These are some of the most commonly asked questions about cosmetic tattooing and what to expect. There are a lot of important factors to consider prior and post tattoo, so please be sure to fully read before booking an appointment to ensure you are a good candidate and are fully prepared for your appointment
WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING?
Cosmetic Tattooing is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a tiny,
sterile group of needles to enhance the natural features of the face.
It is NOT meant to take the place of makeup.
Microblading, Eyebrow Embroidery, Powder Brows, Ombre Brows, Eyeliner Tattoo, Nano Brows, Microshading, Lash Enhancement, Lip Tint, Lip Blush, Freckles are all cosmetic tattooing. There are many different names for essentially the same procedure.
WHAT IS A POWDER BROW?
A powder brow is a technique of cosmetic tattooing done with a tattoo machine and a grouping of needles, mimicking the look of a light dusted powder makeup. It is commonly called an ombre brow because the edges are kept faded for a soft look. It is not done in hair strokes. A powder brow is a great option for nearly everyone. This technique is done in two sessions with 6-12 weeks in between for best results. Fading and future touch ups needed varies per person.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING, AND WHY DO YOU NO LONGER OFFER IT?
Microblading is a technique of cosmetic tattooing that is done with a manual hand tool and very small needles positioned in the shape of a "blade", creating very small cuts in the skin to mimic hair strokes. I no longer offer the microblading technique, simply because I want the absolute best results for my clients, and the microblading technique of implanting the pigment into the skin by little cuts is not long-term friendly. With 5+ years experience in microblading and 10+ years experience in tattooing, I have found that tattooed powder brows offer tremendously superior results with less trauma to the skin, greater longevity- meaning less maintenance, works well with nearly every skin type, and more beautiful, natural results that fade evenly over time.
*If you have had microblading done by me previously and wish to continue getting your brows touched up by me, you will be converted to a powder brow of your preference (very natural, more defined, etc.), and I would love to keep you as a client. I am not willing to continue microblading for anybody under any circumstance. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic tattooing and there are many factors that affect healing/healed/long-term results. The following list indefinitely disqualifies you from currently receiving any cosmetic tattoo procedure at this time:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC TATTOOING AND BODY TATTOOING?
Both cosmetic tattooing and a tattoo done on the body go into the same dermal layer of the skin (though facial skin is thinner), and are both done with similar tattoo needles varying in sizes. The main difference between the two is that body tattooing is done with tattoo ink that is made for the body, while cosmetic tattooing is done with cosmetic tattoo pigments that are made specifically for the face, allowing the tattoo to fade over time to adjust shape and color as you age, as well as a more gentle technique. The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client and we do not want any harsh, bold color. It is NOT meant to take the place of makeup.
I WANT MY EYEBROWS TATTOOED, BUT I DON'T LIKE THE MAINTENANCE OF TOUCH UPS. CAN YOU USE TATTOO INK ON ME INSTEAD?
Body tattoo inks are made only for the body and do not take the face into account. Face tattoos that fade are a blessing and allow you to adjust as you age. I use only the best cosmetic tattoo pigments for the best results, and touch ups are a necessary part of having permanent makeup done. If the maintenance is unappealing to you, I recommend you do not move forward with the procedure.
DOES IT HURT?
While it is a tattoo, the pain is very tolerable, according to my clients' testimony. A topical anesthetic gel may be used for numbing during your procedure, though more than half of the procedures I do, it is not needed at all. Pain varies from client to client depending on your threshold, but every effort is made to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible. Many clients fall asleep.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The treatment is considered permanent and will not wash off, however it will fade over time. Frequency of sessions needed depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), smoking and alcohol use (lifestyle), immune system, if any chemical peels or skin treatments come into contact with treated areas, technique used, antibiotics, medications, etc.. Each procedure can last anywhere from 1-3+ years before needing another session. Every person is different.
Fading will happen to each procedure and we do not have control over your body's healing process or skin. To preserve the skin, color touch ups will not be done any sooner than 1 year from your last procedure, and it's best to let your tattoo fade at very least 50% or more before doing any touch ups. The goal is the least amount of sessions possible.
DO YOU PRE-DRAW THE EYEBROWS BEFORE TATTOOING?
Because everybody's face is unique, I do not use stencils, but they are drawn on with an eyebrow pencil and you will have the opportunity to change what you'd like about the shape and thickness before we start the procedure. The drawing is usually a bit more dramatic looking than the tattoo will be. Keep in mind that eyebrows are meant to be sisters, not twins. Achieving exact symmetry is impossible on a 3 dimensional object, and nobody's face is perfectly symmetrical. This is what gives each face character.
I HAVE OLD PERMANENT MAKEUP/MICROBLADING I'D LIKE COVERED. AM I A CANDIDATE?
Brow Corrections are done on a case by case basis. If the brows being covered are dense and/or dark, it is recommended to seek laser treatment or removal first. The technique I use to tattoo is very gentle and superficial, so dense work will always peak through if attempting to cover. Certain cases will ONLY be accepted if removal is done prior. You must send a clear photo of your current tattoo. If you show up to an appointment with undisclosed old work or microblading, you will unfortunately lose your appointment and deposit forfeited. NOT ALL OLD PERMANENT MAKEUP CAN BE COVERED!
WHAT IS LASH ENHANCEMENT EYELINER?
Lash Enhancement Eyeliner is an eyeliner tattoo done in the lash-line to give the appearance and definition of a natural, thicker eyelashes. This is not to look like fashion eyeliner but to simply define the eyes and give the illusion of a thicker lash line.
I WANT LASH ENHANCEMENT BUT AM HESITANT TO GO BLACK. CAN WE USE A LIGHTER COLOR?
Lash Enhancement is only done in black-brown or black because if it is done any lighter than that in the lash line, it does not hold the color well. Therefore, the lash enhancement is not doing its job of giving you a thicker looking lash line. Dark is the best option because the tattoo is done minimally and it will give you natural looking definition, even with black!
I WANT MY EYELINER TATTOOED IN MY WATERLINE. CAN YOU DO THAT?
No, I do not tattoo in the waterline. It is not recommended as a precaution and may lead to complications or dry eyes.
DO YOU PRE-DRAW THE LASH ENHANCEMENT BEFORE TATTOOING?
There is no pre-draw for lash enhancement, simply because it is only being tattooed in your lash line, which is my guide.
WHAT IS LIP TINT?
Lip tint is a technique of tattooing the whole lip to give them a wash of natural looking color. This can come in many different terms or names such as lip blush, candy lips, natural lips, etc. It is a perfect procedure for people who have naturally pale lips who wish for more color, would like more definition to their lips. or would like to alter the color of their lips.
CAN LIP TINT TAKE THE PLACE OF LIP FILLER?
Lip tint isn't intended to, nor does not give the lips literal volume like lip filler, but the presence of added color itself can make them look fuller in many cases and is great to pair with lip filler, if you desire the most fullness.
I WANT TO MAKE MY LIPS BIGGER BY GOING OUTSIDE OF MY NATURAL LIP LINE. CAN YOU DO THAT?
I cannot tattoo outside past a certain point of your natural lip line because the skin around your lips differ from the skin on your lips, giving you two different color results. This healed result could easily give you an unflattering ring of color around your lips. Though in a lot of cases, the lip skin extends slightly past where your natural lip color is, and that is usually tattooed to give you the illusion of more fullness.
WHAT IS TATTOOED FRECKLES?
Freckle tattoos are small cosmetic tattoos done in the areas of the face where the sun would naturally kiss the skin. You can get them on the nose and cheeks, or just opt for a few to accentuate certain features like beauty marks (for example) Marilyn Monroe's infamous beauty mark, cheek bones, eyebrows, nose, or lip area, much like a body piercing.
I'VE HAD MY PERMANENT MAKEUP TATTOOED BY ANOTHER ARTIST AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO ONLY TOUCH THEM UP. CAN YOU TOUCH THEM UP FOR ME AT A TOUCH UP RATE?
Touch up prices are only for clients who had their initial session done with me. If you are coming to me for the first time, you are considered a new client and will be charged full price for your first session, regardless if you've had work done by another artist. Before choosing an artist, please make sure that you're confident in their ability enough that you are going to go back to them for the required touch ups, as no artist likes maintaining another artist's work, unless with reasonable circumstance.