Our Unique Style
Our Brow Designs are Unique because...
I didn't develop my skills under another artist or a set of rules. When I first learned of cosmetic tattooing (in January of 2002) I received strong training on the "procedural" side of things. Such as how to set up your tray. How to chart the client's work. How to keep your area clean and safe. However, as far as artistically speaking, no one did work that I thought was amazing. The internet was alive but social media didn't have a presence yet.
I began my search to find excellent permanent makeup training.
So after I took the basics, I started working in April of 2002. A couple of years later, I happened to find a "Natural Hair Stroke" class, but upon taking it, I found that the work was still very primitive. The hair strokes didn't resemble realistic brows at all... they looked more like a picked fence that had fallen down, or fish scales. Every "pattern" was very mechanical looking. That was so disappointing...I got the basics, however, I couldn't find anyone who impressed me enough to want to learn from. The missing dimension that I was looking for was REALISM. Then it hit me... one does not acquire that skill from a class. So I made a personal pledge: If I couldn't figure out a way to create something unique and amazing, then I just won't do it at all!
I learned to rely on my own artistic abilities to capture this realism in my work, by turning to the world of TRADITIONAL TATTOOS. At first, I thought they would welcome me and my talent with open arms. Haha. NOPE! DOORS were like SLAM SLAM SLAM!! I suddenly realized that I was truly on my own. So the next best thing was to admire their work from afar. THANK GOD for the internet. It wasn't what it is now, but at least I was able to observe online, portrait tattoos. I tried to imaging HOW the brows on tattooed portraits looked so natural - when most permanent makeup looked so ...UNnatural. I watched as many videos as I could, but back then, tips were very guarded. No one wanted to share their knowledge... So I studied tattooed portraits of well-known people like ELVIS, MARILYN MONROE, MADONNA, and even JACK NICHOLSON so I could have a realistic point of reference as to how accurate the work was. During my studies, I found that not one set of eyebrows (on the good portraits) looked like solid, filled-in brows of all one color like I was finding in the field of permanent makeup. ALL of the brows had minor flaws. But the secret is, those flaws ADD to the look of realism. They don't take away IF mimicked correctly.
A PERFECT set of brows, does NOT mean that they look REAL!
Perfect precision doesn't exist in the human anatomy. To take the tiny imperfections away that keep you looking human, is to do a great disservice to any person. These imperfections prevent you from looking manufactured... like a doll. I inherently knew this from the start. My thoughts instead, are that the MOST perfect set of brows, are the ones left with just the right amount of imperfection. Not so much to draw attention or to make someone question why the brows are different, but to TRICK the eye to make the brain "think" everything is perfect. Now I do my best to pass that understanding on to people who apprentice with me and to our clients as well.
You've probably seen more permanent makeup than you think you have. THE BEST is close to undetectable. Wouldn't you rather keep someone guessing?
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As always, we are constantly searching for new and interesting ways to improve, so if you have any suggestions at all, please let us know.
Once you UNDERSTAND our process, we think you'll AGREE that our philosophy is the SAFEST - and LESS IS BEST to start.
Most permanent makeup artists are trained to apply a little extra color in anticipation of color loss that happens throughout the healing process. The problem with this approach is that SOME people tend to hold almost all of the color... then you have an UNHAPPY CLIENT walking around. On the other hand, by just taking the procedure to the point of BEAUTIFUL, you can walk out looking normal! The downside of this approach only happens when the color does not stay, as expected. But MOST people fall somewhere in the middle. So wouldn't you agree that of the two options, the latter conservative approach is the safest way to go?
Please remember this... Your skin is a biological system that is designed to rid itself of foreign matter.
We are putting foreing matter in the form of "art" into your "skin", so your body is going to do it's best to take it out. HELP PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR THE PROCEDURE BY TAKING ARNICA MONTANA PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. Read the links on this page (and/or) in the footer section of this website for more detailed information like how to know if you're a GOOD CANDIDATE, learning how to PLAN AHEAD, PRE-PROCEDURE TIPS, what to do for AFTER CARE.
Please remember that following our guidelines does not guarantee 100% success.
Bottom line, your own body has the final word on how much color with stay and how true the color heals. However, there are things we can do to help encourage better color retention. Every client will have a different outcome. Just remember that shape and color can be adjusted on subsequent sessions AFTER we see how the initial session has healed in. Then we will be able to tell what color and shape adjustments to make later.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: BY BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT WITH PERMETIKA, YOU UNDERSTAND (& AGREE) THAT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST, WE START WITH A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, WHICH MAY MEAN INITIAL RESULTS COULD BE TOO LIGHT. ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE DURING SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS UNTIL YOUR DESIRED RESULTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED. Read how to set REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS with yourself.
At Permetika, we believe the eyebrows are the most important feature of the face... but we don't think they should take center stage. Beautiful brows enhance your Natural Beauty and do not overpower any other feature. No stranger should ever wonder where you got your brows done.
MOST tattoo artists become amazing because they already possess the passion, drive, artistic mindset, and skillset necessary prior to becoming an amazing tattoo artist. No one would ever venture into the field without those qualities and they are expected to work long hard hours proving themselves as an apprentice, for months (and in many cases YEARS) before they get to work on live skin.
In contrast, the field of cosmetic tattooing, it's an easy entry field. ANYONE can attempt it, and most think of the money they can make rather than considering their own artistic skill. The passion for money will dry up when they mess up af few faces. Others will do moderately good work, and only a few will excel.
HOW I DEVELOPED MY OWN MICROBLADING STYLE:
One day, I was shopping for supplies at a tattoo shop and I noticed something a little "different" sitting in the display case. It was a row of 12 hot pink handles that resembled Xacto blades. I asked the owner about them and he told me that he thought they were called Tattoo Knives, but he didn't know how they were used. I thought that was strange, but I kept wondering WHY THEY WERE HOT PINK? The words Hot Pink and Tattoo Knife, just don't belong in the same sentence. So I asked to take a closer look at the blades. I remember thinking the blades sort of reminded me of a calligraphy pen. As I thought about it... it dawned on me that since I was trained in calligraphy, I might be able to create some really fine strokes with these tools, so I bought all 12! I brought these mysterious devices back to work and told my next 12 clients... I HAVE SOMETHING THAT I THINK WILL BE AMAZING! It's a new technique that I dreamed up. I've never taken a class on it, and I've never seen it done, but I think it'll be SO amazing that I'm not going to give you a discount! And I am 100% confident that nothing bad will happen. The only thing I'm not sure of is how much color will stay because I'm going to do a very light procedure on you. And here's what I'' offer you if the color does not stay... I will go back to my old tried and true method and take care of your follow-up sessions at NO CHARGE! Deal? All 12 said, DEAL! That's where I got my start in Microblading. I just didn't know it had a name... at that point in time, I thought I invented it. Lol... I guess I sort of DID, I just wasn't the first monkey on the island to do it.. But I believe I was the first In HOUSTON, TEXAS to do it, and that's good enough for me!
TEACHING MYSELF THIS NEW TECHNIQUE WAS A NATURAL AND EASY TRANSITION FOR ME:
I had three things going for me. I'm an artist who understands color AND at that point, I'd already had 13 years in the skin! And since I had also studied and understood Calligraphy, I instantly knew what to do. It didn't take me long before I realized that I now had the freedom to work on my clients as if I were applying brow makeup, no longer was I tethered to a tattoo machine that required gravity to implant color. THE PROCESS, STUCK! (no pun intended...). This all happened a couple of years before the world caught on fire with Microblading, and this explains why I didn't require training.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY BEAUTIFUL BROWS ARE SO DIFFICULT TO CREATE?
The answer is due to each person's UNIQUE ANATOMY! Under your brows, live a complex system of muscles that react with every emotion. Each different emotion pulls your brows in varying different angles and direction. Even a slight bit of difference in muscle tension, will make a huge difference in expression, therefore changing the shape. This challenge is even further intensified to various degrees, depending on client's age, expression, animation, muscle tension and skin laxity - AND ADD THE USE OF BOTOX, XEOMIN & DYSPORT.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WORK ON CLIENTS WHILE THEY ARE LAYING DOWN?
First let me ask... Have you ever seen a makeup artist lay a client down to do their brows? No! You haven't... So why do PMU Artist do that? I think mainly, it's because they practice the way they were taught. And, it is definitely easier to create a beautiful stroke when the client is in a supine position. But when a client's face is at rest, it changes drastically. Especially when lying flat. The normal signs of facial tension will relax. This makes it difficult to construct "living brows" that flow naturally with the face. Bottom line - brows are HARD!
TRADITIONAL BROW MAPPING RELIES ON THE GOLDEN RATIO CALCULATIONS.
These equations are good "starting" points. However, I find that when measured too perfectly, the brows take on a rigid, unnatural look. You can tell right away when someone has undergone over-mapping. I want my clients to look great, not done. So I opt for a softer look by using the ratio as "a guide" without making the brows look like mirror images.
NOW, I START ALL OF MY BROW WORK WITH CLIENTS FACING ME
SITTING IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION, FILLING ONE STROKE AT A TIME! WHY? FACES ARE ALIVE... They MOVE!
An artist uses an easel because there is no better way to create a masterpiece than to paint it in the same way it will be viewed.
Makeup artists don't even draw brows with clients laying down. Why shouldn't this also apply to brow design?
I want my work to look BELIEVABLE, so I start building the brow by first filling in missing spots, starting from the middle spine - and work my way out, with the final shape occurring within the last few strokes. This is when the puzzle is complete.
OUR normal MO is: CONSERVATIVE!
I've always felt that it is better to add layers, once the last session has healed, rather than try to apply too much color in on one session. The skin becomes too traumatized, and causes a delay in healing . . . which in turn, causes more color loss. It's a catch 22. We can always add more color later. So please try to be patient with this process. Any first session could turn out a little darker than expected, but will most likely turn out far lighter than preferred. In SOME rare cases, its JUST RIGHT! In other cases there is barely any color left. ALL People are different, needs are different. SKIN is different.
THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP GAIN OPTIMAL RESULTS!
I'm not saying you will obtain PERFECT results, by following all the rules. I am saying that I feel, that there are things that you can do to HELP you receive better results than if you didn't prepare at all. It does mean that YOU will do better if you at least try to do some of the things recommended. Even a marginally better result makes a difference and may even reduce the number of followup appointments that will be required.
THE SIMPLE EXPLANATION IS . . .
I START ALL OF MY BROW WORK WITH CLIENTS FACING ME - SITTING IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION. WHY? FACES ARE ALIVE... They MOVE!
An artist uses an easel because there is no better way to create a masterpiece than to paint it in the same way it will be viewed.
Makeup artists don't ever draw brows with clients laying down. Why shouldn't this also apply to brow design in cosmetic tattooing?
I want my work to look BELIEVABLE, so I start building the brow stroke by stroke. The puzzle is complete when the client and I I are both happy.
AND THIS IS HOW I DEVELOPED MY OWN MICROBLADING STYLE:
One day, I was shopping for supplies at a tattoo shop and I noticed something a little "different" sitting in the display case. It was a row of 12 hot pink handles that resembled Xacto blades. I asked the owner about them and he told me that he thought they were called Tattoo Knives, but he didn't know how they were used. I thought that was strange, but I kept wondering WHY THEY WERE HOT PINK? The words Hot Pink and Tattoo Knife, just don't belong in the same sentence. So I asked to take a closer look at the blades. I remember thinking the blades sort of reminded me of a calligraphy pen. As I thought about it... it dawned on me that since I was trained in calligraphy, I might be able to create some really fine strokes with these tools, so I bought all 12!
IT WAS A NATURAL AND EASY TRANSITION FOR ME:
I had three things going for me. I knew calligraphy. I'm an artist who understands color AND at that point, I'd already had 13 years in the skin! I instantly knew what to do. And I felt the freedom to work on my clients as if I were applying brow makeup, not tattooing laying down. THE PROCESS, STUCK! (no pun intended...). This all happened a couple of years before the world caught on fire with Microblading, and I suddenly realized that I didn't invent it. LOL But I do believe that I was the first in my area to use the Microblading tools. And this explains why I didn't require training.
PERHAPS THE GREATEST TWO MOST IMPACTFUL COMPLIMENTS OF MY LIFE CAME FROM TWO DOCTORS WHO BROUGHT THEIR WIVES TO ME FOR BROWS.
The first was a plastic surgeon who came from Atlanta.
He said, "Do you know why we're here?" I said I think so... He replied, "My wife is the best. She deserves the best brows. And from what I can tell, You're the best artist for the job." I thanked him for the compliment, but the mind-boggling comment he made after I finished was the compliment of a lifetime. As I started to work, he asked if I wasn't going to map her face to find the best shape. I explained that I see the best shape, so I didn't need to do that. From that point on, I felt him study my every move, That might make some people nervous be I took it as a great compliment! This surgeon was learning something from me. At the end of the procedure - he was in awe. He said something else that took a while to wrap my head around. He said, that I work using Gestalt Theory. To be honest, I had to Google that one.
The definition of GESTALT is:
"An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts". How I apply that to brows is this: All the steps that go into creating a "perfect set" of brows do not necessarily create actual perfection. True perfection is creating the look of realism, not paint by number stroke patterns. This kind of work requires a special knack. You have to see it to create it.
The second was another doctor who brought his fiance to me from Pennsylvania, twice!
We also had great conversations as I worked. He said he studied microblading to a great degree before he chose me. He said that as he watched me work, I surprised him at every corner and nothing I did looked like what he's seen on line. He impressed upon me , "YOU need to become a "DISRUPTOR" in your field because I have never seen anyone work the way you do..." When he said that, I turned my head sideways and said, "Thank you! Maybe that will happen one day! I perform my brow procedures differently than anyone else in my industry". One day, I hope to have the opportunity to share my processes and help a lot of people create beautifully realistic brows too. Until that day... you heard it here first!