Hi babes! I'm Julie, a Charlotte, NC Esthetician and Makeup Artist and owner of Craft Beauty. I'm honored to be apart of Prept Party! Let's talk all things brows and lashes! We will be going through info and questions regarding microblading/microshading, brow lamination, tint and wax and lash lifts and tints!
Microblading vs. Microshading
Microblading and Microshading/Powder Brows are techniques or forms of cosmetic tattooing.
Microblading is done manually using a hand held blade, giving hair like strokes.
Microshading is done using a machine and needles (like a tattoo). Different size needles are used to achieve different results. You can also use a single needle with the machine to achieve hair like stokes.
Microshading has been found to decrease trauma to the skin, be less painful, place the pigment in the proper layer of the skin, there’s better retention and results after healed.
I believe that mixing techniques, depending on the brow look you are going for and your skin type, gives the best results.
Who cannot get microblading/microshading?
· Diabetic (consult doctor)
· If you are ill (cold, flu, covid etc.)
· Major Heart Problems/pacemaker
· Organ transplant
· Viral Infections/Disease
· Prone to Keloid
· Allergic to numbing agents (lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine)
· Botox (within 3 weeks)
· Accutane (in the past year)
· Autoimmune disease (consult doctor)
Does it hurt?
Topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from client to client and I try my best to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Most clients say it does not hurt at all! However, please note you will be more sensitive on your menstrual cycle.
How long does it last?
Microblading/Microshadding will fade over time and a required touch-up is done 6-8 weeks following your initial procedure. The frequency of touch ups depends on many factors such as, chemical peels, sun exposure, the rate of the clients cell turnover, if they are oily or dry and what skincare products they use (AHAs, BHAs, Retinol etc.)
Usually touchups are needed every 1-2 years. However, final results and time frame cannot be guaranteed due to each skin type, holding pigments differently and breaking down at different rates.
What does it cost?
I charge $750, which includes your 6-8 week touchup but will be running a special for $550 shortly!
Pre procedure and post procedure instructions are VERY important to follow!
For example, do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior. No aspirin or blood thinners 48 prior. Don’t workout the day of (before or after procedure). No fish oil or Vit E for a week prior. Etc.
After do not pick or peel. Don’t go in the sun. Avoid Retin A for 2 weeks after. Avoid exercise for at least 5 days post treatment. Avoid getting them wet in the shower, no pools, lakes, hot tubs for 10 days. Etc.
Once you book, I ensure you have all the pre procedure instructions and once your procedure is complete, I make sure you have the post procedure instructions.
Brow Lamination, Tint, Wax
Brow lamination, tint and wax are for those clients that aren’t ready to take the plunge into permanent makeup (microblading/microshading) or clients that have full brows and don’t need microblading/microshading.
Brow lamination involves using a solution on the brows hairs and pressing and straightening the natural brow so the hairs stick in an upward direction. Think of it as a keratin treatment for your eyebrows that keep them straight for around 6-8 weeks.
Brow Lamination uses your hair’s length and position to create the illusion of a natural, fuller-looking, textured brow. Brow lamination will reposition your brow hairs to cover sparse areas, redirect those unruly hairs all while creating the appearance of thicker, fuller and fluffy brows! Brow lamination can also be combined with microblading/microshading to keep them in the desired shape.
Brow tinting is essentially dying your brow hair similar to the hair on your head. It can give a sneak peek into the brow shape and depth of color allowed by microshading/microblading. Brow tinting helps stain the brow skin that may have sparse or no hair, helping to achieve that fuller brow look.
I always combine brow lamination, with brow tint and a brow wax (unless a client chooses otherwise) to achieve optimal results!
Current cost for a lamination, tint and wax is $180 and again it lasts around 6-8 weeks. The tint may fade sooner depending on facial products used (retinols, AHAs, BHAs, makeup remover etc.) and sun exposure.
Brow Lamination, Tint & Wax
Lash Lift & Tint
Brow Lamination, Tint & Wax on Client
Lash Lift & Tint
With a lash lift you get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free! Think of a lash lift as a perm for your lashes. Lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a semi permanent solution.
A lash tint is essentially dying your eyelashes using a semi permanent pigment.
Lash lifts and tints last around 6-8 weeks. As with the brow tint, your lash tint may fade sooner if your rub your eyes a lot, if your eyes water more (allergy season) or if you choose to wear mascara and remove it with makeup remover. Currently, I charge $100 for a lash lift & tint and always (unless client chooses other wise) do both a lift and tint together for optimal results!
Lash Lift & Tint on Clients
Thanks for taking the time to read this! Please refer to my website www.JulieAnnMetzger.com for other services I offer, up to date pricing, and contact info. If you have any further questions or want to book a service please reach out!