If I was a fresh new artist, learning from the beginning, what would I tell myself then, knowing what I know now…
To hone your skills to become the best artist you can be is all about mastering your technique, and to accomplish this, you must practice practice practice!! Whether it be on practice pads, ripe bananas, lemons or, oranges, to be able to replicate the feel of practicing on skin.
Once you feel confident enough to start practicing on the skin (this must be done in an in-salon practical training setting supervised by your trainer), you will learn and tweak your technique. When clients return for their perfecting and refresh sessions, you will be able to see your depth, pigment retention and colour matching choices on your clients.
When practicing your stroke patterns, keep in mind that if you are right-handed, you will find that one brow is easier to work on than the other – the key is to perfect your stroke patterns so that both eyebrows have the same stroke pattern on both brows. Of course, they will never be 100% exact; however, you must aim to create your patterns on both brows to resemble the other eyebrow as closely as possible.
The more you practice, you are creating “muscle memory”; for example, a top-level athlete will practice many hours a day most days of the week to perfect their craft/skill. After many hours, these skills become so ingrained that the muscle memory that has been trained, kicks in automatically as you “create.” This is when the “magic” will happen while performing a procedure, because you will be focusing more on creating rather than concentrating solely on your technique.
You will also have a broader understanding of all the different skin types, and how to adjust your depth, pigment selection, and depth pressure into the skin with these different skin types. Understanding the skin and the skin healing stages is extremely important.
Balance and symmetry on the face – this is the most crucial step before you even begin an eyebrow procedure. You must excel in creating an eyebrow stencil and creating balance and symmetry in the brows using the phi ratio and string method technique.
On our Mien Brows Instagram and YouTube channel, we have videos on how to perform some of these techniques, or you can book in with Nicole for a Master Class for a more in-depth approach to refresh your skills on balance and symmetry using these techniques.
Practice on as many faces as you can, even on yourself, until these steps are ingrained in your mind, and you can perform these techniques with confidence.
When you are consulting with your potential client, they are generally so excited and nervous, mainly if they are about to have their procedure, that information that you are relaying to your client does not always retain, which is normal. During your consultation with your client, you need to explain the differences between their first and perfecting session – the process and why they require a perfecting second session.
You will also need to explain in detail the different healing stages of week 1,2,3, and 4, and what happens to their skin during this time.
You will find it very helpful for your client to show them pictures of all the different healing stages so that they have a visual reference. This is particularly helpful for your client to have at home, in an aftercare pamphlet, so that they can refer to these explanations, instructions, and pictures as they are experiencing these different stages after their procedure. This will also help avoid the panic phone calls from your clients as they are going through their healing stages…
For example, when the eyebrows look too dark in the first week of healing, or during week 2-3 the pigment has dropped beneath the skin surface as the eyebrows are healing from within, therefore the eyebrows will appear much lighter in colour, and the client will feel as though the procedure has not worked for them.
The pamphlet will go on to explain that on week 5, pigment that has retained into the skin will resurface to the top layer of the skin – ie, the healed result. Your client will then understand that when they come in for their perfecting session, whereby the technician has learned that particular client’s skin, how much shrinkage has occurred of the pigment during the healing stages, and thus how thicker to take the brow, to re-enforce any initial hair strokes, and to also create more hair strokes in between the initial strokes created, to create more depth to the brow.
If your client does call you, calmly reassure them that what they are experiencing is entirely normal, and referring to their aftercare home kit. Sometimes all a client needs is verbal reassurance from their artist.
Calling your client one week after their procedure is an excellent practice. It gives you the opportunity to touch base with your client and see how they are feeling, allowing you to address any concerns that they may be experiencing.
At this time, your client will have washed their brows; the scabbing will have sloughed off the brow; therefore, the brows won’t be as dark, and the pigment will slowly start to fall beneath the surface of the skin.
This is a good opportunity to reassure your clients and reiterate their month of skin healing, giving your client confidence and reassurance during their healing stages.
Another helpful resource as a new artist is watching many different artists work on YouTube. You will be able to visually watch an artist create, how they are using their tools, and how they are holding the skin during the procedure. Make sure you research these artists as you want to learn from the best, and you also want to make sure that you don’t pick up any bad habits that another artist may have.
In conclusion, make sure you perfect your technique and practice as many hours as you can. When you have completed your training and are working on your clients, adopt practices that help your clients understand the procedure, their healing stages and their aftercare.
If you are unsure about any information that you come across or just want to have a chat regarding the basic steps of any brow cosmetic tattoo procedure, or if you have completed your fundamental training in cosmetic brow tattooing, and are still not confident in any areas of brow cosmetic tattooing, please give Gina a call on 1300 627 697, and we can arrange a free consultation over the phone with Nicole the Owner of Mien Brows & Mien Brows Academy, to discuss any mentoring you may require on your journey to becoming the best artist you can be.
If you are interested in becoming a Cosmetic Tattoo Brow Artist, visit our Website www.mienbrows.com where you will find information on our Beginner Brow Tattoo Course.
One on one consultations are crucial for a variety of factors. For you, as a client, it allows you to come into the clinic and make an informed decision as to whether we are the right clinic for you. It also allows you to see that we adhere to high levels of Health and Safety Guidelines and allows you to meet the Mien Brows artists and get a ‘vibe’ of the clinic. Importantly it will enable you to determine if your artist is in tune with what you want to achieve in your procedure.
To see you for a consultation it also allows us as artists to meet you in person and to see if you are emotionally ready and are fully informed for the procedure. It helps us to visually look at any areas that you want to get treated, which gives us a better understanding and we can plan on how we can achieve the best results for you.
It is also very important to do your own research when it comes to choosing the right clinic and the right artist for your procedures, and always go with your gut instinct- this is your face! And this is not a wax… A Cosmetic Tattoo is a semi-permanent procedure that can last up to 12 – 18 months.
Your consultation will also include testing pigment colours on your skin, giving you an idea of how we colour match our pigments to your skin type. We can also create a brow stencil for you, using our “string method,” allowing you to visually see where your brows will sit on your face to achieve balance and symmetry based on your bone structure.
We will show you before and after photos of various techniques that can be used to give you the best desired outcome. A thorough list of your medical history will also be included to identify if you are medically ok to go ahead with the procedure. In some cases we may ask written permission from your GP or Specialist or perform a Test Patch to eliminate allergic reactions if you are sensitive to make-up, jewellery or hair-dyes.
Our goal at Mien Brows is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the Cosmetic Tattoo process to make an informed decision if the procedure is suitable for you.
To book in for your complimentary consultation, please call us on 1300 627 697.
“What I would tell myself as a new artist, knowing what I know now”
Five things to know about Nicole from Mien Brows
1. I am incredibly passionate about eyebrows
In Year 9 of High School I had an aggressive case of Chickenpox; I was covered head to toe in scabs including my eyebrows! One evening, a boy who I was hanging out with at the time, wanted to come over and visit me. I looked at myself in the mirror and Ahhhhh!
So, in my panic, I proceeded to pull off all the scabs off of my face, AND Eyebrows! Big mistake… Big … Huge! As I looked down at one of my scabs from my eyebrows, I saw chunks of hair embedded, roots and all, leaving an ident on my skin – which later I realised would result in my eyebrow hairs never growing back… also leaving lovely scars on my forehead
A few years later I researched Cosmetic Tattooing and found an artist who tattooed areas of my brow that needed filling in… And I never looked back…
2. The Mien Brows Academy
I created the Mien Brows Academy because I loved training my artists… This developed when I was growing my team and, I would teach them the “Mien Brows Method” of Eyebrow Microblading. I also wanted each and every client who came to Mien Brows to have the same experience – I wanted every client to experience the same level of customer care and performance from any one of my Artists and maintain that standard on every level of our services.
At Mien Brows Academy, one of my favourite things to do is The Master Classes.
This was created to upskill artists whom have already completed their fundamental training, but don’t feel quite ready for the workforce, or artists who feel they need a refresh in their technique and are not happy with their current healed results. Guiding, mentoring and building confidence in any areas that my artists feel they haven’t quite mastered brings me so much joy.
3. I am a twin
I have a twin sister, Amanda. Amanda is in the health industry and is a highly regarded Sports Kinesiologist, who has an incredible story to tell of overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. Her Business is called Bend Like Bamboo
Growing up, I too battled an auto immune disease called Crohn’s Disease; this was also the catalyst for my journey to a career in the Beauty Industry.
4. Chloe, my puggalier
My dog Chloe is my world – she is the cutest, and you will probably see that she is a regular appearance on my social media pages.
5. Interior Design
If I was not in the profession that I am in now, I would definitely be an Interior Designer.
Maybe it’s because of my slight OCD of needing my surroundings to look a certain way to feel a certain way I am a very visual person.
When I was still living at home, I used to drive my family to tears! They would come home, and I would have re-arranged the furniture, and put away all items that cluttered the space. Then no one could find anything, everyone would get frustrated… but I thought it made perfect sense to have items put away neatly into a cupboard The action of creating a new space made me feel good. It was almost like moving to a new house or going on a holiday –
I like things looking neat, ordered and beautiful. It makes me feel calm inside. I strongly believe that your surroundings hugely reflect how you are feeling on the inside; so a neater and ordered space around me reflected that feeling for me in my mind.
So… that is five things to know about me, Nicole Campbell
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