Permanent Makeup Frequently Asked Questions

What is cosmetic tattooing?
Permanent Cosmetics, also called Semi-Permanent Makeup, Micropigmentation or Cosmetic Tattooing is the process of implanting colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis to resemble the appearance of cosmetic makeup or to enhance the natural features of the face.

How long does it last?
Permanent cosmetics are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the skin and cannot be washed off. As with any tattoo, fading will occur, requiring periodic color refreshers for maintenance. This periodic maintenance retouch is a good opportunity to re-evaluate color and design preferences. While the concept of permanent, without any change, may seem like a perfectly good idea, think about how your tastes have changed over the years. Longevity varies for each individual depending on their life style (sun exposure), the color used for the permanent cosmetic procedure, and topical skin care products applied to the skin. On average most clients come in for a maintenance retouch every 1-2 years.

Is it painful?
Most people experience minor discomfort although this will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. Various topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure that will help keep you as comfortable as possible.

What types of pigments do you use?
I use pigments which are made specifically for permanent cosmetics. I use a couple brands that I love which all have iron oxides, distilled water, alcohol, glycerin and general colors that are found in all retail makeup.

Who is ineligible for microblading?
I do not provide microblading for people: under 18 years old, pregnant or nursing, if you have diabetes, glaucoma, skin diseases such as shingles, psoriasis or eczema on the area of treatment, allergies to makeup, Keloid disorder, HIV/Hepatitis, skin cancer, hemophilia, or if you’re taking skin medications like accutaine and steroids.

How do you choose the shape?
We choose your custom shape and style together. At the beginning of your appointment we will discuss what you want your new brows to look like (pictures help as references) Then I will come up with a design shape specific to your wants and bone structure. I will make measurements to make them as symmetrical and position them as much as possible.

How do you choose a color?
We choose a color together by applying small amounts of different colored pigments to the skin near to your brows and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. No remember while choosing your color it will fade 40-60% after your first visit.

What is the difference between Powdered Eyebrows and Microblading/Hairstrokes?
The Powder Brow technique creates a beautiful, soft shaded eyebrow that works well on all skin types. Depending on the clients desired results, this advanced technique can offer both a very soft/natural powdered look to a beautiful bold powdered look. This technique is my personal favorite because the healed results are natural and soft, yet still clean and defined… everything I think beautiful brows should be!

Mircoblading, or the hair stroke eyebrow technique is the process where pigment is implanted into the skin to simulate actual hair. Depending on skin types, some clients may have crisp healed results while others may have a more powdery healed result. This technique often needs more maintenance, and as time goes on and more maintenance retouches are performed, the hair strokes will likely age to more of a powdery look in the skin.

Do you offer Microblading/Hairstrokes?
No. I am no longer offering microblading or any hair stroke technique whatsoever. Throughout my experience as a permanent makeup artist and offering both powder and hair stroke style eyebrows, I have grown to favor the Powder Brow technique and have decided to stick to what I believe is the best for my clients… now as well as long term.

Do you take a client with existing cosmetic tattooing from another artist?
Yes, but on a case by case basis. An in-person consultation is required to check for pigment saturation, placement and the degree of scar tissue present in your existing tattoo. Feel free to email photos for my recommendations.

Do I have to schedule an in-person consultation prior to my procedure?
No. We will go through the consultation process via email and schedule your procedure after the email consultation is complete and you are determined.

How do I schedule my appointment?
Please click on the “home” button, then click “schedule today”

What should I do before my procedure?
Please refer to the Pre/Post Care page.