the shower, wiped my face after a swim, or went in a steam room I looked like the lead singer of Die Antwoord, but not cool. When I got comfortable enough around my boyfriend to fully reveal my true self, sans makeup, he stated it looked like I over-plucked my brows as a teen and my current brows were the result, this was not the case. My brows were hairy as hell, you just couldn't see the hair. Filling in your brows makes the world of a difference; the difference between having a shaped face and not. It honestly blows my mind looking at pictures of myself with having not filled in my brows and having them done. So, doing my brows every single morning became the bane of my existence; I was looking for every way out of having to waste 20 minutes of my time each morning perfecting them. And yes, if guys are reading this I'm sure you're rolling your eyes, thinking to yourself, "Well you really don't have to fill in your brows anyways, you're choosing to do this." And yes, that may be true. However, you have not experienced the perils of being a woman and having perfectly manicured brows. Guys, just imagine if you didn't trim your beard, shave it, gel your hair, go to your favorite barber, all that jazz--it's generally the same idea, you just don't feel like the best version of yourself.
Around six months ago I came across a blogger I follow who has the most beautiful eyebrows. I read in one of her posts that she tattooed her brows; my thought process was essentially that of above. This began my 6 months of research on cosmetic tattooing. What I had discovered was that it is in fact not permanent, the dye is actually made of iron oxide; therefore over time it slowly reabsorbs back into your body and lightens. Also, from what I had seen in pictures, tattooed brows end up looking more natural than filling your brows in with powder or gel. I had heard that a girl in the city, Leah Crockford, was doing cosmetic tattooing so I began looking at some of her work and was very impressed. I took the plunge and made a consultation at Lashious; she ensured that they would lighten to the perfect shade between dirty blonde and light brown and they would look natural. Following the consultation I booked the appointment a month in advance to give myself more time to think about getting them done and to ensure it would still be something I want to do in a months time.
A month had passed and I became more excited to get my brows done...maybe because I'd wasted 600 minutes throughout those 30 days filling them in. Leah and I spent an hour outlining the exact shape I wanted (I went with how I do them every day which goes with the natural shape of my brow). She then tested and mixed particular colors to achieve an almost identical look to the light brown filler I use, and then came the actual tattooing. She applied a numbing cream prior to beginning the process and it honestly didn't hurt as much as I had anticipated; it felt like someone was scraping your eyebrow. I decided to get both feathering and shading--feathering creates a natural 'hair stroke' as she draws on each individual 'hair', followed by shading in the brow lightly to accomplish a thicker look (you can do either feathering or shading, or both, I opted for the latter). An hour later she had finished and handed me the mirror. At first I was shocked at how dark they appeared, but she assured me they will always seem darker immediately after having it done; they actually lighten and shrink 40%. The shape was absolutely perfect. She sent me home with care instructions and ointment to apply to the area for 7 days following. To be honest, at first I didn't believe her when she said they would lighten and shrink and I went into slight panic mode (comparable to having a bad dye job or cut). Come a week later, my eyebrows were no longer a dark brown but a light brown and, like she said many times, about 40% smaller than their initial size. I was (am) so happy.
My boyfriend came to town two weeks later, I hadn't seen him in five and a half months, and I hadn't told him that I was going through with any of this; especially not after his many comments of it looking 'fake'. He didn't notice that I came out of the shower AND the pool with perfect brows. He didn't ask once if I had done something different or filled them in. HA! Finally I told him and he basically just shrugged it off. Maybe because he didn't notice and should have considering the former rants of "fake looking brows" if that were the case? But he agreed they looked just as, or more, natural as when I would fill them in. I ended up telling a few girls I work with and they were fascinated with the idea...soon it became a rumor as if I had done something scandalouos. People were approaching me with, "So I heard something...", too funny! That's essentially why I decided to write this post; those who found out were asking every question that came to mind and wanting to do it themselves, so I thought it would be easiest to share my experience on a public platform.
Ladies in Saskatoon/Saskatchewan in general if you think this is something that might interest you, you must go to Leah Crockford of Lashious. She definitely knows what she's doing; I've admired her own brows for years and obviously you want someone with amazing brows themselves to be doing yours. While I was at it I also tried out eyelash extensions for the first time and I am in love. She did an amazing job; I was always hesitant with lash extensions because I'm not a fan of the thick, press-on looking lashes, but I ended up getting 'The Kylie' (haha...) because I find they look more natural with varying lengths and thickness. I've had both my brows and lashes for just over two months and now when I get out of bed all I have to do is apply foundation and a lip color, only 10 minutes! Once I get my skin on the right track I'll be good to go!
Also, before having this done I calculated that I was spending approximately $1200 a year on my eyebrows ($100 a month on waxing/tinting and products)! :O Right?! Versus $350 for 3 years...that's $116 a year.
If you book a consult with Leah at Lashious she will go over the procedure and any questions you may have; it was extremely helpful for me to do this. Her studio is on 2nd Avenue just above Tonic.
I also just realized I wrote like 2 pages about my eyebrows...that must tell you something.