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Microblading Tips From NYC’s Eyebrow Doctor

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, PERMANNET-EYEBROWS, EYEBROWS-ON-FLEEK, MICROBLADING, THREADING, EYEBROWS, BROWS, 3There are plenty of DIY options for vamping your brows—pencils, powders, pigments, gels, and stencils—but when you can’t seem to achieve the result you want, there are more permanent options you can explore. Microblading is the semi-permanent solution to thin, sparse, and misshapen brows that beauty insiders and celebrities can’t stop talking about.

With microblading, a professional makeup artist uses a small handheld tool to implant pigment into the first layer of skin in fine, hair-like strokes. Though microblading is a form of tattooing, a different type of pigment is used and is not implanted as deeply into the skin during microblading.

The microblading process if fairly simple and most people experience very minimal pain. To prepare for your microblading session, New York City microblading guru Piret Aava (“The Eyebrow Doctor”) recommends you not drink alcohol, take aspirin, or use retinol for at least a week before the treatment. This will help cut down on bleeding during the treatment.

Nearly all professionals will apply a numbing cream to the brow area before beginning the process. Most of Aava’s clients report that the process is more comfortable than the traditional tattooing process, but some discomfort is still present.

“Some feel more [pain] than others. Overall it feels like little scratches,” Aava said. “You feel it, but it’s not unbearable. It’s not like having a baby.”

Aava stresses the importance of meeting with an artist before the treatment to make sure you are comfortable with them and their process. For her, one of the most important parts of giving her customers the best microblading experience is taking her time. She blocks off at least two hours for each client, because she doesn’t like to make anyone feel rushed.

Aftercare is very important to achieving long lasting results from microblading. Aava emphasizes keeping any unnecessary moisture off your face immediately following the treatment.

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, PERMANNET-EYEBROWS, EYEBROWS-ON-FLEEK, MICROBLADING, THREADING, EYEBROWS, BROWS, 6If you experience any redness, itching, or irritation, she says Vaseline will help, though most professionals will provide you with aftercare ointments at your first appointment. The color of your brows will be slightly darker at first, but will lighten 30-40% in the weeks following your treatment. The cost for microblading treatments vary depending on location, but Aava warns against services that cost much less than competitive prices. Because this is a form of tattooing, choosing an experienced technician will ensure your treatment is safe and gives you the results you desire. Depending on your skin type and upkeep, microblading results can last up to three years. For more information regarding microblading tips, [Click Here].

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Replace Your Makeup With These Trendy Beauty Solutions This Summer

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-EYEBROWS, MICROBLADING, THREADING, EYEBROWS-ON-FLEEK,16Achieve the bronzed goddess look you’ve always dreamed of by trying out some of this summer’s most popular beauty trends. Microblading, eyelash extensions, and airbrush tanning will elevate your natural beauty and help you maintain a low maintenance beauty routine throughout the summer months.

Step aside brow gel—microblading is the latest way to get full, natural-looking brows without makeup. The microblading process involves a trained technician using a handheld tool to apply fine, hair-like strokes of pigment to the top layer of skin. The process is similar to tattooing, but different ink and tools are used. The semi-permanent pigment lasts between a year and 18 moths, if cared for properly.

“It’s not a traditional shaded tattoo,” said Lauren Prats, owner and founder of Hi Brow Beauty Bar. “It’s going to have a softer appearance and it really does look like hair. When I show clients their eyebrows, they’re like, “What’s the hair? What’s the tattoo?”

The entire process lasts about 90 minutes and costs between $250 and $350, though both factors vary depending on location and salon. Most technicians recommend a touch-up four to six weeks after the initial appointment to fill in any sparse areas. To ensure the look lasts, Prats recommends her clients avoid soaking the tub, sun exposure, steam, and exercise for at least five days following the procedure.

Eyelash extensions are a great alternative to waterproof mascara, especially in the summer. An eyebrow expert will place a minimum of 100 individual lashes along the lash line to make lashes look fuller. An appointment typically takes about two hours and costs between $200 and $250.

“We use high-quality synthetic individual lashes secured to your lashes with medical-grade adhesive,” Karen Adjmi, co-owner of Earthsavers salon in New Orleans, said. “We really like to do natural lashes,” she added. “That doesn’t mean not full, but [they] fit the person’s face.”

Adjmi emphasized the importance of telling your technician exactly how you’d like your lashes to look, as both very glamorous and very natural looks can be achieved. She says that lash extensions are waterproof and last about four to six weeks, but spending time in the pool or ocean will mean a shorter life span for the extensions.

Airbrush tans have come a long way in the last few years. Many tanning salons now offer organic solutions that can be safely sprayed directly onto the skin, serving as a welcome summertime replacement for heavy foundations and cakey bronzers.

ZOE-MILAN-STUDIOS, PERMANENT-MAKEUP, PERMANENT-EYEBROWS, MICROBLADING, THREADING, EYEBROWS-ON-FLEEK,15“When sprayed on the face, you can go without makeup because [an airbrush tan] gives you that natural color and is forgiving and covers your blemishes,” said Monique Bonnaffons, owner of Fini Beauty Boutique. “It doesn’t give you an orange tint. It’s very natural looking.”

Bonnaffons explained that spending time in the sun may cause the airbrush color to fade faster, but the color will definitely not fade immediately, and typically lasts about 10 days. For more information regarding beauty trends this summer, [Click Here].

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