Einstein’s definition of Insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
To improve you have to learn. To grow you have to change.
We all see the perfect ‘after’ pictures of brows all over the Internet. The crisp lines…the dark vivid colour to the soft blonde tones of freshly implanted pigment…BUT…what does this look like in a few months, a few years???
This is YOUR business. These are YOUR clients. This is YOUR reputation. You have to be prepared for seeing your own work come back to you.
Are you 100% happy with the pigments you are using? Do you think your machine gets the crispest hair strokes? Are your clients happy?
When I began this journey 12 years ago, I was an employee simply doing my job. I was sent on training and used what my trainer told me to use. I dotted colour on the forehead and chose what looked nice, this is where it went wrong.
I didn’t know what was actually in the pigment, I didn’t know how to assess someone’s skin tone; I had no notion how this was going to fade.
I soon had to learn… I saw pink, salmon and orange eyebrows coming back to me. I couldn’t post a picture “NOT MY WORK’…it was my work and I was mortified.
Why was this happening? How am I going to fix it?
I got scared using colours and never truly felt happy or confident in my selection. I was panicking about getting phone calls 6 months later. I simply thought, this is what happens in Semi Permanent Makeup and had notions of throwing in the towel.
I took great pride every job I had growing up, from working in Woolworths at 15 (the kids socks department was immaculate for years!) to pouring the perfect pint in the scabbiest pub in Edinburgh! Suddenly I was losing it, I wasn’t happy with what was happening and I was tattooing peoples faces!
You have to actively seek out the best; the information isn’t going to arrive in your lap in one big manual.
Do you follow SPMU artists on Instragram (that’s how I spend most of my spare time!) What do your idols use? What pigments do they use? What machine do they use?
There are some amazing forums out there with artists from around the world. All available to talk to and ask questions to.
I found there was a common theme between these artists and I chose to make a change and order a new pigment line. Train with different artists and different machines. Find the best.
I have lost that feeling of anxiety I used to feel in each procedure. I am now excited to see the Client a year down the road. This feeling of confidence is born out of continuous honing of my skill-set and greater knowledge of product. For me, there is no greater testament to your work, than to see Clients return a year down the road with work I’m still proud of and with referred family members in tow e.g. mums, aunties, sisters and nieces. Fine hair strokes still visible and the colour still the same tone, just lighter, the way Semi Permanent Make up should be.
I am going to be giving a small talk at the Micropigmention UK Awards 2017 and I would like to share my knowledge on pigments, quality of pigments, assessing skin tone, the effects of this on results and how and when to perform corrections when comfortable.
See you all in May!