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The Ins and Outs of Eyebrow Threading

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, MICROBLADING, EYEBROWS, EYEBROW-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, ZOE-MILAN, ZOE-GILLESPIE,7Sleek, bold brows are the most sought after beauty trend right now. While well-groomed brows can frame your face and enhance your natural features, it is important to find the grooming technique that fits your lifestyle and your personal needs.

One very popular technique is eyebrow threading. Threading dates back to ancient India and involves twisting a cotton thread to remove unwanted hair from the eyebrow region. Many prefer threading to waxing because it is both more precise and lasts longer than eyebrow waxing does.

Before you try threading for the first time, keep these simple tips and insider secrets in mind.

Find the right salon.
Visit a salon that has been recommended to you or has a good reputation in your area. Be sure that the salon will allow you to have a consultation with the technician before committing; this will ensure you get the results you desire from a well-trained professional.

Communicate with the technician.
Before the threading process begins, thoroughly describe what look you are after. Discuss shape, thickness, and color in detail with the technician, and don’t be afraid to ask for their advice. You can even bring in a photo of your “brow idol” to make sure your message is clear.

Be prepared to feel some pain.
Threading is a gentle process. It does not remove any layers of skin or involve any chemicals, and is the least invasive method of eyebrow grooming. Threading is the most recommended option for those with sensitive skin. But, threading does involve some pain. While we all tolerate pain differently, be prepared to experience slight to moderate discomfort during the threading process.

Exfoliate before your appointment.
Exfoliating is a good pre-appointment practice for everyone, but is especially important if you are prone to develop ingrown hair around the brow area. Exfoliating the area before your appointment will make removing any stubborn ingrown hairs much easier and less painful.

Avoid makeup for a few hours.
After your appointment, it is normal to see some redness. Your technician will apply a soothing gel to help reduce redness. Avoid applying makeup to the area for at least a few hours following your appointment, because it can actually irritate the area even more.

Tweeze with caution between appointments.
Plucking on your own between appointments could ruin the brow shape your technician created for you. Try to schedule regular appointments every two to four weeks, depending on your personal rate of hair growth to avoid over-plucking and ruining your brow shape. For more information regarding eyebrow treatment, [Click Here].

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Leave the Brow Tweezing and Snipping to the Pros

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, MICROBLADING, EYEBROWS, EYEBROW-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, ZOE-MILAN, ZOE-GILLESPIE, 5There is no confidence booster quite like leaving the salon with freshly groomed, perfectly shaped brows. But, as time passes, and stray hairs begin to sprout, you don’t have to let that perfect shape fade. Though DIY maintenance requires some knowledge and practice, it is your best solution to maintaining your brow shape between appointments.

Benefit Cosmetics’ brow specialist Jared Bailey outlined the most important things to remember between brow grooming appointments.

Schedule appointments strategically.
Many of us rush to schedule an appointment as soon as we notice stray hairs popping up. But, Bailey explains that, because brow hairs (just like all body hair) grows in cycles, it is better to hold off. “Typically there will be between four to eight weeks before hair begins to grow back full-on,” Bailey said. “I typically recommend everyone go for an appointment once per cycle, so typically every five weeks in order to effectively clean up the brows and their shape.”

If you are hoping to completely reshape your brows, you will need to wait a little longer. According to Bailey, after eight weeks, hair follicles will show and you’ll have a fully regrown brow.

Reduce redness and acne.
Redness and even minor breakouts are completely normal in the days following an eyebrow appointment. If you have sensitive skin prone to redness, make sure your salon uses an oil or other soothing solution before and after the hair removal process. You should also apply aloe to the brow area once you get home.

If you notice acne emerging after a wax, Bailey suggests waiting 48 hours before treating it. After that 48 hours, spot treat the acne with a gentle solution to reduce redness and swelling, avoiding products containing alcohol.

Tweeze with caution.
“The more you tweeze between appointments, the more you’re taking that cycle of hair growth and disrupting it, and you won’t get a clean wax at your next appointment,” Bailey said. He suggests tweezing only the hairs that fall significantly above or below your ideal brow shape.

No tweezers.
Bailey suggests skipping the tweezers to maintain your brow artists’ hard work. Instead, try hiding and enhancing. Hide any overgrowth by applying first a primer and next a concealer, dabbing each over the hair with your ring finger. Then, enhance your brow shape with a brow filler.EYE-DESIGN,MICROBLADING,EYEBROWS,BROWS,LASH,PERMANENT-MAKEUP 2

Choose the right product for your brows.
The key to keeping your brows looking their best between appointments is the right product. Pencils are best for creating precise lines and shapes. Bailey suggests a brow kit, containing a wax and powder, for salvaging a waxing gone wrong. For unruly brows, use a gel to control the shape and redirect hairs. A fiber gel, Bailey says, is good for any type of brow, because it clings to brow hairs to create a natural looking volume and shape.

Put down the scissors.
Though trimming your brows seems like a quick fix, Bailey says to leave any scissor work to the pros. “If you trim your brows too short you can get holes and you can’t really trim them again or comb them over, and it takes a while of the hair to get length on a brow.” For more information on eyebrow shaping, [Click Here].

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Eyebrow Tattooing: An Evolving Trend

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, MICROBLADING, EYEBROWS, EYEBROW-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, ZOE-MILAN, ZOE-GILLESPIE,4Eyebrows, like every other fashion trend, change with time. In the 90s, thin was in. But, today, thick, bold brows, like those seen on Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie, are all the rage.

People all around the world are trying to achieve shapely, sculpted brows. But how do they do it? Filling your brows in daily with gels and powders is one tedious, time consuming option. But, more permanent options are out there. One permanent option, is eyebrow tattooing. Eyebrow feathering or micropigmentation is a semi-permanent procedure that has only recently made an appearance in the beauty world. Brow extensions, similar to eyelash extensions are another semi-permanent option.

Shasta Tokar is a certified cosmetic tattooist, who calls those working in her field “glorified makeup artists.” Tokar reportedly performs as many as 10 brow feathering procedures a week, and says there are plenty of clients willing to spend hundreds of dollars to have their eyebrows enhanced through cosmetic tattooing. While Tokar performs the procedure on clients who suffer from cancer, alopecia, and other conditions that induce hair loss, many of her clients get the procedure for convenience sake.

According to Tokar, methods of eyebrow tattooing and the stigma around the procedure have changed dramatically over the last decade. The semi-permanent nature of eyebrow feathering or pigmentation is what is drawing modern clients in to have their brows enhanced. Unlike permanent makeup techniques of the past, eyebrow feathering lasts anywhere between one and three years, so those who pay for the procedure can keep up with changing brow trends should they desire.

Tokar advises those interested in eyebrow feathering or micropigmentation to shop around before choosing one tattooist or salon. Ask to see an artist’s portfolio before going through with the procedure and read reviews if they are available online. The process should not be painful, and a certified, trusted artist will be able to provide a pain-free experience to his or her clients.

Cosmetic tattooing offers many more possibilities than brow enhancement. Tokar also serves clients wanting permanent lip color, eyeliner, beauty marks, and other unusual requests. Tokar said, “I did freckles on my best friend. There’s absolutely nothing on her face, her skin is so beautiful, it’s just so perfect. It’s one of those things if you don’t have it you want it.” For more information regarding eyebrow trends, [Click Here].


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Create the Perfect Brow Look with New Beauty Trends

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, MICROBLADING, EYEBROWS, EYEBROW-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, ZOE-MILAN, ZOE-GILLESPIEThe average woman reportedly spends up to seven minutes a day on her eyebrows. Lately, eyebrows have become the focal point of the face. With so many products and treatment options available, it is important to find the option that works best for your brows and your lifestyle.

Threading isn’t necessarily a new trend, but it’s definitely a grooming method worth trying. To thread your eyebrows, the therapist uses a long piece of thread to remove unwanted hairs. Though a thread might sound less precise than tweezers or wax, it is actually very effective at removing even very small hairs. The service tends to cost around the same as waxing, and many find they experience less discomfort from threading than from waxing.

At Home Tinting
Eylure Permanent recently released a do-it-yourself eyebrow tinting kit. The easy to use kit comes in two shades, dark brown and medium brown; coloring can be adjusted depending on how much time you let the tint set. Results last three to five weeks.

Salon Superbrows
For a bold brow look, try the new Lola Brows by Lash Perfect. A salon therapist will apply tiny strokes of colored gel into the gaps between your natural brow hairs. The gel comes in six different shades, and the application process takes about 40 minutes. After the initial application, you should have your brows touched up every three weeks.

Brow Enhancing Serums
A team of testers from Mirror UK tried out three different eyebrow enhancing serums: RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum, Shavata Brow Strengthener, and Talika Eyebrow Lipcoils Expert. Shavata’s Brow Strengthener, the cheapest of the bunch, got the best reviews. The tester reported that her brows appeared darker and fuller after continued use. The other two serums produced minimal results.

Other brow grooming methods are out there, but this list provides some temporary, simple, and relatively affordable options. The Mirror UK team also recapped the best celebrity brows, ranking them on a ten-point scale.

Kate Middleton received a 7/10 for her natural, but modern brows. Replicate Kate’s look by using a light brow gel to fill in sparse areas. Nigella Lawson was awarded an 8/10 for her strong brows, which have been noticeably well groomed for many years. Use a bristle applicator to apply brow gel for a more pigmented look like Nigella’s. Finally, earning a 9/10 is Kim Kardashian. Kim’s eyebrows are perfectly shaped and never look straggly. Use a brown pen to make your brows pop like Kim’s. For more information on the perfect brow, [Click Here].

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Microblading: The Latest Eyebrow Trend

EYE-DESIGN,MICROBLADING,EYEBROWS,BROWS,LASH,PERMANENT-MAKEUPMicroblading is the latest trend in eyebrow design. No matter the style you prefer, or the makeup you typically apply, microblading can enhance the look of any brows. Unlike the unnatural and even outlandish results you get from using pencils, gel, or permanent makeup, by using small, fine strokes that look like real hair, microblading delivers a very natural, semi-permanent result.

Nadia Afanaseva, a brow and lash expert of Eye Design New York, explained why so many women, and some men, love microblading. “Microblading is perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows,” Afanaseva said. Afanaseva added that those in search of a slight arch are also perfect candidates for microblading. She called the results “a natural, undetectable fringe.”

Microblading may sound a lot like permanent makeup, but microblading professionals can attest to the fact that the two processes are very different. For instance, to apply microblading, professionals use a special microblading pen to draw each individual stroke, one at a time.

Microblading professionals are able to provide the most natural brow styles through their extremely precise and thorough application process. The first step in the process is also the most important. Professionals determine the most flattering brow shape for a customer’s face, and then draw it on with a removable pencil. This portion of the process takes about an hour.

Before the next step, the actual microblading, begins, a topical numbing cream and liquid anesthetic are applied to the brow area. Though some clients may feel some slight discomfort, the process is relatively painless. The entire process, done properly, should take about two hours to complete. Afanaseva warns customers to be weary of salons and studios who claim to provide microblading services in one hour or less.EYE-DESIGN,MICROBLADING,EYEBROWS,BROWS,LASH,PERMANENT-MAKEUP 2

What are the benefits to mircoblading? Aside from getting an eyebrow shape customized just for your face and personal style, with microblading there is no down time. Your new brows are ready to be shown off and photographed right away. Unlike other brow solutions, microblading is not sensitive, in that you can rub and wash your face without worrying about smudging or ruining your microbladed brows. The results from microblading last about three years, and require a brief touch up recommended once a year. For more information on this article [click here].

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Kendall Jenner’s Makeup Palette to Hit Stores in March

KENDALL-JENNER,MAKEUP,NEW-YORK-FASHION-WEEK,EYESHADOW,MAKEUP-LINE,ESTEE-LAUDER 3Kendall Jenner wrapped up New York Fashion Week with a number of successes, including the launch of a new fashion line with her sister Kylie and announcing a deal with Estee Lauder for her first ever makeup collaboration. Jenner has been the face of Estee Lauder since 2014, and has since become a guest editor for The Estee Edit, the brand’s beauty blog.

Jenner was noted for wearing some of attendants’ favorite looks at New York Fashion Week, but all the buzz is now on her soon-to-launch makeup line. She reportedly designed a custom eyeshadow palette of wearable neutrals, which will rival Urban Decay’s Naked palette upon its release.

The palette will feature mostly browns and tans, but also include some deeper grey and purple shades. Kendall designed the palette based on her own taste in makeup. On shadow hues, she said, “For me, it’s always the tans or light browns KENDALL-JENNER,MAKEUP,NEW-YORK-FASHION-WEEK,EYESHADOW,MAKEUP-LINE,ESTEE-LAUDERthat I blaze through. The pastels are ALWAYS left behind.”

For the most part, Jenner’s new palette, The Estee Edit, includes a range of both matte and shimmery neutrals, but she decided to include a few metallic black-light-activated, glow-in-the-dark shades for those playful events, when a standard neutral won’t do the trick. Kendall’s palette by Estee Lauder is set to hit Sephora’s shelves in mid March for $48. For more information about this article [click here].

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Microblading | Eyebrow Game Strong

The latest in eyebrow and beauty fashion that’s all the rage is eyebrow microblading. You can now put your brow pencils aside because this new revolutionary technique is not just a trend, but also a fabulous work of art.

If you are used to growing and filling in your own brows daily, you are going to love the ease of microblading. Microblading turns naturally sparse looking eyebrows into thick long-lasting definition and shape.

Microblading has changed the brow game forever as this new and hot technique applies a long-lasting runway eyebrow shape unique and fitting to each individual. This application, much like embroidery, is applied by a beauty technician using proper sterile tools taking pigments and depositing it under the epidermis to create dense and beautifully natural looking eyebrows.

This permanent makeup application creates structured eyebrows for facial enhancement that is timeless and applicable for both light and dark hair. The process of brow tattooing creates natural-like hair strokes through etching or feathering and the procedures results last over a year. This is great for those with illnesses causing hair loss, or simply a desire for low eyebrow maintenance.

At Zoe Milan Studios our technicians are trained and certified to handle all eyebrow techniques and styles. The studio specializes in microblading procedures and has experience in quality eyebrow and facial brow design. A growing trend, microblading is transforming the fashion and beauty industry and these power brows create confidence through its fuller and darker appeal.

Contact a technician today at Zoe Milan Studios to receive a complimentary microblading consultation and get your eyebrow game on point!

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Add These NY Fashion Week Looks to your Style Guide

NEW-YORK-FASHION-WEEK,MAC-PRODUCTS,MABILINE,MAKEUP-ARTIST,EYELIDS,LIPS,HAIRSTYLES 2The runway hairstyles and makeup looks at New York Fashion Week tend to fall at one extreme end of the scale or the other. So, when styles are moderate and wearable, they create a positive buzz from critics and fashion lovers. This year’s Fashion Week runway hairstyles and makeup looks did just that.

Some of the most popular looks were of winter queens at Jonathon Simkhai, luminous goddesses at Rodarte, and messy braided locks at Prabal Gurung. Many of the fresh new looks from the 2016 Fashion Week not only drew attention, but can be recreated at home for everyday or special occasion wear, depending on your individual style and tastes.

Erin Parsons, who transformed models into icy queens for the Jonathon Simkhai show, revealed some of her secrets for creating a flushed wintery look. Parsons used the Maybelline Master Illuminating Face Stick, which will hit stores this summer, to models’ cheekbones, chins, bridges of the nose, inner corners of the eyes, and cupid’s bows. In lieu of blush, Parsons applied Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Raging Raisin on the apples of the cheeks to create the perfect flushed look. She then applied “snow dust” to the tips of models’ lashes to imitate freshly fallen snow.

Parsons said, “We are creating a romantic look, like the girls have just walked off the slopes and into a chalet in Aspen.”

Several other designers aimed for a wintery look at their shows, including Marissa Web. Makeup artist Gato used the same Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Raging Raisin on models’ lips and applied Maybelline Color Tattoo Liquid Chrome in Silver Spark to portions of models’ upper lash lines to complete the icy look.

Metallic accents were the central makeup themes at both Brother Vellies’ fall show and Tommh Hilfiger’s February show. For the Brother Vellies show, Sephora’s lead makeup artist, Helen Phillips, looked to the body painting of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley tribes for inspiration. Using Makeup Forever Metal Powder in Sunflower Gold 1, she painted bits of foil onto models’ eyelids, lashes, and cupid’s bows, to replicate the look.

At Tommy Hilfiger’s nautical-themed show, artist Paul McGrath used a glittery gold eyeshadow to complement the collection’s sequin dresses and gold-trimmed jackets.

Meanwhile, deep red hues were the focus at Cushnie et Ochs. Makeup artist Val Garland used soon-to-be-released Mac products to give models dark lips and deep contoured looks. Similarly, at Rodarte, deep colors stole the show. Of his NEW-YORK-FASHION-WEEK,MAC-PRODUCTS,MABILINE,MAKEUP-ARTIST,EYELIDS,LIPS,HAIRSTYLES 3models’ looks, the designer said, “It’s beautifully romantic, with a contrast of deep color.”

The makeup artist at Rodarte created a plum lip by pairing Nars Liv Audacious Lipstick with Train Bleu Velvet Matte Pencil. A soft look was created on the rest of the face using several different illuminating products: Nars Antares eyeshadow, Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, and Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush. For more information about this article [click here].

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