We can all appreciate a good brow right, but if you don’t know your Ombre from your Hair-stroke or Combination brow, and think it’s all still just about
Microblading, fear not!
Our very talented Ramona Krusinskiene, who won 2nd place in the Biotek Worldwide Permanent Makeup Championship this year and is an Advanced Technician and Regional Biotek Director/Distributor for Scotland, is here to give you the full lowdown on everything you need to know about permanent makeup eyebrows.
What are the different brow treatment options?
It’s great that we can now offer a variety of eyebrow designs and techniques to suit everyone’s individual needs. Whether it’s Ombre brows, Hair-stroke, Combination or Microblade Brows, there is definitely a style to suit everybody, depending on the look they are after.
The Ombre effect is suitable for every skin type and is used to create a makeup effect from a soft natural day time look to a very defined brow. This technique is applied with a transition shadow effect from dark to light.
Hair-stroke brows create a really natural looking eyebrow. The pigment is applied on to the skin, replicating fine hair strokes and create a fluffy, soft and natural looking brow.
Combination brows is a mixture of Hair-stroke and Ombre effect techniques, perfect for those who want to have a more defined brow. We can fill in sparse areas of brow with fine strokes and then give the eyebrows the desired level of definition. With this technique we can create either a soft but defined look, or bushy bolder looking eyebrows.
If you are unsure of what treatment would suit you the best, you can trust your eyebrows in our hands and we will be happy to advise and help you to decide the most suitable option.
Does it hurt?
The level of pain is one of the main concerns my clients have before they book in for the treatment. I can reassure you that it is nothing to be worried about and that the level of pain is minimal to hardly anything. It is very common for my clients to fall asleep and drift off to the music while I artfully apply their permanent makeup enhancement.
Anaesthetic creams are also used pre and during the treatment to ensure maximum comfort.
When you say permanent makeup, how permanent is it?
Permanent makeup is not as permanent as it sounds. Any permanent makeup treatment will usually fade over 1 year to a level that will require colour boosting with another layer of colour. The technique or styling can be changed at that point and every year you can slightly adjust the way your brows look to give either a more defined or more natural style and shape.
If you decide to opt out and not to have a colour boost done, the residue of pigment colour in the skin can stay for around 3 to 7 years or even longer, until it fades to the level that is not visible to the human eye. It is called permanent as some pigment might stay in the skin for the rest of your life, but it won’t be visible or noticeable.
How do you select the right colour and shape?
During the pre-treatment consultation I’ll discuss with my clients what colour and shape they desire and we’ll look at the examples and decide on the most suitable technique.
I colour match the correct colour tone depending on the desired look and natural client tones. If they want a more defined result that would look like makeup for example, I would choose darker and ashier tones but if client desires a softer natural look, then lighter and warmer tones would be more appropriate.
For shaping I always try to follow the client’s natural eyebrow growth. I only slightly enhance them and give them a bespoke shape that would suit their face the most. Following the natural features and bone structure always creates the most stunningly brows.
There’s no brow stencils allowed at my clinic! I custom draw every single pair of brows and the eyebrow shape template is then showed to the client for approval. The best brows are achieved though discussion with the client and by making small, tiny adjustments to satisfy individual taste. This makes my eyebrows unique for every client.
How long does it take to heal?
The healing process is individual to every client. If the aftercare routine is followed as advised by your technician, it should take around 7-10 days. Eyebrows are considered to be fully healed around 4-6 weeks after the treatment as only then the enhancement can be seen at its best and the skin is back to its previous pre-treatment condition. During this period your eyebrow might seem lighter or less defined then what you have expected, but it slowly saturates and becomes more visible until they are fully healed around 6 weeks later.
Can you get them wet straight away?
The proper eyebrow aftercare does include a gentle cleansing routine twice daily. It is advised that for the best healing results, you should avoid steamy baths and showers, chlorinated pools and going swimming or splash washing your face. Keep them dry and clean for around 7-10 days and apply the aftercare ointment provided for maximum comfort and best results.
How do you maintain them?
There is not much maintenance needed for your brows. One they are done, they are done. You wake up eyebrows ready for about a year, every single morning. It’s amazing!
If you would like to keep them defined for as long as possible, then our general advice is to avoid sun exposure or sun beds and to use SPF cream to reduce the effect of the sun on your brows. Sun does make your brows fade quicker so make sure the sun cream is applied whenever you’re out enjoying the sunny weather.
How have brow trends changed over the last few years?
Brow trends change every single year. Looking back two decades ago it was popular to have the thinnest possible brow that would be shaped like a rainbow, but trends have changed. Lots of my clients have over plucked their brows following trends and they now have uneven, sparse or patchy eyebrows that never grew back the way they were.
Over the last couple of years it has been the trend to have thicker, bolder and sharper looking brows, but trends will change again.
The good news is that we are in a time when the most natural looking brows is the trend. The classic look never goes out of fashion, so a soft, daytime makeup, looking brow will always look classy and stylish.
Personally, I think the best option for any client is to follow their natural shape and give definition to their natural look rather than following trends.
So there you have it, your ultimate guide to Permanent Eyebrows. You can find further details on our website or get in touch to arrange your treatment here at Natural Enhancement.