What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation are all names for the same thing- implementing pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis (skin). The confusion comes into play when artists use different names for essentially the same treatments. This happens due to cultural differences, artistic expression, and marketing. Regulations in the US vary from state to state, and of course regulations vary from country to country.
Technically in the US all treatments are considered permanent from a health department stand point. The treatments can not be washed off. Because these treatments require opening the skin, all proper sterilization and sanitation needs to be practiced. This is very confusing for the consumer. Some may think they want something semi permanent for a fear of commitment. Some may think they want something to last forever so they never need to worry about it again. Since the skin is a living breathing organism it is desirable to have pigments that fade over time.
Our skin and appearance change over time. Trends change over time. The fading process allows us to make tweaks as the years go on to adopt to a look that is constantly current and flattering. In years past traditional carbon based tattoo ink was used for permanent makeup. It lasted much longer and usually aged to a very unflattering color.
Pigments have advanced a great deal in recent years. Now pigments are made specially for the permanent makeup industry and specifically for the face. The skin on the face is very different than the rest of the body. The combination of advancements in pigments and the fading process allows for a beautiful cosmetic solution that won’t simply be washed off, but can be tweaked as years go on.
What’s semi-permanent makeup?
Semi-permanent makeup is the same thing as permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, and micropigmentation. (See above for complete answer)
What’s the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
There is no difference. They mean the same thing. (See above for complete answer)
What are the most popular permanent and semi-permanent makeup procedures?
In recent years microblading has grown in popularity rather quickly. Perfectly timed with the trend of fuller brows and “no makeup makeup”, many have sought out the treatment. Other popular procedures are eyeliners, lash line enhancement (placing pigment between the lash line as opposed to a line above the lash line, like a traditional liner), and lip colors.
What are signs to look out for to tell whether a procedure is permanent or semi-permanent?
The pigments that are being used affects the longevity of the work. If the pigment is carbon based, it will last much longer (but still fade in color). If the pigment is iron oxide based, it will fade over time.
What are some best practices to take care of permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
The biggest things to be mindful of are your sun exposure and products used on the skin. The sun will fade the work much faster. Any skin care products that are exfoliating, contain acids like glycolic and salicylic, or alpha hydroxy will fade the work faster. Lastly all retinoids need to stay away from the work as they will fade very quickly. Any treatments done to the skin like lasers, chemical peels, and waxing need to stay away from the area.
Is there a way to get rid of permanent makeup if someone decides they don’t want it anymore?
Yes. Laser removals and saline removals both work to remove undesired work.
When deciding on procedures, what are some signs to tell if it’s legitimate and will be safe to do?
Thoroughly research the place of business. Check to make sure they are certified, licensed, and insured. If you are still questioning, book a consultation.
What are some common/good reasons to get permanent/semi permanent makeup?
Many clients turn to permanent makeup so they can decrease their morning routine. Others turn to it as a solution if they are uncomfortable doing their own makeup. Some like the idea of perfecting their base look with permanent makeup, and then building with topical makeup for more glamorous looks. Lastly, clients with allergies to many topical makeup ingredients turn to permanent makeup as a solution from reactions.
Why is there so much skepticism surrounding permanent and semi permanent makeup?
This could be answered in many ways according to personal opinions. I believe that one of the main reasons is that everyone has seen bad work. We have all seen the ladies with brows that look like they were drawn with a sharpie, or have faded to an ugly green color. Unfortunately the good work goes unseen. If performed properly and in a flattering natural way, it should give the illusion of born with it beauty. Similar to the hair industry, talent levels can vary greatly. There is also something to be said for aesthetic preferences. What I think looks like a beautiful brow could look plain and boring to the next person and vice versa. I think pain is also a deterrent to some for pursuing. There are many numbing agents and techniques on the market now that pain can be decreased dramatically.
What is Microblading/cosmetic tattooing/3D brows/micropigmentation?
Microblading is the process of delicately implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin by using sterile, disposable, tiny hand needles to create the appearance of hair strokes. Unlike traditional tattoos that use a machine, the hand needles can create crisp thin lines or “hair strokes”. This technique is meant to be a natural, subtle looking enhancement that creates the illusion of fuller brows. Unlike traditional tattoos, microblading brows are designed to gently fade over time, allowing the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years, as client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur.
Does Microblading hurt?
Pain tolerance varies from person to person. I use two strong topical anesthetics for numbing before and during your procedure to maximize comfort. Most clients rate the pain a 3 in a scale of 1-10, and compare it to having your brows threaded. Some sensitivity comes immediately after the topical anesthetic wears off and after that, there is minimal tenderness and swelling. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
Initial appointments take approximately 2 hours, during which time we will design the brows, discuss color, numb and tattoo. Follow up appointments take approximately 1.5 hours.
How is brow shape and color decided?
When you come to your appointment, I will analyze your skin type and undertones, as well as brow color, natural growth patterns, facial shape, bone structure and will take into consideration how you normally shape/fill in your brows. With my professional opinion and your preferential input, we will design and shape a custom brow to something that is natural and flattering for you. I will match the color closely to your natural brow hair, and only hair that sits outside the newly created frame will be removed.
What kind of pigment do you use?
Regular body tattoos involve carbon based ink, cosmetic tattoo procedures utilize pigments. I use iron oxide based pigments of the highest quality. These pigments are safe to use and are created to slowly fade over time.
How many treatments are needed / Will I need a touch-up?
Microblading is a two step process: an initial session to establish shape, and a perfecting session 4-12 weeks later, during which we will assess your pigment retention and make adjustments. We can schedule your follow up visit 4-12 weeks after the initial service, to give the skin the proper time it needs to fully heal. Depending on your skin type, or if you have very little brow hair (including alopecia), additional touchups might be required and will be charged according to the current price list.
How long will my cosmetic tattoo last?
The pigments won’t wash away like your topical makeup, but they are designed to fade over time. Different factors including skin type, sun exposure, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster), chemical peels coming in touch with the area, will affect how fast the pigment breaks down.
For best results, it is important that you follow up the aftercare instructions and touch up your brows every 1-2 years or as needed. Most clients come for a color boost after 1.5 years.
*Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed, as each unique skin type has different retention and breaks the pigment down at diverse rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment during your 4-12 week touch up (included in the initial procedure price) and make any adjustments necessary. Some people may require additional sessions if they have previous tattoos, light hair, very sparse brows or oily skin.
What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?
Oily skin: it can cause the pigments to blur and heal more “powdery” and lighter.
Smoking: smokers may notice their tattoo will fade faster.
Sun Exposure: Increased sun exposure will result in premature fading. Avoid sun while healing and once healed, put sunblock on your brows.
Color of pigment: lighter colors will fade faster.
Bleeding during the procedure: any bleeding will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Avoid blood thinners prior to and following your appointment, including certain medications (blood thinners, ibuprophen, tylenol, etc.), alcohol and coffee.
What can I expect immediately after getting microblading?
Your 3D brows will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first days. They will gradually soften as the skin heals. You may have some redness and swelling, but it will be minimal and should subside after a couple hours. Slight tenderness may occur for a few days. It is recommended that you follow the aftercare diligently.
How will my cosmetic tattoo will look in the future? What can I expect once it has healed?
There are many variables that will affect your final result including your skin type, skin tone, colors used, skin thickness, medications, lifestyle, amount of natural hair, etc. During your appointment, I will analyze your skin’s undertone to anticipate how pigment color will fade in the future, and mix pigments to ensure a good match to your current eyebrow and hair color. Most of the time, the color will stay true and just soften naturally over time. Sometimes, colors may fade to different tones, which can be corrected at your follow up appointment. Eventually, the eyebrow tattoo will soften and have more of a powdered look. This happens with all clients as skin ages. To keep your strokes looking crisp and fresh, a touch up is recommended every 1-2 years. Results will vary with each individual and can NOT be guaranteed.
Is Microblading right for me?
If you are guilty of over plucking, have sparse/uneven eyebrows, or simply desire to change your shape or get a fuller look, we can make your dream brows come true with Microblading.
What payment methods do you accept?
CASH, VENMO, or VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER and AMEX credit cards are welcome. No checks please.
Do you offer consultations?
Yes, consultations are free of charge for anyone who would like to discuss their cosmetic tattoo before booking an appointment. Consultations are not required to book a Microblading appointment; however, if you have previous microblading or tattoo work, and need a correction, a consultation MUST take place BEFORE booking an appointment.