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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.

Permanent Cosmetic Brow Styles – What is right for me?

There has been a lot of marketing and promotion about different brow styles which makes it very challenging for the consumer.  How do you know what is right for you?  Find a technician that is also a makeup artist and has studied classical brow shapes and the different facial structures.  Ideally your brows should follow the flowing arch from the top of the nose that curves up onto the brow bone.  This flow point is the ideal starting point.  Brows should then follow the bone structure.  Floating above the bone structure can create a “Mrs. Spock” alien appearance.  The brow should flow up the bone and then back down so that the tip of the tail is no lower than the base of the brow where it starts near the nose.  If it is allowed to drop lower at the tail it will pull the face down resulting in a more aging appearance.

Solid dramatic brows are one brow style.  They have a very “done” makeup look. While some people prefer this look, care must be exercised as it can be a harsher look on a mature face.  This style of brow can last the longest between re-enhancements.

Powder brows are a much softer look.  The appearance is less of a pencil and more like a bit of brow powder was added to fill in the brows.  They last well and can be re-enhanced typically every 2-5 years.

Hair stroke brows incorporate single hair strokes added one at a time with a very fine needle.  To keep the fine hair look less pigment can be implanted or the hair will get thicker giving a heavier look. While this style can look very realistic, this is harder to achieve if there is no existing hair.  Hair stroke brows require annual re-enhancement since much less color can be implanted to maintain the look.

Blended brows incorporate the hair stroke technique with some powder infill.  This style still maintains the individual hair appearance but with a denser look that requires much less maintenance. The brows are filled in more densely where they tend to grow more dense – on the inner half of the brow and the lower 2/3 of the brow. It is a very natural realistic looking brow for those who want a hair stroke look with ease of maintenance.  Like the powder brow this brow will need re-enhancement typically every 2-5 years.

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