As mentioned in my previous post, I have done eyebrow embroidery at Allure in year 2010. This was how it used to look after my session in 2010:
(My camera skills were bad then. Paiseh!)
and this was what my brows looked like 4 years later:
(Apart from better cameras, my skin condition is also so much better as compared to before!)
Without makeup. ^.^
As you can see, the basic shape has been maintained and it has faded to a really natural colour. And although it has faded a little, it is unlike eyebrow tattoo where they turn greenish blue over time. The embroidery just faded to a lighter brown than before.
My first session as an ambassador for Allure has to of course be their signature - the Allure Signature Eyebrow Embroidery!
It is basically eyebrow embroidery designed based on the original shape of your brows, and it done using a stroke-by-stroke method, so the end result looks like the hairs of your brows (even if you don't have them!)
For those of you who needs to understand what is the difference between the eyebrow embroidery techniques used by Allure, here is a guide:
So as you can see, the basic one is a whole piece of eyebrow kinda thing which can be done in many places, whereas the creative, Allure Signature and Angelic use the stroke-by-stroke method which imitates how your individual eyebrow strands look. The price range of course, increases as the chart goes down.
Of course the more natural, the better, but whichever one you decide to go for, I think eyebrow embroidery is great for girls who do not have eyebrows and want a no-fuss way to beautiful-looking brows. Imagine not having to bother about your brows as you do your makeup! No worrying about drawing unbalanced brows, and no rubbing off when you sweat it out in dance/hot yoga class or when you go swimming! Your brows are going to stay right there. Yay!
I used to disturb my girlfriends by saying I'm going to rub their eyebrows off when we go swimming. It's hilarious when you see them panic. Hilarious for me, although I'm sure to them, it's not funny. Sorry gfs! I promise I won't do it again!
I started out with a consultation with the Founder and Managing Director of Allure Beauty - Angela Tnee.
I told her I wanted the hot favourite right now - Korean Eyebrows. She said not all face shapes can carry off the Korean eyebrow but luckily for me, I was a suitable candidate. She did however, say that she will still do a little arch for me as it's more natural, and I can draw my brows thicker and straighter to achieve the Korean Eyebrow look when I want to.
After consultation, numbing cream was applied to my brows before anything was done. This was done to minimise any discomfort which might be felt during the actual embroidery.
After the numbing cream was removed, she started by neatening my brows to get rid of stray strands.
When that is done, she began to draw my brows according to how I requested and how she thinks is suitable for my face shape.
This step will determine the actual shape of the brows to be embroidered, so you must be sure you are happy with the shape before you do the actual embroidery. Remember, do not go ahead with anything you are not comfortable with! They can still change the shape at this step, so take your time to decide. =)
Notice how even her drawing uses the stroke-by-stroke method?
This was the shape that we decided on. Apart from catering to your requests for specific eyebrow shapes, Allure Beauty uses the Golden Ratio as a reference as well.
The Golden Ratio is a mathematical term, and it is a special number found by dividing a line into 2 part so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.
Are you confused yet?
The Egyptian pyramids made use of the Golden Ratio in their construction. Leonardo Da Vinci used the Golden Ratio in many of his works, including the picture above, and Mona Lisa.
Know this picture?
Leonardo Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" is said to illustrate the Golden Ratio.
Studies have shown that when people view random faces, the ones deemed to be most attractive show Golden Ratio proportions between the width of the face and the width of the eyes, nose, and eyebrows. (Which is why so many deem Mona Lisa as beautiful.)
So by taking the Golden Ratio into consideration when designing your eyebrows, Allure Beauty ensures that your brow design will bring out your features in the best possible way.
Okay now to the embroidery process.
What was drawn beforehand will not be rubbed off before the embroidery starts. The design stays on throughout the embroidery process so as to ensure that the eyebrow artist keeps to the shape of brows that you want.
I'm terrified of dark brows as somehow they give me a very fierce and intense look (it's just my face), so I requested for Angela to do my brows a lighter colour.
She mixed a nice shade of brown for me, and even then, I was a little concerned. I was told later that as time goes by, maybe like in a month, the colour will fade to a lighter one. Phew~
I could actually feel her "operating" on my brows, but it wasn't really painful. More of like a little stinging feeling, and only on some parts near my brow bone. I figured if you are someone who can't really take pain, ask for more numbing cream spread across a wider area. That should minimise any potential discomfort.
Okay this looks painful, but it's really not. Plus, notice you can't see any blood at all? Eyebrow embroidery is done on the superficial layers of the skin so the colour won't go into or react with blood. The reaction is what causes tattoo to change to a bluish-greenish tint over time.
Allure Beauty takes hygiene and safety very seriously, and thus instead of sterilising blades, they always use a new blade for every customer. This ensures that there is no risk of contamination. The ink is always poured out and prepared before any work is started on a customer as well, so there is no double dipping, and the colour mixed for your brows is homogenous throughout.
Final step - putting antiseptic lotion on the area she worked on.
Okay that wasn't the final step. She would then ask you to sit up, and she will assess your brows again. Because our skin sort of sags down a little when we lie down, it's more accurate to judge properly when we are upright.
Angela then did the finishing touches.
And she was done in less than 30 minutes!!!!!!! The Ah Zor of eyebrow embroidery in Singapore indeed! Do however be prepared for a 30 - 45 minute session if your eyebrows are not done by hers truly. She has done thousands of brows in her lifetime.
Speaking of which, don't be worried if your eyebrow artist is not Miss Angela Tnee herself. She personally trains each and every one of Allure's eyebrow artists in the strictest manner, and only after she has assessed and passed them will she allow them to work on actual customers. You are definitely in safe hands. (So, if you are keen to pick up eyebrow embroidery, she's the one to go to!)
A soothing cream will then be applied onto your brow area to reduce the redness.
And this is the finished result!
Hahahaha OMG I look like some pak jiao alien here! LOL!!! #selfentertain
Okok here's a close up of each eyebrow:
See the individual strokes?
How do they look?
They may look a little darkish for now, but it'll fade in a few weeks' time.
Okok they look a little scary under my DSLR lens. Here are pictures from my phone:
This is how my brows look 2 weeks later:
Natural much? Noticed the lines kind of softened? I did my makeup, but I did not draw my brows at all in this picture. =D
Because it fades, it is recommended that you go back after 4 weeks to see if any touch-up is required. And then you're done! Don't have to care about your brows for the next couple of years at least! (For me it was 4 years!) All you need to do is maybe pluck off the access hair that sticks out of the embroidered eyebrow shape. This is also one great thing about getting your eyebrows done, you don't ever have to worry about over plucking, or plucking the wrong shape. Just follow the "stencil"! ^,^
Thank you Angela and Allure Beauty!!!! You are THE BEST!
Oh btw, Allure Beauty is having a roadshow from 14-20 April at Tiong Bahru Plaza Atrium from 11am - 9pm. Do go down if you wish to find out more about eyebrow embroidery and the other services they provide! =D
Allure Beauty Singapore
Tiong Bahru Plaza #05-04A / Bukit Batok West Mall #04-10 / City Square Mall #03-29/30