All women should know by now the importance of having great eyebrows. At the Art of Eyebrows we see a diversity of eyebrows that you couldn’t even imagine and work to make them the most beautiful they can be. We also get clients with no eyebrows. Not many micro-pigmentation specialists can create eyebrows from scratch. But Jameson achieves this regularly. I recently asked her some questions about her ‘brow WOE to brow WOW’ process.
How do you even begin to design eyebrows for a client where there were none before?
First we need to find out the eyebrows the client could imagine themselves having. Sometimes they have old photos, or cut outs from magazines of models with the type of eyebrows they envisage having. It’s important to remember that when I start to design the eyebrows for them, first with just light eyebrows pencil, that idea they had in their mind could change quite dramatically, and often we find a much better solution than what they even imagined.
Are you limited with what you can achieve when starting from nothing?
Not really, depends on the clients features, skin texture and look. But we do have a lot of options. We have enormous color choices. We can do a completely natural look or a heavier one, but even a heavier eyebrow has to look natural and not ‘painted on’. That can take hours to do, and of course most often more than one session. I recently had a client with very light pale skin so we did a very light shading first with the pigment and I said “go live with those eyebrows for three weeks first and see how you feel, and then come back and we can add a little more”. You never know, he might be happy with this light version and we don’t need to do more. For me, it is about achieving the best results for the client, and if we can achieve that in one session or if that takes much more time over many sessions, it doesn’t matter to me. My goal is the happiness of my client.
What are the causes of losing your eyebrows?
It could be a condition called alopecia in which you lose your hair, a patient going through chemotherapy, or perhaps someone has shaved them once before for fashion reasons and they haven’t grown back. It’s true, there are a percentage of people whose eyebrows never grow back once they’ve shaved them off or over-plucked. And of course, as we mature our eyebrows get sparser too.
How difficult is it technically to create eyebrows from scratch?
I suppose you could say on the surface of things it’s not difficult for an eyebrow specialist who knows how to measure, dot a shape and color it in. But then there’s the artistic element. You really need to be creative to achieve something special. And I would say it is really difficult to get them to look natural when there is no hair at all. You first have to employ light shading, then there are hair strokes overlaying that or embroidery, 3D, feathering, or a combination of all the various techniques. You just have to see what looks best and what the client likes and strike that balance. Symmetry is even harder to do when there are no eyebrows. You cannot do perfectly symmetrical eyebrows because the anatomy of each individual face is not perfect. No one is symmetrical. So those measurements they teach you with templates and the tips and tricks sheets out there, are completely useless in a sense. You have to play with it, experiment, use your artist’s eye. Eyebrows are incredibly finicky. You change one thing, then something else changes. Sometimes it comes down to one hair that makes the difference. In the end, you just have to see what looks right and that takes time to achieve. And you wonder why, even if you’re an expert, it can take so long to do eyebrows, especially from scratch.
What about changing eye and lip shapes using cosmetic tattoo? Is it as difficult as eyebrows?
There is no difference between eyeliner and lip liner and eyebrows, at least not for me. It is all the same thing. It’s all about symmetry, and you can achieve so much more being aware of that symmetry, of that ultra perfection. If you don’t see it, you don’t see it, and I don’t think you can teach it. It’s experience and artistry combined. The client often doesn’t see that the symmetry is out of whack. Occasionally I have a client that really is precise and can see it. Rarely I have a client that can see everything I can see. Not often, but it has happened. I love that because then they really appreciate what I can do. You have to remember, we don’t see things out of balance on our own faces because it’s our face. We know our face too well. We’ve become blind to it in a way, blind to the imbalance. But I am there with fresh eyes. Some clients have drawn their eyebrows in everyday for years and years, and then I come along and draw in something different, the way I see they could be, and they are shocked, in a good way. They say to me “I had no idea they could look like this”. They often can not believe how it changes them, even to look younger in many cases.
What would you say to a client with no eyebrows thinking of having them cosmetically tattooed with you?
I would tell them come in and bring your photos and lets play. I love it when my clients bring in pictures. I can tell them all about the eyebrows they have chosen, and I can duplicate it, draw it on them, and almost without exception it doesn’t suit them. So then we can modify and make it suit. Sometimes I feel like I am a dress maker, because what I do is like a real dress fitting. It’s so detailed, which is why I charge more for my perfection work. My clients are the ones who appreciate this and can see it, and they don’t mind paying more for that level of work. They are happy about it in fact. It’s all about if it is right for them. And that’s what I’m about too.