Permanent Makeup FAQ
I have tried to ask and answer the most commonly asked questions in this FAQ. If however, you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact me through email or by telephone. My contact information can be found on the "Contact" page in the navigation menu.
Who benefits from cosmetic tattoo?
- People who don’t want to spend their time applying makeup
- People who need to look good every day for work and are expected to maintain a certain level of grooming
- People who enjoy sports, swimming and the beach
- Those suffering alopecia and hair loss from medical treatment
- Those who suffer bad eyesight who have trouble applying makeup
- Those who just don’t like the ‘made-up’ look and want to look great in no time
- Those who are always in a rush and feel that applying makeup is a luxury they just don’t have time for!
What is permanent makeup/micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation is also known as tattooing, permanent makeup and permanent cosmetics. It is a non-surgical procedure that implants colored pigments into the dermis (middle layer) of the skin through microscopic injections with an extremely fine needle or a micro-blades.
What is the difference between powder-fill/solid brow and hair-strokes or feathering for eyebrow tattoo?
Powder-fill gives a more defined, solid appearance, and is usually a longer-lasting option, whereas feathering or feather stroke as the name suggests, involves cosmetic tattooing on tiny lines/strokes in a design that gives the appearance of hair. Hair-strokes alone, with no background, do require more re-touching than other methods. A good, longer lasting option can be a combination of these, where a lighter powder-fill will be done at the first appointment, then hair-strokes over the top, to give texture and a realistic, hair like appearance. We can discuss these options and what would give you the best result and your consultation.
Does it hurt?
It varies between person to person, most people experience a little discomfort during the first 5-10 minutes of the treatment, but once the area has been numbed effectively, feel very little. I myself have had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed, and found it was like a light, annoying scratch for the first few minutes, after which I couldn’t feel much – it was a lot more bearable than I had thought!
Is it a safe procedure?
Yes, very. I use a new micro-blades or needles for every client. I sterilize all of my equipment daily using both a sterilizing machine and sterilization bath. Anything that comes into contact with clients, are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. My salon is always kept clean and hygienic. Allergic reactions to the pigments are incredibly rare. The pigments brands used are trusted, long-established USA made brands that have been on the market for decades. The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body, so highly unlikely to cause a reaction.
How are beautiful eyebrows created?
There are basic guiding principles for creating the perfect eyebrow – measurements involving the spacing and the relationship between space, angles of the face, and the nose and eyes as to where the brow should begin, end, and where it should arch. However, there is a great variance between difference faces and what brow suits each – there is no one ‘perfect brow’ for all. I will take some basic measurements of your face, look at symmetry (no one is perfectly symmetrical, not even supermodels!) and work out the best way to balance your face. I will usually ask you to come to the appointment with your brows drawn on exactly as you like them. I find this is a good place to start, as it shows me what you are used to, what your personal makeup style is, and your color preferences. Sometimes some subtle changes are made to the shape and color, if I think this could achieve a better result. I will always show you the drawn shape before I begin tattooing, for your approval. The technique I have been trained to use is truly unique and gives the most natural looking appearance of real hair that can be achieved.
How does eyeliner tattoo interact with eyelash extensions?
Unfortunately, eyelash extensions MUST be removed at least 3 days prior to any eyeliner treatment. Complete healing (2-3 weeks) must occur before they should be re-applied. However, for any extensions applied by me, removal is free – please be sure to book it in a few days prior to your treatment though! The good news is that as soon as healing has taken place, you can have your extensions reapplied. Imagine how fantastic that will be – never having to worry about mascara or eyeliner again!
Why is it important to go to your 2nd/adjustment appointment?
I feel that two appointments are necessary to create fantastic, long-lasting brows, particularly for the hair-stroke method that seems to be the most popular at the moment. In the first appointment, a shape is established, color saturation occurs, or the first set of hair-stokes.
The second appointment is to reinforce the pigment (fill any spots where color did not take as well, or where hair-strokes faded, as they can do), often using a slightly darker color, to give a more realistic, 3D appearance. Sometimes, for eyeliner, minor swelling can occur, and a second appointment is needed to make minor shape adjustments to complete the final look. Often however, it is not. You don’t have to come to you second appointment if you feel it’s unnecessary. However, I highly recommend it, particularly in the case of hair stroke brows. They will last longer if you come in a second time.
What colors/pigments can I choose from?
I have a large range of pigments, however normally I will blend 2 or sometimes even 3 pigments to create a customized color for you. For eyeliner, normally true black is used, but there are other options, such as very dark brown, dark blue, violet and green, and charcoal grey.
How long does it last for?
Permanent makeup can last for years. Keep in mind that as you become accustomed to your new makeup it is not uncommon to want more. You want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years. The length of years your permanent makeup lasts is dependent on several factors including skin type, sun exposure and lifestyle.
What should I expect?
If you are undergoing permanent makeup application, I will draw the shape of the eyebrow, eyeliner, or lip liner with a makeup pencil for your approval.
Ink colour will be customized to suit your skin tone. Topical anesthetic cream will be applied to prevent discomfort before and throughout the procedure. You will be laying down or semi-reclined for the majority of the treatment.
What can I expect after the tattooing process?
You may experience some tenderness around the eyebrows for one hour after the procedure. Cold compress will help relieve any discomfort. Do not wash the area for 24 hours, moisturize with post-care-balm or a light moisturizer to relieve discomfort. Eyebrows will look slightly darker for one week, this can easily be covered with makeup powder/foundation. The dark colour will slowly ‘flake or peel’ off after 1 week, DO NOT PICK OR PEEL it off yourself! Keep moisturizing the area to prevent itching and scratching. After the brows are fully peeled, they may appear lighter before the true colour comes out from under the healed skin.
The lips may be tender for the first 3 hours. Lip balm should be applied as much as possible for the first two weeks. You will experience shedding and lip colour peeling between 2-3 weeks. The colour may appear lighter after all the skin has shed, your final results will show after 3 weeks.
Eyeliner treatments may cause minor swelling to the upper eyelid, swelling can be reduced by placing cold compress to the eyes every few hours. Do not wash the area for 24 hours after your permanent eyeliner treatment, moisturize with a light oil, eye cream or post-care-balm. For the first 5 days, expect your eyeliner to look like dark liquid eyeliner make up, it will slowly flake off and peel. After 2 weeks, it may appear lighter before the true colour comes out from under the healed skin.