Best of 2012 – Permanent Makeup with Tracie Giles
My depth perception isn’t so great, I’m both long-sighted and short-sighted, which makes plucking my eyebrows a challenge! Especially when you take into consideration that as well as not seeing very well, I’m also a cack-handed muppet …
That said, when the opportunity to trial permanent makeup with Tracie Giles came along, I did have to think long and hard about it. My eyebrows – badly plucked though they might be, are thick and, most of all, black, somwhat good would permanent makeup do for them?
Plenty, as it turned out:
This is, hands down, the single best thing I did for my face in 2012. No question. I absolutely adore my new eyebrows, they look this smart and groomed at all times, and, I don’t have to do anything to them. Well, bar pluck them a bit – but hey! Now I know I only have to pluck the hairs outside the lines! Perfect for a lazy (and cack-handed) so-and-so like me! The picture above was taken right after the treatment, but they’ve settled down perfectly into something a little more natural-looking since:
|Please to be ignoring the eyebags, thank you.|
It was a big decision, because if I didn’t like them, I would have been stuck with them for up to two years, but the girls at Tracie Giles spend – literally – hours drawing different shapes of brows on you, and won’t proceed until you are entirely happy with the shape, which is something I completely appreciated.
It’s also a big decision, because this is, essentially, a tattoo, and therefore is somewhat uncomfortable during the treatment (though the numbing cream they use is fantastic!), and for a couple of days after. The success of your new brows depends both on the hygiene of your therapist – absolutely A+ at Tracie Giles – and your own regime of skincare afterwards. Your brows will need to be kept moist with balms to help them heal, and you very much have to avoid getting them wet in the shower, or getting them sunburned, and, whatever you do: DON’T SCRATCH! However, once they’ve healed up, they’re okay with a bit of benign neglect, in my experience. Your brows will require a touch-up treatment after a couple of weeks, as your body will absorb up to a third of the pigments (which are mineral-based) right after treatment,but the top-up is included in the service.
It’s also a big decision, because this involves a significant outlay of cash, too. Currently, prices begin at £395, but the eyebrows should last you at least two years. However, if you got your eyebrows threaded every month, (at London prices of £15 a go) you’d have spent £360 over the same period on your brows as well, it’s worth bearing in mind.
This is my treatment of the year. Thank you, Tracie Giles. I’m considering saving up – after the wedding – and getting my wonky lipline sorted, but there’s no money in the pot for that right now.
The Fine Print: Get Lippie was a guest of Tracie Giles – my eyebrows now worship her as a goddess.
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