High-Brow Grooming

A beauty stylist makes her mark with semipermanent brows.

Eye-framing brows lift and define the face like no other attribute, says Elssa Duli, a former hair colorist and a longtime makeup artist for popular brands such as La Prairie, LaMer, Tom Ford and Estée Lauder. During makeovers, Duli’s clients raved about her brow-shaping skills. When microblading hit the scene, Duli eagerly jumped in to learn the technique. Now, she plies her craft at Luminous Med Spa and Salon in New Providence.

What is microblading and how does it differ from tattooing? Tattooing is much deeper—and permanent. An electric machine is used to penetrate to the fourth layer of skin. Microblading is done by hand with a simple blade and is applied just beyond the surface of the skin.

What is the process? Is it painful? It is not painful to most people—like waxing. I use a 7 percent lidocaine numbing cream, which makes it more comfortable and keeps people from flinching. To create the effect, I use a special blade and ink. Tiny individual cuts applied in a feathery, natural fashion create the look of hair.

What if I don’t like the results? Prior to the procedure, I do an outline on the face to show clients the shape and scope the brow will have. The first application is fairly light. Changes to shape or depth of color can be made on the second visit. Two visits are recommended.

Can my brows match my hair color? As a former hair colorist, I can match any shade. You won’t end up with green brows!
Just like any hair coloring, if the pigments aren’t mixed right, you can get a greenish tone.

How long does it last? One to three years with minimal touch-ups.

What about aftercare? The first 10 days are crucial. The brows need to be kept very clean and hydrated so that they heal properly.

How much does it cost? Until the end of the year, Luminous is offering a special on microblading. Clients can enjoy a 20 percent discount off the regular price of $550 for the first session and $250 for the second.

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