Permanent Makeup FAQ's
WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING?
Cosmetic tattooing (also referred to as permanent makeup) is the process of implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin with disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup, or to enhance the face's natural features.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC TATTOOING AND MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing or semi-permanent make-up which consists of manually implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to create the appearance of natural hair strokes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROBLADING, COMBINATION BROWS, AND POWDER BROWS?
Microblading is solely hair stroke tattooing. This is best for clients with normal to dry, healthy skin.
Combination brows combine microblading with shading. This is a good option for clients who have areas of the brow that are very sparse or do not grow hair, or for clients who like a more defined, yet still natural look. This can also be better for clients with oily or combination skin.
Powder brows resemble a powder makeup fill. This is a great option for clients with oily skin, or tough/porous skin in the brow area. This can also be a wonderful option for clients who have had previous microblading that did not heal ideally.
WHAT IF I'M NOT SURE WHICH TYPE OF BROW IS BEST FOR ME?
Don't worry! Book the type of brow appointment that you think best suits you! Your appointment will include a full consultation within it where we discuss your goals and concerns, and we'll make a decision together! Each different brow procedure takes relatively the same amount of time to complete, so it's not a big deal if we switch to a different type when you come in.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup is NOT recommended for those who are/have:
receiving Chemotherapy (Consult doctor first)
pacemaker or major heart issues
received an organ transplant
Normal to dry skin types are best-suited for microblading. If you have very oily skin, or very aged skin, this procedure will most likely not work for you, and you are better-suited for a powder brow. Oily skin types heal with either little to no retention, or with blurry, diffused strokes and are much better off choosing a permanent powder fill or blade & shade option for their brows. Ultra sensitive skin types often bleed much more during the procedure which can also cause poor retention.
If you are pregnant, taking blood thinners, or have active eczema or psoriasis wounds in the brow area, cosmetic tattooing is not an option for you.
If you are anemic or a smoker, your pigment will likely fade much faster than average.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have had any previous microblading or brow tattooing done in the past that is still even slightly visible, your brows will most likely be considered a correction/coverup and your appointment needs to be booked as such! Clear photos of your previously tattooed brows are required and must be approved before booking. If you book a corrective/coverup procedure before getting approved, you run the risk of forfeiting
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Everyone's skin is different and some people retain pigment better than others. Most clients find themselves wanting a brow "refresher" appointment anywhere from 9-18 months, but you would likely see remnants of pigment for 2-3 years if you were to leave them alone after your first session, depending on a number of different factors. Sun exposure, the rate of skin cell regeneration, pigment absorption rate, skin type, and color choice all have an affect on how long they will last. Generally, lighter colors will need refreshers sooner than darker colors.
DOES IT HURT?
Everyone has different levels of sensitivity and pain tolerance. A highly effective topical anesthetic is applied before and during the procedure to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible for the duration of the appointment. Many of our clients fall asleep mid-procedure!
HOW LONG IS THE PROCEDURE?
The majority of your tattoo appointment is dedicated to numbing and discussing a shape and color. We map everything out so that there are no bad surprises in the end. Your initial appointment can take 2-3 hours from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, but the actual tattooing process takes around 60 minutes for most procedures. Touchup appointments typically take about an hour and a half.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY PERMANENT MAKEUP APPOINTMENT?
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY (This pertains to all cosmetic tattoo procedures):
No working out or any activity that will cause excessive sweating the day of your procedure. This includes before your appointment as well.
Absolutely no alcohol or caffeine within 24 hours of the procedure.
Avoid blood thinning medications for 48-72 hours prior to procedure. This includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, Vitamin E, and Fish Oil supplements (Tylenol is OK).
No waxing or tweezing the area 3 days before your appointment.
No botox or fillers 2 weeks prior to or after your brow or lip procedure. No fillers in lips.
No tanning or excessive sun 30 days prior or after procedure. If you come to your appointment with a fresh tan or sunburn we will not be able to perform the procedure. You will forfeit your appointment and will be charged 50% of the service cost.
No Latisse or lash serums for two weeks prior to or after your eyeliner or lash enhancement appointment. This rule does not pertain to brow or lip appointments.
No facials, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion treatments near the treated area for 3-4 weeks after your procedure.
No Retin A or retinols for 7 days prior. And no Accutane for 1 year prior to procedure. No exceptions!
No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or resurfacing facial treatments 2 weeks prior.
The procedure will not be performed if you have any lesions, irritation, or pimples. If moles are removed from area prior to procedure, they need to heal 1 month before microblading.
There is no guarantee how your skin will heal and take to the pigments. Every client has unique skin and some may take to the pigment better than others.
HOW LONG IS THE HEALING PROCESS?
It takes approximately 6-8 weeks to fully heal from any cosmetic tattooing procedure. Immediately after the appointment the pigment will appear darker than how it will once it is fully healed. After the procedure it is normal to experience some tenderness and swelling for the next 24-48 hours. After the first week, the surface color will naturally exfoliate and leave a softer color. Between weeks 4-6 is when the skin completes its healing and the pigment will darken a bit.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER?
Please avoid any makeup touching the treated area for AT LEAST a week after the procedure, preferably two weeks. This is crucial for avoiding infection and for getting the best healed results possible. You may resume wearing your other makeup as you normally do as long as you are taking care to avoid the healing area.
CAN I WORK OUT AFTER?
You must refrain from any exercise or activity that causes excessive sweating for the first week after your procedure. Once again, this is important if you want the best possible outcome for your permanent makeup. You want to protect your investment and your artist's work, so plan accordingly!
DO I NEED TO COME TO MY TOUCHUP APPOINTMENT?
It is highly recommended and will solidify anything that might have faded after the first treatment. Most permanent cosmetics (especially brows) require a minimum of 2 sessions to solidify the pigment. Everyone heals differently, so if you do not heal perfectly the first time, don't worry!
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE?
After your cosmetic tattoo has healed, a good sunscreen should be applied to the area daily (no sooner than 10 days). Sun exposure will cause color to fade faster. The pigments used are iron-oxide based and your body absorbs it as mineral irons, so the color will naturally fade over time. The fading speed depends on a number of different factors including skin type, sun exposure, pigment color used, and iron deficiency.
If you are planning a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser treatment on your face, please inform the technician! Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.