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Treatments enhance real 'dolls'

Donna Harris offers services to keep youthful appearances

STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Donna Harris, owner of Grand Aesthetics by Donna, has opened a salon in Lake Oswego. She

Long before she was a successfully licensed esthetician, Donna Harris learned how to create pretty faces by painting doll faces.

“I could create a different look by how I drew the brows,” Harris said. “I could make them grumpy or happy. People called me the Eyebrow Pro.” But it wasn’t until she helped a friend by applying her makeup that Harris realized her true calling as an esthetician. That was 17 years ago. For the past 10 years, she has operated a large studio in Beaverton, but she recently downsized the operation and opened Grand Aesthetics by Donna, a salon at Kruse Professional Building in Lake Oswego.

Through many years’ experience Harris has discovered what works and what doesn’t, and she focuses on offering products and services that provide the best benefits and longest-lasting effects. Harris’ motto is “Age Later!” She helps all ages protect their skin from the environment to help clients maintain a youthful complexion.

“No fluff and buff facials,” she said.

She provides results-oriented skincare treatments, such as ultrasonic exfoliation and microdermabrasion, which she says removes dead skin cells to even out skin tone while stimulating circulation, giving the skin a smooth, youthful appearance. With the ultrasonic exfoliation, a water solution is applied to the skin to loosen surface dead skin cells. A spatula-like utensil activated by ultrasonic sound waves lifts the skin cells off the skin, allowing the water solution to hydrate the newly exposed skin cells. Results are visible after the first treatment.

An eyebrow before permanent makeup is applied.

An eyebrow after permanent makeup has been applied.

Permanent makeup has long been popular in Europe and on the East Coast, and Harris is making waves with the service locally. She purchased special equipment two years ago so she could bring a freshness to clients’ faces by adding permanent color to eyebrows, eyelids and lips.

“I’m just bringing back that natural lip color,” she said. “And you tend to look washed out if you don’t have eyebrows.”

She explained that facial skin is much different than body skin, and special inks must be used.

“Body art ink is different than face ink,” she said. “Body art ink will ‘migrate’ if used on the face, since the skin is different on the face than on the body. Face ink is safe and won’t blur.”

This mans head has been treated with permanent makeup to give him the illusion of having a buzz cut.

Harris also uses the face ink to apply scalp tattoos, which give the illusion of a thicker, fuller head of hair. They can be applied to bald heads or help fill in a thinning head of hair.

“Men and women both use this treatment,” she said. “Men can go from bald to that buzz cut look instantly. Thinning hair can be awkward to cover up but this works. It’s very popular on the East Coast.” With special equipment, the process takes less than two hours.

As with all tattoos, how long the color stays vibrant depends on a number of factors, including how well you protect it from sunlight, which Harris calls the “enemy of tattoos.” Though called permanent, the treatments will gradually fade and may need to be redone in about a year.

“Wouldn’t you love to wake up with lipstick and your makeup on every morning?” she said.

Where she started painting faces on dolls, Harris has turned her talent to painting permanent makeup on real-life “dolls.”

“These are people’s faces,” Harris said. “It had better look fantastic if it is going to have my name on it!”

A grand opening will be held from 4-7 p.m. April 4. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and receive a free gift.

Grand Aesthetics is located at 15171 S.W. Bangy Road, Suite 135, Lake Oswego. Harris also holds office hours at Mia Bella Salon. To schedule an appointment, call or text 503-421-1093, or visit the website, grandaesthetics.com.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..