Permanent Makeup is a wonderful alternative to other conventional choices and it’s not only for woman, more and more men are seeking out these fabulous treatments. Remember, all Permanent Makeup treatments are not necessarily permanent, there is Semi-Permanent which last up to 12 to 18 months and Permanent Makeup which lasts up to 3 years or in some cases longer.
The pigments we use are not the same as Body Art Ink pigments, which are most definitely permanent. When having a procedure you are required to come back for a touch-up visit before it can be determined that the work is complete. As a Specialist, Linda uses highly technology advanced prepackaged cartridges that are “one time disposable medical grade needles.” We use highly effective topical anesthetics to ensure a comfortable experience.
When working with different skin types and skin thickness, keep in mind that in many cases some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the touch-up visit. You want to be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be slightly darker, sharper and brighter than is expected for the final outcome. It will take some time for this transition based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates. Expect the final color to lighten up with the end result looking more natural. While these micropigmentation colors may initially simulate the exact color and toned desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Your skin color may vary depending on; exposure to the sun, cold, heat, medications, future medications that may arise and circulatory changes.
Following the proper after-care is necessary to achieve the best results. When scheduling an appointment date for a permanent makeup procedure, keep in mind the healing time. You will need a few days afterward without any social plans or strenuous activity.
Selecting a Permanent Makeup Artist can be stressful especially if this is your first procedure. We’ll one thing is for sure, DO NOT SETTLE…this is your FACE! You may get a little anxious or impatient because you really want to get permanent makeup and your ready to go out there looking “on fleek” from the moment you wake up. Take it slow and do your research.
***THE BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY REAMAINS LONG AFTER THE SWEETNESS OF A LOW PRICE FORGOTTEN***
You want to go to an Artist that is Licensed and Certified by a Legitimate Training School. Make sure their work is consistent and active. A great artist will have no problem showing work and the pictures will look somewhat similar. A good artist is willing and can answer any and all questions you have. That is the best way to know if an artist is a Trained Professional, if they can answer questions regarding the procedure, process and know what they are doing and talking about.
THE ARTIST IS HONEST! So many false permanent cosmetic technicians will give you false information to lure you into their Salon or Spa and advertise that they offer Permanent Cosmetics when they don’t. A true honest Permanent Makeup Artist will be skilled in all aspects of permanent makeup and semi-permanent makeup; eyeliner, eyebrows, and lips, paramedical, and scar camouflage are just some examples.
Make sure the technician lets you know the possible outcomes of permanent makeup that may affect you. This will reassure you the Artist cares about you and informs you of any possible outcomes so there are no surprises. Don’t go to anyone that doesn’t make you feel relaxed and calm. It will make you feel more comfortable knowing you did your homework and made the right choice.
ANYONE CAN SET UP SHOP
- Most of these practitioners are under no accrediting body that requires a written, oral, and practical exam for certification.
- Have no experience working on live individuals before entering into the workplace.
- No legitimate training on sterilization, pigments (which can turn your skin Pink, Blue or Black.)
- How are to be sure the practitioner’s are at least competent in knowing the right procedures on how to Sterilize to avoid infection.
- Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can transmit infectious diseases.
- Don’t be lured in by “Inexpensive Advertising and Pricing.”
- If work is not copywrited that should be a “Red Flag.”
- No formal training on how tattooing effects the outcome of the skin.
- Improper training on pre-care and after-care instructions for the treated area in the days prior to procedure and weeks following the procedure.
A FINAL PIECE OF ADVICE… “Ask yourself how willing you are to wear someone else’s mistake.” Changing permanent makeup is not as easy as changing your mind.
When it comes to Permanent Cosmetics everyone’s sensitivity level is different. We use highly effective topical anesthetics throughout the procedure which helps give you a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Taking care of your permanent makeup will keep it looking fresh. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics over time. You want to try to avoid using harsh facial cleaners and wash around the eyebrow, Color enhancements are recommended overtime.
Also, it is important if your planning on any chemical exfoliation, MRI’s or other medical procedures you want to inform your physician of your permanent cosmetics.
There is Semi-Permanent Makeup which lasts 12 to 18 months then there is Permanent Makeup which lasts 3 years and in some cases longer but not FOREVER. As you become accustomed to your new permanent makeup it’s not uncommon to want more. The pigments we use are not “BODY ART INKS” that are used on the body which last forever. Color Refreshers are suggested “as needed” to keep your cosmetic makeup looking fresh and beautiful.
If your an active outdoor person the sun can fade your Permanent Makeup over-time, certain medications and your own body chemistry can have an affect.
There are circumstances where someone may not be a good candidate for procedures.
If you are currently pregnant or nursing.
If your are in the process of undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments. After you have finished treatments you may get a medical clearance from your physician.
If your are on Accutane (full dose) a 1 year waiting period is required before you can get medical clearance.
If you have been in the sun within 3 weeks before treatment.
Touch-up visits are normal prodical in the Permanent Makeup and Semi-Permanent Makeup. Remember, no two sides of the face are the same. Perfection is are goal but “note” that nothing is PERFECT. We do not use the “P” word when doing Permanent Makeup. SISTERS NOT TWINS is used universally in the industry.
Your initial color will fade and soften anywhere from 20 to 30%. Many different skin types play a big factor also. At the touch-up visit we will fine tune any area that is needed. Healing is specific to each client and how well you follow after-care instructions. We DO NOT have control over your bodies healing process.
If your wanting a more “dramatic” look for example (eyeliner) this is a good time to let your cosmetic makeup artist know. We can always add to any permanent makeup procedure in most cases but remember it is harder to take away.
When scheduling an appointment for a permanent makeup treatment, keep in mind the healing time of the procedure. You may not want to make any social plans or involve yourself in any strenuous activity.
- Do not tweeze, wax or preform electrolysis 1 week before procedure.
- Avoid Retin-A, glycolic acids, facials and chemical peels 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Do not tan or expose yourself to the sun 2 weeks prior.
- Do not have BOTOX 3 weeks prior.
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or any other aspirin containing medicine 3 days before and the day of treatment.
- Do not tint your eyebrows 3 days before.
- Avoid exercising the day of the procedure and up to 7 days after.
- Do not consume coffee or other caffeine products the day of procedure.
- Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours before treatment.
IMPORTANT: If you wear contact lenses you will want to bring your eyeglasses in place of lenses. Please bring those to your appointment.
Avoid any eyelash serums up to 3 weeks before your procedure.
Avoid eyelash tinting 2 weeks before.
Eyelash extensions must be removed 1 week prior. If you have had Lasik surgery in the recent year you will need to get medical clearance from your physician.
If you suffer from any eye disease or condition you will need to get medical clearance from your physician.
Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen.
Do not exercise the day of or up to 7 days after.
Do not drink alcohol 24 to 48 hours before treatment.
If you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters, you will need to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription. You will need to take it 2 days prior and 4 days after or as otherwise prescribed by your physician.
Avoid soaps, facial cleansers and water on pigmented area. Wash around lips.
Avoid extended water lipsticks or plumping gloss. Try to keep toothpaste off lips while healing.
Do not have teeth bleaching for a minimum of 3 weeks after treatment.
If you have had Lip fillers you will need to wait 2 weeks before procedure.
Fat transfers in lips you must wait 2 to 3 months for swelling to subsideIf you have had Lip implants you will need medical clearance from your physician.
For 2 weeks just pat your lips lightly with napkin while eating. Drink through a straw, avoid spicy foods and choose foods you can place in your mouth with a fork without having to touch the lips.
No, you should never have your existing brow hair shaved off. We work with your existing eyebrow hair that you already have in place. We use your natural unique brow bone structure as a guide and template to create beautiful natural looking eyebrows that can instantly lift your eyes, define your face and take years off your appearance.