Does permanent makeup hurt?
We utilize the most gentle methods for applying permanent cosmetics. Most clients say it is more uncomfortable when tweezing their brows! Some have even fallen asleep during ALL of my procedures! However, each client has a different tolerance level. My clients are very comfortable with all the services I offer. You can read many reviews on my Facebook page (click the F link at the bottom of any of my pages on my website). Nevertheless, a topical anesthetic is used in all permanent makeup procedures.
What is permanent makeup?
Discover the convenience of permanent makeup! Permanent makeup is a procedure that implants color in the skin using different needle configurations. The services can include eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and areola. We can restore color and definition to eyebrows, softly define eyes and enhance the eyelash line, restore balance and define natural border of the lips, as well as give them a color boost. It results in a softer more natural look than that of a tattoo. Permanent makeup is extremely beneficial to those with unsteady hands, vision problems, allergies, or if you are just tired of reapplying makeup and drawing on eyebrows daily! Although it is considered "permanent", it does fade over time and requires a color boost in typically 1 to 3 years. Lips could last 3 to 7 years.
Can a natural look be achieved?
With the methods we utilize, it is easy to avoid harsh and unnatural-looking makeup. I will custom blend colors to compliment your skin tone, lip color, eye color or areola. Once completed, you may still have to use pencil for brows, additional eyeliner for a more dramatic look, or even lipstick for a more lipstick effect. The goal is for you to be able to wake up and have beautifully soft natural enhancements. You can add to any of your services to create more intense results. Permanent cosmetics, I feel, should enhance NOT overpower your natural beauty.
How long will permanent makeup last?
This varies with each individual person. I tell my clients to think of their permanent makeup as LOW maintenance not NO maintenance. Your permanent makeup can be affected by sun exposure (#1 enemy in sunny Arizona ), health conditions, medication, hormones, and the natural aging process. If you are a frequent exerciser or swimmer, you will more than likely require more frequent touchups. The color can last anywhere from 2-5 years, however, it is recommended that you return for a color boost every 1-3 years to keep your permanent makeup looking fresh. However, lip color can last anywhere from 3 to 7 years. MY client yearly touchup fees are $250 for brows and eyeliner and $300/$400 for lips. I do not advise my clients to return before one year. I do tell my clients, however, to not wait so long that we have to draw on your shape again. Color boosts are typically a one time appointment, however, if you return when it is almost entirely faded away, this could result in an additional appointment, which will be an additional cost; see Color Boost fees on the Price List page.
Are permanent cosmetics safe?
In the hands of a skilled, certified, and experienced professional, the procedures are generally safe. It carries the same risk as other tattoos. The most serious side effect is improperly sanitized equipment. All of the supplies I use are 100% disposable and never reused. You will see me put on NEW gloves, open a NEW needle and DISPOSE of my needles in a Sharps container. The pigments I use are hypoallergenic. Allergic reactions to pigments are very rare.
I have had previous permanent makeup. Can i get a touch up?
If you have had your eyebrows, eyeliner or lips previously tattooed by someone other than me, you are a new client. Clients think it is much easier since they have had their permanent makeup done before; this is completely the opposite. It is much more challenging working over someone else's work due to scar tissue, unknown pigment/ink, and number of times tattooed previously, rather than working on fresh skin. Corrective work could take multiple sessions, usually 2-3, with additional fees for the extra sessions. Photos will be required, or I may require a consultation before booking an appointment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE DAY OF MY APPOINTMENT?
For BROWS, your first appointment will take anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours. We will take photos, discuss your expectations, go over paperwork, color selection, draw on and measure your brows. You will approve of the shape before I start the procedure. The brow procedure itself will take anywhere from 30/45 minutes to one hour. Once done, we will go over your aftercare. You will be given an aftercare bag which includes ointment, q-tips, and an aftercare instruction card. I will also discuss your instructions in detail. You will return in 6 to 8 weeks for a detail session to add more color and to fill in any areas that need more details. Permanent makeup is a PROCESS, not an instant. It will not heal perfect the first time. You more than likely will require some additional details.
For your eyeliner, your appointment will take anywhere from 1 hour to an hour and a half. We will discuss color, go over details of the top and/or bottom. I do NOT do thick eyeliner (does not age well and the skin thins the farther away from the lash line we go). I do NOT color the wet line (this could damage glands that lubricate the eyes). I do NOT connect the corners (risk of migration in the web). All of my decisions are made in the best interest and for the safety of my clients. I apply color in your lash line and slightly above it to help give you the appearance of full lashes. You will numb 15 minutes. The actual eyeliner procedure is very comfortable and will take approximately 30-45 minutes to an hour. My clients have even fallen asleep! My clients are very surprised when I start at how comfortable it is. We will go over your aftercare and you will return for your detail session in 6 to 8 weeks.
For your lips, your appointment will take anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours. We will discuss the options of lip tint or lipstick effect, color and adjustment of asymmetry. You will numb 15 minutes. We will outline your lips to create symmetry and fullness. The actual procedure will take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours or more, depending on lip size and the desired color effect. You will return in 8 weeks for your detail session. Lips do require a antiviral 5 days prior and 5 days after if you have ever had a cold sore outbreak. This is only a preventative and does not guarantee you will not have an outbreak. Lips could require additional sessions, depending on the intensity of color desired. Naturally dark lips are typically not a good candidate. The more light in color your lips are, the better the results. A picture is required to make a lip appointment or I may require a consultation.