In cosmetic tattooing (i.e., permanent makeup), the artist is using pigments instead of the pure ink used in conventional tattooing. The pigments aren't deposited as deeply into the skin as conventional tattoo inks are. Pigments are made with iron oxide (inorganic) and Lakes (organic) and create a softer look than tattoo ink. Unlike body art which features vibrant colors that last a lifetime, permanent makeup creates more natural colors and generally lasts 1 to 3 years. In both cases, the color will fade to varying extents over time and are affected by your lifestyle. Exposure to sun is the primary reason any tattooing fades, so wear your sunscreen or cover up! Other factors that affect color retention include your age and metabolism, the shade of the color implanted, skin type and condition, certain drugs and medications, smoking, and skin-peeling treatments like microdermabrasion and Retin-A.
When you arrive for your appointment, the first thing we'll do is apply a numbing agent. Then we'll discuss the right color for your eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, and/or areolas and the general size and shape you'd prefer. Once the numbing cream has had time to work, we'll draw on your eyebrows, eye liner, lip liner, or areolas so that you can see what they'll look like and request changes before we start laying in the pigment. This makes it so that you can fully customize your look to exactly what YOU are looking for. Unlike salons that have technicians and estheticians, we have ARTISTS. We understand how to make you look your absolute best while still helping you look like your natural self. Only after you have approved the plan do we start laying in the pigment. We'll do a couple passes with pigment, numbing you again in between each pass. When we're done, you get to see what's been accomplished and request any additions for one final pass.
Depending on the procedure(s) you're getting, your appointment will last 1 - 3 hours.
Most people will require a touch-up appointment 4-6 weeks after your procedure. Don't worry, it's free! While as much color as possible saturates the tattooed area during the initial procedure, some pigments absorb differenty in different areas, resulting in a slight unevenness. In order to ensure the perfect look, we recommend that you return so that we can refine and even out your color once the skin has healed. Following the second appointment, you will need to get your color refreshed every 1 to 3 years depending on your sun exposure and lifestyle.
For more information on how to prepare for your appointment, visit our Before/After Care page.
We use numbing agents to make you comfortable throughout the procedure. Most people report feeling some pressure during the procedures, but not pain. We check in with you regularly to make sure you're not feeling pain, and can reapply the numbing agents as necessary. Following the procedure, there will be mild redness, tenderness, bruising and/or swelling that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Ice packs can help reduce the swelling. Applying ointment as directed on your aftercare sheet will minimize scabbing. Most people can go about their normal daily routines.
Not everyone is a good candidate for permanent makeup. Some contraindications are:
- If you have diabetes, glaucoma, hypertension, or hepatitis
- If you're pregnant or nursing
- If you're under 18
- If you are taking blood thinners
- If you have skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, jaundice, rashes, blisters, or skin infections
- If you experience Keloid scarring easily
- If you are allergic to topical anesthetics
- If you are allergic to makeup, please request an allergy spot test with us 2 days before your appointment
- If you have taken chemo within the last 6 months, you will need to obtain a doctor's release to have your procedure done
- If you have active skin cancer in the area to be microbladed or tattooed
- If you have any healing disorders, such as hemophilia
- If you are currently using Retin A, Glycolic acid, Acutane, or if you have recently undergone a chemical/skin peel
- If you are having permanent eyeliner done, please wait at least 3 months following eye surgery
If you're not sure or have any questions, feel free to call us before making an appointment! You can check out our pricing here.