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What You Should Know about Microblading Your Brows

microblading

The term “microblading” has been around for a few years now, but many people still don’t know what it’s all about. Celebrities have certainly caught on, though: Madonna has had her eyebrows microbladed, and Bella Thorne even Snapchatted her entire procedure.

But what exactly happens when you get microbladed? Is it different from getting old-school eyebrow tattoos? And how much does it cost?

Keep reading to get the skinny on the treatment that’ll make your brows, er, not so skinny:

It’s Technically a Type of Tattoo

So what’s the difference between an eyebrow tattoo and microblading? An eyebrow tattoo is a permanent procedure, which uses a machine to penetrate pigment deep into the skin. Microblading involves using a hand tool with nine or more tiny needles to create shallower cuts on the skin and then letting pigment seep in.

At Browtique, we combine both techniques to create an amazing result that you’ll love.

The combination of microblading and shading (tattooing) gives the artist complete control over the look any specific client is going for. Ultimately, the end result is crisp, hairlike strokes.

While people going through health issues (like thyroid or cancer treatment) that lend to thin, sparse or no brows are very common microblading candidates, people with very beautiful, envy-worthy brows come in to see us. Those clients typically just want to correct some asymmetry, or perfect the look they already have.

Bottom line? Microblading is for everyone.

Expect Your Appointment Time to Vary

A typical appointment is around two hours. We take a lot of measurements, and draw the outline. It’s very much a conversation because we want every client to be completely comfortable before we move to the next step.

Measuring and perfecting the look can take about 30 minutes. After that, it takes about 60-90 minutes for the actual procedure.

Don’t Drink Your Face Off the Night Before

If you’re drinking alcohol in excess before coming in or the night before, it’ll cause you to bleed more,  which can negatively impact your results. If you’re bleeding a lot, the pigment won’t be able to penetrate into the skin.

So stick to water the day before your procedure, please!

Plan to Stay Out of the Sun and Water for a Week

It Hurts More for Some People than for Others

There is some discomfort to the procedure, and everyone’s pain level is slightly different. We use a long-lasting, fast-acting numbing cream while we’re doing the microblading. It’s good to anticipate some pain, but it won’t be as bad as you fear.

It’ll Cost You $400, But It’s Worth It

If you’re tired of filling in your brows every day, but you want the freedom to be able to change your look every few years, this procedure might be the perfect investment. And there’s an added bonus: after getting your eyebrows microbladed, you may find yourself putting all your makeup brushes down.

Clients with fierce microbladed eyebrows often don’t feel the need to wear much additional makeup at all, because when your brows are groomed and perfected, you just have a fresh, polished look!

Contact us to book an appointment today.

xo

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On Microblading…

microblading

You know the makeup slogan “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline?”

Apply that to eyebrows.

Eyebrows frame the face, and although we all try to colour them in and thread them and brush them and generally make them look perfect (and hopefully natural), let’s face it: it takes a lot of work, right?

We’re usually not born with perfect, fabulous eyebrows. But Browtique can help with that!

This is where microblading comes in. Microblading is semi-permanent makeup for your brows, so you don’t have to spend twenty minutes each and every morning trying to make them look perfect. You get them done once a year, and you have perfect brows that don’t require additional make-up.

How does this work? Well, we basically take a very sharp instrument and create lines that look like hairs, in a shade that compliments your natural hair colour. This process takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, and takes about 7-10 days to heal and look perfect. It’s a quick fix for rocking awesome brows for 365 days at a time.

Seriously.

We know you have more questions, so here’s a little Q&A to cover what we haven’t touched on yet:

What products are used?

The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing come in a variety of colours specially formulated with iron oxide as the ingredients safe for skin. We do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, as they have a high-risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions.

How much does it cost?

Microblading costs $399 for the initial appointment, and another $99 for the 6-week touch-up. Drop by for a consultation to receive an exact, personalized quote.

Does it hurt?

Browtique uses a highly effective, topical anesthetic cream for numbing before and during your procedure, to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable.

More FAQs can be found on our website HERE.

Browtique has been Abbotsford’s premier microblading studio for close to two years, and in that time, we’ve gifted hundreds of women with gorgeous brows. (We provide lash lifts and tints, too! See HERE.)

Contact us to book your consultation today, and if you’re still not sure about this complete process, see what others have to say via Facebook Reviews.

So don’t worry if you weren’t born with brows to die for; we can make you look like you were.

 

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3 Ways Your Brows are Aging You

middle aged eyebrows

Sigh. Hair growth. Age issues. Waah. As if we didn’t get pummelled enough by skincare commercials and Botox advertisements. Do we really have to worry about our eyebrows?

Kinda.

Your eyebrows will often begin to reflect the aging process before you even realize it. Here are 3 ways in which this happens:

Sparse Brows

The Problem: Like thinning hair, sparse eyebrows come with age, so they make you look older than you are.

The Solution: Use the combination of microblading and tattooing (we call it powder brows) to fill in patchy spots and make your arches look thicker.

Disappearing Tails

The Problem: Brows naturally thin at the outer edges (by your temples) first, but a fast fade can also be the result of over-plucking. The tail of the brow is the part that sets off the arch, which makes eyes look youthful and sexy.

Unfortunately, without it, eyes seem droopy and tired.

The Solution: Lengthen your brow tails by having them microbladed.

Graying Brows

The Problem: From afar, gray or white eyebrows disappear completely, which makes your features look unbalanced. In addition to this, the lighter colour screams aging. *sigh

The Solution: Camouflage colorless hairs using the right technique, which depends on the number of grays you have. Either microblading or powder brows (eyebrow tattooing) can help add colour back into your brows, and make them appear thicker, fuller, and more youthful.

If you feel like you’re currently experiencing any of the above problems with your brows, give Browtique a call or email and book your consultation or appointment today! Not sure microblading will be right for you?

You can have a look at hundreds of before-and-after photos on our Instagram wall. Buying beautiful, youthful brows was never easier! xo

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5 Reasons to Microblade Your Eyebrows

eyebrows

Ladies! If you think microblading your eyebrows might be a cool idea, then we encourage you to ask us about it! There are many reasons why you may want this cosmetic procedure done, and we’ve listed a few of them below:

Hair is Sparse

If your eyebrow hair is thin or sparsely located, then microblading can help you achieve a fuller look to your brows. We create hair-like lines that run through the sparse areas, ultimately achieving a fuller, fresher look.

Hair is Light

This is a common problem—your eyebrow hair is much lighter than you’d prefer it to be. Maybe it doesn’t match the hair on your head, or maybe it’s simply too blonde to frame your eyes properly.

Whatever the case, we can help. With microblading, colour is transferred to your brows, which means you can make them as dark as you want.

You’ve Overplucked

If you were born between the sixties and the eighties, chances are, your brows are pretty thin from overplucking.

That’s okay!

We can create a thicker brow that you will adore—and remember: it lasts a full year or longer!

You Hate Makeup

Honestly? Who doesn’t?! By having your eyebrows microbladed, you get to forgo eyebrow pencils or shadows or whatever you happen to be using that creates the brow of your dreams.

Stop it. Let Browtique help.

You Want a New Shape

This is also pretty common. If you have a deep arch, or no arch at all, perhaps you’d like to try a shape that’s a little different. We can’t completely change the natural curve of your eyebrows, but we can strengthen the shape and work on changing it, slightly.

Whatever your reason may be, give us a call to set up a consultation! You won’t regret it. If you don’t believe us, check out our reviews on Facebook!

New year, new YOU. Right?! xo

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Lashes and Brows For Christmas, Please!

brows for Christmas

Ladies. It’s Christmas time, which means it’s party season. We get dressed up, we get our hair done, we wear heels and red lipstick and get manicures and pedicures.

Why?

Because we want to look our best! Right?! So, in the spirit of wanting to look and feel our best, why not make an appointment to get your brows microbladed?

Here’s the deal: eyebrow microblading is not only the perfect way to get noticed in December; it lasts for an entire year. So even if you wait to book an appointment until January, your brows will still totally be on point for next Christmas.

So what exactly is microblading?

Great question.

Microblading is creating precise hair-like incisions created along your brow line with a very sharp, special tool. (It’s sounds like it should be painful, but it’s not. We use a fabulous numbing cream!) Then, we use a tattoo machine to shade over your brows to create a very natural, soft, full look that requires no upkeep and zero makeup, afterwards.

How nice would it be to skip the makeup application on your brows?! And guess what else? We have a kick-ass holiday deal for you:

Book your microblading appointment for January, and receive a FREE lash lift and tint.

That’s an $80 value, girls!

So what are you waiting for?

  • no brow makeup and prefect brows for a year
  • skip the mascara and get gorgeous lashes for 5-8 weeks

Email Laurie at eyebrowtique@gmail.com to book today. ALSO: if you need to purchase a Browtique gift certificate (or want to receive one), we can hook you (or someone you love!) up with one of those, too.

Happy holidays, friends. Stay beautiful. xo

 

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5 Reasons to Try Microblading

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As if you need 5 reasons to try microblading. Right?! But just in case you do, here you go:

Putting on Makeup Sucks

How awesome would it be to not have to fill in your brows every single morning? Pretty awesome, right? This is a huge incentive to getting your brows microbladed. No makeup needed!

Taking off Makeup Sucks

And then this, too. Everyone who’s ever had lash tints and lifts knows how amazing it is to forgo the mascara. It’s the same with brows! Ditch that brow pencil, and just be good to go whenever.

Have Perfect Shape, Every Time

Does this reason seal the deal for you? Because it should! Trying to replicate perfect shape every single morning is hard, ladies.

Hard.

So stop! Once your brows are perfectly microbladed, you have no reason to stress about obtaining that perfect arch, again. We promise.

Microblading Saves Time

Huge bonus! Just think of what you could do with all that extra time! 5 minutes of scrolling through Instagram. Having another cup of coffee. Eating breakfast. Getting to where you need to get on time.

The possibilities are literally endless.

You Deserve It

And this last reason to try microblading is the most important: you deserve to treat yourself to perfect eyebrows. Brows are important. They frame the face. They make your eyes pop. They convey expression.

You deserve that!

We’re willing to bet that you do a lot of things for other people, daily. Correct? Then do this for YOU. Especially because it’s the time of year for busy, crazy, hectic schedules! Give yourself the gift of less makeup, less makeup removal, perfect shape, and an extra 5 minutes.

Give yourself the gift of brows by Browtique.

What are you waiting for? Book your microblading appointment today and sport a pair of perfect brows for the holidays.

Email Laurie at eyebrowtique@gmail.com to book. xo

 

 

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Celebrities + Microblading

Celebrities Lena Dunham

Ladies: let’s talk celebrities and microblading.

In a Vogue interview earlier this year, Lena Dunham spoke candidly about her amazing experience with microblading. In fact, the title of the article is “Lena Dunham on How Microblading Saved Her Eyebrows.”

And Dunham isn’t the only one to feel this way about microblading! Here’s a list of celebrities who swear by the procedure: Hello Magazine cites Bella Throne as being a fan, and last week, eNews reported Minka Kelly, Lorde, and Mandy Moore as having loved the transformation the procedure resulted in.

Also? Adele! Yup.

But There’s More…

Other celebrities who are rumoured to have used microblading to achieve a fuller brow, include Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhianna, Jessica Alba, and Gwen Stefani.

Everyone is looking for fuller, more feathery-looking brows!

At Browtique, we’ve had extensive training in eyebrow microblading and powder brows. (What are those, you ask?)

Here’s the basic difference between powder brows and microblading: with powder brows, a small tattoo machine is used to insert pigment. This technique differs from microblading in that we create a misty, powder filled brow similar to the look of makeup, as opposed to simulated hair. The tails of the brow are darker, and fade into a light start to the brow, giving a very perfect ombre makeup affect.

The bottom line is that full and rich eyebrows are definitely on-trend, and not going out of style anytime soon! And let’s face it: we’re all tired of the ultra-thin brows we all subjected ourselves to in the 90’s, right?! (I mean, the celebrities we mentioned in this blog post certainly are.)

Wanna Try It?!

If you would like to book a consultation to chat about microblading or powder brows, please do! Give us a call or shoot us an email, and we’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss what look might be right for you.

Interested in more trending eyebrow procedures? (Because there a few odd ones out there…) Check this video out by Refinery29:

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The Science Behind Face Symmetry

face symmetry

Did you know that the more symmetrical your face, the more others perceive your attractiveness? True story. Face symmetry is a beautiful trait–and there are several studies that prove it!

Discover Magazine says “studies have shown that people prefer symmetrical facial features in the opposite sex, which many scientists think evolved to help people choose the healthiest mate.”[1] But here’s the kicker: a symmetrical face does not actually indicate health—it just makes us think it does!

In a symmetrical face, the left and right sides look exactly like each other. They’re not perfect mirror images, but our eyes read faces with similar proportions on both sides as symmetrical.

Anthony Little, a psychologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland, says “People’s faces usually only differ subtly in symmetry…everyone’s face is slightly asymmetrical, but in different ways.”[2] In the end, many faces seem symmetrical, so symmetry looks normal to us, and we then like it.

face symmetry

In a December 2016 article published in Science News for Students, the publication quotes Little as explaining that the “averageness” refers to how similar a face looks to everyone else’s face. Average, here, does not mean blah and boring. Rather, average faces are a mathematical average of most people’s features.[3]

“Averageness includes all kinds of factors,” says Little. “Such as the size of the features of your face and their arrangement.”[4]

For example, on an unconscious level, the distance between the centers of a woman’s eyes affects whether or not she’s generally considered attractive. People will find her most beautiful when the distance measures just under half of the width of her face.

Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada and the University of California in San Diego discovered that ratio. Equally as important, is the distance between a woman’s eyes and mouth, which should be just over one-third the height of her face. Both those distances match the population average, or are extremely close to it.[5]

Interesting, right?!

So what does all the science of symmetry mean for YOU? We know you’re thinking it…let Browtique help you get those perfectly symmetrical brows! Since most people would agree that eyebrows frame the face, you can leave our studio knowing that symmetrical brows will make you instantly more attractive.

Umm…you’re welcome. 😉 To book an appointment, visit www.browtique.ca. xo

References

[1] http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/08/12/facial-symmetry-attractive-not-because-indicates-health/#.WeUsV2hSw2w

[2] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[3] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[4] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[5] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

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Microblading 101

microblading

You know the makeup slogan “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline?” Apply that to eyebrows. Eyebrows frame the face, and although we all try to colour them in and thread them and brush them and generally make them look perfect (and hopefully natural), let’s face it: it takes a lot of work, right?

We’re usually not born with perfect, fabulous eyebrows. But Browtique can help with that!

This is where microblading comes in. Microblading is semi-permanent makeup for your brows, so you don’t have to spend twenty minutes each and every morning trying to make them look perfect. You get them done once a year, and you have perfect brows that don’t require additional make-up.

How does this work? Well, we basically take a very sharp instrument and create lines that look like hairs, in a shade that compliments your natural hair colour. This process takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, and takes about 7-10 days to heal and look perfect. It’s a quick fix for rocking awesome brows for 365 days at a time.

Seriously.

We know you have more questions, so here’s a little Q&A to cover what we haven’t touched on yet:

What products are used?

The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing come in a variety of colours specially formulated with iron oxide as the ingredients safe for skin. We do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, as they have a high-risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions.

How much does it cost?

Microblading typically costs around $400, including the 6-week touch-up. Drop by for a consultation to receive an exact, personalized quote.

Does it hurt?

Browtique uses a highly effective, topical anesthetic cream for numbing before and during your procedure, to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable.

More FAQs can be found on our website HERE.

Browtique has been Abbotsford’s premier microblading studio for over a year, and in that time, we’ve gifted hundreds of women with gorgeous brows. Contact us to book your consultation today, and if you’re still not sure about this complete process, see what others have to say via Facebook Reviews.

So don’t worry if you weren’t born with brows to die for; we can make you look like you were.

Chat soon!