What is the difference between this and microblading?
So, so much. The number one difference is this method does not scar your skin - microblading does. Microblading is done by making small cuts in the skin using a manual blade-like tool. The blade is not straight-edged, it's several tiny needles bonded together to form a "blade" - Google microblade needle and you'll be able to see it up close. Because it's a manual tool, the results are very inconsistent - the cut has to be SO precise and perfect for it to heal properly, along with a perfectly mixed pigment color to ensure you don't heal ashy (gray/blue). Even with perfect technique, microblading will eventually cause scarring. You simply cannot cut the same spot in the skin time and time again. The method I use - powder brow - is done using a tattoo machine. The color is achieved by tons of tiny punctures making tons of tiny dots, layered in the skin to eventually achieve the look of soft powdered makeup. Since it's a machine, the results are much more controlled, consistent, and predictable.
Do you offer consultation appointments?
I no longer offer in-person, consultation-only appointments. On the day of your initial session, we will spend about 30 minutes discussing your questions and drawing on the shape before we proceed with the procedure. I am fully confident in my website and Instagram to provide the necessary tools you need to decide whether or not your want your brows done. I'm always available by e-mail to answer any further questions or concerns you have!
I had my brows done by someone else but I don't love them. Can you help?
I LOVE fixing things... but we'll need to talk first. Please fill out the form under the "Contact Me" tab and I will be in touch with you! I'll need a few pictures of your makeup-free brows.
Can I wax or tweeze my brows before and after?
Yes, you can. I recommend cleaning up your brows about a week prior to your appointment. I can tweeze a few strays here and there, but I try to prevent over-sensitizing the skin as much as possible. Once you're healed, you can resume your normal brow grooming routine.
How long do powder brows last?
Every person will have different results. It’s a very common misconception that these types of services are semi-permanent, but this isn’t the case. Sometimes the tattoo will completely fade away, and other times it won’t. What it will do is gradually fade over time. It’s impossible to predict how quickly your brows will fade, even if the technique is near perfect. Your skin’s natural exfoliation, your skincare routine, and your lifestyle play a significant role in the longevity of your brows. I recommend maintenance touch ups about once a year.
Does it hurt?
I use two kinds of numbing agents (5% lidocaine) throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot predict how well your skin will respond to the lidocaine.
What does the whole process entail?
This is a two-session procedure. The first session will include a thorough consultation, brow design, and tattooing. To design the brows, I use your facial features, bone structure, and natural brow shape. I won’t tattoo you until you’re 100% confident and comfortable with the shape! After about 2 months, you'll come back for a touch up to address any fading and shape or color adjustments if necessary. Please keep in mind that no two brows will ever match perfectly! Our bone structure and facial features are asymmetrical, as well as our brows. I can match them as closely as possible, but perfection is not my style of work. I believe that it’s the small imperfections that make us look most natural and beautiful.
What is the healing process like?
General aftercare is to keep them clean and as dry as possible between cleanings. In depth aftercare instructions are given at your first appointment. Here is a day by day breakdown of what to expect:
Day of: Tender, red, slightly swollen. Brows may appear auburn.
Day after: Tender, still reddish, possibly a little swollen – could make brows appear uneven. Shape looks bold, sharp, and dark like makeup. Don't panic :)
Day 3-4: Redness and tenderness start to subside, brows start to feel rough and tight
Day 5-10: Itching & peeling will start, resembles dry skin. Dark scabs combined with healed spots may cause the brows to look patchy. Spots could heal too light - don't worry, these spots will be filled at the touch up.
Day 14: Scabbing and peeling should be finished, brows may look too light. Makeup can be worn if needed.
Day 30: Surface is healed, color is true.
What can I do to extend the longevity of my brows?
The most important rule during healing is to avoid sweating! Don't sweat for at least a week after getting your brows done. Sun exposure and skincare routine will also play a significant role. Always apply an SPF to your brows to prevent excess fading. Even with an SPF, brows will still fade quicker if you have prolonged sun exposure (vacations, tanning beds). Brows also fade because of natural skin exfoliation. If you get frequent facials, specifically chemical peels, be sure to ask the service provider to avoid the brows.