FAQs

WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKE UP?
Permanent Makeup/ Cosmetics is a specialized procedure of tattooing that implants color pigment into the upper layer of the dermis by means of traditional tattooing methods (machine/device) or manually by hand. There are several different names for permanent cosmetics such as micropigmentation, micro-stroking, feathering, embroidery, and microblading. Although results can vary from client to client, some permanent makeup can last up to 5 years.

WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT MAKE UP? 

Anyone of desires to enhance their natural beauty and personal image.  Permanent make can help people with:

  • Saving time in their daily routine.
  • Allergic to certain types of cosmetics.
  • Active life styles
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Arthritis or unsteady hands.
  • Have sparse or non-existing eyebrow hair.
  • Alopecia.
  • Difficulty with applying makeup.
  • Allergies such as hay fever or watery eyes.

WHO MAY NOT BE A CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP? PEOPLE WHO ARE:

  • Pregnant or nursing. (No exceptions.)
  • Taking acne medications such as Accutane. (Have to be off medication for 1 yr.)
  • Taking certain medications such as blood thinners, etc.
  • Under a physician’s care for certain medical conditions (i.e. certain types of diabetes, lupus, etc. )A doctor’s note may be required.
  • Undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Under 18 years old. The CA State regulated legal age for getting tattoos is 18.
  • Severely oily skin or acneic skin. (This specifically pertains to the hair stroke procedure. The overproduction of oil will diffuse your strokes resulting in a diffused look.)

IS PERMANENT MAKE UP REALLY PERMANENT? IS IT  A TATTOO?
Permanent make up is a tattoo. How it differs from a body tattoo is the type of pigments that are used. The pigments implemented differ from body art pigments because they are formulated to age and fade over time. This natural progression of fading allows the artist and client to make changes to design and color throughout the years as changes in a client’s facial features and desired styles occur.

IS THIS SEMI-PERMANENT? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO FADE?
Permanent makeup is an art and not an exact science.  The procedure is considered permanent because it is the implantation of color pigment into the skin and it cannot be washed off. The reason why is it sometimes called “semi-permanent” is that when your tattoo fades it is no longer visible to the naked eye. Every client responds differently to the pigments and procedure. There is not an exact time frame or guarantee for how long your makeup will last. We cannot control how your body fades the pigment or long it will take for your permanent makeup to lighten. A client’s skin type, age, lifestyle, and genetics will contribute to the longevity of your treatment. Touch up’s and color refreshers are suggested to maintain your look over time.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TECHNIQUES? MICROBLADING VS MACHINE?
The goal of both techniques is to achieve the desired look for the client. Both techniques can create beautiful natural results. Microblading is not done with a blade, but is a technique done manually by using a hand tool that consists of groupings of tiny sterile needles to implant color into the skin.  A machine device does the same but uses a power supply to fluidly implant color in the dermis with pre-sterilized needles. Hair strokes and powder fill technique can be done either manually by hand or with a machine/device. The hair stroke technique does require refreshing more often due to the micro-precision of the “hair-like” strokes. Some people with certain skin types (i.e. oily or mature skin) may not be ideal candidates for the hair stroke technique.  The powder fill/ombre technique can typically have more longevity due to the application of color pigment building a more defined shape. Every client is different and your artist will help and consult you in which procedure best suits you and your lifestyle.

IS EVERYONE A CANDIDATE FOR MICROBLADING OR THE HAIRSTROKES TECHNIQUE?
Unfortunately, some people are not ideal candidates for this type of procedure. Certain skin types do not hold the hair strokes well and a powder fill may have suggested instead.

Certain clients with very fair skin tones and certain redheads will experience more fading and may not hold the color or hair strokes. This also applies to certain clients with darker skin tones. Your hair strokes may not be as defined or as dark as on other skin tones.

  • Oily skin types (The overproduction of oil will diffuse your strokes resulting in a  powdered look.)
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • People with previous permanent make up. The hair strokes may not show up due to the saturation of the previous treatment. Saline or laser tattoo removal may be suggested to remove old color if the client really desires this technique.
  • Certain mature skin types. (Healing time may take longer and more treatments may be necessary to achieve desired effect.)
  • If you are on blood thinners, certain medications, or have an iron deficiency.
  • If you frequent hot yoga, water activities, or the gym every day. (Note: This procedure can be done but be aware your results may fade faster and prematurely.)

WILL IT HURT?
While everyone’s pain tolerance differs from person to person, your technician will make you more comfortable during the procedure with use of topical anesthetics.  A numbing cream is applied before and during the tattoo process to help alleviate any discomfort. Women who are on their menstrual cycle may feel more sensitivity during the procedure.   Generally speaking, most clients are comfortable during the entire procedure. After your procedure, the treated area may feel tender, red, or swollen.  These symptoms are usually temporary and will subside.

WHAT COLOR WILL I CHOOSE?
Your technician will help you choose a pigment color based upon your skin tone and skin type. The artist will work with you to mix and match pigments that best compliment your complexion and that is to your liking.

WHAT SHAPE WILL I CHOOSE? (EYEBROW SPECIFIC)
Please feel free to come into your appointment and/or consult with how you like your brows filled in. We will base your shape on your facial features and your bone structure. I will take into consideration your preferences but I will give my professional opinion as well. Although certain brow shapes and trends may be popular, together, we will choose the best shape and symmetry that best defines your features and that will age gracefully over time.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After your procedure the treated area may feel tender, red, and slightly swollen. It is normal to experience slight blanching (whiteness around the treatment area) due to the anesthetics. Your color will appear bolder and darker immediately after your procedure.  You will experience some exfoliation in the treated area over the course of a month. Proper aftercare is important after your procedure. (SEE BEFORE & AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS.) Healing is specific to each individual client. The color will can and will fade anywhere from 10%-50% or more during the healing process. After 4-6 weeks your final results will clarify. After 6 weeks, finishing touches with your shape and color will be addressed during your touch up visit.  Touch up visits will not be done before 6 weeks.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY PERMANENT MAKE UP? (SEE BEFORE & AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS)
Wearing sun protection, sunscreen, and avoiding certain creams can help the longevity of your permanent make up.  Know that your color will eventually fade over time. Lifestyle, age, genetics, skin types, sun exposure, certain creams, and certain esthetic procedures (i.e. chemical peels) can contribute to the retention of color, premature fading, and longevity of your procedure. Certain topical creams such as retin-a and glycolics can shift your color if used around the treated area. Also if you are considering an MRI, IPL, or any laser treatment please inform your technician to avoid the treated area. Lasers can shift color and also may turn the treated area black in hue.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE YOUR WORK?

Unfortunately, The B. Brow does not guarantee any work. How your 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 how the pigment will hold, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required. The B. Brow can guarantee that your face is important to us and that we will act in accordance with our experience and expertise to give you our best.