With a two-year-old daughter and a hectic working life, it's hard to find time to wash my hair, let alone apply cosmetics.
So when I heard about semi-permanent make-up expert in my state, I was desperate to give her a try. My eyebrows are sparse - the result of overzealous plucking - and pencilling them in every day is a hassle I can do without.
Plus, I've never mastered the art of smudge-proof liner on my upper eyelids, which is another of Tracie's specialities. I decided to go for the double whammy.
Semi-permanent make-up lasts between nine and 18 months. The type my technician uses is natural, mineral-based and non-toxic, meaning treatments are hypoallergenic.
First, she used a regular eyebrow pencil to shape and colour my brow - and once I was happy with the colour and shape, a topical anaesthetic was applied to numb the skin.
Next, a fine needle was used to tattoo individual hairs - more irritating than painful. The process was the same for the eyeliner. Tracie drew a fine line close to my upper eyelashes, ensuring it wasn't too dark.
The procedure wasn't comfortable, but it didn't hurt! And it was all over in 40 minutes.
When I looked in the mirror, I was bowled over. My eyebrows were perfect and the eyeliner looked great. There was no scabbing or soreness and, a couple of weeks later, the overall effect was fantastic and natural-looking.
That said, the results do fade and, after a year, it is worth having a touch-up treatment, which is available at a reduced cost.
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