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Permanent brow makeup is my most popular service, for one main reason: Most women identify their brow pencil as the one cosmetic item they can’t go without… and the one that’s most frustrating! Filling in your brows for just 5 minutes per day, adds up to 30 hours per year. Getting that time back and waking up with full, shapely brows that perfectly frame the face… is absolutely priceless.

I offer three methods of permanent brow makeup at Smoke N Black: Powder Brows, Combo Brows (a combination of Hairstrokes and Powder Brows), and Hairstroke Brows. This is a major point of difference between me and neighboring permanent makeup studios. While many of our clients request "Microblading", it is only suitable for about 25% of them, my "machine" Hairstrokes can give a similar look with much better long term results! Below, you’ll learn the differences between each method, and which one is right for you. I will only perform services on clients that are suited for them, to protect your investment, maintain my integrity as an artist, and provide you with the best possible result. 

Beyond selecting the right method for you, there are many other ways that I perfectly tailor my brow work to each client. When determining intensity, shape, size, and color, I consider your preferences, natural growth, natural brow color, skin type, and skin tone. This is why all of my work looks slightly different on every client! Although I have my favorite styles, I believe that brows should always be customized. Whether you’re looking for super-natural or bold and defined, I’m here for you. Permanent brows typically require 2 sessions to complete, and then you’ll need a “color refresh” every 1-3 years.

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Powder/Combo Brows (3.5hrs.) - SALE $340 Reg $380

Hairstroke Brows (4hrs.) - SALE $340 Reg $420

6-8 Week Brow Touchup (2hrs.) - SALE $120 Reg $140

Extra Brow Touchup If NEEDED (1.5hrs.) - $60 

(Extra Brow Touchup must be done within 8 weeks of previous session)

Long Term Maintenance Every 1-3 years Color Refresh (2hrs.) - $180

All pricing includes initial premium aftercare products and GST. 

Why do some brow photos look so dark and sometimes orange?

Permanent brows almost always heal cool. That means they become a little (or a lot) more ashy 1-2 weeks into healing. Certain skin types are even more prone to this. That being said, adding warmth will almost guarantee a more neutral healed result! And as we all know, it’s the healed result that counts. A week of warm-toned brows, is better than a lifetime of grey/blue brows. The pigments that we use with our brow clients are pre-modified. That means we don’t have to add in any warmth; these pigments arrive with the perfect amount already added. And not only does this protect you from a too-cool brow now, but it also keeps them looking warm/neutral for longer. That means less refreshing needed.

Will I still need to pluck my brows afterwards?

Yes, you will still need to groom any hair that grows outside your desired shape. Once your brows are a few weeks healed, you can thread, wax, tweeze… Whatever you’d like! Brow razors are available in studio for purchase and if you check out our IGTV, Kelsie has recorded a video showing you how she uses one on her whole face and to clean up brow hairs super quickly!

What if I have this done and then never get a color refresh?

In most cases, PMU lightens and shifts in color as time goes on. Regarding the color shift, it usually cools, but can sometimes become warmer instead. This is around the time that a colorboost is necessary to refresh the tone, clean up the edges, and darken the overall appearance. But if you were to let your PMU go, the fading and color shifting would just continue. Many clients would see their PMU completely fade away within 5 years, but many would not! There are so many factors that contribute to how your PMU ages. In short: You’ll survive, but you may want to start applying some makeup again.

What happens at a color refresh appointment?

It’s very similar to a first-timer session, but with less consulting, and less mapping/shaping. Note: We believe in waiting as long as possible between color-boosts. A) We don’t want your skin overloaded with color, and B) Why cause trauma to the skin when it’s not totally necessary yet? Less is more. Just be sure to come in while we can still see the general shape/outline.

Why don't you do microblading anymore?

Alot of clients request microblading, because it’s super popular and marketed as the most natural-looking method. But when it’s done on the wrong client, the healed result is anything but natural and unfortunately its not “semi-permanent” like some uneducated artists describe it. My hairstroke brows “machine” method is in my opinion far superior to the microblading method, which I was actually originally trained in. The first reason being the type of wound that is created, the tattoo machine makes a tried and true puncture wound while implanting ink, microblading uses a scalpel like blade to produce a slicing wound which then the ink is "pushed" in. The resulting long term effects of microblading leaves something to be desired and most people with a fowl taste in their mouth for permanent makeup. Microblading also more often then not results in permanent scarring of the tissue, for this and many other reasons I'm seeing microblading being phased out of our permanent makeup world. More reasons below:
•The strokes can “bleed” into a blurry mess.
•Many fade into a pinky salmon colored ink that will require color correction.
•Sometimes no pigment is retained, and only pink scars are left behind.
•It can be very obvious where there’s real hair, and where there’s not.
•It can be painful.
The vast majority of PMU horror stories come from artists that are only trained in microblading, and offering this method to every single client. It’s a beautiful look when the stars are aligned for a proper healed result, but again, this is only the case with about 25% of clients. If you have your sights set on Microblading, please keep these two things in mind:
•I’m looking out for your best interest! I only want you to have the best healed results
•All methods are totally customizable. If soft & subtle is your goal, this can absolutely be achieved with a hairstroke, powder or combo brow!

Can you fixed botched or previously done brows?

Anytime we are working over brows that were previously done by another artist, it is considered a coverup/correction. In most cases, additional time is needed to color-correct the old tattoo or achieve even saturation throughout the new shape. For this reason, coverups and corrections are best done gradually: A first-timer session, a 6-week touchup, and sometimes another 6-week touchup to perfect. For brows in most cases, the Powder method is best. However, corrective work is not always an option. When doing coverups and corrections, we can only add color, we can’t take any away. This means that your desired result must be slightly thicker and darker/bolder than what you’re starting with. So we unfortunately have to send many prospective clients away for removal or recommend saline tattoo lightening. Some previously done work just can’t be saved, and it’d be better to start fresh. Particularly if your desired brow result is the hairstroke look, or overall softer than what you’re starting with, pigment must be removed. We do offer saline tattoo lightening at Smoke N Black, and are partnered with a very reputable laser removal clinic in town.