We’ve come a long way since the early days of permanent makeup. Aesthetician extraordinaire Crista Nicole is one of the most skilled permanent cosmetics artists in Toronto, so skilled she even has male clients coming to her for my lash and brow definition that they don’t want a soul to actually notice. Her lash lifts and lash enhancements to her “3D Hair Stroke Brows”, Crista Nicole’s exceptional work really speaks for itself and the advancements in the industry. We caught up with the beauty aficionado to find out more…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
I am wrapped up in all things beauty, and it is no secret. I am brow obsessed! I love that my job is to make people look and feel great. My goal is to provide my clients with the best treatments and results, which is why I have traveled internationally to be trained by some of the best master trainers in the world.
What are the some of the most innovative eyelash services you perform and why are they so popular?
I offer lash lift and lash enhancement, and they are ah-mazing. Lash lift is a new age lash perm and it is an instant root lift for the natural lashes; add a lash tint with it and the results are unbelievable! Buh-bye mascara! Results last about eight weeks! Lash enhancement is a permanent cosmetic procedure where little dots or a line is placed through the lashes to simulate a fuller lash line and define the eyes. It is such a beautiful treatment and especially perfect for the days you want to go au natural. Results last about two years. I really love these two treatments and so do my clients! Combine the two and you’ll be in lash heaven!
Tell us a bit about permanent makeup. What are the most requested procedures and what are the modern techniques that make it so desirable?
Permanent makeup can sound intimidating to some people; however, it has come such a long way since those bluish black brows from the 80’s… yikes! I offer the latest techniques and services and I am always staying on top of what’s new and I use the highest of quality equipment and pigments available. Permanent cosmetics last about two years before a touch up is needed. It is not as “permanent” as it sounds as it slowly fades overtime (which is a good thing!) “3D Hair Stroke Brows” are by far my most requested treatment. First I create a template with the client so there is no confusion regarding what the shape will be, and then fine strokes are penetrated into the skin for a hair-like finish. The result is very natural looking and blends with or without hair. People are shocked by how organic it looks; it is such an amazing treatment! Everyone wants perfect brows all the time and this is the answer. Not to mention, it saves so much time! Especially for women, who spend so much time every morning filling their brows! So toss your brow makeup and come in to see me! Virtually anyone can benefit from this, ranging from someone who has good brows but wants perfect brows to those who have lost their brow hair due to over-processing or from an illness.
The next most popular Permanent cosmetics treatment is the lash enhancement. I have described it above. Healing time for both is about one week and you can go back to work the same day!
What are three things you can’t live without?
The three things I can’t live without would be Travel, Instagram & Brows …and maybe my unicorn onsie lol
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
The diversity! There are so many amazing interesting neighbourhoods, I think it’s a really special city and there is never a dull moment. Don’t even get me started on the restaurants! Going out for dinner & wine is one of my favorites!
What’s your favourite restaurant?
I love all types of cuisine, but I really love Italian, who doesn’t? I have many favourite restaurants and one I really enjoy is Cibo. It’s so beautiful with all of the wood and candles, and the food is delicious!
What’s always in your beauty bag?
Cover Girl Lash Blast, Anastasia Brow Palette/Brush, Jane Iredale Foundation, and powder. Always!
What’s your favourite spa or service?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I love a good shellac mani-pedi as much as the next girl, but I think skin care is so important, so I’d have to go with a facial treatment such as the hydra facial!
Let’s get social for a mo’. How can people stay up-to-date with your busy life?
Right now Instagram is the best way to stay up to date with me. I like to post some of my personal life so people can get to know me, but it is mainly my portfolio work so you can see lots of what I do! I’m also on Twitter.