Portland >Beauty > Erik Berntsen at Studio One
4380 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9723945.491053 -122.671146
Neighborhoods: Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated, Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill
Skeptical at first but 100% Satisfied
To be honest, Alicia B's negative review scared me. I made the appointment anyway seeing how many other positive reviews Eric had and decided to judge for myself whether or not I wanted this guy poking at my face with a needle and permanent ink.
I couldn't remember whether or not I was supposed to come in with my eyebrows done up, so I left them natural. I came in without a picture and no point of reference for how I wanted them done. I explained to Eric how I do my eyebrows, where I shade them, the type of look I'm going for, etc. So he penciled in the picture he had built in his mind. Remember folks, no point of reference for him to go off of. I was so excited to have a pro draw in my brows, so when he sat me up and had me look in the mirror...I had to hide the shock on my face. They were too dark, too angular, not a shape I was at all used to and made me look mean. My heart about jumped up in my throat at that point and I really wanted to bolt for the door. But instead, I calmly told Eric that I wanted this section rounded out, this part thinner, this part lighter etc. He happily sat me back in the chair and started cleaning up my brows while I tried to figure out an exit plan. I had no faith at all in the outcome. Five minutes later, Eric sat me up in the chair and I reluctantly looked again. This time I was shocked because they were absolutely PERFECT! I mean, I am extremely particular about the way I've been drawing my eyebrows on for the past 13 years and somehow he was able to conjure up the same shape and shading in all the different areas to the T! Eric assured me they would look even better once he 1)actually used the right color tattoo ink and 2)they lighten up after healing. So he sits me back once again after we pick the ink color and starts tattooing.
In my mind I think a couple of dinky eyebrows are gonna take no longer than 30 mins...I have some large body tattoos to use as a time reference. I'm laying there mentally keeping track of every stroke and how much time is passing. I start to freak out again inside. I have these horrible images of me sitting up and looking in the mirror to see these thick ink block eyebrows that are now permanent. I calm myself down by thinking that the strokes probably feel much larger because they hurt and that if worse comes to worse, they can be "removed". An hour later I sit up. Eric hands me the mirror. I look. I see the most AMAZING set of eyebrows that have ever been perched on my brow bone. Better than I've ever drawn them. Perfectly even. Perfectly shaped. And best of all...they look great on me! Eric assures me that they probably look a bit too dark, but they will look less dramatic once they heal. Fresh tattoos always look darker, I know this, so I completely trust what he's saying.
We schedule my follow up appointment and I happily slap down my payment. I don't have to fuss with my eyebrows every morning. They won't sweat off at the gym. They won't wash off when I go inner tubing with my friends. They look absolutely beautiful. This is all so totally worth it and I am blown away by Eric's skill.
Moral of the story? Give the guy the benefit of the doubt and don't let one negative comment ruin it. Check him out for yourself. He's definitely open to opinions and what the customer wants and didn't go running the other direction when I had him make changes. He was very open, friendly, receptive and delivered more than I expected in the end.
DOES NOT RECOMMEND!
It seems that all the negative reviews of this vendor have been removed... coincidence? However, I managed to read one before it was removed and it had mentioned that Erik Berntsen was overrated. I would have to concur with this comment. Erik did NOT spend a lot of time on my appointment like others have so graciously vowed. He rushed through the appointment and discounted my opinions on MY OWN eyebrows. He also does NOT know his techniques and is extremely unknowledgeable in his own trade/expertise. I would definitely NOT recommend him and advise to keep looking. He is grossly overpriced for his mediocre service, and will run the other direction if you confront him with his shortcomings. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a service that you will have to live with for the rest of our life. Please make sure you do your homework and listen to my warning, there are more better equipped professionals and Erik Berntsen is not one of those.
Living Social had a voucher fr eyeliner that I had to take advantage of...and boy am I glad!
Erik is a real professional, uses a small tattoo machine and topical lidocaine so it's not really as painful as I feared. I was so impressed that I made an appointment to have my eyebrows done. Had that applied today and I love it. I go back in 6 weeks for tough-ups, which are included in the basic price.
Specials on his website....Do check it out!
Wow! Do they look good! Eye makeup is hard for me since my close range vision has gone bad..hard to put eyeliner on with glasses on...now I don't have to worry about it. A bit of blush and a swipe of mascara and makeup is done.
Hello Beautiful – I have always wanted to get permanent eyebrows. While my hair is dark, my eyebrows are extremely light. When I got the permanent eyebrows done they looked beautiful! I felt as if I had gotten a face lift. Erik is extremely professional and I am very satisfied with the work I had done! I would recommend him to anyone! LOVE THE BROWS THANKS AGAIN!!!
A definite find – I am a perfectionist in many areas, which is why I was very squeamish at the thought of having tattooed(sp?) makeup. I researched everyone in the Portland Metro area and hand-picked Erik based on his reviews. I was not disappointed. First of all he is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I was so nervous but he made everything as painless as possible. I have so much self confidence now.I strongly recommend anyone who wants very nice eyebrows and permanent eyeliner to see him. He was able to show me how much care and attention to detail he takes- definitely the sign of a perfectionist. I left feeling like a model with perfect eyebrows- perfect color, perfect shape.
A+ Eyebrows – Recently I had permanent eyebrow tattooing done by him. Love them. Very very natural results, even my close girlfriends and my boyfriend still haven't noticed that they're permanent, and that I don't apply makeup to my eyebrows anymore :-) FYI: Your eyebrows will look much darker in the first 2-3 days. I just camouflaged them with my bangs and told my boyfriend that I'm doing some treatment for my eyebrows that helps them grow better, and I'm not supposed to remove the dark substance for couple of days; he didn't question me :-) The free touch-up after the initial tattoo is nice although I haven't felt they need anything different. Best part is waking up in the morning and not having to put on my face! Yea!!!
I was hesitant about getting permanent makeup after seeing bad eyebrow tattoos on some women. They must have got theirs at cheap places. Don't waste your time trying to save a few bucks when it comes to your face. You get what you pay for. Go and see him if this is something you are considering.
Absolutely Fabulous – I had been wanting to have permanent makeup for quite awhile. I lost most of my eyebrow hair years ago (not sure why) and just wanted to fill some sparse areas on them. There are very few people who offer this sort of treatment around where I live (the Oregon Coast) and they did not seem very good so I searched around a bit and found Erik. I wasn't sure about the process and had many questions and the incredibly wonderful receptionist at Studio One answered many of them. She arranged for Erik to speak to me over the phone about the more specific things I wanted to know. I came in from Manzanita the following week for a consultation but was so impressed I had my brows and eyeliner done at that point. I'm very glad I did, they look absolutely fabulous. Thank you Erik for all of your time and effort and for giving me back what I thought I would never again have! Francesca Rouselle.
Happy Me – Nice work and thank you, I must admit I was very pleased with the outcome of this, I recently moved to Portland from Hawaii and was referred to Erik by a well known permanent cosmetic technician here. I did my research (as you must) and Erik was held with very high regard. Already considering having my eyeliner done.
Finally – These are the eyebrows I've been wanting for years but never thought I could have. Knew what I wanted because a girlfriend of mine had her eyeliner done by him so I knew he was good. I skipped the consultation and just went ahead and scheduled my brows as soon as I could. I absolutely love my eyebrows.
Love my permanent eyebrows! – Just wanted to post a comment regarding the professional and friendly way in which Erik carried out my recent cosmetic treatment. After many years of struggling to keep pencilled eyebrows looking perfect and natural and getting them to stay on, I finally found out about the cosmetic procedure of permanent makeup. I was initially wary of having it done but after doing research I consulted with 3 other permanent makeup people around Portland but after talking to Erik I was confident that he was the right choice. He listened! The other two people just talked about how great they were and how happy all of their clients were. Erik listened to what I wanted and took the time to make sure he knew exactly what my expectations were. He showed me some pictures of clients brows so I knew what to expect. Within ten minutes I knew he would be able to do my eyebrows exactly the way I wanted and without any problems. Since having the treatment I no longer have to pencil on my eyebrows each day and worry about them being rubbed off during the course of the day. I have just returned from a vacation overseas and enjoyed being able to use the pool and to swim without the worry of having to redo my eyebrows each time I took a swim. Although the treatment is on the spendy side I feel it is definitely worth every penny. I could have spent thousands more on an eyelift but why? Don't need to now and I have the added benefit of permanent eyebrows. I have already scheduled a time to have my lipliner done. I can't wait for that. I can't thank him enough for the difference that his expert service has made to my daily life and have already referred two friends to him for eyeliner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Erik to any of my friends or family. Sincerely, Barb Harris, Oregon City.
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