My vanity is only equaled by my laziness, so permanent makeup piqued my interest in high school — but not so much that I’d risk decades of green-black, Ronald McDonald-style arches.
Heavy Googling led me to Amy Kernahan, a semi-permanent makeup artist with a traditional cosmetics background. Red-headed Amy is as lovely-looking as she’s good (check Amy’s semi-permanent makeup before and after‘s): she heard my request for Liz Taylor-like brows, then explained why thinner arches better framed my face. After explaining semi-permanent brows take two sessions (the first to test the color on my skin, and a touch-up a month later), she warned me that my new tattoo brows would look shockingly dark the first few days. Two hours after I walked out of Amy’s, it looked like someone had drawn on my brows with a Sharpie. But months after my second appointment, I’ve woken up with perfect arches every a.m., and tossed away my brow pencils.
Now if we could figure out how to permanently handle my eyeshadow and blush. And maybe I could Krazy Glue my stilettos on…
Here’s how it works:
You can schedule a separate consultation, in which Amy will draw on your brow shape with a pencil. I worked this into my first appointment, since I was confident I wanted to go through with it. Amy will then apply anesthesia, and after an hour or so you’ll walk out with Sharpie-dark eyebrows you’ll want to hide for a few days. You’ll spend the next 10 days applying Vaseline to help them heal.
About a month later, Amy will finalize your brows with a touch-up appointment. Immediately after, your eyebrows will look nearly normal, and in less than a week your brows will look gorgeous.
To keep your brows from fading, you’ll need to apply SPF, and stay away from Retin-A, hydroquinone, and any skin-lighteners. In three to five years, your brows should fade away. Amy recommends touch ups every one to two years to maintain your results.