We don't just do semi permanent make up for eyebrows, we also do lips. Here are some of the top facts about semi permanent make up for lips.
The tattoo doesn't just go around your lip like traditional lip-liner application. "I do an outline on the border of the lip, but I'm also shading the color down into the middle of the lip in a circular motion to give it more of a blended look," says Sinead. "I leave the interior part of the lip without color." It creates a natural light and shadow effect which gives the illusion of bigger and a more plumped pout.
The healing process takes about ten days. Sinead from Beauty Ink advises her patients getting lip tattoos to schedule the procedure for a Thursday, so they can let the swelling and dryness die down over the weekend. "The lips will look very dry and chapped as they heal," says Sinead. "The color gets lighter, and then as the skin heals, it comes back. You usually see the full, truest color after about two weeks."
Most places use pigment instead of traditional tattoo ink (which is why it fades). Years ago, permanent makeup was applied with regular tattoo ink. That's why it often looked so unnatural. "When you get a body tattoo, it's usually done with ink, which has a very watery consistency," says Sinead. "Pigment is thicker, so it gives that more natural powdery finish. But it does exfoliate out of your skin after 12 to 18 months. And since you eat and drink with your lips, it's going to happen faster."
Once upon a time, the only antidote to slim eyebrows was a bit of pencil and a steady hand. But that was all before microblading, a popular process which involves implanting semipermanent pigment into the skin with tiny blades to make brows look fuller, took the beauty world by storm. However with celebs like Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kiernan Shipka becoming major fans of feathered brow, a signature tweezing-and-tinting technique that results in a more natural, sprouty-looking arch, microblading is now massively popular. Sinead Corcoran answers your most frequently asked questions here:
Brows have been such a major beauty focus for the past few years and now everyone is talking about microblading. Can you explain exactly what it is for those who don’t know?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing, where you deposit pigment superficially into the skin of the eyebrow. We create small incisions using a fine and very precise blade, and then add pigment into the incisions, resulting in an "eyebrow hair." While standard eyebrow shaping only allows me to take hair away, microblading allows me to add strokes to areas that are thin or sparse.
How does microblading differ from a tattoo?
It only goes into the superficial layers of the epidermis—the top skin layer—whereas a tattoo penetrates deeper into the dermis, making it permanent. Microblading usually lasts up to a year.
You’re known for the “Feathered Brow,” and for your stellar tweezing and tinting, but now you’re microblading, too. What does the Beauty Ink version of microblading look like?
My overall esthetic is more natural, so I'm calling it Microfeathering. Traditional microblading looks macro, not micro. I really wanted to give clients something that resembled their natural hair so well that they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Microfeathering incorporates more of your natural hair, brow shape, and growth pattern by blending strokes into the brow. There are no stencils! I’ve been perfecting the technique for many months on test models along with taking advanced classes. Now I am able to incorporate what I have learned from my formal education with the services I've been performing for over 15 years.
What should you expect from great microblading—or microfeathering—job?
You should not be able to differentiate between the Microfeather strokes and real eyebrow hair, and the strokes should be the appropriate length and orientation to seamlessly compliment your natural hair growth. The colour should also match your eyebrow hair colour, not your head hair colour. For those with very light blonde eyebrow hair, I recommend having your brows tinted to a slightly darker, richer colour beforehand.
How long does an appointment last? Do you need more than one microblading session?
It’s a two-appointment process. The first appointment is around two hours. The second, which should be booked 6-8 weeks after, is the “perfecting” appointment and takes about an hour. Then, I evaluate the healing process, add additional hair strokes, and reinforce previous strokes. (Over time, microblading can fade and need to be refreshed.)
What sort of prep do you recommend before someone tries microblading?
I recommend growing out your brows for a minimum of two months beforehand. Microblading looks best and most natural when the strokes are surrounded by real hair. It’s not a three dimensional procedure and isn’t meant to create an entirely different and new eyebrow—but more of a way to fill in less-full areas.
The question that is on my—and probably everyone’s mind—does it hurt?
It shouldn’t. Your brows are numbed with potent topical beforehand. But there may be some very mild discomfort afterwards.
Do you have any aftercare tips?
Yes! The most important thing is to apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or coconut butter with a clean cotton swap three to five times a day for the first two days. You want to keep the area from scabbing as much as possible to prevent the loss of pigment. You’ll also want to use SPF, avoid brow makeup, keep the area clean, use simple skincare, and avoid swimming and tanning. And no itching!
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Baltic Brows goes to Belfast! so excited to annouce that sinead will be a guest speaker at Roberta Mechan International Beauty College, in Belfast this October.
It is so exciting to announce that Sinead has been asked to be a guest speaker at the world renowned Roberta Mechan International Beauty College, in Belfast this October.
Sinead is so looking forward to meeting all the students in Belfast and to get started into our 3 day intensive course! "It's so brilliant to see the brand expanding into Northern Ireland and I can't wait to meet all of the wonderful personalities that I know will be fantastic brand ambassadors for Baltic Brows."-Sinead
Spaces are booking up fast as there has been a high level of interest since the dates were announced. SO if you are interested please get in touch asap.
Come and join us on a three day intense beginner course in Roberta Mechan's International Beauty College, coming Oct 21st, 22nd and 23rd. It really is a course not to be missed. Only 6 students per class. Please send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call/txt us on 0871036650.
To book the course simply email email@example.com with your name, course location and Migel will walk you through the booking process. We require a 40% booking fee but the rest of the cost can be paid off however you like before the course or on the day of the course.
It's scary how busy Beauty Ink Ireland is becoming! People are booking Xmas Microblading appointments now!! Avoid Disapointment and book yours soon <3
Permanent makeup has come a long way since the late 30s. Today’s permanent makeup is imperceptible, subtle and known for enhancing—even creating features on the face that did not previously exist. Microblading and “powder brows” have been covered by beauty magazines like Allure as the Next Big Thing creating a huge demand for permanent makeup artists.
Baltic Brows is an academy and salon supplier for those who want great brows and those who want to learn how to create them. The Brand is owned and operated by certified makeup professional Rita Romo, who has studied and perfected her techniques in the best academies all over the world while also studying as an Architect.
Sinead Corcoran has trained internationally with Rita Romo and is now the Irish MASTER for the brand. Her studio is highly sought after as both a school and salon, with appointments booked sometimes months in advance, which is why Sinead is getting the word out to those living in and around Ireland who want to get touched up and enhanced for the holiday season and New Year.
“These techniques can literally take years off someone’s face and make them look younger and more refreshed,” says Sinead. “Thinner eyebrows and thin, pale lips have always been signs of aging. Our technique is to draw each hair on the brow for the most natural look and enhance the lips by changing the tint or even the shape of the natural lip line. These subtle changes can alter how someone looks dramatically. If someone was thinking about giving themselves or someone they love a new look for the holidays, now is the time to do book that appointment.”
“One of the things Baltic Brows does quite well,” says Sinead “is training. They know how to break every topic down into small parts that you can digest easily. That is my approach to training people in permanent makeup artistry. I make it simple for them to learn, and they go on to careers that can earn them six figures a year if they’re smart.”
Baltic Brows offers microblading, cosmetic tattooing, and machine based semi-permanent make up that will help to create the eyes and lips seen on Instagram Models. One of the features of her style of semi-permanent make up she is most proud of is the ability to enhance without going overboard. Her techniques are subtle but create great changes to the face. It is important to her to leave people looking natural, not made up. “No ‘Sharpie’ brows,” she boasts.
We mentioned recently that we had a surprise waiting for all of our very lovely and wonderful clients, supporters and potential new Baltic Brows students.
The surprise was an AMAZING €100 voucher that is redeemable against our Baltic Brows Training days for either the Beginner 3 day course.
However since sending out this email and announcing it on social media we have had a huge number of emails and messages asking to be added to our Newsletter.
We are the busiest we have ever been in Baltic Brows Ireland so we have decided in order to make sure no one misses this opportunity we will send out our Voucher here for all to avail of.
We really dont want anyone to feel like they have missed out because the support we have recieved so far and the interest in the Training has blown us off our feet.
So this special once off voucher is a way to say thank you.
The only condition is that the Voucher is not redeemable against the 40% deposit but instead it can be used to reduce the overall cost of the course after the deposit has been paid.
The reason we dont redeem it against the deposit is because the classes are in such high demand we need to guarantee that spots will be filled by genuine and interested people.
We ask our students to pay 40% upfront and then the rest can be paid off in instalments or on the day of the course.
So feel free to use the Voucher as one of your instalments or on the day of your class. To book simply email Sinead on firstname.lastname@example.org or email head office on email@example.com where Migel will take your deposit and book your place on the course.
We are so excited to see you all at our Microblading Training in Cork, Dublin and Belfast this year with Baltic Brows Ireland.
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