Last Wednesday, our Founder and Director Wendy El-Khoury went live with the Brow Queen herself – Lana Tarek!
Lana Tarek is the Founder and Director of Lana Tarek Eyebrow Specialists and Browcademy by Lana Tarek. Lana launched her eyebrow empire in 2014 and has since attracted people from all over the world wanting the LT method of Microblading. In 2016, Lana launched a product line that ranged from eyebrow cosmetics to professional microblading tools.
With a passion and love for eyebrows, Lana has been recognised as Australia’s most renowned eyebrow artist along with her specialist team whom have been trained by Lana herself.
“There are different types of brow treatments and procedures that someone can have done – it all depends on what the individual wants and on what their brows look like and need. We have to look at your skin type, lifestyle, personal preference and taste.”
“It all depends on your face structure… We work with your natural brow bone. So, a technique we apply when drawing out brows is grabbing a Pro Pencil, and gliding it over the brow bone to find where the eyebrow should arch. Anything past that brow bone is actually the forehead or temple. When working with brows, sculpting them and trying to find that perfect shape – we work with your face. Then, we line up the pencil with the side of your nose and corner of your eye, to mark the end point of the brow. Then, slightly moving the pen to cover the eye’s iris, we find where your arch should be. To figure out the beginning of the eyebrow, you bring the pen to sit vertically on the side of your nose”.
“We then assess how naturally thick your eyebrows are, and find a suitable shape for you. Generally, when drawing a client’s eyebrows, we won’t go higher than the majority of the hair. We will then connect the points that were previously marked in a curved, not triangle effect. We want hills not mountains! Then, from the beginning of the brow till the arch, we’ll move along like a convex shape, and the curving it to give a concave effect. And this is how you get that nice curve.”
Microblading & Microshading: What’s The Difference?
“Microblading is basically a procedure in which you dip a hand-tool into pigment and create hair-like strokes. Microshading is a cosmetic tattoo. You use a tattoo machine and a needle for this, and depending on what type of effect you like, you can use a needle that has three heads, one head or five heads – to give that airbrushed look. This creates more of an ombré powdered brow. But again, it all depends on the individual. If you have someone that has heaps of hair and a few gaps here and there, microblading would be fine. If it’s a bigger job – we’d do a combination of microblading and microshading. But, if we need more density, we would opt for the microshading.”
“This isn’t a very painful procedure, it’s just a bit uncomfortable. Some clients come in with their own numbing cream, and others ask us to apply some.”
Bridal Brows: When To Get Them Done & How Long Will They Last
“I would say that having your eyebrows done 2-3 months prior to the wedding is best. If we do it too early, then the effects might start to fade, and we don’t know how each bride’s brows will heal. Microblading generally lasts for twelve to twenty-four months, however if you have oily skin and really large pores, you’ll probably need a touch-up in six to eight months. It really depends on the individual. If a person’s lifestyle includes being out in the sun often, sweating and tanning, this can also impact on the longevity of microblading and microshading.”
“Eyebrow lamination is amazing because it really gives a fuller, runway, brushed-up look. If you have extremely long brow hairs, it can look a bit funny. Usually on the first day, the brows will look quite brushed-up and extreme, and after a day or two they’ll relax. This procedure lasts for about two months, it’s like a perm. So, it’s nice to have this done regularly. If you’re someone who has brows that grow inwards at the front part, this is a great treatment because you’re having the hair permed in a different direction. If you want your brows to be a bit more brushed-up to lift up your face, a lamination would be amazing.”
“I encourage a lot of women to grow out their brows and lashes during this period. I’m currently using a lash and eyebrow serum every day and night, trying to fill in some gaps, and I recommend that everyone does this, too. This means that when this lockdown is over and you go for your wax, you’ll get a really nice shape.”