At Permetika, we believe the eyebrows are the most important feature of the face...

We just don't think they should take center stage. Beautiful brows should enhance your Natural Beauty and do not overpower any other feature. No stranger should ever wonder where you got your brows done. In fact, you've probably seen more GOOD permanent makeup than you think - and just didn't know it! THE BEST WORK is that which is close to undetectable. Wouldn't you rather keep someone guessing? 

PERFECT BROWS DON'T LOOK REAL!  REAL BROWS DON'T LOOK PERFECT!  YOU HAVE TO STRIKE A BALANCE!

Perfect precision doesn't exist in human anatomy. The more one strives for perfection, the less human one looks. Tiny 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 is 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.

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 directions. 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 the 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 artists 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 working 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 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, it's 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 follow-up 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 are both happy. 

TWO OF THE GREATEST AND MOST IMPACTFUL COMPLIMENTS OF MY LIFE . . .

Came from two doctors that brought their wives to see me for brows.  

 

The first was a plastic surgeon who brought his wife from Atlanta.

  • He said, "Do you know why we're here?"  I said, "I think so... " and smiled.  He replied, "Yes, and My wife is the best. She deserves the best brows. And from what I can tell, You're the best artist that I could find".  I thanked him for the compliment, but it was the mind-boggling comment he made later, that stopped me in my tracks. 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 but I took it as a great compliment!  This surgeon was learning something from me.  At the end of the procedure - he was in awe. Then what 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 online. 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". So 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!

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