Does Amy Louise's style of working suit me? Once you've decided you would like to enjoy the benefits of permanent makeup (PMU) you then need to do some research into finding the right artist whose style of working suits your needs. This is why I've decided to write this blog to help you decide if I'm the right artist for your PMU needs. Pictures speak for themselves but getting to know a bit more information before you book is also important. My style that I like to work is super cautious and light in the skin to get natural looking results. I prefer much more natural looking brows that flow nicely through your existing brow hair, if any. I personally don't like the style where the fronts of the brows are bold, or hair strokes sticking upright. I'm not the artist for you if your looking for a strong, or fashionable power brow. I can direct you to some amazing artists who specialise in that particular style. If you've seen my work you'll see that I create much more curved lines to create a set of hair stroke eyebrows. My hair strokes curve and weave together to give a softer look. This of course will heal much softer than the 'immediately after' appearance. This creates a soft natural look. Ombre is also a favourite of mine. Not the fashionable Ombre you see with all of these gorgeous models where the brows are super bold. My style has a much softer end result. Ombre is basically referring to where the fronts or bulb of the brows are softer and the arch and tails are more defined. I feel that this has always been a more popular style even from before the term 'Ombre' was widely used. This is because natural eyebrows are normally softer at the fronts compared to the tail and arches were naturally, before any kind of hair loss, this is where the main bulk of the brows would be. The benefits of my style of working is that you have a completely pain free experience. It is not uncommon to have clients falling asleep on my treatment couch during a PMU procedure. I often get comments from people saying 'where I had it last time really hurt and I can barely feel it this time'. Or 'have you even started?!' when I'm halfway through. 😂 This is because my favourite tool is the nano needle. This tiny needle is so small and it doesn't go right into the skin it literally just tickles the surface to scratch in the colour gently. Most people don't bleed or just get a tiny spot here or there during the treatment. As said earlier, I work shallow in the skin so it creates the least amount of trauma to the skin. This will result in an easy healing process, minimal to no scabbing and the skin will be smooth and not scarred. The result is tiny, natural, soft hair strokes that blend with your natural eyebrow hair. I like to use a nice thick layer of a topical numbing cream before I start anything. My favourite choice is LMX4 which is a 4% lidocaine topical anaesthetic cream. I leave plenty of it on, with enough time for the cream to get to work so that you don't feel any pain.
It's normal practice for me to select a lighter shade at your first session as I'm judging the healing process and then either modify the shade by adding a drop of a darker pigment to it or by selecting a darker shade at your retouch appointment. I do this so that I can make sure I'm not going too dark or bold from the start. Every skin is different. Some skins hold onto pigment really well and come back for their retouch barely needing any extra work doing and some skins don't. My style of working here is that I'm cautious in my approach to what is essentially a face tattoo. At the first session, I treat all skins as if they'll hold onto the colour well, to make sure that I'm not implanting too much pigment into the skin. If I didn't have this approach then occasionally, I'd get too much colour in, sometimes ending with brows that are too bold. To avoid this ever happening, I use my cautious approach every time I have a new client. I document colour, needle, how many passes it takes me to get the colour in, if you had any bleeding, the skin's reaction and anything else that might be relevant. Once you've had your first session, I'll then know how your skin handles the healing process so that I can make adjustments to the next session if needed. Occasionally, some clients who don't hold onto colour well or don't heal well may need an additional retouch. This is not common as most are fine after two sessions, but every now and then, extra retouches are needed. It doesn't mean something has gone wrong, the treatment has been done incorrectly or there is a problem. This is purely down to the skins capability to hold onto the colour or how the skin heals. Clients whose skin doesn't hold onto colour well are more likely to return for a yearly colour boost more often. A soft powder or combination brow is best for this skin type as this style lasts better than hair strokes alone. This is another reason why I often recommend a combination brow style to lots of my clients. It's impossible to tell how the skin will heal by just looking at it so you need to have at least one session before the healing capability can be judged. My approach to consultations is to give you as much information as possible before you commit to having the procedure done. Sometimes if my client is feeling a bit unsure on styles of brows, what it'll look like or just generally feeling really anxious about having PMU then I'll do a pre-draw of different styles as part of a separate consultation. I can also paint on different shades to select the correct pigment and complete a test patch. I want my clients to be 100% ready to have this treatment done, be able to commit to proper aftercare and not delay getting the retouch done. I never put pressure to book a procedure appointment during the consultation. I just provide the facts and help you to get a clear idea of what to expect. If you are unsure then a separate free of charge consultation with no deposit to pay would be a good first step to finding out if permanent makeup is for you. I hope this blog gives a good insight into my style of working and how I use my cautious approach to benefit my clients skin, comfort, and the result of the procedure. If you would like to know more information then please contact me as I am very happy to help you.