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Tattooing Freckles… don’t do it

Tattooing Freckles – don’t go there!

Every once in awhile I get a call about tattooing freckles. It seems there is a technician out there who is promoting this. They are probably pretty new to the industry and need guidance from an experienced mentor.  Sometimes in our rush to make clients happy, we make poor decisions that can lead to long term issues.

Your face is constantly exposed to UVA rays even wearing SPF. This causes pigment – especially brown colors to fade. Even if your technician can initially get a close color to the freckles you have, it won’t hold. The only way to protect the color would be to wear a bag over your head… a look most of us wouldn’t consider. 

Won’t it fade if I don’t like it?

So you say, well let’s try it and it’s okay if it fades off. Tattoos take years or even decades to completely fade away. Once done, you are stuck with it. Attempts at removal can leave you with pale or even white spots on your skin. This is due to the destruction of melanocytes in the process of the removal.
Also, keep in mind freckles are sun damage. They might be cute on a kid, but they age the adult. They also increase your risks of them becoming an unsightly skin lesion.If tattooed, they may make it more difficult for a physician to identify a possible cancer.

Use cosmetics to create or darken freckles

There are some nice semi-permanent – last all day, makeup pens that you can much more safely use to darken freckles if you like that look. Go with one of these to prevent your self a problem down the road.

All About Brows: Microblading, Hair Stroke, The Blend, Powder Fill, Shaded

Each client has their own unique vision of what eyebrows should look like.  Selecting an eyebrow style or technique must be matched to the individual client, their goals, their needs.  I never do a “cookie cutter” approach.  There is no one right or best style except the one that is best for  YOU!

Sometimes eyebrows suffer from fads. Skinny little lines or big fat brows that nearly meet in the middle of the nose.  Neither is a great choice for permanent cosmetics.  Yes, permanent makeup fades, but it takes a long time, years to completely go away. In the mean time you are stuck.  Changing brows once they are in place is very difficult. The end result will be better, but not as good as it could have been if done right the first time.

Your face, your bones dictate the best brow shape and placement for you.  If we don’t respect the bones, the brows don’t age as well.  You want them to look fabulous today, next month and years from now. I always take before and after photos so we can see you in your current makeup, without makeup, and the finished result.  I measure and mark, with your input. We design them together.

Brows should always be measured and marked – not done freehand.  You get a much better outcome. Why? Because everyone’s face is asymmetrical.  We want to give the illusion of them looking more alike but respecting the bones.  Together we evaluate your goals, your skin and come up with a plan to get your look.

Microblading is a current marketing style.  It is individual hair strokes which has been done for over 20 years.  The key difference is it is done with what they call a blade. But is is not really a blade. It is a manual tool with a single row of needles.  The skin is stretched taunt and the blade drawn across the skin in a slicing action. Done too superficially, it fades away in 4-6 weeks. Done too deeply, it can scar. Each hair is applied in a single stroke, not reinforced.  The finished look is individual hairs with skin showing through between. Because the strokes are not reinforced this technique requires at least annual re-enhancement.

Hair strokes: This technique can be done with a manual, or motor driven device. It uses a single row of needles like microblading. Hair strokes are implanted one at a time. Some may be reinforced for better hold. For a natural look strokes may be done in different directions. This technique needs re-enhancement every 18-24 months.

The Blend: This technique is done either with a manual or motor driven device. Needle choices are slightly broader.  Hair strokes are implanted and then portions of the brow, where hair naturally grows more dense are reinforced so the end effect is natural looking, with some hair strokes showing and some blended. Typically re-enhancement is 2-3 years.

Powder fill: If you are used to seeing yourself wearing pencil filled brows, this may be the look you really want. While the pigment is still implanted in hair strokes, they are closer together. Healed, the finished look is you in well designed, makeup. Skin does not show between the strokes. Some clients think they want the hair strokes, but don’t like the “holes” between them where skin shows through.  Re-enhancement varies from 2-5 years depending on many factors.

Shaded: This can be done with any of the other techniques.  It uses multiple shades of color to create highlighting along the top of the brow and shading along the bottom to give it more three dimensional feel.

Want to know more about your very best brows?  Call today: 541-344-7789.

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Permanent Cosmetics NW
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Eugene, OR 97401

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