Powder brow is a shading technique done using a tattoo machine with a tiny acupuncture needle to deposit pigment into the skin.
Pigments are chosen to match the natural or desired brow colour and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
The result is a natural-looking, pixel effect that adds density and soft definition to the brows. When done on the right person, a powder brow can actually look more natural than microblading.
Results last 1-3 years before a touch up is required.
Feel free to send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for a brow analysis and virtual consultation to see what technique is the best fit for you.
Microblading is a cosmetic procedure performed using a hand tool with ultra-fine needles and each individual ‘hair’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look.
Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. Annual touch ups are recommended.
Microblading can correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those with little to no brows, over-plucked brows, those wanting to enhance their brows, correct symmetry, or those who have just had enough of filling in their brows with makeup every morning!
My goal with all brow services is to create extremely natural and realistic brows that do not look "done" nor penciled in. Think of the type of brows you would want to wake up on a Sunday morning with! Clients can always add makeup on top for special occasions if they want a more dramatic look.
NOTE: Most people are better suited for a powder brow than microblading. Read more about this below.
My goal for you is that you LOVE your brows LONG TERM. Good, long term, healed results, come from choosing an experienced artist who can analyze skin and know how each technique will heal in it. I pride myself on HEALED results because healed results are the real results. It's easy to give you nice brows that look good for a few weeks. The real challenge, and what is actually important, is giving you brows that look good for many years.
Through my years of experience, it is clear to me that my style of soft, natural, powder brows heal beautifully in everyone, but microblading only looks good on very specific skin types (about 10% of people).
Therefore, all 2022 appointments will be booked as a powder brow. If at your appointment, I deem that you are a good candidate for micro bladed strokes or nano, I will give you the option to add it.
Due to microblading being a form of semi-permanent tattooing, you must allow 6-8 weeks for full healing. Therefore, ensure that you book your procedure with all special events/vacations in mind.
Avoid booking your appointment during your menstrual cycle or be prepared to experience increased sensitivity.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
*Blood thinners will increase bleeding during the procedure. If blood is coming out, pigment can not go in and therefore, your healed results will be jeopardized.
Discontinue BLOOD THINNING medications and supplements such as:
Basically any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system, and therefore the healing process, would make you NOT eligible for permanent makeup.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Please consult with me if any of the following apply to you before booking:
Both techniques involve depositing pigment into the skin (therefore, a tattoo), however the way they are deposited, and the aesthetic result, is different. A powder brow is done with a small machine that creates pixelation. Microblading is done with a manual tool to create lines resembling hair strokes. Both can look extremely natural when done on the correct skin type. Microblading is suitable for people with dry, taught, skin with no visible capillaries. Whereas powder brows can be done on every skin type (thick, oily, mature, etc.) Generally, I highly recommend a powder brow to everyone for the best long term results as it is less traumatic on the skin, heals easier, and looks better for longer.
It can be found under "IMPORTANT PRE CARE", where I go into detail about what to do, and not do, beginning 30 days before your appointment.
Please scroll down and read below "What to expect after my appointment".
Since the pigment is not implanted into the skin as deeply as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime but will likely never completely disappear. It is still a tattoo. Permanent makeup typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and age. Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment. Those who use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with experience accelerated fading as your skin is regenerating faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients with oily skin may require more frequent touch ups (as early as 6-8 months post).
Generally, people tell me that it is not as bad as they expected it to be. Microblading is more painful than powder brows. Some say they aren't bothered at all by the powder brow technique. Some have compared it to slow threading, paper cuts, or "lots of scratches" and usually say the tweezing is worse than the microblading. The discomfort will only last for the first pass which takes about 5-10 minutes. After that, a strong numbing gel is applied and you won't feel anything... so much so that some people fall asleep!
Numbing gel is not initially used because it changes the texture of the skin. Imagine you are asked to draw a straight line on a cardboard box. One box is dry and the other has been soaking in water for 30 minutes. Which box would have the nicer line?
Each procedure will vary. Typically expect an appointment to last about 1-2 hours. First, I will meticulously map, measure and shape your brows into a beautiful shape based on your facial features and the golden ratio. Next, the color will be selected. Only once the client approves of both will the procedure begin. Treatment is done using sterile and disposable pigments with the highest standards in the PMU industry. Each treatment has two sessions, the initial session and the touch-up appointment 4-8 weeks later. The length of time for the touch up appointment ranges from 15 min to 1 hour depending on what needs to be done.
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS PERMANENT MAKEUP OR MICROBLADING I NEED TO SEE IT TO DETERMINE IF I CAN WORK OVER IT OR NOT. Send me a photo to email@example.com or (647) 987-4416. Please note that even if you have had microblading in the past, your appointment with me is considered (and charged as) an initial appointment, not a touch up appointment. These appointments are more difficult and require more work.
While this is a new vaccine and there is still a lot we do not yet know, there have been reports of customers experiencing anaphylaxis when getting permanent makeup (PMU) procedures. Therefore, if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should wait to get any PMU for at least 15 days after. This is to prevent the chance of any reactions developing. Please notify Lara if you have received the vaccine or have a date booked.
In most cases, no. Everything is discussed via phone or email prior to booking. An in-person consultation is done during your initial brow appointment. However, if you have had previous microblading or permanent makeup, skin issues, scar tissues, or medical issues requiring discussion, a separate consultation may be needed. Please contact me directly with any questions. If you would like to come in on a separate day prior to your appointment for me to roughly draw the shape and discuss any other concerns, there is a $50 charge which will be applied to the procedure.
Skin must not be damaged in any way (e.g. sunburn, eczema, dermatitis, acne in the eyebrow area). If any of these concerns arise, please contact me to reschedule.
Do not book an appointment before a vacation or anytime you will be getting wet, sweating excessively, or in the sun. You cannot get your brows wet for 1 week after and cannot swim for 2 weeks after. You can not wear makeup for 7 days post procedure so please consider the timing of upcoming events when choosing a date. Specifically eyeshadow, foundation and powder (anything that can get into the brows and cause an infection).
Women experience more sensitivity to pain during their period, so avoid that time too!
If you have any other concerns or questions, please ask me directly. It’s safer to ask than to assume.
Day 1 - 5: Brows will appear darker, thicker, and possibly warm (reddish) in colour. They appear darker because the scabs begin to form. It is important not to pick the scabs as this will result in lost pigment.
Day 5 - 9: As the scabs start falling off, brows may appear patchy, flaky, and feel itchy. Do not pick the scabs! Doing so will remove pigment!
Day 9 - 12: The brows may look light or milky. This is because a new layer of skin is growing over top to protect the area while it finishes healing. This is completely normal and the color will come back as this layer of skin sheds.
Day 12 - 21: The pigment will reappear and the brows will darken. The final healed result will be seen around the 2-3 week mark.
Any strokes or pigment that did not "re-appear" will be added back at the touch up appointment 6 weeks later.
At the touch up appointment, we can make the brows darker, fill in any missing gaps, or go slightly thicker but an entirely new brow shape will be considered a full appointment.
The warmth in the colour is only temporary and as the brows heal they will look cooler and softer.
Day 1-2: You will be given cotton pads pre-soaked in a disinfectant to cleanse the area at specific times.
Day 3+: Apply the supplied aftercare balm 1-2x per day until all the scabs are off and the skin feels normal again.
First 7 days:
Day 8: You can start washing your face and hair normally again.
First 2 weeks: No massages, facials, saunas, steaming, swimming (head under).
First 3 weeks: No direct hot sun / sun tanning (the sun will cause pigment to grey or turn grey).
First month: Refrain from tanning, chemical peels, lasers, etc, (anything harsh on the skin).
It is imperative that you wear SPF 40+ on your brows when outside to keep them looking fresh for longer and prevent color fading/changing.
I will go over everything in this document with you at your appointment but please read it in advance so there are no surprises.