What is Micropigmentation/ Permanent Makeup?
Micropigmentation or permanent makeup is the process of applying pigment (colour) into the skin using a fine short microneedle.
Permanent Makeup FAQ’s
Who can benefit from Permanent Makeup?
- Active Lifestyles – Permanent makeup allows a person to feel more confident when participating in activities that normally cause conventional makeup to sweat off.
- Little or no brow hair – Thinning brow hair is a sign of aging and gives the illusion of the face dropping. Microblading hair strokes can be applied to the eyebrow area in such a way that it looks as if more eyebrow hair is growing, framing and lifting the face.
- Thin Lips – Lip Liner and Full Lip Color can make shrinking lips look fuller and detract from lines around an aging mouth. It helps rebuild the rim of the lip giving a smoother edge to the lips
- Little or no lash hair – Eyelash hair also thins with age. Permanent Eyeliner gives eyes the illusion of thicker lashes.
- Visual impairment / Contact lenses – As women get older their vision diminishes. This makes it hard for them to apply their eyeliner and brows. It can also give them a sense of helplessness.
- Unsteady hands – As people get older their mobility is hindered and it is more difficult to apply makeup in a precise manner. Permanent Cosmetics allow an older woman to feel assured that her makeup looks good and consistent all the time.
- Those who just want to look great all of the time without the hassle
How are permanent cosmetic procedures done?
Our Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using a permanent makeup machine, brows are done with a blade. Your appointment includes a medical overview and a detailed discussion regarding your expectations including design and colour. The application of the pigment is next. You are a part of the whole process during the procedure. Everything is explained to you with total appreciation that you have chosen me and trust me with your permanent cosmetics.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the colour implanted into the skin cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or refreshing. Just like hair colour, furniture located near a window, or even house paint, the implanted colour will fade over time depending on your health, skin type and how well you care for your skin.
Is it painful?
Your comfort is very important to us! We take pride in making our clients as comfortable as possible. Most people experience some discomfort likened to a plucking or scouring sensation. This will vary according to each individual’s threshold. Using various topical anaesthetics that have been medically developed for permanent makeup application makes procedures reasonably comfortable.
Is permanent makeup use/ application safe?
- A brand new needle or blade is used for each client, guaranteed.
- Equipment and supplies are kept in a sanitary manner.
- Gloves are worn during each procedure and changed often.
- All equipment and bottles are wrapped in plastic and rewrapped after use to avoid any cross contamination.
What’s a touch-up and when do I need one?
After the initial procedure, you may want to return for a touch-up. A touch-up is a colour refresher. Permanent cosmetic makeup can be a process. It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks before your touch-up so your initial procedure has time to heal properly. To traumatize the skin sooner can be uncomfortable and doesn’t allow enough time for the pigment to settle in the skin. For microblading its 4 weeks, as its a shallower process. We charge 50% of the initial cost for this (only on our own work)
How Long Does Each Permanent makeup Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 90 min to 2 ½ hours; there are records to establish; photographs to take; desired design and color to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss.Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.<
Are There Any Side Effects During or After the Procedure?
While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed.As examples; an eyelash enhancement will show very little response to the tattooing procedure compared to a more moderate response when wide eyeliner is performed. The same philosophy applies to lip color procedures. A lip liner or blended lip liner will show less effects of the procedure than that of a full lip color. Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others.
During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This again, is client specific. Many people take blood thinners on a daily basis so some slight bleeding would be expected. Others show little or no signs of bleeding. Bruising is rare but again, if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur. What is seen more often is that eyebrows rarely if ever produce any bruising; minor bruising during eyeliner procedures is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin and close to the vascular system. This also applies to lip procedures in the event the client is more mature. If bruising does occur, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days.
There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.
Can “Make up” still be used after Micropigmentation/Permanent Makeup?
Micropigmentation/Permanent Makeup is long-lasting, but one can still wear fashionable make-up at night or apply makeup for a fresh and natural look for daytime. Micropigmentation/Permanent Makeup simply builds the foundation for looking perfect without looking made-up. Best option is to choose a subtle everyday colour for permanent makeup and your bolder choices in your makeup bag.