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.
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