Frequently Asked Questions

What is semi-permanent makeup?

Semi-Permanent makeup is a cosmetic tattooing process which requires the use of either a professional machine or manual device to implement pigments into the first dermal layer under the skin. Technically it is tattooing, but it uses pigments instead of ink which is why it’s not entirely permanent and lasts several years as compared to permanent traditional artistic tattoos.

How permanent is semi-permanent?

Thatdepends on the type of skin and lifestyle as well as the quality of pigmentsused.  If you get chemicals peels or tanning treatments the pigments canchange shade and/or fade faster. Follow up visits are required for everyprocedure between 4-8 weeks to monitor the healing process and touch up anyneeded areas.

Does it hurt?

A topicalanesthetic is applied for numbing before and during the procedure. Everyone hasdifferent levels of pain tolerance and sensitivity but most people say that it’sabout the same as tweezing or threading.

Is semi-permanent makeup for me?

Permanent makeup is NOT for anyone who is/has:

Pregnant or Nursing
Diabetic
Viral infections and/or diseases
Epilepsy
A Pacemaker or major heart problems
Had an Organ transplant
Tendency towards keloids or scarring
Seborrheic dermatitis
Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
Had Botox in the past 2 months
Have upcoming vacations or special occasions planned.
Used Accutane in the past year
Allergic to anesthetic (Lidocaine)
Extremely Oily or Problematic Skin.

Is there anything I should be aware of BEFORE the procedure?

YES!
For best results please DO NOT do the following at least 24-hours prior to your appointment.
1)1.Do not drink coffee,tea or any caffeine.
2)Do not consume alcohol, drugs,or stimulants.
3) Do not take aspirin or blood thinners.

Is there anything I should do or not do AFTER the procedure?

1.Exposure to UV radiation or prolonged contact with sun, water, and wind.
2. Using a sauna and sunbed.
3.Do not eat spicy foods or seafood.
4) Do not use any other skin care products than those agreed upon with your beautician,especially those containing antibiotics or components that could strongly accelerate the healing process because they will cancel out the effect of the treatment

What is a TOUCH-UP and is it required?

A touch is a highly recommended follow-up appointment for any semi-permanent makeup service, where the healing process is assessed and a light touch-up of pigment will be applied in order to prevent premature fading and ensure that the proper shade sets in. It should be done at least 6-8 weeks after the first initial procedure/appointment. The longer one waits for a touch-up the longer the touch-up will take since it will require more work, and in some case a complete redo. Touch-up prices are based on the amount of time from the first initial procedure/appointment.

I’m eligible for semi-permanent makeup, what are the next steps and what does the process look like?

1) Head over to the booking page and choose your preferred availability.
You may call/e-mail me if you don’t see your preferred availability, sometimes people cancel or reschedule and an opening may be available.

2) Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out and sign paperwork (info/consent forms, waiver).

3) Once the paperwork is done, we will proceed with taking the proper measurements, deciding the shade and shape, and then draw the design that will ultimately become your final result. Keep in mind that designs and plans are not permanent and we can change them until you decide on exactly what you want the final outcome to be.  4) Once the shape and shade are decided, I will apply topical numbing agent and begin the process.

4) Once the procedure is finished, we will go over the results and make any final touches that you wish. Afterwards I will go over the after-care instructions with you and make arrangements to schedule your touch-up appointment.

What should I look and ask for when choosing a provider?

Make sure that the individual is board AND state licensed as well as industry certified.
Believe it or not, not everyone is licensed, certified, or even abides by OSHA safety and health standards. Always check their portfolio and ask for credentials.
Make sure that all needles to be used are unopened and disposable. Redflags are cheap prices and free services. These are new artists, many of whom aren’t fully certified and looking to gain clientele. Also ask what products and pigments they use, as those determine the shade and outcome of the process. It’s very important! Certain products contain toxic chemicals which later turn green or blue instead of your chosen shade.
I use “Li Pigments”  which are the best in the industry and also Made in USA.