When you think of cosmetic tattooing, there are a few words that come to mind, but “subtle” and “natural” aren’t usually two of them. That was the case for me, anyway. But only until I met Corinna, a cosmetic tattoo expert at the Think Aesthetics beauty clinic at the Emporium, Fortitude Valley. THink Aesthetics specialises in cosmetic tattooing, also known as semi-permanent make-up.

Ordinarily, facial tattoos do not top my list of must-do beauty treatments, as I’m terrified of needles and uneasy thinking about the permanence of a tattoo on my face! What if I don’t like the result and I’m stuck with stenciled-on brows for life?

The minute a beauty trend hits the industry, it’s only a matter of time before beauty vloggers, bloggers and industry professionals across the world jump on board to get in on the trend first. And soon after, the internet is flooded with horror images of results gone wrong to make you regret ever thinking about getting the treatment yourself.

But the temptation of maintenance-free brows was enough for me to learn more about how I could keep them on fleek 24/7. So, after researching the different techniques (yes, there are seven) and the importance of finding the right technician for each technique, I finally decided to meet with Corinna at Think Aesthetics. Think Aesthetics not only specialises in cosmetic procedures and beauty therapies, it also has a training school at The Gap. This recently became the first government-accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO) dedicated to cosmetic tattooing. It was a relief for me to know the business trains aspiring specialists on cosmetic tattooing techniques.

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After discussing how I like my brows to be shaped and coloured to look as natural as possible, Corinna showed me some before and after images and I fell in love with the look of the Feather Stroke Brow and Micro-blading technique. This artistic brow style is achieved by drawing on each brow hair with a microblade. Corinna took me through the techniques and expected results, explaining that the feather-stroke technique is semi-permanent, looking great for 1-2 years before needing a touch-up. She said this was the perfect way to achieve a natural look that would fill in the gaps and define my arch.

To ensure we achieved the result I had in mind, my initial appointment would be followed a month later, after healing, with a perfecting appointment to redefine the strokes.

On the day, to say I had high anxiety about the pain to come is an understatement. I’ve always had a huge fear of needles, but Corinna sensed I was a little on edge and helped to calm my nerves.

I wanted a colour that matched my natural brow and was hesitant about choosing anything darker. However, by my perfecting appointment, I did want them darker. Corinna created the look I wanted by mixing colours and painting the resulting shade on my forehead. Think Aesthetics uses natural mineral pigments, mindful of the fact they are injectable substances.

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The all-important shape was my main focus, as I’ve seen some tattooed brows that looked more natural than others. Corinna talked me through the stokes and even demonstrated them on a piece of paper so I felt comfortable. After that, my brows were measured and drawn on. It gave me confidence knowing that my new brows were being designed to the exact millimetre. Next, the numbing gel went on. My personal clinical-grade numbing gel was organised through Think Aesthetics before my appointment. Then we waited about 20 minutes to let that sink in.

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With the numbing gel working its magic, Corinna explained she would need to break the surface of the skin with small stokes along the brow and then we would apply more gel. The first five strokes felt like having a hair plucked – definitely not what I expected. After the second round of numbing gel on the broken skin surface, the pain went from minimal to NOTHING! It felt like a feather was brushing my brow. The arch of my brow felt slightly more tender, but once again, it was 10 times less painful than waxing. I couldn’t believe I had worked myself up so much for nothing.

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Afterwards, the healing process was easy enough. A small amount of Bepanthen was applied the week after treatment to soothe the area.

Before I had my brows tattooed, I would spend at least five minutes every morning filling them in. Now I am free of daily brow maintenance and people have showered me with compliments since my first treatment.

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I love how my brows look and feel, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ll definitely be getting them touched up at THink Aesthetics when I need it.

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