General Permanent Makeup FAQ

Permanent makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally. Specialized instruments allow your practitioner to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin (the epidermis) is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. When your procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in both the epidermis and the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process.

Permanent makeup includes eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrows, lip color and liner, Areola, and skin camouflage. These procedures can enhance your daily routines, and change they way you feel about yourself. Permanent makeup is also referred to as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing, semi-permanent makeup, or dermal-pigmentation. The pigments we use are specially formulated for permanent makeup procedures and are very different than those used for arm, leg, and body tattoos.

Permanent makeup can be applied in two ways–with a digital tattoo machine, or with a microblade (a single-use hand tool). We do both. The digital machine does not look like your traditional tattoo shop machine: it is more like a pen that implants the pigment delicately into the face or areola area. Our machine is a Nouveau Contour Intelligent. This is the best machine you can buy for permanent makeup. Made in Germany, and time-tested for 25 years. The microblade is a hand-held tool, not a machine. From ancient times, people have been using hand-held instruments to implant ink. The microblade is a very safe, gentle, and precise instrument in the hands of an experienced professional.

In our market, eyebrows are typically being microbladed. It’s also known as 3D eyebrows, eyebrow hair strokes, eyebrow embroidery, or eyebrow tattoo. We certainly do that, and offer it. However, we have the advantage of being able to use a combined technique, if necessary, utilizing both a traditional hand-held blade and a digital machine. In many instances, you may find that microblading does not implant enough ink that retains well. This is very dependent on the provider’s skill level, as well as the client’s skin type, activity level, and personal history. We will discuss what is best for you in your consultation. Depending on your skin type and desires, either or both can be used.

Whatever method is chosen, we can make your brows look beautiful and symmetric by implanting realistic looking hair strokes with pigment, colored to your exact look. This procedure is the perfect solution for anyone who has eyebrows that have been over-plucked; thinned; have patchy missing areas from hair loss; are disproportioned or uneven; or need correction from previous makeup that has faded, turned blue, or was applied incorrectly.

What could be better than to waking up in the morning looking as good as you did in the evening? You would never have to worry about smudged eyeliner or eyebrows that look thin or uneven. Frame your face with natural-looking eyebrows. Define your lip line, and add fullness and color to your lips. Accentuate your eyes with a smudge-free, waterproof eyeliner.

The benefits of this exciting procedure are being discovered by more women and men everyday. These benefits include (but are not limited to) the following:

You have more time in your day.
You no longer have to worry about your sensitive skin or allergies to makeup
You do not have to worry about flakes of eyeliner getting in your contact lenses.
You do not have to be concerned about the difficulty of applying makeup.
You no longer have to keep up with aging changes in your brows, eyes, and lips.
You can live an active lifestyle and not worry about its effects on your makeup
You can rest assured that scars are camouflaged without daily efforts.

Please see our pre-procedure instructions for an extensive list of co-existing medical conditions that may present special circumstances that need to be considered before booking an appointment.

Pre-procedure Instructions

It is important to understand that we do not give medical advice or practice medicine. You will need clearance from your doctor prior to any procedure if you are taking any medications or have any medical problems.

In general,

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to wait until you are not.
If you are on “blood thinners” (see the pre-procedure instructions), you may not be a candidate.
If you have a tan on your face, you will need to wait until you do not. We recommend that you do not tan 30 days prior or 30 days after. Pigments will heal darker in tanned skin. Tanned skin bleeds and pigment will not take. It will look blurred. Even after healed, sun exposure will cause the tattoo to darken as your skin darkens. This cannot be lightened. It is recommended to keep out of the sun.
If you have large pores or very oily skin, you may end up with a more powdered look or it may not retain at all. For example, the hair stroke lines for brows will look less defined and may look solid or blended

All tattoos fade with time and exposure to the elements. Generally, your permanent makeup should last about 2-5 years. However, everyone has different skin and heals differently. Your skin naturally exfoliates to regenerate new skin for protection. During this process, some pigment may slough off. Using alpha hydroxy acids or retinols can strip the pigment over time. Swimming in salt water and chlorine water acts as a bleach to fade the pigment as well. Continuous exposure to the sun will not only fade the tattoo, but can also take it out almost completely. Sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement. Some colors fade quicker than others. A blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color. Bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption.

Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin. Each visit requires allowing time for the consultation, anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, and some final fine-tuning of the procedure. The average time for the initial visit depends on the types of procedures that are performed during the visit:

1 – 2 hours for eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, or beauty spots
3 + hours for full lip color, aureola, and skin camouflage

A follow-up visit is usually required to perfect the lines or color. This visit does not require as much time as the initial procedure and it is free!

Strict sanitation and disposal of biohazard waste guidelines are followed in accordance with the Florida Health Department. Single-use, disposable needles are used with each application. Pigments are designed for permanent cosmetic use.

Remember, although the procedures are considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. Based on the way you currently wear your makeup, we will work to create your desired look. We can address any necessary additions or changes in your follow-up visit.

It should be considered permanent makeup. There is no guarantee that any method can remove permanent makeup completely. Most chemical and laser procedures result in some scarring or changes in skin texture. It’s difficult, if not impossible to satisfactorily remove some permanent makeup.

Take advantage of the consultation to discuss your needs, wants, and any special requests that you have. Your input and participation will help produce a desirable result. Remember, this process is a team effort.

This is the big question. Most of the time, the answer is “no.” We use topical anesthetics to numb up the areas we are working on. These creams and liquids are applied to the surface of your skin, and they provide most people with a pain-free and comfortable experience. Some of our clients report a “tingling” sensation or pressure, but most of our clients say that they have a very comfortable, and pleasant experience.

Having a procedure done while on your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure, as you will be more sensitive. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity and tolerance to the procedure.

Please see our pre-procedure instructions. We have extensively detailed this for you.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

We have detailed this on our Pre-procedure instructions.

Pre-procedure instructions

Your eyelids and lips are very sensitive and will swell and redden for a few days. Brows may swell and redden, especially with fair skin types, but usually not as much as the others.

While your skin heals from the procedure, be prepared for the color intensity to be significantly larger, sharper, brighter or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. There can also be some unevenness, but this is all temporary. This is a normal and expected result of the application and healing process. Large amounts of pigment are implanted in order to acquire enough color after the healing process. Immediately after the procedure, the skin goes through a process of oxidation. This is caused by the wet pigment’s exposure to air, which causes it to look darker. It lightens as it dries. Swelling during and after the procedure can make the pigment appear darker and wider as well.

The healing process will take a number of days to complete, depending on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates and new skin regrows to take its place. Usually within 4-6 days after the procedure, the skin will exfoliate and take the pigment with it, which results in a softer shade. Color may fade/soften anywhere from 10% to 50% or more. At the touch up, we will fine tune any area that has faded too much. Permanent Makeup is a multi-session process. Fading will happen after each procedure, but don’t make a judgment about the color until you are fully healed in 4-8 weeks. Believe it or not, the color comes back. Schedule your free touch up within six months and we can address any issues.

Your skin and how you heal will largely dictate your need for continued pencil or powder. However, permanent makeup is not intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed “in” your skin and not “on” your skin, a more natural, softer look results. When you’re ready to kick up your heels and go out for a “night on the town,” you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish.

Cosmetic surgery is desirable for many reasons as we age. It’s best to complete your surgery before having your permanent makeup applied. Laser surgery or resurfacing may result in color loss or darkening of your permanent makeup, depending on the laser and the colors in your skin. Advise your laser surgeon that you have permanent makeup so that he or she can perform a “spot test” before they proceed. If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color loss, set up an appointment with us to have the color replaced.

Remember the saying “You get what you pay for”. It saves you money and embarrassment to do it right the first time. These are considered permanent procedures, as they are not easily removed. What you are paying for is the detail and skill of a well trained professional, not someone who does it on the side. We have a permanent business location right in downtown Orlando. We have a dedicated procedure room, just for permanent makeup. It’s not in the back of our house, at a chair in a salon, or in an extra room at a doctors office. Some people only offer Microblading, focusing on the eyebrow. We are full service. We have the ability to do full permanent makeup with a digital machine or a Microblade. We can even do a combined technique if your skin calls for it. This is our business, and we want you to look awesome and beautiful.