The Do’s and Don’ts of Microblading Before your Wedding Day

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 5, 2018

Women pluck, wax, tint, thread and pencil their way to brows that are full but not furry, manicured yet natural. However, over-maintenance can cause permanent damage and thin, sparse brows that never recover. No matter how non-existent your brows may be, microblading can give you the set you’ve always dreamed of.

Microblading is a cosmetic procedure where artists manually tattoo individual “hairs” that look softer and far more natural than the solid brow tattoos of the past. Plus, the technique works with your existing brows to create a fuss-free, polished look without daily brow makeup. “Because who wants to fill in their brows everyday anyway?” says Natalia Wong, certified cosmetic tattoo artist and micropigmentation specialist at Studio N in Edmonton.

To achieve wedding-day-ready brows, Natalia recommends getting the first treatment done four months and the second touch-up session two months ahead. Clients should stop doing and using anything that may thin or weaken the skin 2-3 weeks before the appointment (exfoliation, anti-acne products, tanning, etc.). If possible, stop taking any blood-thinning medications and avoid alcohol a few days before to reduce bleeding and help the pigment hold better. On the day of the appointment, avoid caffeine and feel free to bring photos of brows you like. “Of course, please understand that the photos are for inspiration only, as everybody’s facial features are different and brows cannot be exactly duplicated,” says Natalia.

After treatment, brows will look very dark for a few days and then peel for a week, at which point they’ll look lighter and even grayish. Clients should clean and apply an aftercare cream to their brows at least twice daily and avoid touching the area, excessive moisture, exercise and sun exposure for two weeks. The true colour will start to show within three weeks, and after six weeks the skin will be completely healed.

Natalia says to still use brow makeup on the wedding day as flash photography can make microbladed brows look lighter. The biggest perk to microblading is that your makeup artist will have the perfect brow shape to work with.

Another option is shading, which gives brows a powder-filled effect to create more fullness and depth for a dramatic look. Shading can also help blend the microblading with the natural hair. “Always talk to your artist about what your final brow goals are,” says Natalia. “For my clients, I try to design brows that best suit their face and personality.”

To receive $50 off your microblading service at Studio N, use the code BLUSH when booking your appointment.


Blushing, Bronzed & BeautifulHow to Get the Best At-Home Self-Tanning Results!

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 15, 2011

Bronzed and beautiful, Glowing and gorgeous, you LOVE how your skin looks with a tan. It’s that little kiss of colour that makes you look relaxed, rested, and smooth. But with our changing climate, that year-round tan is a bit of a pipe dream. We suggest you reach for a bottle of self-tanner and be your own sun-goddess! To help you get the most out of your self-tanner we’ve compiled a few simple tips that guarantee a flawless faux-tan.

Step 1. Exfoliate & Hydrate

The key to a streak-free self-tan is all in the preparation. Exfoliating prior to the application of any self-tanning product will ensure that any accumulated dead skin won’t affect the way your self-tanner absorbs. Hydration; Applying a body moisturizer after you exfoliate allows your skin to take in the big drink of water it needs to look smooth and supple. Exfoliate and hydrate at least 8-10 hours BEFORE you self-tan.

Step 2. Get Glowing

Application; If you’re doing your legs, it’s best to begin working from the ankles in an upward direction. Take some of the product and begin applying it with soft, circular sweeping movements from your ankle toward your thigh. Areas you’ll want to avoid for now are the feet, ankles and knee-caps. Follow the same directions for your arms, working from wrist to shoulder and avoiding the hands and elbows.

Step 3. Blend Baby

To blend all the areas you’ve left out so far, our favourite tip is to mix equal parts body lotion and self-tanner and to go back and gently sweep a little of the mixture over these very absorbent zones (tops of the feet, ankles, knee caps, tops of the hands and elbows).

Step 4. Wash-Up and WAIT!

Gently (but thoroughly) wash the palms of your hands and in between your fingers. What’s the most important part in ensuring a streak free tan? Patience! Wait at least 15 – 30 minutes for the self-tanner to fully absorb and dry before you dress or get into bed.

And there you have it! A perfect, streak-free tan, done at home and without requiring any specialist equipment!

Check out our list of favourites that will give you great results everytime.

Tools of the Trade; We Prep With…

Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin; This creamy scrub with bamboo powders gently polishes away dead skin and promotes a smoother, stronger, firmer skin.

Clarins Satin Smooth Body Lotion; Silky smooth and fast-absorbing, this light-weight non-greasy body lotion contains Sorbier Bud to make your skin glow with health.

Bronzed Goddess; We LOVE…

St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse

This light-weight and easy-to-apply mousse formula is enriched with aloe vera for conditioning. It delivers a rich bronze tan that is natural-looking and streak-free.

Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream

Formulated with cocoa to give a kiss of instant colour, this formula may be more comfortable for first-time users, as you are clearly able to see where you’re putting it.

Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion

This milky lotion is great for more fair and sensitive skin-types. It contains Avene spring water to help soothe and soften the skin. The colour comes out a natural golden hue and suits all skin tones.