WHY PERMANENT MAKEUP IS FOR YOU

Permanent Makeup, also known as Micro-pigmentation, has a softer, more natural look than you might think!  Eliminate the hassle of applying your eyeliner or drawing  your eyebrows on everyday.   Never worry again about smeared makeup if you've had to rub your eyes or scratch an eyebrow.  You can enjoy eating and drinking without having to reapply lipstick to your lips!

You will find Permanent Makeup is great if you suffer from  allergies and frequently smear makeup due to itchy or watery eyes. It's also a great alternative if you have allergies or sensitivities to cosmetics. If you are older and have poor vision or an unsteady hand which makes makeup application difficult, Permanent Makeup is right for you!

My name is Heidi Miller, I am a licensed Cosmetologist, and certified in Micro-pigmentation from The Nevada Academy of Micro-pigmentation in 2007.  I use the Softap system, which is done by hand rather than a machine. I believe it is the most effective, comfortable technique, while also being kinder to the skin.

Permanent Eyeliner can be applied to upper or lower lash-lines or both. I like to create a natural looking enhancement for you.  It can also be just a "lash enhancement" where the eyes are defined with a natural look rather than a distinct line.  During the consultation, we will determine which of these, as well as choice of color, best suits your style! 

Permanently tattooed eyebrows are done to create the look of a fuller brow. A great choice for anyone with sparse eyebrows or even if you have total hair loss due to age or medical conditions.

Permanent micro-pigmentation on your lips can enhance  your natural color or can be fun and vibrant with your favorite lip color! Your shape can be defined and perfected, creating a fuller look. Your lips can be outlined or completely filled in with color.  As we age, our natural pigment fades and recedes;  Permanent Makeup can restore the youthful color and fullness! 

 I use a topical anesthetic, which makes it relatively painless! Sometimes slight bleeding will occur during the procedure, swelling will last for about a day, but is relieved with short applications of ice. I will give you exact instructions on how to care for your new permanent makeup, an ointment to apply continually for 10 days, as well as what to expect from day to day of the healing process. I will set up a time for your follow up after 6 weeks, I like to do this to fill in any "holidays" where the pigment may have escaped and make sure you are satisfied with the results. This appointment is included in the price.  Our first session usually takes between 90 minutes to 2 1/2 hours, depending on consultation time, the procedure, your level of comfort,  and the skin's response. The 2nd application usually takes about an hour. 

If you live in Carson City, Reno, Gardnerville, Minden, Lake Tahoe or the surrounding areas schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation with me,  you will be in great hands!

DISCOVERING THE RIGHT MAKEUP COVERAGE FOR YOU

So today I’m going to talk about makeup coverage, and the ability to control it. What I intend to teach you is some of the basics of understanding how coverage affects makeup looks and the different makeup products you can use to achieve a look. Once you learn how to manipulate coverage through proper product selection, you can achieve and create any desired makeup look.

    To start you'll need a basic understanding of translucency. Translucency is the ability for light to pass through the makeup and see an amount of skin beneath it. Something that is transparent does not have the ability to block visually and has nothing at all covering the skin. This means there is no coverage. An example of this would be moisturizer. Something that is completely opaque blocks anything from showing through. This means there is full coverage and you can’t see any of the skin. An example of this would be liquid black eyeliner. Translucency, or opacity, is anything between transparent and opaque. This is where the majority of makeup fits in. It ranges anywhere from a low coverage tinted moisturizer to a high coverage concealer.

    All makeup is a medium with pigment in it. The solution of the makeup, without the pigment, is how the makeup applies, feels on the skin, and its staying power. The amount of pigment in the solution is how much coverage the product has. The formulation of makeup should have the right amount of pigment ratio to product solution to have the right amount of coverage you need. Kryolan’s philosophy is the right amount of coverage in one thin layer of makeup. You should never build coverage. Layering and layering is never the way to go. You don’t want your makeup to ever feel heavy or thick. If you are ever feeling like you need to put more makeup on, then you don’t have the right coverage of makeup and need a different product. It is important to choose the right coverage for the look you are trying to accomplish, when you don’t pick the right amount of coverage you can never achieve the same look.

    Let’s start with the coverage of foundation, and say you are trying to copy a photo you have. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what kind of foundation coverage someone is wearing. Something like a tinted moisturizer has a low pigment concentration and shows a lot of skin. You can sometimes tell if someone is wearing a low coverage foundation when you see the person’s freckles or natural skin through the makeup. But some people just don’t have many skin imperfections or freckles; therefore only need a low coverage foundation to achieve a super flawless look. This is where you assess your own skin. If you want your skin to look completely flawless and you have freckles, discolorations, or blemishes; then you will need something with enough coverage to cover the darkest imperfections on your face in one thin layer of makeup. If you don't mind your freckles or anything showing, then a lower coverage foundation is all you need. If you are mixing your foundation with moisturizer to dilute it down to feel less heavy and look like less makeup on the skin, you have too high of a coverage and you should probably switch to a tinted moisturizer. Although that trick can be handy if you are only doing that on an occasion you don’t feel like being as made up as usual.

    You don’t normally think of eye shadows, blushes, or lipsticks when you think of coverage, but it is absolutely just as important with these products as well. You don’t want to keep layering your eye shadow to get a higher opacity or blend it out forever to make it more translucent. Choose an eye shadow that goes on with the amount coverage you need in one brush stroke. The higher the pigment concentration the more vibrant and true-to-color it is. If you are blending out the color because it is too dark, then you need to buy a new shade of eye shadow. Same goes if you are layering because the color itself is too light.

    The same exact concept applies to blush. You don’t want to buy a blush that you are having to apply a couple of times to be enough, or to spend forever blending it out because it goes on too heavily. Although cream blush has a much higher pigment load, it can have the same amount of translucency as the powder blush. This is because you use so much less of the product to achieve the same look.

    As far as lip colors, figure out how much coverage you want on your lips. If a tinted chap-stick is enough for you, don’t buy something as bold and opaque as a lipstick. If you want something between the two there are lip stains and lip glosses. Now most lipsticks are pretty high in opacity but do vary a bit in the higher ranges of pigment. Since all these things have different qualities, sometimes you have to combine a couple of different lip products. An example would be, you want the full coverage of a lipstick and the shiny effect of a lip gloss. If you are only patting on some lipstick and then spreading it across your lips to make it less opaque, the pigment load is too high. If you are spreading it out because the color is too dark of a shade and you would actually like it more opaque, then you just need to buy a different color of lipstick. Same goes putting on a lipstick or gloss and you feel it isn’t covering enough, then you need to buy something with a higher coverage.

    Playing with enough products, while paying attention to the coverage rather than the other qualities of the makeup, will help you hone this skill. Once you have this down, you will never waist money on products that aren’t right for you again. Remember that you want the right amount of coverage in one thin layer of makeup. You will then have the ability to accurately create any desired look you are trying to accomplish and will have the power to manipulate coverage.

EYEBROW MICROBLADING

Whether they’re feathered, arched, or bold and bushy, eyebrows are possibly the most important feature on your face. Because they provide so many of the visual cues we need to read expressions, eyebrows also communicate a lot of important information. In fact, your eyebrows can either work as a help or a hindrance when you’re trying to make a solid first impression.

If your eyebrows are looking a little lackluster, there are some things you can do to perk them up – penciling them in a little darker, using brow gel to define them better, or even having eyebrows tattooed onto your face. However, there’s a more natural option that provide semi-permanent brows that don’t look like someone drew them on.

The technique involves using a special pen to draw on individual strokes one at a time – a very painstaking process that can take up to two hours. But this procedure can provide a ton of benefits to almost everyone.

SHORTENS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

When you roll out of bed already knowing that your eyebrows look great, you don’t have to put in quite as much effort to put on your face and get yourself ready to face the world. Microblading can last for up to three years before it starts to fade, meaning you’ve got three years of stress-free mornings where you don’t need to worry about plucking, tweezing, or filling in sparse brows with a pencil.

DOESN’T SMUDGE OR SMEAR

Even when you’re sweating on a treadmill, in the sun, or at the spa, you don’t have to worry about your eyebrows smearing or looking strange. Pigment is implanted into the top three layers of skin, so it doesn’t matter how active your lifestyle is – microbladed brows can handle anything you throw at them.

ALMOST PAINLESS

If you’re the kind of person who panics at the sight of a needle, there’s no need to worry. One of the first things a microblading professional will do is apply a strong numbing cream to the eyebrow area before they even begin working. This makes the entire process almost completely painless, but you may still feel the pigment being pushed into your skin. It’s not painful, just a bit of a different kind of sensation.

STAY ON TREND

Since microblading isn’t a permanent eyebrow application, you’ll be able to keep up with new eyebrow styles as they change. You can reshape your brows to accommodate trends and always feel confident that your eyebrows are on point and looking sharp. However, this semi-permanent result does also mean you’ll need to visit the salon in one to three years’ time for a touch-up, even if you plan to keep the same style.

COLOR STAYS CONSISTENT

Unlike with tattoos, where colors can somehow shift from black to hues of bluish-green, microblading uses all organic pigments – specifically made so that they never change color. Instead, these pigments will slowly fade over time, while maintaining their original color. You’ll know when it’s time for a touch up, but your brows will never look strange.

RESTORES CONFIDENCE

Anyone who experiences hair loss or a lack of hair growth can end up with sparse, weak-looking brows. Cancer patients, or people who suffer from skin diseases like alopecia, won’t have to worry about looking out of place with their lack of brows. In fact, microblading was originally founded in Asia as a way to help people who had undergone chemotherapy treatments and lost significant amounts of hair.

It’s not only helpful for people suffering from skin or hair conditions, though – microblading can give anyone a boost of confidence by helping your face make the right statement. It’s much easier to feel good about yourself when you know you’re looking your best, and healthy, beautiful, natural-looking eyebrows are a strong step in that direction.

If you’ve never considered any kind of cosmetic enhancement before, microblading is a great place to start. It’s minimally invasive, very safe, and virtually painless. This hot new trend is becoming one of the best ways to get the look of fuller brows without having to put on makeup every morning. If you’re sick of your sparse brows, see what microblading can do for you.

This article was written by Nina Wells from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

ACRYLIC NAILS

Acrylic nail enhancements have been the staple of the industry for a long time, and with good reason. They are durable and easy to care for at home, and quick to apply in the salon making them a less expensive option. Although the fumes may be unpleasant if your rough on your nails and want them to last, maybe they are for you. Consult with our nail tech whether acrylic nail enhancements are right for you.

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