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Powder Brows is a permanent cosmetic treatment that creates the illusion of full, fluffy, and perfectly shaped eyebrows. With a soft, airbrushed finish, the powder fills in sparse areas and enhances the natural brows for a polished and put-together look.

Say goodbye to the hassle of daily eyebrow pencils, gels, or stencils and enjoy the confidence that comes with waking up to beautifully defined brows. Ideal for those with sparse or uneven brows, or those who simply want to streamline their morning routine, powder brows are a versatile and customizable solution.

With a long-lasting effect, you can enjoy your perfectly shaped and defined eyebrows for months without the need for touch-ups. Let Powder Brows enhance your natural beauty and take your confidence to the next level.

The pigments used in the Powder Brows technique are also smudge-proof and waterproof, ensuring that your brows will stay put no matter what the day brings.In addition to its long-lasting effect, Powder Brows is also versatile and customizable.

Finally, Powder Brows is a minimally invasive and painless solution for those seeking to enhance their natural beauty.

* Can last anywhere between 1-3 years. Annual touch-ups are recommended every 1-3 years to keep the color looking good.

* Price includes 1 complimentary touch-up session 6-12 weeks after the 1st appointment.

* No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months after the last session to avoid skin trauma.

With Maryna
Annual Touch-Up
With Jancy
Annual Touch-Up
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Following pre-care instructions is an important step in ensuring a safe and beautiful outcome.

* Do not pick/tweeze/wax/tint/dye/
laminate/perform electrolysis for at least 14 days before your appointment.

* Do not tan at least 14 days prior or have a sunburned face.

* Do not have any type of facial/peel/laser treatment on your face for at least 30 days before your appointment.

* No Botox/Dysport 2 weeks prior to your eyebrow appointment.

* Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before the procedure.

* Do not consume any caffeine 24 hour before your procedure.

* Do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief 24 hours prior to your appointment.
* No antibiotics or steroids for 30 days before your appointment.

* Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol (skincare & supplements) products 30 days prior to treatment.

* Come to your appointment with your eyebrows filled in with your regular makeup.

* Come a week before or after your menstrual cycle for less discomfort.

* Eat before your appointment, don’t come in hungry so you feel more relaxed.

* Bring a light sweater or blanket if you get cold easily.

* Lookup the directions ahead of time and arrive 10 mins early.

Powder/Ombre Brows permanent gives you:

* Shape and definition.

* Color enhancement.

* Asymmetry correction.

* Filling of gaps and increasing depth.

* Lengthening of the eyebrows.

* Beautiful eyebrows for 1.5-2 years.

* On the day of the procedure, our team works with the client to choose a color based on the client’s natural hair color, skin tone, and desires.

* We also discuss a desired shape and make a sketch of the eyebrows, taking into account natural hair growth and traditional techniques of eyebrow shaping.

Healing process - this is what you might expect during the healing phase:

* DAY 1-2

- What you see is about 20-40% darker, bolder and more solid than what your healed result will present. Under the pigment, the skin is red, and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of a darker color. There may be minimal swelling.

* DAY 3

- The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. Your eyebrows may begin to itch, and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. You will see a loss of color where the scabs come off.

* DAY 4-14

- The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly. The color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics.
* DAY 30-40

- Now is the time to critique your brows as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.

* Every individual is different, and this approximate timeline is just that, an approximate and can vary from person to person.

When you leave the appointment, your eyebrows will be intact and we will do our best to help you heal properly. Your lifestyle choices, age, genetics, and skin type will contribute to the retention of your pigment. If you use sun-beds, sunbathe, don’t use sun protection, smoke, use anti-aging creams or acidic cleansers, your eyebrows WILL fade faster and you’ll need to come earlier for your refresh touch ups.

Cosmetic tattoo is an art, not a science. Your results will vary and using eyebrow makeup may still be needed, especially when wearing heavy coverage makeup. This is not necessarily a no maintenance treatment, but a low maintenance treatment. No two sides of the face are the same or perfectly symmetrical and whilst trying to obtain perfect symmetry is my goal, nothing is guaranteed or 100% perfect.
Powder Ombre Brows
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Powder Ombre Brows

Following after-care instructions is an important step in ensuring a safe and beautiful outcome.

* A complimentary aftercare kit with all the necessary products will be provided.

* Do not touch your eyebrows the first 3-4 hoursWash eyebrows with soap provided the first night only and again next morning.

* No ointment should be applied on eyebrows for the first 24 hours.

* Starting next day, apply a grain of rice size amount of ointment on eyebrows once daily for 14 days.

* If you have an oily skin type, no ointment should be applied, just dry healing for 14 days.

* No more direct water on eyebrows from now on for 14 days(You will be given the water protective shower visors to make this process easier).

* Absolutely no sweating for 14 days.

* Botox/Fillers near the eyebrow area can be done after 14 days too.
* No steam such as long hot showers, baths, hot tubs, saunas, etc for 14 days.

* No facials/massages with face down for 14 days.* No sun exposure/tanning for 30 days.

* Try your best to sleep on your back the first 14 days.

* Do not pick the scabs.

* On day 15 wash eyebrows with the same soap to remove any remaining scabs.

* Start using your regular skincare & SPF over eyebrow area (as long as it doesn’t contain any Retinols/Acids/Lightening or Exfoliating ingredients).

* It is OK to get brows wet again, sweat, fill them in with makeup, use fake tan after 14 days.

Additional Benefits:

* Save time during your morning makeup routine.

* No need to worry about eyebrows getting smudged in the pool, at the gym, on the beach, or in hot weather.* For a more dramatic look we recommend using light shadows or a pencil.

* However, this is simply a touch-up as you’ll already have a desired shape and color.


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Is it painful?

While an individual’s threshold for pain will vary from person to person, there are a few ways we can minimize your discomfort. Typically eyebrow area is the least sensitive to tattoo unlike lips.

- A topical anesthetic is used during all procedures.
- Avoid caffeine & alcohol the day of your appointment.
- Avoid booking your appointment during your menstrual cycle.

Refresh/Annual Touch-Up

The maintenance/color boost touch-up session is performed within 12-36 months of the last service to maintain the pigment color and shape.

This touch-up price is only on work done by us, there is no touch-up rate for the work done elsewhere.

No touch-ups will be performed before 12 months to avoid skin trauma.

Appointments after 36 months of the last service will be charged our current full price and will require 2 sessions to complete

What is a touch up and why do I need one?

Touch up is a follow up procedure which takes place a minimum six weeks after your initial visit, after your skin is fully healed.

How much work you will need on a touch up will depend on several factors such as:

- Your desired results.
- Your body’s healing capabilities, and ability to retain pigment.
- Your dedication to following post procedure instructions

Am I good candidate for an eyebrow tattoo?

In order for us to determine if you are a good candidate for the eyebrow cosmetic tattoo procedure, we will need some information.

*Must be at least 18 years old (No exceptions)

*Ever had permanent makeup (microblading included) on your eyebrows beforeMarina doesn’t work over eyebrows previously done by another technician unless it is 100% faded or removed first without any scar tissue left behind (will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to info@repigment.me for approval, in-person consultation might be required since scar tissue is undetectable on the pictures).

*Pregnant, nursing, harvesting eggs or trying to get pregnant. (No Exceptions)Must wait 3-6 months after delivery &/or 3-6 months after nursing to schedule*Prone to keloids (No exceptions)

*Any scars or experienced any head trauma in the brow area
(Will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to info@repigment.me for approval)

*Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions)If you are any of these medications, you will bleed and the pigment WILL NOT retain:
- Triflusal (Disgren)
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Prasugrel (Effient)
- Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
- Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
- Cilostazol (Pletal)
- Vorapaxar (Zontivity)
- Dipyridamole (Persantine
- Coumadin
- Pradaxia (dibigatran)
- Xarelto (rivaraxaban)
- Eliquis (apixaban)
- Savaysa (edoxaban)

*Surgical Forehead/Browlift (scar on the brow area)
(Scar tissue will prevent proper healing)

*Alopecia Areata (Hair loss due to autoimmune disease)(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

*Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair)
(Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly)*Shingles-Have you EVER had shingles on your face (No exceptions)PMU will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare up

*Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area (No exceptions)
(Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

*Retin-A/Retinol use or Vitamin A Oral Supplements
(Must stop use 30 days before the procedure)*Large pores on your forehead & in the brow area
(Pigment might heal more patchy)

*Hemophilia-Bleeding Disorder (No exceptions)

*Menopause (Considered)
If you have hot flashes during the procedure, the pigment will not retain and Marina may have to stop.
(You will be required to sign an addendum prior to procedure)

*Platelet Disorders-Aggregation Disorders
An aggregation disorder is when platelets do not bind with fibrinogen and other proteins in order to stick to other platelets. As a result, the platelets cannot form a plug to stop the bleeding from a damaged blood vessel.

*Moles/raised areas in or around the brow area
(Pigment will not be put into anything raised. Same goes for pimples)

*Piercing in the brow area
(Scars can cause the pigment to migrate)

*Deep wrinkles in the brow area
(Pigment will not lay properly in the creases, giving  the brow an uneven look)

*Hair transplant for your eyebrows
(Pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)

*Thyroid conditions
(Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism pigment might not retain or may fade faster. No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months from last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens;Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroidism- will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure).

*Rosacea (diagnosed severe reddening of the face)Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well*Fitzpatrick Skin types I & II (redheads/natural blondes/light skin/light eyes)
Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well

*On Accutane (acne medicine) within the last 12 months (No exceptions)

*Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (Multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes or the like)
(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

*Cancer of any kind or if you had chemotherapy/radiation within the last 6 months(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

*MRSA (can be very contagious)

*Extremely Thin skin (Transparent or Translucent or very vascular) Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well

*Frequent Exercise (5-7 days per week) Due to the frequent production of sweat (salt), the pigment WILL NOT retain, fade very quickly or change in color. THIS WILL HAPPEN! No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months after the last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens.

Why should I consider powder/ombre brows ovwe hair strokes?

Unfortunately, hair strokes is not a good technique for everyone. But even if you are a good candidate for hair strokes (Microblading or Nano Brows) you should still consider soft shading (Powder Brows/Ombré Brows) for multiple reasons.

Why “powder/ombre brows” technique is better than “microblading/hair strokes”

I know hair strokes (“Microblading” or “Nano Brows”) look the most natural in the before and after pictures when they are freshly done. Trust me, that is what got me into this whole industry!  One day, I saw a picture of perfectly microbladed eyebrows, sometime in 2015, and I wanted, no needed, them done for myself! I thought it was the perfect solution for my sparse eyebrows, plus it was advertised as ‘semi-permanent’, so no long time commitment, right? If I did not like them, I could just let them fade away and not get them done again and be done with it.This is where my journey with microblading began. I did my basic training in permanent makeup in 2016 (brows, lips, eyeliner) and got my Virginia state and local licenses.  After that, I took the advanced microblading training provided by PhiBrows [i] - considered one of, if not the best microblading training companies in the world at that time.

Everything was going great!  I was enjoying microblading; I was happy and most importantly, my clients were happy!  I was not even thinking about doing anything else, I thought microblading was the best thing that happened to humanity…ever! (after Nutella, of course).  But, eventually, I started to notice that the results were not as consistent as I would have hoped for.  Some clients would come back for their touch-up with pigment retention close to 99%! Others would come back with almost nothing left. Some clients would have crisp hair strokes, some would have blurry and more solid-looking strokes.  My training most certainly did not prepare me for this. Thank god, my pressure was always consistent and proper, and I never had a client come back with scars or purple eyebrows (I learned this is a very common microblading side effect when done by poorly trained or inexperienced practitioners).

I am such a perfectionist, that I was always questioning myself, why my results were not always consistent, what I was doing wrong.  I was researching for the answers day and night.  I tried many the top of the line pigments, the best microblading tools, different aftercare instructions, you name it, I tried it.  Spent thousands of dollars and tons of time! The results seemed to remain the same, too inconsistent for my liking.  Then I saw something in my research! I started seeing all the articles from people who were in the business for many years (mostly artists from overseas) about why microblading is not good and why it should not be performed anymore.  I thought they were just bitter, what with the influx of all the new artists/companies taking all their clients or potential clients, trying to make a quick buck off of what they saw as a fad.  Make no mistake, there are many out there simply going through the motions just trying to make a quick buck!  Many of whom have the bare minimum training/licenses/certifications required and worse, some without any training or required licenses! Another reason might have been that their techniques were old and out of date.  They had no idea what they were talking about!  But, as I continued with my research, this is when I learned about “Nano brows”.

Nano Brows is a different technique to do hair strokes using a single needle and a digital machine, instead of using a microblading hand tool. I thought OK, maybe I should learn more about this and see what it is all about.  So, I did my research on the technique and also the best trainers worldwide.  Eventually, I found Monica Ivani[ii] from Dublin, Ireland.  Monica’s work is by far the best I have ever seen. I thought there was no way to achieve thin hair strokes with a machine, but she proved me wrong.  I reached out to her and as luck would have it, she was just getting into the teaching business!  After some chatting back and forth she agreed to teach me her technique, so I booked my flight and did a 3-day one-on-one training with her.  To say the least, it was amazing!  I thought I finally found the answer for perfect and consistent hair strokes.  It is far less traumatic for the skin than microblading and pigment retention in most cases is better.  But, little did I know that eyebrows were done with this technique, whilst still better overall than microblading, still just did not have the consistent look I was wanting after the healing process.  There are only about 20% of clients who will heal with ‘perfect’ hair strokes, but still, it is only temporary.  This also comes with a caveat, YOU MUST FOLLOW THE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY YOUR PRACTITIONER to even have a chance.  Other factors that can affect your outcome, if you have combination/oily skin, large pores, wrinkles on the brow area, if you work out regularly don’t even think about it.  Your brows will heal far from looking like hair strokes.

This is the point at which I almost gave up, but then I found, ‘Powder/Ombre Brows’.  After doing more research and talking to a lot of seasoned artists, who had done hair strokes for years and just like me, were not seeing the consistency they had hoped for, they began to switch to soft shading, otherwise known as the ‘Powder/Ombre Brow’ technique over the years.Through my research and talking with others in the field, I began to learn and understand why so many were switching from microblading whether it was with a machine or a manual tool to the ‘Powder/Ombre Brow’ technique.

Let me tell you the science behind microblading what happens to your skin/brows, even if you get them done by the best artists in the world. Even if you have ‘perfect’ skin for hair strokes (normal to dry or dry, no visible pores or wrinkles in the brow area, you do not work out regularly and you have no medical conditions) your skin is still a living organism, not a piece of paper.  You still have pores, oil glands, blood vessels, and the pigment will mix with everything.  Everybody is different!  Everybody reacts differently to the process.  Microblading at its core is an art form, done by humans, not robots, therefore it is unreasonable to expect a human being to put each hair stroke on the exact same depth in the skin that is why some hair strokes will start fading faster than others, making eyebrows look patchy after a few months, even if they healed perfectly at first.  When skin is regenerating, new skin cells are rising to the surface, they move left and right as they raise up and if those skin cells have pigment in them, it will cause pigment to migrate slightly, making hair strokes appear blurrier and not so crisp anymore.  When you come back for an annual touch-up more pigment will be deposited in the skin and your artist cannot possibly hit the exact (again, not robots) the same strokes again which will cause the hair strokes to appear even blurrier.  Most likely, after doing few annual touch-ups you wouldn’t be able to see hair strokes anymore, because the pigment will migrate inside the skin and will look more solid, and all the spaces between previous hair strokes will be filled in.

This is where ‘Powder/Ombre brows’ (soft shading) comes in!  Powder/Ombre brows, on the other hand, will age a lot better.  The brows will just fade over time without noticeable gaps and are not going to look as patchy after a few months. It is the least traumatic procedure which has the least chance at causing scarring if done properly of course.  You can have it as natural looking as an eyebrow tint to more like brow makeup done with powder, not even a pencil.  You have to remember that regular makeup is applied directly over the top of your skin and permanent makeup is applied inside the skin (that’s why it looks a lot darker right after the procedure because it is still on the surface of the skin) which enables us to create very bold looking eyebrows with “Powder/Ombre Brow” method.

I hope my research and experience that is in this post make sense and helps you to understand the difference between hair strokes vs. the powder/ombre brow technique. I hope you learned why I prefer the second one.  My clients who book microblading always say they want their brows to look like mine when they see me; I have to always tell them, if that is what they want, then what they really want are
‘Powder/Ombre Brows’ because this is what I have 😉

[i] http://www.phi-academy.com/treatment/phibrows/ -PhiBrows -Academy
[ii] http://www.mybrows.ie/ – Monica Ivani


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