Cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent makeup or micropigmentation, is a cosmetic technique that involves depositing pigment into the skin to enhance or mimic features such as eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip color. It is essentially a form of tattooing, but unlike traditional tattoos that are meant to be permanent, cosmetic tattoos are designed to fade over time and typically require touch-ups every few years.
Yes, I am a Certified Permanent Makeup Artist.
The choice of technique for cosmetic tattooing will depend on the area you want to treat and the desired result. Here are some common techniques for different areas of the face:
Eyebrows: Microblading is a popular technique for creating natural-looking eyebrow hair strokes. If you prefer a softer look, ombre shading may be a better option.
Eyeliner: For a natural-looking enhancement, a thin line of pigment can be applied along the lash line. Alternatively, a thicker line or wing can be created for a more dramatic look.
Lips: Lip tattooing can be used to add color, correct asymmetry, or enhance the shape of the lips. A full lip tint creates a soft, natural-looking flush of color, while a lip liner can define the lip line or create a more dramatic look.
It is important to consult with a skilled and experienced cosmetic tattoo artist like us who can assess your skin type, facial features, and personal preferences to recommend the best technique for you. We can also provide guidance on the appropriate color and shape to achieve your desired result.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo procedure where a special handheld microblading eyebrow pen is used to draw on strokes that mimic the appearance of real brow hair.
Microblading creates the background and fills in the areas of the eyebrows that looked empty so that a full and complete look is accomplished. The “3D” effect added realism to the end result.
Before your cosmetic tattooing procedure, there are a few things that you should do to prepare:
Avoid blood thinners: Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for at least 24 hours before your appointment. These can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can also increase your risk of bleeding, so it's best to avoid these before your appointment.
Avoid sun exposure: Avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning beds for at least 48 hours before your appointment. Sunburned skin can be more sensitive and prone to damage.
Arrive without makeup: Arrive to your appointment without any makeup on the area being tattooed, so that the technician can see the natural shape and color of your skin.
Follow aftercare instructions: Follow the aftercare instructions provided by your technician carefully to ensure proper healing and to maintain the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo.
Instead of creating hair strokes eyebrow like Microblading, this technique is natural shading a gradient effect from the beginning of the brow to the end starting from light and fading to dark, give your brow the sharp yet natural look.
I also do Eyeliner, Full Lip and non-laser cosmetic tattoo removal, Lase tattoo removal.
We get mix reviews on pain. Everyone has a different level of sensitivity so topical anesthetics are applied before and during the treatment to alleviate any sensation or discomfort. Some clients naturally feel one brow sorer than the other. You will hear a scratch noise/ sensation throughout. Music is usually played during the procedure, however feel free to bring your own ear phones and music to distract you.
Absolutely. All supplies are disposable
You won't be swollen, you just might have slightly red skin around eyebrows, but this would last about a day.
Most likely. Within a week of your first treatment the color will fade significantly and over the next four to six weeks can continue to fade as much as 20%. This is considered an extremely positive occurrence as it allows you time to reflect on your shape and color. After this period your follow-up appointment is carried out. At this point any changes you would like to make are discussed
In order to keep your eyebrow tattoo results looking fresh, we recommend a touch up every year.
It will last as long as it’s maintained. How long brows lasts will vary on your skin type by how well your skin takes in pigment during the session and how dark you are willing to go depending on scenario. After a touch up, brows is expected to last from 1 to 5 years depending on the shade of choice you prefer, skin retention, time in the sun and daily skin routines (more exfoliating products, faster the fade)..
Because color is implanted in the facial area there tends to be more fluid circulation than other parts of the body. Your face sees the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of these things cause permanent color to fade, this is why you need a touch up.
The procedure takes roughly about two hours, sometimes more sometimes less. Please allow a solid 2-hours window for your appointment. I likely won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something I want to rush.
No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour after. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living .
Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to 14 days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. A good month should pass before I consider the process complete .
Eyebrow tattoo is a two-step treatment, consisting of an initial procedure and then a touch up between 6 to 10 weeks after.
After taking your before photo, I will draw the brow design in pencil so you get an idea of shape and form. (Please note that nobody’s face is totally symmetrical and you need to be realistic with your expectations. There is no point in trying to make the eyebrows identical or match a photo of your favorite celebrities' eyebrows if your face shape looks nothing like theirs.). Once we have agreed on a final shape (ultimately it is your decision – but I will always voice my opinion on what I think suits you aesthetically), I will shape your eyebrows then we will decide on the color. Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ensure comfort. Once you’re numb, the pigment is deposited. During healing, it's normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch up in place.
You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry - that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking, peeling, scratching or rubbing the tattoo, this may result in a loss of color and scarring. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own .
Your eyebrows will last longer if you apply sun block often and avoid abrasive facial treatments in the brow area.
We go off based on your skin tone and your natural brow hair. Clients who are used to having no brows for a long time, can find this few weeks challenging. I usually advise clients who have no brows to start wearing pencil or brow shading for some time before the process so they get used to having a brow!
No. Every attempt is made to retain all natural hair and integrate it into the design of the permanent eyebrows. In some cases, where shaping of the natural brow is required, a few hairs here and there may need to be removed to create a clean and aesthetically pleasing result.
Yes, it does happen and yes it's true! A third appointment is often set up so the client has the opportunity to return and I get the chance to review the work and sort out any (if any) tweaks that might need to be done. Often times the clients cancel this apt as all is usually well, however there are the occasional few that may need one or two extra strokes to finish off the look. Some ladies skin may react to the trauma of the tattooing, and the skin may try to push out the foreign body of pigment by producing an extreme scab, so they eventually fall off taking all the pigment with it. There is a condition called Pigment Allergy (PPD Allergy, a condition known by dermatologists) or Auto Immune disease symptoms (the client may not even be aware of it). The skin would have over reacted and become super sensitive to the pigment and reject it at any cost.
Unfortunately, I can't. How the skin will react is different for everyone and many factors are to be taken into consideration. Skin type, age, scarring, diet, stress levels, facial products used, etc. all play a key role in your results, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required.
I always make sure that your face is important to me and I will act in accordance with my experience and expertise to give you my absolute best. But there are no guarantees in this industry. Please think long and hard before you decide to go for it.
Although Microblading or Ombre shading tattoo is considered to be semi-permanent, the procedure does allow flexibility for color or shape change to some extent. However, I will work closely with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the proposed technique. I will allow you to have as much control over the procedure as possible, so there’s very little room for error. If you do not like the decision you made, the Touch Up can be cancelled and the pigmented area naturally fades over time. If you aren’t 100% sure you would benefit from this procedure, please opt for a more temporary options