I decided back in 2008 to venture into the relatively unknown world of Semi-Permanent Make Up also known as tattooing of the face! I toyed with the idea for a couple of months and as it wasn’t as popular as it is today I didn’t have many companies to choose from. I searched on the internet for before and after pictures, luckily it was before us mere mortals had unlimited access to Photoshop and the true reflection of skill was shown in the work of these SPMU artists.

There were a couple of companies that looked good but as it stated on the internet that the results could last anywhere up to 3/5 years I thought what’s the most prestigious place known for making you pretty?  Yes I chose Harley Street and a lady called Debra Robson-Lawrence from Specialist Make-up Services LTD, her pictures looked good and she was really expensive so I assumed she would be the best. I was wrong. 

So as I was spending over £2000.00 I expected the results to be amazing. The results were disappointing, she come down below the lip line, resulting in wonky lips and I hated the colour she forced upon me. When I called to complain she told me to come back so she could fix it, she didn’t fix it, and the watery eye liner she had left me with was better than the horrendous pain I had suffered on my first visit.  I tried to escalate my complaint but it was Mike Lawrence who replied to my emails and back then I didn’t really understand Consumer Law, so I just accepted I had wasted a lot of money and wished for my lips to lose their colour quickly, unfortunately they didn’t and you can see from the pictures below just how unsymmetrical she made my lips. 


This is the outline Emma drew after measuring my lips 

There was quite a significant slope 


In August 2015 a whole 7 years later, I was brave enough to put the feelers out for a permanent make-up artist to fix my wonky smile. My friend recommended an artist called Emma Elliott

I googled the life out of Emma and researched Golden Eye UK as she uses their products. I was impressed with her pictures so I went along for a patch test, a cuppa and a chat. When she sent me the address of her “clinic” I was wary as it was a residential address… My mind raced, I really thought about cancelling, but my desire to not look like a stroke victim was far more powerful than my snobbery. 

I arrived at a beautiful house, I parked up and a Minnie Driver slash Catherine Zeta Jones lookalike met me at the door with a huge smile and led me into what can only be described as the most professional looking home studio I’ve ever seen. There was gilded silver mirrors, all sorts of certificates on the walls, medical equipment that I had never seen before so I don’t know what it is but I was very impressed, and it smelt like the hospital. Straight away I felt reassured. Emma sat me down and showed me lots of different colours, I explained that I didn’t want colour I just wanted symmetrical lips, we spoke about applying a nude colour, then looked at some coral’s, we eventually decided on a light plum colour and we had a chat about the shape of my lips. Emma explained that as I had a lot of filler it may be a bit painful but she assured me that she used a numbing cream throughout the procedure.

I went back a week later for my tattoo!

So as I had already fallen in love with Emma (in a non-lesbian, you are so lovely please be my new BFF kind of way) I felt so relaxed going for my tattoo. As usual I was running late but Emma was relaxed and that rubbed off on me. I asked Emma if I could draw my lips on myself as I was a bit OCD about my make-up. I have body dysmorphia so relinquishing that control made me a bit panicky. Emma completely understood, she purposely leaves 2 hours between clients so you aren’t rushed…. Just as well really as I struggled to commit to a shape that I would be happy with for 3/5 years, I asked what would happen if I stopped using filler, I was told by Emma that my lips would be less plumped but the shape wouldn’t change.  After applying lip line a zillion times I finally had symmetrical lips that would rival Kylies Jenner’s. We were ready to start….


 


Emma ensured I sat up regularly, she said the symmetry of your face changes when laid down, and I was up and down a lot! But I didn’t mind as I felt so reassured that she was doing an amazing job that I just done as I was told, she also consulted with me every 10 mins, showing me the progress in the mirror. 

 

 


A pre-numbing cream 'EMLA' was applied whilst we filled in the consultation form and medical history, once this was completed and my lips were numb, Emma was ready to trace the outline of my lips. I LOVED the cream, and Emma kept reapplying it throughout the procedure.

After the liner was on Emma applied a little frosting, I didn’t want a full coloured set of smackers as I like changing the colour of my lips often, so Emma used a technique called L’Ombre which is her little secret and she refused to share it with me. Simply put it’s a fading/shading technique that is soft on your lips.

She quite rightly said that once she’s inked me, it’s too late to change if it’s wrong, throughout the whole procedure I felt as though I was in control. It was nice to stop for a bit and have a chat too, and of course check my phone.

When my lips were finished Emma gave me an Aftercare advice sheet and SOS balm from Goldeneye to apply daily until my lips fully heal. I found that Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream was fabulous also, I used that through the chapped lips phase and it stopped them from itching. I gently washed them daily and continued to put the cream on throughout the day. 

In 4-6 weeks time I will return to Emma’s for her to check that the ink has taken in all the right places and she said she will also top up my colour as I will lose about 40% of the colour during the first couple of weeks. This is due to eating and drinking and normal of a lip tattoo. It should take an hour tops! 

I think that the most important part of my whole experience is being able to text Emma at 7am because I woke up with an imprint of my lips on my pillow and I was scared I had ruined them ha ha ha…. You don’t get that level of customer service in a swanky Harley St Clinic I tell you! 

In case you are worried, I hadn’t ruined them and I absolutely love them. I am considering eyeliner next so watch this space……….

I think that one of the most important things during my whole experience was being able to text Emma at 7am because I woke up with an imprint of my lips on my pillow and I was scared I had ruined them ha ha ha…. You don’t get that level of customer service in a swanky Harley St Clinic I tell you! 

In case you are worried, I hadn’t ruined them and I absolutely love them. I am considering eyeliner next so watch this space……….

 

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