The 411 On Cosmetic Tattooing 

August 19, 2015

Imagine never having to fill in your eyebrows, attempt (and fail) at creating the perfect cat-eye, or even filling in your lips for years to come? This can all become a reality with a little help of cosmetic tattooing.

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The process is quite simple, the cosmetic shape is tattooed on your lips, eyelids, and eyebrows to make it look like you’re wearing makeup. These procedures are very convenient for women who are constantly on-the-go, and don’t have time to sit for hours and apply their makeup. Would you try this for yourself?

The practice of cosmetic tattooing is mostly prominent in Asian countries, where the idea of quick beauty is often a virtue that many women would love to possess. But this doesn’t mean you have to travel out of the country to get your procedure done; there are hundreds of Australian-based centres which are known for eye, lips, and permanent make-up training.

How much does it cost?

Although most procedures can vary depending on what you actually want to get, this is just a guide of how much you could be paying for each procedure.

Eyes ($500+)

Eyeliner tattooing can involve just lining the top of the eyelid, the bottom, introducing a subtle cat-eye on the sides, and even framing the entire eye (just under the water line).

The 411 On Cosmetic Tattooing Lips ($500+)

Give your lips a more defined shape by choosing to emphasise the top, bottom, or even both with the help of a cosmetic pigment. The artist will follow the natural line of your own lips, with a colour that will complement the shade of your lips.

Eyebrows ($400+)

Tattooing eyebrows is very common for women who have lost a lot of hair in this area due to continuously over-plucking. This can leave eyebrows looking patchy and lacking any proper shape or arch.

Does it hurt?

While you can imagine that the procedure isn’t completely pain-free, most clients actually suggest that it’s more irritating rather than painful. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the selected area, so a large degree of the pain is numbed out for a short period of time.

If you are experiencing excruciating amounts of pain during your procedure, it’s best to stop it altogether and let someone know.

What is the recovery like?

This all depends on where you get the procedure, but it generally shouldn’t be longer than a couple of days. Don’t start to worry if the area is red and inflamed the next morning, just keep the area clean and free of makeup, and wait for the swelling to go down.

It’s best to keep skin cleansed and moisturised until the procedure has completely healed itself.

Can the process be reversed? What about removal?

Most pigments last for about 5-10 years, and after this period you will start to notice that the colour will begin to change slightly. This doesn’t mean it’s time to get the tattoo re-done, but it all depends on the elasticity of your skin and where you have the tattoo in the first place.

In terms of eye liner, this is very common since the skin does get a little bit droopy with age. Lips, eyebrows and corrective tattooing will last longer since they are on more durable places on the face and skin. You can get the cosmetic tattoo removed or altered (most likely at the same place you got it done), but be warned that this can leave a scar on the skin.

Would you ever try cosmetic tattooing? Have you already had this procedure before?

Image via iStock, Aqua Vitae Day Spa 

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