I'm Mrs. Potato head and I'm a bucket of fun...but she's looking for permanent brows...Advice.

Just getting tired of having my clean slate in the morning. I imagine myself somedays drawing in my "Angry eyebrows", while other days the "suprised eyebrows", or "sad eyebrows" "happy eyebrows"...add the hair, the eyelashes (which I still have yet to conquer successfully) and there I am...Mrs. Potato Head. It does sometimes give me the giggles when I think of it that way.

Looking for eyebrow tattoo advice, if anyone could give it.

1) What do I look for in a tattoo artist. Can any tattoo artist do them, or are there cosmetic artists out there?

2) Can you start lighter at first and fill the rest with a pencil?

3) I'm hoping I can get small brushstroke like tattoos...is this even possible?

4) Any other pertinent advice that could help?

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Comment by Diana K on July 27, 2009 at 11:02am

I often use the temporary tattoos for swimming and such. I find they hold pretty good for the day. I also change my hair color frequently between blonde and red, so I need the variety of the pencil.

But I too would like to do angry eyebrows every now and then. I love the "Mrs. Potato Head" comment. I always went with Cabbage Patch Kid. :) Either way, I wish you the best of luck! And I love your blogs!
Comment by JeffreySF on July 27, 2009 at 3:37pm
Hi Jenn,

I got my eyebrows/lashes tattood and I love it.
I went to a Para Medical Tatoo Artist.
She has a location in San Francisco and Beverly Hills. I go in for touch ups every 3 months or so. She uses the hairstroke technique. I hope you can find someone near you. Make sure you see their work first.

Good Luck.

Comment by michael louis pearson on July 27, 2009 at 6:01pm
hey jen , im eyebrowless also,ive never tried to replace them, i just go with the flow, but i do enjoy to read your positive ,comedic blog mrs. potato head!!!!lol
Comment by Mary on July 27, 2009 at 6:10pm
Hi Jenn,

I didn't like the blank slate in the morning, or the blankness when the eyeliner and brows would invariably work their way off during a busy day - particularly if I was physically active. I love my permanent makeup...the brows have ended up lighter than at first, and that's fine. I fill them in with some brow powder. You can definitely ask the artist to do them lighter at first, or thinner, and then get a "re-do". Mine did the re-do at no extra charge. The main thing I would suggest (and wish I had known) is to ask that the eyeliner - if you get that - be thinner and less dramatic. But, overall I'm very happy I did it.

As Jeffrey says, definitely ask to see lots of close-up photos of work done on other clients, and even ask to meet with one or two customers.

Best of luck,
Comment by meg on July 28, 2009 at 10:39am
HI Jenn, I concur with everyone who has commented before. Lots of words of caution... 1. Buy some stencils and play around with the placement, thickness and color you want. If you become the expert (knowing exactly what you want) you can go into the salon or whatever and have the position and color determined beforehand. 2. Color is important since some eyebrow tattoos fade to red. 3. Bring in pictures of what you want from other permanent cosmetic techs that you like, and are not available in your area. This gives your tech examples of what your expectations are and if they can meet those expectations. It costs a lot more money to have the tattoos corrected than having them done right the first time. 4. If you have any eyebrows left try to find the best permanent cosmetic tech in or around your area and have them tattooed since the placement will be natural. ( I am stressing placement since I have seen several alopecians who had their eyebrows done where they got their nails done, and now have the permanent expression of surprise!) Some tattoo artists advertise permanent cosmetics but there are a lot of individual artist styles (like if you went to a tattoo parlor... you may really have Mrs. Potato Head Eyebrows or Cupie Doll single black lined brows!). Tattoo artists are Artists! Most permanent cosmetic techs are trained and certified (at least here in the US).
Here is a link to a person I am planning to go to in the Fall to have my eyebrows redone with hair strokes www.fdpmu.com. She has been around for a long time and was the first in my area to do the hair strokes.

Eyeliner... I have not ventured there yet! I know pain when I feel it... not to frighten you... I guess the permanent eyeliner looks so harsh I cannot see myself wearing blue liner and ask why so many who get permanent eyeliner do so. Anywho or is it anyhoo? Sort of like blue eyeliner? And yes I know that you can request any color eyeliner.

OH! One last thing... after getting your eyebrows tattooed, they will crust over...DO NOT PICK AT THEM... YOU WILL REMOVE COLOR if you do so! Use Vit A&D cream instead of vasiline (which is often suggested after a tattoo). The Vit A&D really helps in the healing process and it is natural.

Best of Luck ... How far do you live from Detroit?... possibly come this way and we can go together!
Comment by Mary on July 28, 2009 at 10:50am
Good comments, Meg!

Yes, the eyeliner is painful. I have to be honest and say it was very painful. And, I wish I had insisted that the operator use more of a brown-black than the harsh black she did. It has been well over a year, and they've not turned blue. But, they do look too black to me. I've always felt it was a bit too thick, particularly on the lower lids, and too black. I know this isn't a ringing endorsement, but, on balance, I'm still glad I had it done. I hated the way I looked without any eyeliner, and it always came off.
Comment by JeffreySF on July 28, 2009 at 11:16pm
I got my lashes done with hairstroke technique as well. it hurt a little but really not that bad.
You might want to look into this too as opposed to eyeliner.

Comment by Jennifer Krahn on July 30, 2009 at 6:07pm
Thanks so much team! You gave me alot to think about of which I had little to no idea. The search for "wonderbrows" will continue. Thanks again...you're awesome
Comment by JeffreySF on July 31, 2009 at 12:29pm
Hey Susan,

Hope your brows are healing up.

Comment by meg on August 3, 2009 at 10:10am
Wow Susan! You found a gem of a permanent tattoo artist! Love the fact she sent you home to have opinions from those who love you and to be honest you paid a fair price... mine without hair strokes cost $750.00 with two return visits but I really disliked the way I was treated on the second visit and did not go to the third. So all in all you have really found a gem!


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