Author: Janine

Microblading Alternatives for Those Who Aren’t Ready

Microblading Alternatives for Those Who Aren’t Ready

Some of my clients have had microblading before but most are first timers and are often the ones who are guinea pigs for their friends and family.  But even after hearing about and watching their friends and family transform their brows beautifully with microblading, the […]

What’s NOT Normal After Microblading

What’s NOT Normal After Microblading

If you’re patient and diligent with your aftercare instructions, your healing process will progress smoothly and the healed results will be ideal. However, if you experience any of the below, please contact your artist and physician right away. Appearance Swelling is normal during the first […]

The Truth About Accutane and Microblading

The Truth About Accutane and Microblading

How Accutane Works

Acne bacteria lives in skin oil or sebum so when there’s excess amounts of sebum it clogs our pores and causes acne.  Accutane shrinks the size of the sebaceous glands in the skin which then dramatically reduces the sebum or oil it produces. It also makes the epidermis or upper layer of your skin dry and fragile.  Some believe that it causes epidermal thinning.

Why It Matters When it Comes to Microblading

Microblading is ideal for people with healthy skin that is not in the process of healing and a healthy immune system.  Since Accutane alters your epidermis and weakens your immune system, it is best to wait when your skin is fully healed (6-12 months after Accutane is completed) and your immune system is strong.  Microblading is achieved by depositing pigment between the epidermis and dermis layer of the skin called the stratum basale. It is the deepest layer of the five layers of the epidermis where crisp hair like strokes are created.  This is why your epidermis layer needs to be healthy so the microblading artist is able to provide the treatment without any complications.

Ideal Skin Condition for Microblading

Your skin MUST NOT be in the process of healing when getting a microblading treatment.  So you need to wait 6-12 months AFTER you’re done with your Accutane treatment before having microblading on your brows.  This is the same with strong retinoids as it will increase skin shedding, inhibiting the pigment from settling in your skin.  Be sure to read my pre-care and after care to make sure you’re prepared and a qualified candidate for microblading.

Microblading Healing Process

Microblading Healing Process

Day 1: Fresh, crisp and perfect The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. Your brow area may feel tender and slightly […]

What Happens When You Microblade Over Scar Tissue

What Happens When You Microblade Over Scar Tissue

Scars Scars are very unpredictable and cannot be perfectly “colored” during the first procedure. With scar tissue there’s no hair growth because it lacks the glands that produce oil and hair. Microblading can help cover scars and fill in any gaps where hair no longer […]

Should You Wait for Your Botox to Wear Off Before Microblading?

Should You Wait for Your Botox to Wear Off Before Microblading?

Use Botox to Enhance Your Microbladed Brows

Ahh the wrinkle smoothing wonder of Botox.  How could we ever live without it?  If you’re considering microblading, you’ll want to tell your botox injector that your next appointment will have to wait because microblading has a longer lifespan than Botox.  One of the goals of microblading is creating symmetry for the natural position of the brows.  Your artist can also heighten your arch and the tail of your brow giving you a fresh and youthful appearance. This will determine how the rest of the forehead and the midbrow will be treated with Botox. So when you let your Botox wear off, the artist will know the exact position of your brows and your Botox injector can further enhance your brows.

 

How Long Should You Wait

Some say you need to wait two months after while others say two weeks to do microblading following Botox injections.  Ideally, you should wait until you have had multiple botox injections so you know what to expect and let it wear off completely before getting microblading done.  Even with an experienced Botox injector, it’s difficult to achieve the exact same lift of the brow. We try to do it exactly the same..that is, for your face.

 

What if You Can’t Wait

Don’t worry if you just had Botox and you’re about to get microblading done.  Just have your artist stay within the brow line and create more fullness and definition by filling in any gaps. Then during the touch up appointment which is normally 4-6 weeks after the procedure, you can have the artist make further enhancements to your brow shape making the arches higher or the brow longer and thicker.

 

What Happens if Botox Makes Your New Brows Crooked

It’s common for Botox to cause asymmetry of the brows.  If this happens to you AFTER your microblading procedure, wait two full weeks after your latest Botox injection and then return to your Botox injector if you are still unhappy with the appearance of your forehead.  What they can do is inject a couple of units to correct the asymmetry of your brows.

 

Once You Go Brown You Never Go Black

Once You Go Brown You Never Go Black

Most of my clients are fair skinned with blond hair and blue eyes. In the beginning I was doing what I was taught in school and that was to use black lashes on all my clients.  What I quickly learned was how dramatic it was […]

Essentials for a New Lash Artist

Essentials for a New Lash Artist

Getting Started I wish I knew about all the things the lash world had to offer and what was necessary when I first started.  It definitely took me a few clients to figure out what was necessary to have in my kit in order to […]

Giving Lash Extensions for the First Time

Giving Lash Extensions for the First Time

Starting Out

It can be very daunting once you’ve completed your lash training and you’re off into the world with your little lash kit.  For me, I practiced at home for hours before I applied lash extensions on people for free. Trust me, giving lash extensions for free was a great experience because I was able to get many hours of hands on practice and build my lashing stamina.  I did tons of research online and watched lots of Youtube videos for extra tips and ideas.

My First Lash Model

I remember my very first lash model.  That morning, I had been practicing on my mannequin and was able to give a full set in an hour so I was feeling confident. She was a free model and a very nice woman with blond hair so her natural lashes were blond too. It seemed as though she was nervous so she talked the entire time to fill the silence and as she did her eyes FLUTTERED a lot. It ended up taking me two and half hours to apply 35 lashes on each eye. A light set of lashes is 35-50 lashes per eye and a full set is 80-100 per eye. My poor model left with a spidery set of lashes and I could tell she wasn’t happy with the results.

Mistakes I Made That You Don’t Have to Make

  1. Caffeine: I drink coffee all the time but it made my hands jittery when applying lash extensions. Also being nervous in the beginning may cause shaky hands and fingers.
  2. Light Colored Hair: With lighter hair it’s difficult to see against the white eye pad and your working light reflects off of them.  I would recommend using brunette models to start to get a feel for human lashes before you move onto blondes.
  3. Short Lashes: If your client has short lashes you’ll have to work SUPER close to the last line and risk poking their eyelid. I did that once so I recommend applying tape onto their lids for extra protection. The tape also helps lift the lashes off the eye pad.
  4. Lengths: DO NOT use really long lashes on your first few models because until you pick up speed you will not be able to provide a full set of lashes within two hours. I recommend using 7mm-11mm to give your client a fuller lash line but just make sure the extension itself is longer than the natural lash.  If I would’ve done this with my first model she wouldn’t have walked away with spidery lashes.
  5. Speak Up: If your client can’t keep still while talking or her eyes flutter when she talks, let her know because a lot of times they don’t feel it.  Just explain to them that placement of the lash is very important for retention and that you want them to look perfect.
  6. Move Their Head: Moving your client’s head left and right for better access to lashes will save your neck and sanity.
  7. Bottom Lashes: Make sure all the bottom lashes are secured. It helps to check halfway through because if the client coughs, sneezes, or close their eyes tightly during the treatment, their bottom lashes can become loose and you’ll risk gluing the top lashes to the bottom which is uncomfortable to fix.

It Will Get Easier

Don’t worry! It’s completely normal to take 2-3 hours to apply a full set of lashes in the beginning. As I said before, when I was practicing at home I would be done in one hour.  But a mannequin with practice lash strips can only prepare you so much for the real thing. Real human lashes are nothing like the practice lash.  In real life, there are ROWS of lashes, lashes going in every direction, and tons of fine baby lashes. So be prepared to spend A LOT of time ISOLATING.  And believe me when I say it’s sooo important to isolate because if you glue two natural lashes together with an extension it can become very uncomfortable for your client when the lashes grow out and cause twisting.  Honestly, even very seasoned lash artists still glue a couple of my lashes together. But going back to my first day, after I was done the rest of my day was shot.  My neck hurt, I was mentally exhausted from focusing and being nervous, I had a headache, and I rarely get headaches.  I even told my friends that I didn’t think it was for me.  But I had more models booked the following days and guess what, it got easier OVERNIGHT!  Yes, I got better and my body was getting use to it. So don’t worry, it will get easier.  New clients will bring new challenges and the opportunity for you to improve your skills as a lash artist.