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Permanent Makeup FAQ's

What is

Permanent Makeup?

Permanent cosmetics (or micro pigmentation) can be used to correct imperfections or to enhance your appearance. Women who have poor eyesight, have scars, are allergic to cosmetics, or struggle with coordination when applying their makeup would be great candidates for this procedure. 

The application of permanent makeup is a non-surgical treatment similar to a tattoo. Fine needles are used to inject a mineral based pigment into the skin. There is some discomfort, and you will require 4-7 days of healing time. A follow up visit is required 4 - 8 weeks later. The pigment’s color will fade over time, usually lasting from 1-4 years.

Is it painful?

Keeping in mind that pain is subjective, most clients say they experience no discomfort during permanent makeup. Any pain that was experienced has been compared to the feeling of a light scratch with minimal discomfort.

Who is a good


Those with alopecia or damaged hair follicles as well as those with sparse or thinning hair. Those with allergies to cosmetics, have mobility limitations, or vision issues can all benefit from Permanent Cosmetics.

How often will I need a touchup?

How often you will need a touchup is based on several factors. Lifestyle, sun exposure, and skin type will greatly determine how long your permanent makeup will last. That is why a touch up is required within 30 to 60 days of your initial appointment. I highly recommend a touch up between 12-18 months to maintain the shape/color of your makeup. Please note: Oilier skin types can experience pigment fading much quicker than dry skin types and may need to come in sooner than 12 months.

How do I prepare for my appointment?


  • Do not wear mascara on the day of the procedure.

  • Have the eyes free of makeup and moisturizer.

  • Do bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive.

  • If you wear eyeglasses, please bring those to your appointment

  • If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them before the procedure.

  • It is not a bad idea to have a ride home after an eyeliner procedure if you are sensitive to light. Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be dilated afterward.

  • Avoid lash tinting 2 weeks before. Do not dye or perm lashes for 2 days prior.

  • Must stop using eyelash growth serums 4 weeks prior to the procedure.

  • If you are using Latisse or any other eyelash serums you will need to discontinue use 2 weeks prior to the procedure.

  • No Botox injections 2 weeks prior to procedure in eye area only. 

  • The skin must be free of all irritations including blemishes, eczema, and psoriasis.

  • Must not be on Accutane medication for one year prior to getting a Cosmetic Tattoo.

  • Stop taking Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Glucosamine, Evening Primrose Oil, Ginger, Ginko one week prior to your appointment as they thin the blood and prevent the pigment from implanting correctly. If you continue to use these the healed result may be patchy.

  • Discontinue the use of any anti-aging, skin brightening or anti-acne skincare products. Particularly those that contain Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Vitamin A, Retinol. Ideally, do not use these products for 30 days prior to your appointment, and yes, even if you do not use it near the area to be treated it does spread under your skin and your cosmetic tattoo will heal patchy. Once your tattoo has healed under the skin surface (approximately 6 weeks following your final session) you may resume your usual skin care routine.

  • Please avoid any type of blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to your procedure unless is unsafe to do so for your health. Please ask your doctor before stopping these types of medications. Such as: Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Niacin, Voltaren, Indocid. As well as Prenatal Vitamins, Vitamin E or Nutritional Shakes. Tylenol is recommended if you have a low pain tolerance.

  • Do not work out on the day of the procedure.

  • Avoid sun tanning or tanning beds for 2 weeks prior to procedure. If you show up to your appointment with a sunburn you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn it will take the pigment.

  • Scars from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service.

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours prior to your procedure

  • Do not consume coffee or other caffeine products 24 hours prior.

  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

Who is a NOT good candidate?


  • Sick with cold, flu, or sinus/respiratory infection (please reschedule your appointment and stay home to recover)

  • Skin irritations including: sunburn, rash, eczema, shingles, acne, or psoriasis near the treated area

  • Pregnant or nursing

  • Under age 18

  • Had Botox within 3 weeks from scheduled appointment

  • Used Accutane in the past year

  • Diabetes

  • Epilepsy

  • Undergoing chemo

  • Prone to keloid scarring

  • Pacemaker or major heart problems

  • Had an organ transplant

  • Viral infections and or diseases

  • Transmittable blood disease, HIV or Hepatitis

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