Who will benefit from getting permanent make-up?
- Women who have very little or no time to apply make-up
- Women with little confidence in applying make-up
- People who like to look their best at all times
- People who have sparse or over plucked eyebrows
- People who have lost their natural lip line due to ageing or lost fullness in the lips because of smoking
- To correct asymmetrical lips/brows
- Sporty types who want to look their best even in the gym or pool
- People who would like to benefit from a non-surgical eye-lift
- Women who are sensitive or allergic to conventional makeup
- Hay fever sufferers
- People with poor vision or contact lenses who find it difficult to apply makeup correctly
- Everyone who wants to enhance or divert their natural lines to new lines
Is the pigments safe?
- The pigments are safe, nontoxic and hypo-allergenic. I use Iron Oxide based pigment. They are trusted by technicians and cosmetic surgeons worldwide. Ophthalmologists recommend eye procedures for those sensitive to conventional cosmetics.
What is Permanent Makeup
- Permanent cosmetics are a form of tattooing where pharmaceutical graded pigments are inserted. A Special permanent make-up machine or hand tool and individually packed disposable safety needles are used to implant the pigments into the upper dermis layer of the skin.
What to expect on your first appointment?
- I offer a free consultation to every client, with no obligation to proceed. During the consultation I will do an individual analysis of your facial shape, hair, eye and skin colouring and discuss what you would like to achieve from the end result. Customer satisfaction is of prime importance to me and I take a lot of time to ensure my clients are completely happy with the shape, design and colour to be applied, before proceeding.
Preparing for your first appointment
- You should allow at least 2 to 3 hours for your initial procedure. If you usually shape or tint your lashes/ eyebrows, you should do so a few days before your appointment. You should stop taking any blood-thinning products 3 days before (e.g. aspirin, alcohol, fish oils) unless prescribed by your physician and do not drink coffee or alcohol before your appointment. You can drink anti-inflammatory medication before your appointment if you wish – this helps with pain and swelling.
What to expect when your procedure starts
- You will fill out forms including a medical history. I will analyse your face shape, features, and eyebrows including their symmetry (evenness). Then I will create symmetry and pencil different designs so you can see what you like best. Together we will select colour, and then I will apply a topical aesthetic to numb the area. Anaesthetics will be applied during the procedure for your comfort. Before and after photos will be taken for your confidential file and your pigment colours will be recorded for future reference.
Immediately After your procedure
- Immediately after the procedure, the area will be darker than you want. There will be some mild swelling and redness that will clear in a day or two. The colour will lighten quickly during the first week, then gradually soften and stabilize over the next few weeks. During the first 10 days of healing, the area will be dark and a little shiny from applying ointments. I will give you detailed after care instructions that you must follow to the letter to get the best results.
Follow-Up and Maintenance Appointments
- Your colour will gradually lighten and stabilize in the weeks following your procedure. If the area heals lighter than you want, it can be darkened with a second application at a follow-up visit (“touch-up”). You may need a follow-up to adjust shape or add colour to areas that healed lighter from tissue swelling or bleeding during the tattooing process. Ideally, your second visit should be completed between 4 to 8 weeks post procedure. A touch-up is also important to ensure colourfastness. Because permanent makeup can fade over time, you can schedule maintenance visits every few years to keep your colour looking fresh. These visits are typically shorter and less expensive if the original work was done.
Is it painfull?
- Topical anaesthetic creams and special permanent makeup anaesthetic gels are used to numb the skin– most people find pmu a little uncomfortable, but not painful at all.
How long does it take?
- First application procedures take approximately
- Eyebrows – 2 hours
- Eye Liner top only – 1 hour
- Eye liner top and bottom – 2 hours
- Lip liner – 1.5 hours
Who cannot get permanent make up?
- Pregnant or nursing
- Diabetic (consult your doctor)
- Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- Viral infections and/or diseases
- A Pacemaker or major heart problems
- Had an Organ transplant
- Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
- Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Had Botox in the past 2 months
- Used Accutane in the past year
- Eyelift or blepharoplasty: Wait about 3 months.
- Botox or fillers: Do pmu before or wait for about 4 weeks
- Eyelash extensions: AFTER permanent makeup, not before. Or remove them before your procedure.
- Cold Sores: Lip clients must take (anti) virus meds prior to lip procedure. Your doctor can prescribe meds for you.
- Laser eye surgery: Wait about 3 months for eyeliner procedure. All other permanent makeup procedures are ok.
- Shingles (varicella): If you have shingles on your face, wait several months to get permanent makeup.
- Please understand there are traces of nickel in some needles and pigments and that this may affect you if you have an allergy to nickel. Let us know if you have/had allergic reactions to topical anesthetics.
Points to Remember
- Don’t book an appointment at least a week before important events.
- Following the aftercare instructions to the letter is very important to get the best results!
- The microblade hairstroke procedure is meant to look very natural – I CAN NOT do this procedure over existing, dark permanent eyebrows – I would suggest the client considers a form of tattoo removal first to lighten the area and then come back after healing. If you have an existing eyebrow tattoo performed by another permanent makeup artist, I will not consider you as a client unless it is 90% faded. I would need to see your eyebrows in person to determine this.
- No sweating the day of your procedure or for 10 days after. Sweat contains salt, which will prematurely fade the pigment in the skin.
- Do not tan or have sunburned face.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Omega oils 48 hours before procedure.
- No alcohol or caffeine before the procedure.
- No waxing or tinting 2 days before
- If you are a smoker, your pigment will fade faster and the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long
- Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
- If you have extremely oily skin, the hair stroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hair strokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect.
- If you are wearing lash extensions, you cannot wear them pre, during or post procedure till your eyeliner is completely healed.
- Buy new mascara. Don’t use a lash curler till your eyeliner is completely healed
- Lip procedures – If you have EVER had a fever blister or cold sore, shingles or chicken pox it is recommended that you obtain a prescribed antiviral medication from your doctor for a full 5 day course beginning 3 days before and 2 days after your procedure