Cosmetic tattooing

What is cosmetic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing (or semi-permanent makeup) Is the art & science of implanting pigments into the epidermis – the top layer of skin. This layer of skin is continually replacing itself, meaning your cosmetic tattoo will eventually fade away. This is different to body art tattooing which is implanted deeper into the skin (the dermis) – making it permanent. Semi-permanent work is ideal for your face because this allows us to adjust the shape & colour every few years as you age. Cosmetic tattooing is designed specifically for eyebrows, lips & eyeliner enhancements. The earliest origins date all the way back to 1300 BCE! Ancient cultures (from Asia to Europe) have celebrated tattooing as part of ritual, tradition & beautification for thousands of years. The modern techniques used today produce incredibly soft results that will save you time, boost your confidence & enhance your natural beauty!

Available at our Edgehill location only. Consultations may be booked online, otherwise, if you wish to book in for treatment please contact our friendly team.

About LCI

Lacuna Brows was founded in 2018 by senior cosmetic tattooist Tawny Rees. LCI was built upon three main principles. The first: less is more. Every client receives a complimentary touch up session, where they have the opportunity to go bolder if they desire. Secondly, Tawny believes that natural and timeless is crucial. She designs her artistry to harmonise with what you already have. And finally, Tawny strives for perfection. She takes the extra time to make sure that you leave with a flawless result that you will love for years to come.

Cosmetic tattoo

Meet Tawny


Hi, my name is Tawny. I was born in Cape Town – South Africa, but I have had the pleasure of growing up in the tropical climate of sunny FNQ. I have been passionate about art ever since I can remember. I was usually the quiet kid in class – mostly only interested in whatever new drawing was consuming my focus. I enjoyed working on my own as I felt that creativity was my outlet, my sacred place where I could express myself without reason or words. As I got older, this appreciation developed into a love for fine art, detail, and beauty in symmetry. This visual world fulfilled me creatively, but I never believed that I could make a sustainable career out of it. After school I also became interested in health & nutrition – so I moved to Sydney to study a bachelor of health science (specialising in naturopathy).

After a year I was, well – bored out of my mind. Whilst it was interesting to learn about the human body, something was missing. And then I took a class on Botany & herbal medicine. Part of this class was drawing. We got to draw plants – every little unique stem, leaf, vein. I was in my element. I went above and beyond (completely discarding the theory half, whoops). I purchased plants from my local botanist and sat for hours upon hours, transferring every little detail onto paper. I found my sacred space again, my meditative world. So that was it, I realised that I had been in the wrong place all along. I left university & moved back home. Thankfully the time I did spend there equipped me with a thorough understanding of skin anatomy, a crucial element when it comes to safe practice in cosmetic tattooing.

So how did I find cosmetic tattooing? If I’m honest I spent many years being a little lost. I worked different hospitality jobs, mostly as a barista. In hindsight this was also great as I developed a steady hand – something that is now invaluable to my work. One day I decided to have my own eyebrows tattooed. And then it just clicked. The peaceful environment, the calming music, the way she focused so intently for hours. I knew. I made a promise to myself to do whatever it took to become an amazing cosmetic tattoo artist. I have since invested in extensive masterclass training, and have had the honour to learn from some of the best artists in the industry. I am committed to continual upskilling, as I believe we never stop learning & growing.

I genuinely feel that I have found my purpose in life. I love what I do, and most importantly I am able to bring value & confidence to other women – something that will never feel like work.

Why choose LCI?

Founder and senior cosmetic tattooist Tawny Rees is a highly skilled and experienced technician, with a unique eye for symmetry and detail. She prides herself on delivering extremely natural results for her clients, in a way that boosts their confidence, whilst preserving and honouring their natural beauty. There is no one size, colour or treatment plan that fits all. Tawny has undertaken extensive masterclass training with award-winning & celebrity artists, giving her the ability and confidence to provide her clients with the best techniques available on the market today.



Brow Tattooing

This is a semi-permanent treatment whereby pigments are implanted into the skin to create more symmetry, balance & definition of the brows. The shape, technique, saturation & colour is custom designed to suit the individual. Having great brows will completely transform & frame your face, In fact eyebrow tattooing has even been described as a non-surgical brow lift! Includes a complementary touch up session 4-8 weeks later.


Lip Blush Tattooing

This treatment is for clients desiring more colour in their lips. As we age we naturally lose pigment in this area. Replenishing a soft blush of colour will restore youth in a subtle yet powerful way. The colour is softly dusted over the lips and blended perfectly so that nobody will suspect a thing. Harsh lip liner tattoos are a thing of the past! The key is in the pigment selection, which is customised to match your natural lip colour & skin tones. The results give the illusion of fuller lips without actually making them bigger, lip blush tattooing is the new filler! Combine the two, and you have magic! Includes a complementary touch up session 4-8 weeks later.


Li-FT Saline Tattoo Removal

Li-FT is a safe and effective method of removal for unwanted cosmetic tattoos – including eyebrows, lips, and eyeliner “wings.” It is also effective for small body art tattoos (no larger than a deck of cards). Li-FT works by utilizing a naturally occurring process in the body called osmosis. The Li-FT solution is tattooed into the skin, drawing the unwanted pigment towards the surface where it is then removed during the scabbing process. The average number of recommended sessions for fading or complete removal is 2-5. Results will vary depending on (but not limited to) the client’s skin, lifestyle, health profile, the ability to heal well, the type and color of pigment to be lightened, depth of pigment placement, technique used, the configuration of the needle used, and compliance with the specific LI-FT aftercare instructions. Some tattoo lightening procedures will be more or less successful than others based on these factors, therefore no guarantees can be made as to how many sessions will be required or whether removal can be achieved.

$170 per session

1 Hour Consultation

Consultations are in place for any clients who wish to meet with Tawny & discuss their goals prior to treatment date. Any client who has a previous cosmetic tattoo in the area to be treated must book in for an in-person consultation. You will not be able to book in for treatment until this has been completed and Tawny has confirmed that she can work with your skin.


Zoom Consultation

This is available to anyone wishing to consult with Tawny directly or simply acquire more information.


Perfecting visit (brows or lips)

Valid only within 6 months of any new treatment or colour boost (not from last touch up).


Colour Boost Brows

Re-do within 2 years of a new treatment or previous colour boost only (not counted from a touch up or perfecting visit). Does not include complimentary touch up.


Colour Boost Lips

Re-do within 2 years of a new treatment or previous colour boost only (not counted from a touch up or perfecting visit). Does not include complimentary touch up.


Pre-care : Lips & Brows

Please note: Following pre-care advice is extremely important. Not doing so has the potential to greatly impact your treatment, and could even result in the cancellation of your appointment. It is your responsibility to read over this section at least 1 week prior to your treatment to make sure that you are prepared. Please contact the clinic as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns.

What NOT to do:

No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser or other professional facial treatments within 1 month. If the facial treatment is done at the Jade Cosmetic Clinic, the time frame is only 2 weeks as we are used to working around cosmetic tattooing. Extra precautionary methods are taken to protect the area in preparation for your tattoo. For the Halo Laser or Jessner Peel please leave at least a 4 week time frame. No alcohol within 24 hours, coffee on the morning of your appointment, fish oil within 1 week, Omega 3 or vitamin E supplements within 1 week, antibiotics or painkillers within 1 week, or significant sun exposure within 2 weeks. No botox or filler near the area within 4 weeks, unless advised otherwise by Tawny and/or the nurses at the Jade Cosmetic Clinic. Don’t plan any major events during the healing period, brows will be darker than desired with minor flaking/scabbing. Lips will be much more vibrant than desired, with dryness & minor flaking/scabbing. No waxing within 3 days of treatment. No laser hair removal within 2 weeks of treatment. 

Brows only: No tinting within 4 weeks of treatment (your natural brow hair colour must be visible). No brow growth serums within 4 weeks of treatment.

What to do:

Gently exfoliate the area for 3 days prior and ensure that the skin is well nourished. Wash your hair the night before, as you will need to avoid wetting the area during the healing process. You can still wash your hair during this time, but it will be challenging so it’s best to get at least 1 wash out of the way! Come in with an open mind about different techniques, but also come in with pictures if you already have some idea of what you want.

Lips only: Bring your favourite lipstick or coloured gloss with you (if you have one). If you have a history of cold sores, it is likely that the stimulation/vibration from the tattooing process will activate the herpes virus already within your body. It is therefore essential that you consult with a pharmacist and request preventative medication prior to your treatment day. If you have an active cold sore, ensure that you notify the clinic as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.

After-care: Lips & Brows

Please note: Following aftercare advice is extremely important. Not doing so has the potential to greatly impact your treatment, which will likely then require further (paid) sessions to achieve a desirable result. It is your responsibility to read over this section and follow all instructions. Please contact the clinic as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns.

What NOT to do (Brows 10-14 days, Lips 5-7 days):

No picking the area or touching with your fingers. No sweating (so no cardio, gym, sauna’s, spa’s or outdoor activities where you may work up a sweat). No spray tanning, makeup, or soap (other than what is provided). No cleansers, water, sleeping on your face, high UV exposure, sun beds or infrared light exposure. No waxing for 2 weeks. No filler or botox near the area within 4 weeks, unless advised otherwise by Tawny and/or the nurses at the Jade Cosmetic Clinic. Do not get a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, laser or any other professional facial treatment for at least 1-month after your tattooing session. If you receive a facial treatment at the Jade Cosmetic Clinic, the time frame is only 2 weeks as we are used to working around cosmetic tattooing. Extra precautionary methods are taken to protect your new tattoo. For the Halo Laser or Jessner Peel please leave at least a 4 week time frame.

Brows only: No tinting for 4 weeks.

Lips only: No kissing, alcohol or boiling hot drinks during the healing process. Drink liquids through a straw where possible. Avoid spicy, hot or messy food. Avoid masks if possible, or replace your mask regularly if covid regulations require that you wear one.

What to do (brows 10-14 days, Lips 5-7 days):

Your routine every morning & night is to clean the area gently using a clean (wet) cotton round and a small amount of green soap, the soap will be provided to you. Once you have done so, pat the area dry with a clean (dry) cotton round. Then you must use a cotton bud to re-apply a thin layer of aftercare gel (you will purchase this on the day). 

Lips only: Apply additional aftercare whenever needed throughout the day to keep the area hydrated, as lips will feel dry throughout the healing process. You will be given an ice pack to take home on the day to help reduce swelling. 


LCI Policy

  1. Consultation fees are non-transferrable & non-refundable.
  2. Clients who no-show, show up more than 15 minutes late, or cancel appointments within 48H will have their appointment cancelled & deposit (or complimentary touch up) forfeited. This includes feeling sick without a signed document from a certified health professional. This applies to all appointments. Clients who do so more than once will not be welcomed back to the clinic.
  3. Clients who no-show , show up more than 15 minutes late or cancel a free review appointment within 48H without a reasonable explanation will not be welcomed back to the clinic.
  4. Clients who do not correctly follow pre-care information will have their appointment cancelled & deposit (or complimentary touch up) forfeited. Clients who do not follow aftercare advice may have to pay additional fees to achieve desirable results.
  5. Complimentary touch ups must be within 4-8 weeks of new treatments. This will be forfeited after 8 weeks unless special circumstances apply & have been confirmed on or before treatment day with the clinic.
  6. Colour boost fees apply only to clients who have had their initial treatment or previous colour boost (not touch up or perfecting visit) within 2 years. After 2 years, new client fees apply.  Appointments are subject to availability. If clients do not schedule appointments in advance and there is no availability within 2 years, then they are not entitled to colour boost fees.
  7. Perfecting visits are available only within 6 months of any new treatment or colour boost (not counted from a touch up or perfecting visit).
  8. Clients must source their own anaesthetic, and will be advised on how to do so. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that this is ordered on time and brought to their appointment.
  9. Clients who have ever had a cosmetic tattoo in the area to be treated (visible or not) MUST book for an in-person consultation, as there is a chance the previous tattoo will prevent the client from receiving treatment. Clients who book straight in for treatment & have not informed the clinic of their previous tattoo may be turned away with deposit forfeited. This includes work done in the past that may have faded away. 


We work strictly within legal compliance, so are unable to supply you with medical grade pharmaceuticals. However, we’ve made it easy for you to arrange your own order. Your comfort is our priority! Numbing gel is optional (but highly recommended) to ensure that you’ll be totally comfortable throughout your entire treatment. With this, you’ll only feel a minor vibration in the area. The cost of Anaesthetic is approximately $15-$20.


Alive Pharmacy Warehouse at 318 Mulgrave Rd, Cairns City or call them on (07) 4051 6005

  • Brows: Request the L.E.T numbing gel 10g (Lidocaine 5%, Tetracaine 5%, Epinephrine 0.1%)
  • Lips: Request the P.L.T numbing cream 5g (Prilocaine 3%, Lidocaine 3%, Tetracaine 4%)
  • Please call & order 2-3 working days before your scheduled treatment to make sure that they have it in stock, otherwise they will need to make some for you. Pick up & pay in person. It is not recommended to pick it up too far in advance as the product has a 1-2 month expiry and you will also need it for your touch up.
  • Please do not purchase any anaesthetic products outside of what is recommended.


How long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Results last on average 1-2 years+ depending on skin type, age, lifestyle, health, medications & other factors. Everyone is different, but It is recommended to come back for a colour boost session at least every 2 years.

Does it hurt?

Anaesthetic is optional, but highly recommended. We use prescription grade numbing products, specifically prepared for each client by our trusted compounding pharmacy. This costs $20 + shipping, and is definitely worthwhile. It makes the tattooing process nearly completely painless, in fact many of our clients often relax and fall asleep.

How long does the treatment take?

The first session takes 4 hours and the touch up takes 2 hours. Consultations are a 1 hour appointment.

When is my follow up appointment?

Your complimentary touch up will be 4-8 weeks following initial treatment appointment. We always start conservatively for the first session, therefore the follow up appointment is necessary to achieve optimum results.

What to expect at your appointment?

Your complimentary touch up will be 4-8 weeks following initial treatment appointment. We always start conservatively for the first session, therefore the follow up appointment is necessary to achieve optimum results.

What colour will my tattoo be?

Tawny will custom blend a pigment for you on the day, taking into consideration your goals as well as your skin undertones, overtones and natural hair colour. Certain medical or skin conditions may also affect the colour she chooses for you. Keep in mind that the colour on the day will often look too “warm,” as it will soften, ash and change significantly over the healing process. Tawnys uses the most high quality and up-to-date pigments available on the market today, to ensure that your tattoo remains a stable & natural colour as it fades.

What is the healing process like?

This process takes 2 weeks on average for brows, and 1 week on average for lips. On the day of treatment you will be in love with your new cosmetic tattoo – although it will look a little too bold until healed! At the halfway point your cosmetic tattoo will start to peel. It may also feel slightly itchy during this phase, but it’s very important to leave the area alone! Once the old layer has shed, you may feel the colour is dull & faded, don’t panic! The new skin is very collagen rich and creates a temporary veil over the pigment. Over the next week or so you will see the colour come back through! You will return for your touch up session 4-8 weeks later.

Is it safe?

Cosmetic tattooing is completely safe when performed by a trained, experienced & licensed professional who is qualified in infection control. Tawny offers the safest & most up-to-date techniques available on the market today. The integrity of your skin is of utmost importance. There are always risks associated with treatments that involve skin penetration, however if advised aftercare is correctly followed, these risks are minimal.

How do you make sure the result is symmetrical?

Tawny uses advanced face mapping techniques to find the perfect brow shape for each client, based upon your bone structure and facial shape. She takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes pre-drawing with a pencil until the shape is 100% perfect. She will shape your brows sitting up, because gravity as well as facial muscles have a significant effect on facial symmetry. Tawny will make sure you are completely satisfied with your new brow shape before beginning treatment, she does not believe in rushing such an important step.

Should I get a patch test?

Patch tests are optional. We recommend a patch test if you have had sensitivities in the past to: numbing products, latex, pigments, glycerin, witch hazel, isopropyl alcohol, aqua, rosin, or DMDM hydantoin (a preservative), or if you have very sensitive skin in general. Allergic reactions are very rare, but can happen. If you would like a patch test, please let the clinic know as this needs to be done prior to treatment (during a scheduled consultation).

How do I look after my cosmetic tattoo long term?


Active ingredients and certain chemicals in your cosmetics & skincare will accelerate fading. Avoid the area. What are active ingredients? AHA’s (glycolic & lactic acid), BHA’s (salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, bleaching agents (hydroquinone), vitamin A (retinol) & vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
As a general rule, keep most anti-aging products away from your cosmetic tattoo (surrounding areas are fine).
Microneedling, dermabrasion, chemical peels and other skin treatments that encourage cell turnover will contribute to fading. Ask your dermatologist or skin therapist to avoid your cosmetic tattoo.
DO NOT get IPL or laser resurfacing treatments near your cosmetic tattoo. The laser has the potential to cause fading, lightening, darkening or discoloration of the area. Please inform any technicians of your cosmetic tattoo.

To Do:


Wear SPF when in the sun, excessive UV exposure over time will cause your cosmetic tattoo to fade faster.
Do ensure to take care of your skin health in general. Your cosmetic tattoo sits just under the surface, so if you have damaged skin sitting on top it can affect the way your cosmetic tattoo looks. Gentle exfoliation every week will prevent dead skin cells from building up over your cosmetic tattoo.
Once healed, minor patchiness is normal. Many clients also prefer to go bolder after the first session, as we always start off conservatively. Do book in for your complimentary 4-8 week perfecting session to make any necessary adjustments and to get the most out of your treatment.
Do book in for a colour boost in 1-2 years time to keep your cosmetic tattooing topped up (varies based upon age, lifestyle, skin type, health, medications and more).

Who is not suitable for cosmetic tattooing?

Contraindications include, but are not limited to:

  • Badly damaged or scarred skin
  • Experiencing flu or sickness at the time of your appointment
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Under 18
  • Feeling unwell or experiencing flu/sickness
  • Excessive sunburn within 2 weeks of appointment
  • Moderate acne, minor wounds or skin condition present on the area to be treated
  • Allergies to numbing solutions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood thinning medication
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis
  • Accutane/ Roaccutane within the last 12 months
  • Heart conditions
  • Herpes
  • History of keloid scarring
  • Blood clotting disorders such as anaemia
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Diabetes Type 1 & 2
  • Existing cosmetic tattoo in the area (you will need a consultation)
  • Botox near the area within 2 weeks
  • Filler near the area within 4 weeks
  • Opioid medications (tramadol, endone, oxycondin)
  • Prednisone, Tamoxifen, Thyroxine
  • Other serious medication
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Prescription Vitamin A
  • Antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy within 6 months
  • Currently under a doctors care for any medical condition

Don’t just take our word for it…

Jade is such a beautiful clinic, all the staff are so friendly and professional. I have enjoyed a couple of lovely visits to treat my various skin issues and are so pleased with the results. They explain everything in full, including costs incurred and have such great technology to treat a wide range of various ailments. If you want to improve your skin health and look your best, call Jade.

Jess U.

I had never been to Jade before and I must say I was impressed. Lisa was so informative about everything and didn’t try to talk me into anything. Answered all my questions and was very truthful in what Jade could and couldn’t do for me, which I really appreciated. Thank you for making this experience an enjoyable one.

Ingrid W.

Michael went above and beyond to help me with my skin care product needs, so welcoming and helpful. Such a beautiful clinic. I won't be going anywhere else. xx

Demi M.

If you are looking for expert advice, high-quality products and confidence in the outcome you desire, talk with us today.

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