Like most, I’ve been through the skinny, awful eyebrow phase. Nothing ruins your makeup more than a pair of overly tweezed eyebrows. Fortunately, we have all become wiser about our brows, and most have discovered eyebrow pencils and/or microblading. But if you’re considering microblading (more info on what it is below) you really have to go to someone certified, experienced, and who is essentially an eyebrow artist.
I was excited to have the opportunity to interview a true microblading expert – Giselle Soto, owner of Giselle Soto Brows in Los Angeles. Giselle is a certified microblader and does some amazing work. She’s only 23 and has a booming business and celebrity clients! Take a look at her Instagram and check out her talent for yourself.
Interview with Giselle Soto:
What are your tips for keeping your brows full?
- Put the tweezers down! Going to visit a professional eyebrow artist approximately every 3-4 weeks will definitely change your brows life. In between sessions, clients might get the urge to “clean-up” when new hair arises. However, tweezing new growth prematurely heightens the risk of removing hair from the shape.
- Oils, oils, oils! Natural oils not only lubricate the eyebrow area but can work as a stimulator for hair growth. I have heard mixed reviews in regard to castor oil, however I can tell from my own experience that applying on a regular basis did improve growth in my both my eyebrows and eyelashes. Rosemary and almond oils have similar properties and work as well. Apply these oils on a regular basis, right before bed or throughout the day will do the trick!
- Powders over pomades and pencils! Not only do I prefer a soft brow powder because the final result usually leaves a natural look, but did you know that excessive and/or rough cleaning will cause hair to fall out? That’s the opposite of full brows!
- Maximize what you have! To give your eyebrows the volume they deserve, I recommend use a clear setting brow gel. Brushing your brows up with a gel, will not only add thickness & fullness, extra texture by separating the hairs, but the gelled hair will also “open” the eye area while keeping your brow hairs in uniform.
What eyebrow trends are on your radar right now?
I am definitely LIVING for natural looking brows and hoping this trend is here to stay. Bye bye block brows, hello natural arches! You can never go wrong with a big, full, upswept clean brow! Even though the recent Rihanna cover in Vogue caused a few heads to turn, I pray everyone knew that was just a look and not a true commitment.
What are your favorite eyebrow products?
With natural brows, the eyebrow products needed are simple… highlighter, brow powder, and brow gel. I am currently developing my own product line, but I currently use all Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I style my clients brows using her brow powder and set with a clear gel!
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup/tattoo where pigment is implanted under the top layer of the skin using a handheld tool. The idea is to draw hair-like strokes that will mimic your natural hair texture, color and direction of growth, giving you the most natural & full look possible.
How long does microblading last?
The duration of the results depends on each individual skin, skin type, immune system, and lifestyle. Typically, my clients come see me for a touch up once every six months and the total process lasts up to three years.
Who is a candidate for microblading?
Perfect candidates for Microblading are individuals who have little to no hair to those who are just tired of filling in their eyebrows with makeup every day because of sparse areas.
Those who are not a candidate are:
- Those under 18 years of age
- People with diabetes
- Pregnant and lactating women
- People with glaucoma and people who are taking blood thinning medicines (e.g., aspirin).
- People with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and undiagnosed rashes or blisters on the site that is to be treated
- People with allergies to makeup or colors
- Those with transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis
- Active skin cancer in the area to be tattooed
- Are a hemophiliac
- Have healing disorders, on blood thinners, uncontrolled high blood pressure or had Mitral Valve Disorder.
- Those on any skin medication such as ro-accutaine, steroids which thin and oversensitive the skin