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Is permanent makeup for you?

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, 59, an attractive redhead, once complained the worst thing about aging is the amount of time required for maintenance. Hours spent at the hair salon, the masseuse, the esthetician and the gym, as well as doctor and dentist appointments and regular checkups at the optometrist add up.

It takes longer and longer every morning to look our best as we grow older. Thank goodness plastic surgery and beauty treatments once reserved for the rich and famous are now affordable and available in Sudbury.

One of these special treatments is permanent makeup. It is growing in popularity as more people become become educated about this state-of-the-art procedure. Properly applied, permanent cosmetics can look more natural than conventional makeup.

Stephanie Jutzeler, the owner of The Spa at 61 Elm, says there are many advantages of micro-pigmentation (cosmetic tattooing) which can be applied to eyebrows, upper and lower eyelids, and the lips.

“It’s quick in the morning,” for one thing, she says.

It is also ideal for people who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, play sports, have allergies, and those who want to always look their best, even when they wake up in the morning.
Permanent makeup applied to light or thin, over-tweezed eyebrows creates a very natural look compared to a penciled brow line, says Jutzeler.

“If someone comes in for eyebrows, they often come back for lips or lids because they love it,” she adds.

Her clients, who range in age from 20 to over 70, are enthusiastic about the procedure and refer their friends. Consulations are free.

Jutzeler, an attractive blonde who discovered the secrets of looking good 24/7 a few years. She was so impressed to she became a certified permanent makeup technician.

A natural look is key. Women who have their lips lined or fully shaded select from natural colours that complements their skin tone. They can enhance it with lipstick if they wish. Lip liner can improve the shape of the lips.

Most clients are concerned the procedure will hurt. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area and it makes the procedure almost painless, says Jutzeler.

It is also safe. She uses sterilized, disposable needles and the highest standards of sanitization. The price varies from $450 for upper eyeliner to $900 for full lip shading and liner.

Cosmetic tattooing was developed in the 1980s to help alopecia sufferers–the condition causes hair loss–to fill in eyebrows. It can provide benefits for burn victims, cancer patients, and people who have trouble applying makeup. The procedure can also be used to cover scars.

Jutzeler, who grew up in Sudbury purchased a two-storey building on Elm St. in July 2010, and moved from Mississauga back to her hometown. The spa opened in January 2011.

The Spa at 61 Elm offers full hair services as well esthetics such as facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures is a luxurious setting. Massages, body sculpturing and holistic treatments are also available. The spa offers yoga and reiki classes.

The salon and spa are tastefully decorated to take advantage of the building’s good bones and exposed brick walls. The space is much larger than it looks from the front door. The music is uplifting but soothing.

Jutzeler has created as her brochure says, “an ‘urban oasis’ in the heart of downtown Sudbury.”

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