Photos by // Michael Gleason Photography
They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. If you don’t have them, you want them. And when you have them…they can change your whole look. I’m talking eyebrows…the new trendy handbag for women everywhere.
So if you’re in the market for a new set of brows, whom do you turn to? The Brow Girl, Anne Tenbusch.
But don’t think you’ll find hot wax or tweezers when you visit her. She specializes in microblading. It’s semi-permanent makeup that uses a manual tool with blades to implant pigments, stroke by stroke, under your skin. It may sound intense, but Tenbusch says it’s basically painless and any discomfort is worth it.
“Eyebrows can change your life,” she says. “When [women are] not feeling good about themselves it just gives confidence…guys would never understand,” she says. Tenbusch sure does.
“I swear when I go to the grocery store, that’s all I see…eyebrows,” she says with a laugh.
She has created the market for microblading in mid-Michigan with her business, Pretty n’ Ink by Anne. “Some of them cry and say, ‘You don’t know the confidence this has given me,’” she says.
Her clients come from as far as Battle Creek, and she’s booked six to eight weeks out, seeing five to seven clients a day. “They walk through the door and I can already see the eyebrows I’m going to do on them,” she says.
The process takes a little less than two hours, costs around $350 and lasts almost a year.
“It’s about enhancing what you already had, not trying to make it look fake.”
“I wanted to make it my craft,” she says. “I knew after going out there I wanted it to be my career.”
But first she needed clients. Luckily, her friend saw an opening at a Grand Blanc medical spa. Tenbusch called them, got an interview and started work. Her first clients were family, friends and coworkers.
“I would have only one person a day but they kept saying, ‘No you’re going to build,’” Tenbusch says. Her family and friends were right.
Some of them cry and say, “You don’t know the confidence this has given me.” — Anne Tenbusch
“I got on Facebook and started running some specials,” she remembers. Those specials paired with her before and after microblading pictures helped spread the word about her business.
“I would get six to 10 phone calls after a post,” Tenbusch says. “That’s your biggest thing right there. If you can get people to tell other people for you. That’s what happened here.”
Now, she has five-star rating on Facebook and nearly 2,000 followers who are constantly posting pictures and videos in support of her. “Put yourself out there, do a good job,” she advises. They’re going to tell 10 of their friends.”
Now, it’s time for Pretty n’ Ink to expand again. “I always saw this as a stepping-stone,” she says.
Tenbusch is moving the business to Rochester Hills. “The unknown is scary,” she says. “I didn’t know if it would happen and now looking back at it, yeah, I’m really proud of myself. I’m a single mom and I’m making it happen.”
She hopes to keep making it happen in the future. Tenbusch sees herself one day owning her own space and training other permanent makeup artists to microblade.
“I think it’s an art,” she says. “I never realized what an impact this could make on people,”
And for women in search of perfect brows, that impact goes far. “I know it sounds silly…eyebrows,” she says. “But it changes some of their lives.”
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