should I or shouldn't I?
Wow! Talk about a loaded question!
I have seen a lot of people post this question on many social media formats. Its amazing the amount of mixed feedback everyone has.
The top concerns most people
worried about were as follows:
- Fade to a grey ashy colour
- Most men say DO NOT DO IT
- Worry of how they will look when they are older
- want it to look natural
I want to address those above concerns, but before i do, I want to give you a little insight into the journey i took when discovering the world of Micro-Pigmentation ( a.k.a. permanent makeup)
I will admit, when i was just doing makeup and aesthetics, before i truly understood the new technologies available in the field of micro-pigmentation, my views were very similar as above.
That was until i attended a course on permanent makeup at the Micropigmentation Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Lead instructor Patricia Gauthier ( http://www.patriciagauthier.ca ) was absolutely inspiring as an industry leader in her profession, and her wealth of knowledge in pigmentation within the skin was far superior to anything else i had ever heard of. Her team of professionals that also helped instruct the intense 6 day hands on course were outstanding. For the six days, i worked hands on in class for 8-10 hrs a day, went back to my hotel room and studied for the remainder of the day. It was pretty hard core, but I loved every minute of it.
Over the last 15 years I have been a makeup artist, and i have gained a lot of experience when it comes to colour matching foundation, eyeshadows, and lip colour. Throughout my youth I attended art classes, and graduated from Victoria School of The Arts, i am no stranger to colour theory… but Pat Gauthier taught me so many new concepts of how colour implanted into the dermis will heal based on a clients natural skin tone, i had to re-learn colour theory on a whole new level.
Here are some of the things i learned before i attended my training in ontario :
1. Find a technician with training from an SPCP* certified instructor .
*Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals ( SPCP) . The SPCP is a non-profit organization and is the largest and most respected society in North America having done more to advance the cosmetic tattooing business than any other body. It has a strong executive of knowledgeable and experienced technicians and graduates are encouraged to become members.
2. Find a technician with Cross Contamination Control training
3. Find a technician that understands the importance of colour theory of Pigment within the skin
What I learned during my course:
1. Proper Colour Selection for a Natural looking Permanent Makeup enhancement.
(eyeliner, lipliner, lip colour, and brows) - colour choice factors to take into consideration Clients Natural Skin Colour. Clients superficial skin tones as a result of temporary skin condition or tanning. Clients desired permanent makeup result.
2. Proper Stretching of the Skin makes for a better application- Appropriate stretching techniques for each type of permanent makeup application
3. Proper micro-pigmentation techniques- proper angle, speed, and needle depth to ensure a precise, accurate and saturated result, with no scaring.
4. The importance of a good BEFORE & AFTER image of the client.
5. Cross Contamination Control & Blood Born Pathogen & Infection control Training
Of course this is a VERY rough summary of what i learned, but it gives you an idea that Permanent makeup is something to be taken seriously.
So to finally answer the above concerns:
1. Will Permanent Brows go grey and ashy ?
As long as the technician you choose knows colour theory within the skin, this should not happen
Brows turn ashy or grey due to improper colour choice, usually a brown with too much of a cool base (i.e. blue/black undertones). I have also corrected quite a few existing brows (done by other artists) that have turned green due to the original pigment the former technician put in was too cool based (blue base) client has an olive skin tone ( can be a bit on the yellowish side) … what happens when you mix blue & yellow paint… it turns green, it will do the same in the skin. You will need to add a brown with a reddish undertone to neutralize it. (red neutralizes green)
A well educated micro-pigmentation professional should also carry pigments available to neutralize an existing blue/grey brow.
2. Men Don’t Like it
I have many friends that have permanent brows and they are so natural the guys they hung out with didn’t even know they had it done. Permanent brows are not what they used to be.
Most women that come to me for a permanent brow enhancement do so because they have:
- Over tweezed as a teenager and now it won't grow back
- A Thyroid condition
- Alopecia and cannot grow hair at all
- Undergone cancer treatment and the hair won’t come back.
- Busy young professionals that have children and don’t have the time to commit to drawing on perfectly sculpted brows every morning.
Do what is right for you and your lifestyle.
3. What will it look like when i’m older?
As long as the proper placement is considered, it should not droop or turn into a straight line.
If you follow the natural hair as a basic guideline, the face doesn’t change that much as we age. Yes elasticity and collagen production slows, but the brows generally don’t migrate that badly.
It may fade, especially if you tend to use a lot of glycolic based skin care products.
4. I want it to look Natural
Choose a natural hairstroke (also known as a feather stroke) technique applied with a smaller needle width to simulate the width of a natural hair. Stay within the natural brow hair border.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Do what suits you and your lifestyle. Do your research.
Hopefully this blog entry has helped to shed some light on permanent makeup. All I can really do is encourage you to do your research. The technology advances all the time.
The blue/black brows of yesteryear are gone my friends, and if not I have a pigment to correct that!! :)