Areola Tattooing: The Final Step in Breast Reconstruction

Because October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the past 25 years, I wanted to take this time to tell you all about the areola tattooing work I have been doing on behalf of the brave women I have met who are facing this disease.  As the fifth leading cause of death of women, breast cancer is a serious disease often leading to the difficult decision to have a mastectomy.  Following a mastectomy, breast reconstructive surgery is required by a plastic surgeon.  Areola pigmentation is the final step of breast reconstruction, but many women are indifferent at first about having the procedure done.  When the process is finished, however, they are elated and say they feel complete and like a woman again.  Areola pigmentation has come a long way.  It is no longer a “bull’s eye” tattooed over the breast mound.  I actually create a 3D nipple which gives the “illusion of protrusion” and makes the breast look more realistic (check out areola pigmentation before and after photos here).  Completing this procedure and seeing the positive emotional impact it has on breast cancer patients, has added a level of depth and fulfillment to my career as a permanent makeup artist. Another major pro to areola tattooing is that by law insurance companies have to cover all areas of breast reconstruction, so the procedure is reimbursable. To find out more about breast and nipple reconstruction, here is a link with more information from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website.

I wish all of you a happy and safe October and if you have any questions about areola pigmentation or my other services, please feel free to contact me at  or call 212-772-2501.

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Amy Kernahan is an award-winning, nationally recognized professional makeup artist with over fifteen years of experience. Starting her career at the young age of eighteen, Amy has done it all: photo shoots, runway shows, commercial work, plus was a former National Makeup Artist for Estee Lauder. She has earned a reputation in the makeup world for her clean and classic approach to beauty. Read more about Amy


Brow Beauty

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” – Aristotle

The Greeks, known for their philosophical and mathematical endeavors, tried to explain all things with equations. When it comes to geometry or arithmetic, equations make sense. But can there be a way to measure beauty?
Plato spoke of the “golden proportion”, an idyllic balance of all factors. This idea permeated all facets of Ancient Greek culture, including love and beauty. When it came to true beauty, poets, artists and scholars alike agreed that one factor was key: symmetry.
A symmetrical face is scientifically proven to be beautiful. Studies show that humans, from babies to adults, respond better to a proportionate face. So what can you do if your face doesn’t add up to the right equation? For many of us, the key to finding this symmetry simply lies in the correct use of makeup.
Makeup is used for augmenting natural beauty while making up for flaws. Make-up, get it? There are so many ways to enhance certain features with a simple stroke of the makeup brush.
One of the easiest ways to create symmetry is with careful construction of the eyebrows. Eyebrows can be shaped and contoured in a way that no other part of the human face can. In other words, outside of expensive cosmetic procedures a little brow TLC is the best way to create a beautiful face. Correctly sculptured eyebrows punctuate the face and define a person’s look. They can create symmetry where it did not exist before. And with expert micropigmentation, that stunning symmetry can be permanent.

The Best Self Tanner ever!!!!!

I try EVERY beauty product known to man…and woman. I hear a lot of complaints about the self tanners out there. Most people say they are too orange, too smelly and hard to apply….and usually, I agree. Well, look no further. I have found the absolute best self tanner!! It all happened when my friend Jill Van Otten, my amazing makeup artist friend, was visiting from Florida. I saw this self tanner called SUN in her makeup bag. As a true product junkie, I quickly took it from her makeup bag and spritzed some onto my chest, neck and face. Within minutes, I was in love. It gave me an instant tan and Glow…really, I glowed. I looked brown, not orange and I actually had a hint of red as if I had really been in the sun. This stuff rocks and when I love something I just can’t stop talking about it. I immediately ordered the entire line and now carry it at my studio to share with all of my clients!

SUN Laboratories just won “Best Self Tanner” by consumer reports. It’s so natural looking with no funky smell or orangey look. I owe my friend, Jill a new bottle of self tanner and a huge thank you for introducing me, although inadvertently, to this great new product! TRY THIS and you’ll love it!!! Oh, and don’t be afraid to get the DARK or ULTRA DARK even for fair skin…the color is subtle and it will look great.

* Sun Laboratories products can be purchased on our amy kernahan studio facebook page!!*

Don’t Be Afraid of Permanent Makeup

When you hear the term “permanent makeup” or “cosmetic tattooing” one tends to think of black painted on eyebrows that resemble those of a Geisha girl or your 80 year old grandmother(sorry Grandma), who had her eyebrows tattooed when she was in her twenties and now has bluish colored lines where her brows should be. What we want you to know is that permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, does not have to make you cringe when you hear the words. So here’s the deal: over the past ten or so years, permanent cosmetics have come a long way. Pigments have more variations in color such as when a hair colorist chooses your hair color. Permanent makeup artists have a range of colors to choose from, sometimes using up to 3 colors to create a “highlight and low light’ effect. Also, the word “Permanent” can be taken a little lighter than it used to be. By law, Technicians have to state that their clients are receiving a permanent procedure, however, when the pigment is implanted into the skin at a lesser depth than traditional tattoos, the color will only last 2-5 years depending on care of the tattooed area. With that stated, the client is encouraged to return for a touch up once a year to “refresh” the color.
Micropigmentation is (literally) changing the faces of many. For those that are a few hairs short of perfection or lack makeup skills to those that suffer from Alopecia, MS, Parkinsons.This is a God send to many busy, active women and men….yes, men are also having this procedure done as well. When done right, this procedure can be nearly undetectable while adding definition to sparse brows and lashes as well as pale lips and fading lip lines. At Amy Kernahan Studio we use only FDA approved pigments and perform the hair stroke method for the most natural looking eyebrows. We also believe that there is a definite benefit by having a makeup artist perform these procedures as we have extensive experience with fine tuning lines and blending techniques as well as a broad understanding of color theory, making it possible for more natural results.