Till today, I remember what my eldest sister told me when she put some makeup on for me years ago for a school prom.
"Agent G, you know, if eyes are the windows to your soul, you better make sure your windowframe (brows) looks good."
Ensuring proper grooming of the eyebrow is not just a "good to have" these days - it is widely viewed as a BASIC step to good grooming. Messy bushy brows while attending important events, going for interviews or more importantly, dates can be a sign of disrespect, ignorance and possibly lack of how "polished" you are - a big NO-NO!
Still, it is not easy to maintain that perfectly arched tidy brow. Going for eyebrow threading at the famous Browhaus and Rupini's every two weeks (and particularly before important events!) can be costly and time-consuming. Hence, many have chosen to perform semi-permanent brow solutions (Eyebrow Tattoo, Eyebrow Embroidery and Creative Eyebrow) that have evolved over the years.
When I first mentioned about eyebrow tattoo to my husband, he was like "huh? u want to tattoo my name on your eyebrow for what?"
Obviously, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm referring to cosmetic tattooing of the eyebrow so that the brow is made to look darker and shape of the natural brow is maintained. All you have to do now is to pluck off stray hairs without having to worry about the brow shape.
Apparently, eyebrow tattoo is NOT new. This website states that mummies from countries like Greece and Turkey have been found with tattoos where their eyebrows should be. Movies from 1920s have also featured men and women with permanent eyebrow tattoos.
It works very much like normal tattooing. Ink is injected into the dermis layer of the skin using a mechanical ink-filled gun. Over time, the ink pigments will react with the skin to effect a long-lasting eyebrow.
Touted to be an improvement over conventional eyebrow tattoos, enterprising brow artists are producing more natural brows with... a needle! Instead of using a mechanical gun, brow artists will embroider the ink into the epidermal layer of the skin, allowing the insertion of greater detail onto the brow.
Are you now convinced to go for eyebrow embroidery? WAIT A MINUTE.
For Browhaus, there's only one - Brow Resurrection.
At Allure, there's Eyebrow Embroidery and then there is Creative Eyebrow and Allure Signature Eyebrow. You can see that the detail becomes more intricate with each new type of embroidery. And *cough cough* price too, also increases.
Allure Signature Brow
Creative Eyebrows are Sophia Brow House's specialty although they do offer eyebrow embroidery as well.
There are simply too many. The major difference? Eyebrow strokes are more obvious in Creative Eyebrow, making the embroidery look more natural. Of course it follows also that 4D Creative Eyebrow looks even more natural than 3D Creative eyebrow.
These salons have turned beautiful brows into a work of art, constantly improving on the basic eyebrow embroidery skills to produce the best looking brow.
Before you decide to sign up for eyebrow embroidery, here are 3 questions we think are ESSENTIAL to ask the therapist:
Still tempted to go ahead? Find out which salons do eyebrow embroidery here.
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