City Woman discovers semi permenant make-upBy Kim Francis
July 06, 2009
Not many of us look at our best first thing. But Kim Francis discovers how you can wake up to beauty perfection... thanks to semi-permenant make up
Back in the old days, there used to be manuals advising women on how to be good wives.
One of the tips was to ensure you always kept a powder compact under your pillow so you could wake before your husband and put on some slap before he saw you in your natural state.
Because the natural state of a woman presumably was considered hideous enough to turn him off.
These days, we’d like to think our partners love us regardless of how we look in the morning – but many of us are still sensitive about our pre-groomed look.
Eyebrows are often said to make the most difference to our appearance, as a well-groomed brow frames a face.
Mascara or eye liner is for many the favourite desert island cosmetic, as most of us agree that the eyes have it when it comes to looking and feeling our best.
So if you want to avoid that morning dash to the bathroom to make yourself look human, or simply don’t want that ‘turn-away-in-horror’ moment at the mirror, semi-permanent make up could be the answer.
At bExtravagant, based in the Bronze and Beauty salon opposite Waitrose on Oxford Road, sisters Kerry and Vicky Martin offer semi-permanent make up for eyebrows, eye lines and lips.
Also called cosmetic tattooing, it might sound scary and you may have fears of it being too obvious but rest assured, Kerry and Vicky achieve a very natural and subtle effect if that is what you require.
They take steps to ensure you are entirely happy with the effect throughout the procedure.
In particular with eyebrows, immediately afterwards you may feel concerned they look overly dark. But don’t panic – it fades to a less noticeable shade once any scabbing has fallen away.
A second session is included in the price to darken and enhance the effect as required.
Pain is also not an issue. The areas to be treated are numbed with an anaesthetic so all you feel is a slight pricking sensation.
At the end of it all, you’ll be left with beautifully enhanced eyes that last for up to five years and that allow you to swim, shower, play sports and yes – wake up – without worrying about your eyes looking piggy, bare and undefined ever again.