By Deborah Bostock-Kelley

At the intersection of art and technology is Jelena Zunic and Mosaic Beauty Art. Located in Oldsmar, Jelena specializes in giving women back precious time. According to a Google survey, on average, women lose up to 40 minutes a day applying their makeup. 

Originally from Europe, growing up in Serbia and Austria, Jelena has traveled the world and seen first-hand the trends in beauty. She is happy to use this international influence to help beautifully shape the brows of her clients.

“I have seen different ways of doing those procedures throughout the beauty industry from different parts of the world. I was always interested in beauty. Technology and art have helped me a lot in the permanent makeup industry because of how precise I need to be, and I still have that artistic eye.”

Mosaic Beauty Art offers micro-blading, powder brow/shading, and a combination of the two and will soon add lips and eyeliner to their client services.

In micro-blading, the client’s eyebrows are done with a hand tool, which creates hair-like strokes. 

“It looks very natural. It’s done for people who are looking for those natural results.”

In powder dye or shading, a machine creates a fuller eyebrow.

“This is more of a makeup look for people who don’t want to have to fill in (their eyebrows) when they put their makeup on.”

Jelena explained that the combination of the two works really well with both client styles because it creates a natural effect of hair-like strokes and shading.

Micro-blading is not recommended for someone regularly dealing with oily skin or having mature skin. Those candidates do much better with powder brows. She said that the decision to get micro-bladed or powdered brows depends on the person’s skin condition, skin type, skincare, and lifestyle. If the person is active regularly outside in the heat, sweating, or the gym working out, the fluids coming out of the skin, sweat, and oil can fade the pigment faster.

The procedure takes two to two and half hours and, with proper care, can last as long as 18 months, with a touchup, with some permanent eyebrow makeup lasting as long as 3-5 years.

Sometimes it isn’t just convenience that brings clients to her shop. Permanent makeup can be very beneficial for cancer survivors who lost their hair as part of chemotherapy and people suffering from alopecia. 

Jelena warns to stay away from alcohol, coffee, and blood thinners (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Vitamin E)-48 hours prior to the appointment for anyone considering micro-blading or powder brows. These items can cause more bleeding during the procedure, which is bad for color retention and the procedure itself. 

“Bleeding pushes the color. Avoiding these are better for color retention and the procedure itself.”

If someone is considering committing to permanent makeup, Jelena meets with them to review the preferred shape. Jelena said that it is not necessary to remove your makeup before a consultation. The client’s makeup style helps Jelena determine the best shape for her brow.

Jelena takes cross-contamination seriously. She takes only one client at a time in her shop. All products used are disposed of after the session, and everything is disinfected before and after each client.

“The first part of the appointment is a consultation, informing the client, talking to the client about the desired brow shape, what they are comfortable with, recommending what would work and look best, but also work with their wishes as well. This is the shape that they are used to or the shape they are filling in when they put their makeup on,” she said. “We try to come to the same page with the client’s wishes and what we think is best for them.” 

The next step is the drawing process. Wearing a mask and gloves, Jelena takes all the measurements to make the client’s eyebrows as symmetrical as possible.  A pre-draw establishes the approved shape or allows for any changes. A numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes, and then Jelena begins the procedure. After the permanent makeup is completed, Jelena goes over the aftercare procedures, providing ointment for proper recovery.  

“The results of everyone’s permanent makeup are based on the health and quality of their skin. Results can vary from person to person, and if you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications, you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation.”

After a permanent makeup procedure, it is essential to avoid Retinol, heavy sweating, protect from sun exposure, avoid saunas, and swim for two weeks for the best possible results.

The healing process is about two weeks, and clients return for a follow-up “Perfecting Session” six weeks after the brows are fully healed to see if any spots are to be filled in and any touchups are needed. 

With a long technology background coupled with the study of creative art, Jelena offers her clients precision skills in the hands of an artist who wants nothing more than to give time back to busy women.

“It’s hard when you have to put eyebrows on every morning. It takes time and can be frustrating if they don’t look the same, or you wonder if they will last all day. To take all that frustration away and have permanent makeup done was life-changing for me. That’s when I fell in love with it, why I wanted to do permanent makeup for a living. I wanted to create that feeling for many other people, and being able to put a big smile on my clients’ faces and bring back their self-esteem is the main reason why I chose this profession.”

Mosaic Beauty Art is located at 3144 Tampa Rd #1 Loft 18, Oldsmar. The shop is open 10 am to 6 pm on Monday through Sunday. To learn more or to book an appointment, visit www.mosaicbeautyart.com.