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 Tattoo, and Freckles are all cosmetic tattooing.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
*MICROBLADING IS A TATTOO*
Microblading is a technique of cosmetic tattooing on the eyebrows that is done with a manual hand tool and a grouping of needles. There are no "blades" involved and it is very much a tattoo. The small size of the needles allows for the finest hair strokes as each is done one by one to achieve a full, natural eyebrow look. Microblading is done in two sessions with 6-12 weeks apart for best results, and typically requires annual touch ups to maintain. Without annual touch ups, your brow tattoo will fade over time. Fading and touch ups needed varies per person. Best for those with dry to normal skin types. Not everybody is a candidate for this 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. Better for those with more mature, darker, or more oily skin types, though a powder brow is a great option for most people. 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 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, and are both done with similar 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 iron oxide based made specifically for the face, allowing the tattoo to fade over time to adjust shape and color as you age. The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. It is NOT meant to take the place of makeup.
I AM NOT SURE IF I WANT MICROBLADING OR A POWDER BROW. WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST?
Determining which technique you want for your eyebrows depends on what your desired final result is, and what your skin type and lifestyle is like. Microblading is the most natural looking, though it does not heal well for all skin. Powder brows are much less discriminatory, being a great option for nearly everybody and give you a natural looking, soft powder fill in, without being harsh or bold. Feel free to contact me for advise on which procedure would be best for you!
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?
The pain is tolerable, according to my clients' testimony. A topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing during your procedure. Pain varies from client to client depending on your threshold, but every effort is made to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible.
HOW LONG WILL MY COSMETIC TATTOO 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, etc.. Here is an average timeline of how long each procedure will last in between touch up maintenance::
Microblading - 1 to 2 years
Powder Brows - 1 to 3 years
Eyeliner - 1 to 3+ years
Freckles 1 to 2 years
Fading will happen to each procedure and we do not have control over your body's healing process or skin. You may still need to pencil in your brows after your healed. To preserve the skin, annual touch ups will not be done any sooner than 1 year from your last procedure. Each time a procedure is done, scar tissue is made, causing retention to be less and less each time the procedure is done. The goal is the least amount of sessions possible.
DO YOU DRAW MY EYEBROWS ON BEFORE WE START THE TATTOO?
Of course! Because everybody's face is unique, and deserves a unique set of eyebrows to best fit your face, I do not use stencils. 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. Keep in mind that eyebrows are meant to be sisters, not twins. Exact symmetry is impossible on a 3 dimensional object and not every hair stroke is meant to be mirrored. That's what makes it realistic!
I HAVE AN OLD TATTOO I'D LIKE COVERED. AM I A CANDIDATE?
Brow Corrections are done on a case by case basis. Because Microblading is very fine hair strokes, they may be done over extremely faded tattoos, but usually require 3 sessions to reach the most optimum results. A powder brow will be a better option in many cases of corrections. If the brows being covered are dense and/or dark, it is recommended to seek laser treatment or removal first. Certain cases will ONLY be accepted if removal is done prior. You must send a clear photo of your current eyebrow tattoo.
*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 BROWN?
Lash Enhancement is only done in black-brown or black, simply 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!
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.
I'VE HAD MY EYEBROWS/EYELINER 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.