How do I Choose the Right Colour for Microblading?

How do I Choose the Right Colour for Microblading?

Microblading eyebrows add colour, definition, and fullness to your brows, and it is essential to choose the optimal microblading pigment. Microblading is commonly used to correct problems like thinning or over-plucked brows and is a contemporary solution to eyebrow tattooing. However, it is also a practical option for people who don’t want to deal with the hassle of filling in or shaping eyebrows on a daily basis. As with hair and nails, you can choose any colour or pigment to make your brows as subtle or dramatic in appearance as you wish.

The Fitzpatrick Scale

One of the most popular methods of selecting the right eyebrow colour is the Fitzpatrick scale. This chart uses a combination of skin colour, hair colour, and eye colour to determine the best shade for your microblading pigment. These features then determine what skin type you have (ranging from type one, the lightest, to type six, the darkest).

Type One

  • Light skin
  • Red hair
  • Green eyes

Type Two

  • Light skin
  • Blond hair
  • Blue eyes

Type Three

  • Medium skin
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

Type Four

  • Medium-dark skin
  • Brown-black hair
  • Brown-black eyes

Type Five

  • Dark skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Type Six

  • Black skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Using this colour chart, your personal preferences, and the natural shade of your existing eyebrows, a microblading artist, selects an ideal colour match.

Colour Palettes

The colour for eyebrow microblading pigment can also be determined based on the warmth (tone) of a client’s skin. The three main categories are: pale and rosy, olive and tan, or deep-hued and dark.

Depending on these warmth levels, your ideal eyebrow colour can be determined by a colour palette. They are essentially divided between light, medium, and dark skin types.

Cool Palette

The cool palette contains eyebrow colours that are ideal for people with fair skin and rosy complexions. The colours in this palette can have subtle ash-grey or even green to ultramarine blue undertones. However, they don’t contain any red pigmentation. Once applied, the undertones in your skin will affect the colour of the brows. Colours in a cool palette look soft blonde or light brown once applied.

Neutral Palette

Colours in the neutral palette can still be used for people with fair skin. However, they are better for individuals who have darker undertones (such as blue and brown). The colours in the neutral range contain some red pigmentation. The red undertones, such as alizarin crimson or cadmium red, blend nicely with darker fair skin, but they are too pronounced on the fairest skin tones.

Warm Palette

Eyebrow colours in this category are reserved for people who have darker skin with either olive, umber colour, or chocolate-coloured undertones. Many people with brown and black hair fall into this category. Skin that tans quickly tends also to be a good candidate for eyebrow shades in this range.

Keep in mind that while your eyebrow colour can generally be matched to your skin tone, eye colour, and hair colour, it can also be determined by the end result that you want. For instance, a more solid brow design might use colours in the neutral or warm palette range. But if you want lighter individual hair strokes, a microblading artist might choose a colour in the cool palette range instead.

Before you go ahead with any microblading, your practitioner will do a match test to make sure the colour is one that you want. Also, be aware that it takes eyebrows about 25-30 days to heal from microblading. They will look different virtually every day. Newly bladed brows are darker to start, but they gradually lighten as they heal. You may need one or two sessions to get perfect end results and the best microblading pigment.

Introducing HD Brows

Introducing HD Brows

I’m delighted to announce that I am now offering HD Brow treatments at the salon in addition to my usual permanent makeup services.  HD Brows are ideal for those looking for a quick, amazing brow upgrade this holiday season. HD Brows are completely unique and bespoke to you, giving you the perfect brows to compliment your natural features.

Contact me today through FaceBook or Instagram today to become the #browboss you deserve to be!

 

Amazing Savings on your Christmas Brows

Amazing Savings on your Christmas Brows

I recently ran an offer throughout October, with a huge saving of up to £120 on all microblading, powder and combination brow services. The deal was very popular, but I have had several messages in the past week or so from people who missed out on this amazing deal. With Christmas on the horizon, I decided to give those people an early Christmas present and honour the October offer prices. As such, I’d like to extend the offer throughout the festive period for all my new customers. That means there is still time to book in for your perfect Christmas or New Years brows! There is still limited availability in November and December but these appointments are filling up fast. Any bookings made during this period will be charged at the special offer price,meaning you can book well into 2020 if you want to buy for a Christmas present (or a present to yourself!) Click Here for all available booking dates and times.

Gift vouchers are also now available. Please contact me directly via Facebook or Instagram and I will happily post them out to you or they can be picked up directly from the salon. All vouchers purchased before the end of 2019 will also be honoured at the offer price. Give somebody you love the gift of amazing brows this Christmas!

 

The Right Brows For You

The Right Brows For You

At Emporium Beauty Specialists, I offer a variety of eyebrow treatments to suit every taste. The differences between these treatments can sometimes be confusing when deciding on which is best for you. Each offers it’s own advantages and each has it’s own unique look and style. Which one is right for you? Read on to find out.

Microblading

Microblading is the most natural looking eyebrow treatment I offer. This is due to the way each individual hair stroke is applied to the skin. As you can see from the image above, every hair stroke is drawn by hand. Pigment is applied in a way that mimics natural hair growth and makes for a realistic brow. I use a method that creates a unique brow for each client, based on the individual structure of their face, meaning that your brows will always look right for you.

Microblading is perfect for people with thin, patchy or non-existent eyebrows. The finished effect is less dramatic and defined than other treatments but offers a full, natural brow to those who desire the most realistic brow possible. Microblading is available to everybody but skin type can have an effect on the levels of retention. Particularly oily skin will retain less of the pigment than drier skin and may need more regular top ups. Most skin types will have at least a twelve month retention but this can increase anywhere up to 24 months with the correct aftercare.

Ombre or Powder Brows

Ombre Brows offer a more dramatic look than microblading, providing a more powdered physical appearance. This is due to the machine applied technique which inserts many more tiny dots of pigment rather than the hairstroke application of microblading. The result is a thicker appearance and more defined outline. Ombre brows are perfect for those looking for a more filled-in brow without the need to apply any further makeup. Ombre brows follows the same initial structure as microblading, meaning that the brow shape is still drawn using your faces unique structure. The brow shape will remain as natural as possible.

Again, Ombre brows are suitable for anybody, but this treatment retains much better on oily skin than microblading. Ombre brows are also perfect for clients who have had previous microblading and are looking to redefine their brows. When clients come to me with microblading from other artists, I always recommend Ombre as this is the best method for covering existing PMU, so if you are unhappy with your current treatment and do not want to go down the route of removal, Ombre brows are the brows for you. It’s also ideal for those who spend hours filling in their eyebrows daily!

Combination Brows

My signature combination brows offer the best of both techniques. You get the natural, individual hair strokes of microblading combined with the fuller, defined effect of Ombre. Combination brows also have the added benefit of retaining for longer on oily skin than microblading. So if you want the hyper-realistic microblading look with longer retention and a touch of drama without the full on definition of Ombre brows, Combination brows are the way to go.

You can find more info and prices for my treatments in our pricing section or if you have any further questions, feel free to contact me directly through Facebook.

Rebecca

Emporium Beauty Specialists

Helping Ali

Helping Ali

 

Meet Ali

Since March of 2017,  As a way of giving back to the amazingly strong women suffering through the after effects of chemotherapy and alopecia, I have been honoured to provide free of charge microblading to some very inspirational people. One of my very first clients was a beautiful lady named Ali Lowe. Mother of three Ali had been recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and was looking to have her brows microbladed before losing her hair due to chemotherapy. I was incredibly happy to perform this for her and hoped it would provide the smallest amount of happiness in what was a traumatic time. As you can see from her smile, I like to think we did just that!

Undeterred by the long and painful road ahead of her, Ali entered the salon full of hope and determination to beat her condition, not just for herself but for her young family, too. Her attitude towards every woman’s worst fear was truly inspirational and helped me to put a lot of my own problems into perspective. If I had helped Ali feel more like the beautiful woman she is, she helped me more so to evaluate what is important in this life.

It was tough, but Ali fought bravely and her cancer finally went into remission! I was so happy when I heard the news, delighted for her and her family that all her efforts had been rewarded.

Earlier this month, two years after originally meeting Ali, the cancer returned. And so the aggressive chemotherapy starts again and Ali remains as defiant as ever in the face of this heartbreaking setback.

As I said earlier, Ali has helped me to realise the importance of the time we have with our families. As a mother of a young daughter myself, I know how cherished the memories of time together can be. With this in mind, I want to try and help Ali once more. This time I want to help to make the time she has with her young family as enjoyable and memorable as can be.

How YOU Can Help

I have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ali to spend on days out with her girls to hopefully help take some of the stress out of the situation for everyone involved. As an incentive to help raise as much as possible, everybody who donates at least £5 to the go fund me page will be entered into a prize draw for either

1 Free Microblading Full Treatment worth £300 (including consultation and top up)

1 Free Full Powder Brows Treatment worth £300 (including consultation and top up)

1 Free Refresh Top Up worth £180

Every £5 donation will gain you one entry, so, for example, if you donate £20, that equates to 4 opportunities to win. If you are an existing client and wish to donate but do not need the treatment, this can be gifted to the person of your choice. Please be aware that the treatment will only go ahead if you are deemed suitable during the consultation. If, for whatever reason, you are not suitable, the treatment can again be gifted to the person of your choice. 100% of all donations will go directly to Ali and her girls.

My brief involvement with Ali has shown me how much the little things matter. Whether that’s helping a young lady retain her femininity by providing a free microblading treatment or helping someone have one more day of happiness with their family, it’s important to do what we can for those in their hours of need. We can’t cure Ali’s cancer or make her chemotherapy treatments any less painful, but we can help to put another smile on her face.

Please click the button below to go straight to the GoFundMe page and donate what you can.

Help Ali

Rebecca Morey

Emporium Beauty Specialists.

The True Cost Of Microblading

The True Cost Of Microblading

When people contact me about Microblading and Ombre Brows, one of the first questions that always comes up is the price. It is, of course, understandable that cost is such an important factor when considering the treatment. It is a big investment and a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With that being said, it has always been my belief that Microblading and Powder Brows are among the most cost effective treatments in the entire beauty industry.

First of all, let’s consider how much we spend on eyebrow maintenance each year. In 2015, a study by The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) found that the average British woman spends £200 pounds on their eyebrows. A massive 81% of women surveyed said they considered eyebrow maintenance to be a vital part of their daily routine, averaging 49 minutes per week spent on caring for their brows.

As I said, this study was conducted 4 years ago in 2015, right at the start of the eyebrow revolution. I can only speculate, but given how the demand for perfect brows has only increased and from conversations with my clients, I can only imagine that the £200 per month figure has increased in the last few years. Be that as it may, if we use the £200 figure as a guide, this works out at £18.50 spent on brows every month.

Microblading and Powder brow treatments at Emporium Beauty Specialists works out at £25 per month. Yes, this is slightly higher than the £18.50, but remember that you will also be saving yourself almost an hour a week from your daily beauty regime. (Again, I think for most people reading this, we would admit to spending longer than 49 minutes on our brows per week before having a semi-permanent treatment!)

Now, here’s where things get interesting…

The majority of my clients treatments last them much longer than 12 months due to the high quality of the pigments I use and the precision of the work. On average, I perform a refresh top up every 18 months. In many cases, this can stretch to as long as 24 months, which is why my top up prices reflect this high rate of retention. So, if we take the average 18 month retention rate, your Microblading or Powder Brow treatment becomes £16.60 per month.  If you are fortunate enough to achieve 24 month retention, this figure reduces even further to £12.50 per month!

Let’s now compare this to another sector of the beauty industry; hair care. A 2017 study found that, on average, British women spend £756 pounds on their hair each year. That’s a whopping £63 per month. This may seem like a very high figure, but when you factor in salon visits and home hair care products, the numbers soon add up.

Maybe it’s a little unfair to compare prices to hair care…how about we look at hair removal? The Average woman spends £23,000 over the course of her lifetime to remove unwanted hair. That’s some £320 per year, or £26.60 per month.

With hair, wanted or otherwise, we usually don’t realise quite how much we are spending. It’s usually a case of smaller amounts being paid over a longer period of time. My point is, it all adds up. Yes, Microblading and Powder Brow treatments are a big initial investment, but when we work out the money and time we are saving over the course of the treatments lifespan, it really is an investment worth making.

 

Rebecca

Emporium Beauty Specialists

 

Eyebrow Self Care

Average Spend
£18.50/Month

Hair Care Treatments

Average Spend
£63/Month