Employee Spotlight: Meet Courtney

  Full Name:  Courtney Ward.  Hometown:  New Castle, DE.  "I Can't Live Without My...." : Cellphone + Headphones.

Full Name: Courtney Ward.
Hometown: New Castle, DE.
"I Can't Live Without My....": Cellphone + Headphones.

"Courtney is my right hand person, and one of the biggest assets to my business and sanity. I truly don't know what I would do without her. She is truly passionate about helping our clients and employees," says owner Tiffani Mitchell.

Three Words That Describe Me

Loyal, honest, and sassy.

I Am Passionate About

I am most passionate about my work and my health. I take my job very seriously and take everything I do personally. So, working for a small business I like to treat it as if it were my own. As for my health, I enjoy working out, including cardio on most days and learning how to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle. 

Who Inspires Me

My dad inspires me. He is literally the hardest working person I know. He never says no to anyone and is knowledgable on so many levels! 

My Definition of Beauty Is

I believe beauty is being able to show your confidence from within and being comfortable in your own skin. 

My Holy Grail Skincare Product Is

My zesty orange face wash from A Natural Difference. I use it every morning and every night! 

Weirdest Place I've Found a Rogue Lash

On my toilet seat.. How did it even get there?

My Favorite Client Moment

I would say my favorite client moments are when the clients actually like catching up with me as much as the artist they see. I've built quite a few relationships with our clients, and I enjoy seeing them when they come in every other week or so.  

One Thing I Tell All Of My Employees Is

"Hi... I need a favor..."

And the response I usually get is "Oh boy..." or "Great, what is she about to ask?" : ) 

Advice For Individuals Aspiring to Get Into the Beauty Industry

Build relationships with everyone you meet along the way. You never know who will remember you or who you may need in the future! 

How I Got Into the Industry

I was approached by Tiffani a year ago this past March to see if I would be interested in being her Business Manager at La Belle. I knew Tiffani personally for about 4+ years and truly looked up to her in so many ways as a business owner and as an artist! So, it was truly a no brainer for me to come on board with her and the girls! 

My Goals for 2018 

A few goals for the 2018 year would be saving more, spending less, but still enjoying life at the same time! I would like to purchase my own home by the end of 2018/early 2019! 

Ready for stunning lashes, fresh skin, or full brows? Give us a call at 302-656-0555 or 302-378-8880 to book your service. And stay in the loop, by asking to get placed on our INTEREST LIST FOR UPCOMING EVENTS, too! 

Microblading vs Machine: What You Need to Know

Eyebrows play an important role in facial symmetry. It's no wonder that so many clients seek Microblading to restore their eyebrows or get the ones they've always wanted. 

But did you know there are multiple techniques that can help you achieve brow perfection? Here's what you need to know.

The Difference in Technique

Eyebrow tattooing can be done manually, by machine, or a combination of both. Forms include Microblading, Shading used in conjunction with Microblading, and Machine.  

MICROBLADING. A manual form of eyebrow tattooing using a handheld tool to create hairlike strokes. A small amount of pigment is placed on the edge of a grouping of needles and implanted into the skin. It typically fades within a year or two; resulting in the need for more regular touch ups to keep the strokes looking fresh. Microblading is great for replacing hairs or reinforcing the shape of a brown. 

SHADING. A manual method of eyebrow tattooing used in conjunction with microblading to create a fuller look. Shading is used in between Microblading strokes to create density. It heals to a nice powdery finish. Shading is great for those who don't have a lot of hair and want to create the effect of better shaped, fuller brows. It's great for those who like to fill their brows in with powder or pencil, because it gives the appearance of a powdery makeup finish. Below is an image of a La Belle Client who had Microblading and Shading. 

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MACHINE. Also a form of eyebrow tattooing, but instead of a handheld tool, the skilled artist uses a machine to create hairlike strokes. Depending on the technique, the artist can create hairlike strokes, powder, combination, or a powder ombre look. (This technique will be coming to La Belle Studio soon!) 

Microblading lasts approximately 6-18 months, with typical results lasting about one year. Machine Work lasts longer than Microblading, typically up to 18 months or even 2 years.

Which Is Right For Me?

Clients who have sparse or fine brow hair that are looking to restore hair and texture back to their brows are best suited for Machine. But if you're a lucky gal with relatively full brows that's looking to skip applying makeup to fill them in, then Microblading is what you're looking for.  

The biggest difference is whether clients want a super natural look (e.g. filled in hairs where hair is missing) or if they want a soft-filled makeup look. Machine is more versatile with how natural or dramatic the artist can make it. In fact, for some clients "Combo Brows" may be best suited for them. Here, Microblading strokes are done in the front, and Machine creates Powder Ombre in the back.

Remember Do Your Homework

Before scheduling your appointment, be sure to do you homework and find a skilled artist. They'll be able to tell you if Microblading or Machine Work is a viable option for you. Our post "How to Know If You're a Candidate for Microblading" also features frequently asked questions and information you need to know such as how medical conditions, skin conditions, and medications can affect whether you're a candidate for the procedure. 

Give us a call at 302-656-0555302-378-8880 to book your service. And stay in the loop, by asking to get placed on our INTEREST LIST FOR UPCOMING EVENTS, too!