|What is Permanent Makeup
This Is the placement of pigment, into the skin for the purpose of
enhancing color of your natural hair, create the illusion of makeup
that does not wash off, to mimic hair growth, create or enhance
areola, or to conceal scars on any part of the body.
How long does a procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1-3 hours.
Touch up procedures may, or may not require as much time. .
Some procedures seem to fly by while others take much longer. ie:
If you're extremely still and quiet during eyeliner, the procedure
goes by much faster. Also, if your eyes deep set, with lots of long
full lashes it will take even longer no matter how still you are.
Where eyes that protrude with little to no lashes, may take far less
time. Unless that person needs to take excessive number of
breaks, for whatever reason. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Who should I use? For starters, be sure you're not going to
someone's house, unless it has a completely seperate entrance
and is it's own facility. MAKE SURE THE FACILITY IS LICENSED.
But even a license does not guarantee good work! You must do
your own research to find a technician by considering training,
experience, and portfolio and reputation. It is important to
remember that the shape and proper placement of the procedure
is as important as the right color. The desired look is obtained
during the course of consultation, initial procedure and follow up
procedures. Establishing a good rapport between you and your
technician (or Artist, as I prefer to be called...) should be of utmost
What if I don't like the design or color after the procedure?
I'm a Makeup Artist who has been trained in designing eyebrows
that are right for your face... So I will be happy to assist you in
determining a design, if you wish. The things to take into
consideration are your bone structure, skin tone and facial shape.
You must approve of all design work (color & shape) before we
proceed. This is your face, your procedure and it must meet your
expectations. I do work conservatively and won't do anything I feel
won't give you a subtle, natural look. The most common issue is
with slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur and is easily
adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in about 6
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these
procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to
some extent. Colors will appear darker immediately healing
process. The healing time is different for each individual and
procedure - so it is important to keep this in mind as you are
experiencing the healing process!
Why are multiple sessions necessary?
Every face is different... Each skin type is different. Some skin types
accept the pigment better than other types and more pigment may
be retained in one session with one person over another. Also, fine
details, additional color, depth or design adjustments are more
easily made after the initial healing is complete. A follow-up visit is
always considered vital - if only to meet to discuss healed outcome
of the procedure, take your after picture, and agree that no further
work is necessary. Typically it takes a total of at least 2, possibly 3
applications, 4-8 weeks apart to achieve the desired outcome.
If this is permanent, why are future touch-ups necessary?
Because WE LAYER IN COLOR IN CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS.
The first layer is the lightest so we can see how the color heals
BEFORE we go all the way! Plus, there are always issues that
affect the appearance of your procedure, such as sun exposure,
changing health conditions, smoking, medications, anti-aging
products, and hormonal changes... all these things can have an
effect on your pigment retention. You should keep your follow up
visit since it helps prolong your investment.
Why does permanent makeup fade faster than body tattoos?
Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower
rate due to several different factors. For starters, tattoos are placed
much deeper in the skin on the body. Facial skin is thinner and
more delicate and the color is placed more superficially. This is by
design, so it has a chance to fade OFF, before it fades UGLY! Also,
body art is generally covered up with clothing most of the year and
is not excessively exposed to the UV rays which fade cosmetic
tattoos on the face. Also, the skin on the body is much denser as
compared to facial skin, which is much thinner and again,
influencing the degree of color retention. Listed are some other
factors which cause permanent makeup to fade: body chemistry;
cellular turnover - rejuvenation, etc.; anti-aging products applied
directly over the permanent makeup; choice of color applied (i.e.,
lighter colors will fade quicker than darker colors); and exposure to
sunlight (hence the suggestion of wearing an SPF over your
permanent makeup); and also, the technician’s choice of pigment
(s) used, as well as her experience in applying permanent makeup.
The word "Permanent" scares me.
Don't be afraid. Permanent Makeup is a multi-session process.
The first application will fade for some people by at least 20-30%.
Some people even can fade by up to 50-60%, while others may
loose all color, and others keep a lot of the color. There is no way
to tell how much any one person will fade. You just have to wait to
find out. The length of time that pigment will remain is very
individual. Body chemistry, skin pigmentation, and sun exposure
are just a few of the factors that affect fading.
Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered
permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular
part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off.
However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur,
requiring periodic maintenance or re-freshing. Just like hair color,
furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint,
pigment implanted in the skin will fade to some extent with time.
What if makeup styles change or totally go out of style?
"Baby brows" will not always be in style - True! But patchy, over-
tweezed or NO brows at all - are a definite style breaker. As long as
you aim for a natural classic shape, which can be determined by a
combination of your personal preferences, my suggestions, along
with a mathematical equation based on your own facial features -
you will be safe from the fads that come and go.
What if eyeliner goes out of style?
Can you think of ANY stage in history where the appearance of
darker, thicker eyelashes was NOT popular? The thickness of the
eyeliner certainly. With the eyeliner or lash enhancement
procedure, your natural lash-line is enhanced for a fuller, beautiful,
natural result. Thin, medium, and wide top and bottom eyeliners
are very popular. However, my preference leans toward a more
conservative, clean and natural look.
Is this considered a safe process?
Yes. It is a safe process. But only if conducted by a trained
professional that is educated and follows the proper sanitation and
sterilization procedures. To ensure peace of mind to each of our
clients, we open a sterilized tool and a manufactured sealed
sterilized needle at the beginning of the procedure. The used
needle is placed in a Sharps container when the procedure is
completed. In addition, I sanitize all areas the client will come in
contact with while in my treatment rooms and I apply barrier film to
protect all surfaces from contamination during a procedure. By
conducting our procedures in this manner we feel that our clients'
health and safety have been safeguarded to the highest standards.
After leaving, it is then the client's responsibility to care for the
procedure strictly adhering to the post treatment instructions,
assuring normal healing and the prevention of an infection.
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent
cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include
|Benefits of Permanent Makeup
|...is obtained through understanding!
Immediately after your first session, you will probably love
what you see. But as each hour passes, the pigment that is
exposed to the air becomes increasingly darker due to
something called oxidation. But the GOOD news is, the air is
not affecting the color implanted under the skin. That darker
layer will only be there for a few days as it gives way to the
healing process. The outer cells holding the darker color will
die and gradually slough off. As the topical anesthetics wear
off, redness and swelling may increase. Suddenly, things are
So expect it when I say, that the next day, things will appear
too dark and maybe even a little rough. But, by two weeks out,
things will be a little too light. maybe it may seem to be totally
gone. THIS IS OK. THIS IS BY DESIGN, and will be adjusted
accordingly at the followup procedure(s).
I was taught to apply 30-50% MORE color than what you would
normally wear, in anticipation of the fact that MOST people
loose a lot of color. BUT... I have found, that there are a few
who hold a lot of color. AND I NEVER KNOW WHO WILL OR
WHO WON'T. And I know you don't want to look like your
brows are rounding the corner before you do... I certainly don't!
It's much better to ease into perfection rather than load it up
and hope you will somehow magically slide back into
perfection. So let's take it easy, at first, so I can see what the
pigment will do in YOUR skin. (copyright 2014)
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NOTE: There is more lot to know about Permanent Makeup, than can be
shared in a quick conversation. If you really want to understand the
process, we recommend that you read all of the following pages:
PLAN AHEAD, AFTER CARE & HEALING