Permanent makeup can transform your eyebrows. It can take years of you whether you have sparse, over-plucked, patchy brows or are suffering from a hair loss condition or have been through chemotherapy, or if you simply want to add colour and definition. If you are wanting a celebrity ‘WOW’ brow or an extremely understated natural hair simulation brow, permanent makeup is just what you are looking for.
At Gemma Kennelly Permanent Makeup, Gemma is passionate and a perfectionist when it comes to creating the perfect symmetrical brow, incorporating the perfect colour to match skin tone and hair colour, and technical skill that is essential to achieving the eyebrows you have always wished for.
Permanent brow procedures
The Hair Strokes Effect Brow technique is used to mimic natural hairs. Tiny ‘hair stokes’ of pigment are implanted under the skin to create a natural looking brow. This is an ideal treatment for people who have experienced hair loss and don’t want a really obvious ‘made up’ brow. The colour will be custom blended to compliment your skin tone and hair colour. The hairstrokes effect offers a softer, natural looking alternative to the powdered brow.
This technique mimics the ‘effect’ you achieve when you use a brow powder or pencil. It offers a ‘blocked in’ appearance as the pigment is applied using a technique that covers the brow area from the inner brow through to the tail in one block colour. It adds depth, definition, and results in a more ‘made up’ look. When healed, you will enjoy a permanent, defined but soft powdered look. The colour will be bespoke blended to compliment your skin tone and hair colour to achieve a natural look.
This is the ultimate brow treatment. It offers the best of both ‘powdered’ and ‘hair strokes’ effects combined together to achieve a beautifully natural yet defined brow. The inner brow is feathered with hair strokes while the tails are powdered to achieve the perfect definition. Hair strokes are also added around the outer line of the arch to soften the powdered tails. If you want the ultimate and most popular brow style then the ‘Combination Brow’ will suit you.
Permanent brow procedure
– A step by step guide
Before any procedure can be done, it’s important to have a consultation with me so that we can discuss what’s involved and the style and shape you’re looking to achieve. I offer free no-obligation consultations.
I’ll use a guide colour pencil to draw on the shape of your new brows, using calipers to perfect your measurements. You’ll be able to confirm that the shape and style is correct before I proceed. A topical anaesthetic is then applied to the brow area, to minimise any discomfort.
4. The procedure
The procedure takes between 60-90 minutes. You may feel a little scratchy sensation but this will be short lived as the anaesthetic starts to do its job. I will then check your brows for any final adjustments. After care is then applied.
5. Top up
You will need to have a top up appointment to check the shape and colour of the healed brow and take care of any adjustments. This takes place only when the skin has healed: usually 4-6 weeks from the initial procedure. Enjoy your brows!
Permanent makeup does fade over time and exposure to sun and skin tone are contributing factors as to when you’ll require a colour boost. I would recommend booking a consultation with me 12-18 months from your completed procedure.
Frequently asked questions about permanent brows
How long will my brows last for?
The answer to this is that everyone is different, the pigment fades due to the natural ex foliation of the skin. So as your dead skin cells disperse through your body, so too does the pigment attached to the cells. Darker colours are more stable colours than the lighter and so tend to last longer. However the light colours should still last at least anywhere from 9 months – 3 years. However I have seen some lighter colour be there upto 10 years later in a lesser form. This is why I personally prefer to call it ‘Permanent’ makeup rather than ‘semi permanent’ as it is likely never fully disappear. It also depends on if you attend your 6 week top up which is essential for you to get the longevity out of your permanent makeup.
Do you have to remove the brow hair that is already there?
NO! there is absolutely no need to remove the brow hair that is already there. Keeping this will add a more natural dimension to your brow. The only time any hair may need to be removed is small amounts to shape the brow to get the best shape possible for you. They shouldn’t be waxed or threaded immediately before the procedure as this will open your pores and pigment may get into the pores.
Will my brows fade once they are healed?
When you first have your permanent makeup done, the colour will be between 50 – 70% lighter after the initial scabbing comes off. Remember the pigment is healing under your skin, not on top of it. I always air on the side of caution initially so you can get used to it but I would say 95% of my clients return for there top-up wanting them darker. This should always be fully explained and understood before any permanent makeup is applied.
What colour will you use for my brows?
I bespoke mix your colour taking into account your skin tone and hair colour to get the perfect colour for you. This is also discussed and confirmed with you before any treatment goes ahead.
Can permanent brows be removed?
As mentioned earlier, this is permanent makeup however is does fade. If you have had substandard work somewhere then I can advise you according to whatever the issue is, whether it be colour, placement or shape. There are numerous ways of removal for permanent make up the most widely used being laser. This is why its so important to trust your permanent makeup artist.
Please see some examples of my work below. Please note that these images were taken immediately after the first procedure: the healed brow will soften in colour and any redness and swelling will disappear.
All procedures include a ‘top up’ after 6 weeks to perfect the colour and shape.
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