So today I had my first experience of a tattoo…. on my eye lids!!! What was I thinking?? Ok it wasn’t that bad, no wait it was..In fact I’m trying very hard to not stick this caramel magnum I’m eating currently on my eyes because I think it would be really soothing… slightly strange if someone was to see me doing it but that’s fine because I think it would feel sooo good!
I had recently signed up to be a model at my local permanent make up training centre and only the week after doing so they called me to see if I’d be interested in having an eyeliner treatment done…obviously I said yes because I was intrigued and I love free things! My appointment was at 10.30am and I walked upstairs to the training centre to be greeted by the staff and given a 10 page document signing my life away and promising not to sue these people if I become blind or poked in the eye with a needle… yes a needle!! Now call me naïve or plain stupid but I have to be honest I didn’t realise they use the same implement that is used to do general tattooing!
So I picked my colour, there was quite a selection actually, I went for ‘almost grey’, it was a kind of dark grey/black colour, she explained the pigment is 50% darker when the treatment is first done and over time it would fade. You also get to choose whether you’d prefer a liquid eyeliner look or a pencil style, I went for liquid. It was explained to me as this was a bronze level course the look they were practicing was a basic ‘lash enhancer’ just a fine line on the top and bottom.. oh and this was their first time using the tattoo pen…. ever!!! They start with placing the numbing cream on your upper and lower eyelids, the fumes were quite strong and made my eyes water a little but nothing I couldn’t handle. Next they placed a pencil line on my bottom lids, to make a guide… then the pen comes out! The pen used had 3 tiny needles, between the trainer and the student they both scratched my eyelid to break the skin and added pigment to the area…. ouch! The numbing cream worked for like 10 minutes, they did re apply it but by the end of the procedure my eyes were sore and I really felt it :(! It was nearing the end and then they cracked out the 1 needle piece for the pen…..oh. no. I felt that! Am I selling this to you yet? 😉 So here’s the end result..
This was a few hours after… no eye make up allowed on for four days!!! Not amused!! I’m happy with the result, the whole traumatic procedure lasted 2 hours but I must admit I was quite worried when the student doing my procedure was starting to get obviously stressed by the pressure and after thanking me afterwards she apologised for coming across a bit nervous and said she was just very aware of how some serious damage could be done if she were to make a wrong move…. I’m glad she said that after the treatment!! I felt like saying and maybe I should have said, if your not confident, fake it! Because at least if you pretend to be confident and act like you’re not nervous even when your really scared inside it will put your client at ease, I wasn’t nervous until she said to the trainer ‘I’m having trouble seeing the needle to see if I’m in deep enough’ can you imagine my face, well I couldn’t change my facial expression as she was stretching the skin around my eyes and had a needle very close to my iris but If I could.. it would look similar to this expression..
Right, time to put my soothing balm on (which smells lovely) and get some beauty sleep, they actually look more swollen hours afterwards, but aren’t too sore, just very sensitive! Am I going to go back for my top up in 6 weeks…. what do you think?