15 Nov Permanent Makeup Consultation and Design – What to expect?
This is the stage where you will be asked what sort of look you are hoping to achieve and your PMU (permanent makeup) tech should advise you on whether that’s achievable. What look we can create for you will depend largely on your underlying bone structure so it’s important to remember that although you may want Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox’s brows, unless you have their bone structure this may not be possible! Each face shape will have a corresponding brow shape that will be most flattering. For example, if you have a long face then a flatter brow will make the face appear shorter. Similarly if you have a round face then a high arched or more angular brow will help to elongate the face. Your PMU technician will give you guidance as to what will work in your favour.
What does the process involve?
When it comes to the brow design, you need to think of it in the same way as we think of our favourite LBD; classic and timeless. Brow shapes come in and out of fashion all the time, from super skinny to brilliantly bushy! These are trends therefore you should always opt for a sensible and flattering shape that you’ll be happy with for years to come. Although the brows fade over time it is possible that there will always be a faint residue of pigment remaining so they should be considered as permanent.
To begin the design process your face will be measured and marked up for symmetry. Most of us have a degree of asymmetry with one eyebrow usually being slightly higher or longer than the other. Once any asymmetries are noted, these can be tweaked and balanced when designing the brows. There is a well known saying that eyebrows are sisters not twins and it’s important to remember that sometimes these slight differences can actually look better- 100% symmetrical brows on an asymmetrical bone structure can appear a little odd and artificial!
Once your face has been marked up, a brow pencil will be used to draw on a stencil. This can be tweaked until both you and your PMU tech are happy that the shape is right for you. The pencil design can look somewhat bolder than the finished product so it is a shape guideline rather than an exact replica of the finished look. When deciding where to place the brow, it is best to keep as much natural brow hair as possible because the more of your own brow hair you have, the more realistic the outcome will be.
Once you are happy with the design you will be shown some different pigment options. We select appropriate pigments by looking at your brow hair colour (tint-free), your eye colour and most importantly, your skin tone. Your skin tone will have significant bearing on the outcome of the selected pigment and it is very important to get the colour choice right. For example, if you have a cool skin tone and a very cool pigment is selected then the end result is going to be very cool-looking, ashy brows.
The pigments from the correct part of the colour spectrum will be tested on your forehead and when you’ve looked at them in a good, natural light it should be apparent which one suits your colouring best. Sometimes more than one colour can be used to create more of a 3D effect. Once the colour has been selected then you are ready for tattooing to begin!
This completes the design process and is the same for both permanent eyeliner and lip procedures. Hopefully this has given you some insight into what to expect when a having permanent makeup procedure and reassured anyone who may have thought that they might not have a say in the designing of their new brows. These consultations are in depth and personalised- no two faces are the same, therefore no two sets of brows will ever be either!
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