Monday, October 31, 2011

Makeup for Lost Time - or ANY Time!

      Applying makeup correctly is a skill that takes a while to master.  When first experimenting with it, many teenage girls slather it on, as if trying to send the world a bold-faced message that they are now adults.  Unfortunately, though, they usually end up looking like little girls who got into their mothers’ cosmetics while playing dress-up.  Certainly, many women remember those early days of trial-and-error (and error, and error), when wearing makeup was new and exciting. 

Luckily, with maturity, most women gain an appreciation of subtlety, and refine their techniques to produce more elegant, understated looks.  Naturally, we all discover and develop our own styles, too, as we test myriad combinations of foundations, and the endless palettes of lipstick and eye shadow colors that are available. 

 Of course, our complexions continue to change, as time marches on (on our faces, that is!); and, eventually, wearing makeup can turn from being capricious and fun, into a very serious business. 

The trouble is that this leads some women to revert to the heavy-handed method of application, using it to fill in lines and wrinkles, or to draw on, or augment, lips or eyebrows.  Not only does this result in exaggerated, unnatural-looking features, but the makeup may also settle into lines, making them even more noticeable, or melt or fade away.  This is the point where many women begin to lament the cruel irony that they originally started wearing it because they wanted to look older. 

As the years pass, failing eyesight, unsteady hands, and various medical conditions, can also make it difficult to apply cosmetics properly and evenly.  Moreover, once it becomes a tiring, time-consuming chore, many women simply give up on it.  Sadly, this can be very depressing, and may even make some people self-conscious enough to avoid socializing.    

On the other hand, happily, most of these situations can be resolved.  If you’ve exhausted your makeup bag of tricks, it may be time to try a new kind of magic.  At Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, Marcia Hale can rejuvenate your appearance with permanent cosmetics for your eyes, lips, and brows; and she is a genuine makeup artist.      
In fact, she’s an exceptionally talented, all-around artist, whose paintings and murals adorn the walls of many offices (including ours), reception areas, and homes.  Fervent about her craft, Marcia, who has a keen, unerring eye for detail, and a genius for nuance, brings the same passion and skills to her vocation as our Permanent Makeup Technician. 

For those with age-related issues, the procedures that she performs can sometimes have life-changing results.  Besides sparing them from a grueling, unmanageable task, having permanent cosmetics applied greatly boosts their self-confidence.

Even people who can still easily put on makeup may need help with other problems, such as thinning lips or lashes, or eyebrows that are sparse, or non-existent, either from over-plucking, or because of medical conditions.  In such cases, Marcia will add fullness and definition to lips, with color and liner, or design natural-looking eyebrows that complement her clients’ faces perfectly.  She can also give eyes a more youthful, animated look, with permanent eyeliner, and make lashes appear more voluminous as well.

The procedures are safe, and normally do not necessitate any downtime.  The entire process may require 2-3 visits, as the initial application acts as a primer, which will fade several days after the first session, until it is revived with further treatments.    

 “It’s like an instant facelift,” says Marcia, “and one small change, such as adding a slight arc [creating a fuller bow] to an upper lip that has lost its shape, can have a dramatic impact.  Another great thing is that most people won’t even realize that you had anything done; they’ll just notice that you look refreshed.” 

Indeed, the enthusiasm with which she speaks makes it obvious that Marcia takes great joy in helping women – and men – to appear more vivacious, and regain their self-esteem. 

So, if you want to get excited about makeup again, come in and put your face in Marcia’s hands! 

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