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Permanent Make-Up

 

 

 

Permanent Makeup

FAQs

 

Q:  What is permanent makeup?

A:  Permanent Makeup (PMU), or micropigmentation, is the process of implanting specially formulated pigment into the skin via various cosmetic tattooing techniques (described below).  When done correctly, it can be life-changing!! 

Q:  Does it hurt?

A:  Numbing agents are used throughout the procedure to keep you comfortable.  The level of discomfort one experiences will vary from person to person, but the procedure should not be painful.  

Q:  How permanent is it really?

A:  All procedures fade over time.  Individual results will vary.  Skin type, age, sun exposure, skincare products, and lifestyle in general all play a role in retention.  The occasional touch-up is recommended to maintain color and freshness. 

Q:  What can I expect my brows to look/feel/heal like after?

A:  The stages of healing can best be explained by clicking on this visual aide: 

Q:  Why do I need to come back 4-8 weeks after the procedure? 

A:  All PMU procedures are considered a 2-step process before being complete.  There may be small areas that didn't retain the pigment as well, and/or it also gives the opportunity to fine-tune and make any adjustments on the color/length/density/etc.  Due to a variety of factors, some may need to come back for an a third session.  You may find you are happy with the results feeling no need to return, but as the perfection session is an integral part of the process to get the best results and retention, it is strongly recommended.

Q:  How often is a touch-up needed?

A:  Brows typically require a touch up within 1-2 years. 

Lips & Eyeliner may maintain retention for 2-3 years before you'll feel the need for a touch-up.

Q:  Why does it sometimes fade out and change color?

A:  Basic color theory.  All colors are made up of the 3 primary colors. Therefore, all permanent makeup pigments have an original base using a combination of red, blue, and yellow.  Depending on the client's undertones and the base (& quality) of the pigments your artist uses, in conjunction with the client's lifestyle, sun exposure and other factors, it can fade out with these base colors.  (And another reason why you should research your artist's work!)  

Q:  How long is each procedure?

A:  All initial procedures are about 2.5 hours or less.  Touch-ups are about 1.5 hours or less.

 

Q:  How do I schedule?

A:  Please fill out the contact form and I will be in touch within 24 hours either via the email address &/or phone number you provide.  $100 nonrefundable deposit is required to book all first-time PMU procedures.  Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and credit card are all accepted for deposit.

Q:  What is your cancellation policy?
A:  Contacting to reschedule within 1 week of your initial appointment may result in a $50 rebooking fee. Having to cancel/reschedule the included touch-up session with less than 3 days notice will require a $100 deposit to reschedule.

 

 

PMU Procedures

 

Brows . . .

 

Consultation*  30 minutes, $50

To have a better understanding of the process, discuss things in more detail, and get to preview how the end result will look, come in for a consultation!  You will arrive with your brows filled in with make-up (if this is something you do).  First, I'll clean up and give your existing brows a proper shaping (with or w/o wax) before mapping out and filling in the suggested shape to help you envision the end result.   We'll go over your options, discuss expectations, review contraindications, and review pre-care and post care.  Whenever you are ready to book, the consultation fee will be applied to your procedure. 

 *All procedures involve a very thorough consultation. It is not necessary to book a separate consultation prior to your procedure, but you will need to review any possible contraindications that could affect you being a candidate listed in the Pre/Post-Care section below.                      . 

ALL Brow Procedures,  $599

 w/Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50 studio fee

The different techniques I perform are described below, which I use in combination to get the best, most natural results based on skin type, desired shape, and other contributing factors. 

-Microblading is a cosmetic procedure using a tiny sterile blade to scratch hair-like strokes into the skin. 

(not suitable for skin that has larger pores, oily, sun-damaged, or darker skin tones)

-Powder Brow / Ombre Brow / Microshading (it goes by many names) is a cosmetic procedure suitable for most skin types, using a small electric skin pen machine to shade / fill in sparse areas, giving a nice soft shape as if your brows have been filled in with make-up/powder.  

-Combo Brow / Blade n' Shade is a combination of the above techniques (which is what I typically do for most clients)

Brow Touch-Ups

Perfection Session (4-8 weeks after initial procedure)  $50 studio fee 

2-8 months  $150  

9-15 months  $250 

16-23 months  $350  

24+ months  $350+ 

Touching Up Another Artist's Work (photos must be submitted before booking)  $299+

Eyeliner . . 

Eyeliner  

Lashliner (as described below), with the added drama and definition of eyeliner above the lashline.

$599 top & bottom 

$350 top or bottom only 

Custom, soft smoke, extra thick, baby wing, etc.  $50+

Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50

Lash Liner  

Super minimal but with maximum impact!  Pigment is worked into the lashline, giving the illusion of much thicker lashes without looking like makeup.

$499  top & bottom 

$299  top only 

Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50

Touch-up &/or Color Correction

$250+ (photos must be submitted for evaluation prior to booking)

Lips . . .

Lip Blush $599 

Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50

is a cosmetic tattooing procedure using an electric machine to implement soft pixels of color, enhancing the lip color like a lip stain.  Can help define the vermillion border, enhance the cupid's bow, correct discoloration, create balance, and give a fuller more youthful appearance.  Available in many gorgeous flattering shades with results lasting up to 3 years or longer!  

 

 

 

 

Ombre Lip Blush $699

Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50

Similar to the above description, but with the addition of craftily blended shades to give a fuller, more 3D effect

 

Lip Liner Only $499  

Perfection Session 4-8 weeks post-procedure, $50

Lip Touch-ups

  2-3 years  $300

  4+ years  full price

Bundle  Specials 

$100 off  Brows w/ Top + Bottom Eyeliner (or Lashliner)

 $50  off  Brows w/ Top OR Bottom Eyeliner (or Lashliner)

 $50  off  Lip Blush w/any single procedure or bundle

 

 

Pre-Care & Aftercare

Contraindications

Not everyone is a candidate for PMU.  Please review the following list of contraindications that could possibly affect being a candidate for permanent makeup.  (In some cases a doctor's note may be required.)

Botox/fillers --  should be at least 4 weeks pre or post procedure ...OR...  2+ weeks prior if you regularly go for treatments
Currently pregnant and/or nursing
Currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy
Currently taking antibiotics
Currently taking medication including immunosuppressives, such as anti-inflammatory or steroids
History of… cold sores, herpes, or fever blisters
  …keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  …hemophilia or excessive bleeding 
  …jaundice or hepatitis
  …skin disease, skin lesions, or skin sensitivities to soaps or disinfectants
  …skin cancer at site of service
  …AIDS or positive HIV test
  …epilepsy, seizures, fainting or narcolepsy
  …diabetes or other conditions which may affect blood circulation and/or ability to fight infection
  History of any known medical condition which would increase susceptibility to infection or impair the healing process (e.g. immunosuppression, etc.) 
Allergy to Lidocaine, tetracaine, epinephrine, or other numbing agents 
Have you had a chemical or laser peel in the last month? 
Currently using products with retinol or AHAs?  
Currently taking Vitamins A and/or E in any form?
 

 

 

Pre-Care.  for best results...

4 weeks prior

-no Botox or fillers (2 weeks for regular Botox users)

-do not tweeze or trim your eyebrows (except for anything obvious)

2 weeks prior:     

-do not tan or have had sunburned skin

-no facials

-Eyeliner- discontinue use of lash growth serums

1 week prior:       

-discontinue using any products containing retinol/retinoids and alpha hydroxy acid/AHAs.

-no electrolysis or laser removal in the area

-discontinue Fish Oil or Vitamin E (natural blood thinners)

-Lip Blush - If you are prone to cold sores, you MUST obtain prescription medication (Valtrex, Zovirax, etc.) to take 48 hours before your appointment!

 

3 days prior:       

-no waxing or brow tinting

-drink plenty of water

-Lip Blush - exfoliate lips gently & keep lips hydrated daily with a nourishing lip balm

24-48 hours prior:     

-You are advised to shower / wash your hair prior to your appointment.

-avoid caffeine (if you can), alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen (these drugs thin the blood which can cause excessive bleeding and poor color deposit), and salty foods

-Lip Blush - If you have EVER had a cold sore, you MUST take prescription medication 48 hours prior to your appointment (Valtrex, Zovirax, etc.).

                           

After Care Instructions.

- DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area

- Blot  continuously and firmly for a few seconds at a time immediately following your procedure using a clean paper towel to absorb any excess lymph fluid until it has completely stopped (not everyone experiences this).  Continue to do this until there is nothing to blot.  You will repeat this process every time after you wash for the first 2 days as needed.

- Wash quickly and gently 1x day for the first week with approved gentle facial cleanser (Cetaphil, CeraVe, Neutrogena)

- Dry/Blot completely after washing because moisture can be a cause for scabbing. You want to scab as little as possible.

brows  Starting tomorrow- Apply a small amount (like a grain of rice) of A&D ointment or Aquaphor to the brows with a clean Q-tip to help ease tightness or itchiness as needed. Do not over saturate. (Do NOT use antibacterial ointment like Neosporin!)

lips   Immediately and always-  Keep lips covered with ointment (Aquaphor, A&D). (nothing that "tingles". No Carmex, Blistex, etc.)

eyeliner  Starring tomorrow- Keep ointment (Aquaphor) on the affected area with a clean cotton swab

 

The first week /  5 - 10 days (until your skin is healed over): 

-Avoid make-up & sun screen in the treated area.  (You can still wear make-up & sunscreen everywhere else.  Be careful when applying and removing.) 

-Avoid sun exposure.  (Big hats and sunglasses are our friends.)

-Avoid getting your face wet when swimming or showering.  Showers should be quick and not steamy hot

-Avoid saunas, steam rooms,  hot yoga, excessively sweaty activities/exercise

-Avoid sleeping on your face.  Use a fresh pillowcase.

-Avoid tasks the first couple days that would expose you to dust, powder, airborne debris

   for Lips

-Avoid oily, spicy and overly salted foods.  Eat with a fork (don’t bite directly into a sandwich, etc).  Drink with a straw.  After every meal, gently rinse and clean lips with water and pat dry, then re-apply ointment.

-Avoid lip products that "tingle" (Carmex, Blistex, with camphor, peppermint oil, anything that says 'plumping'.)

 

30 days:  

-Continue to avoid sun exposure / tanning / UV rays  (can affect the color).  

-Avoid products containing retinol/retinoids, AHAs, glycolic acid      

-No Botox (or 2 weeks for regular Botox users).  No facials, fillers, chemical treatments, or microdermabrasion.

-You can use sunscreen on BROWS and LIPS once the skin has healed  (about a week). (helpful tip: lip balm with SPF is perfect to slip on over brows!)     

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