Frequently asked questions.
what is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo that replicates the natural hair stokes of the brow. The process uses tiny hair-like incisions and top quality pigments to create brand new brows in the shape and density you desire. This new technique is a welcomed change from the traditional permanent makeup tattoo.
Microblading vs shading.
Microblading uses a hand tool to individually create hair like strokes for an extremely natural look by mimicking how a brow grows. Shading uses either a hand tool or a machine to create a dense look by depositing more pigment in a powdered pattern. For women that want a more dramatic brow or a brow that looks to have make up on it, then shading or a combo brow (both microblading and shading) will be a more suited procedure for you.
Do i need a touch up and is it included?
Absolutely. A touch up is included for both brow procedures and lip blushing. Touch ups are extremely important to the longevity of the brow because it almost always takes two sessions to make perfect the shape and color. The touch up will be done 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure to let the brows and lips completely heal.
How long does it last?
Your new brows will last for about a year, depending on your skin type and how well the brows are taken care of. Oily skin types will need more frequent touch ups as well as clients that spend a lot of time in the sun, as the sun tends to bleach out the brows. Avoid chemical peels, retinols, anti-aging creams, and other harsh treatments to prevent the brows from fading prematurely.
how long does it take?
The procedure for both brows and lips take about 2-2 1/2. The first half hour is spent mapping out your new shape, then you will numb for 20-30 minutes. The second half of the appointment is doing the actual tattoo.
does it hurt?
I use two topical anesthetics that can be applied during the procedure for continued comfort. The pain during the procedure is usually reported as very low to none. If my client is feeling any discomfort, it is described as less painful than tweezing. After the procedure you may feel tender in the tattooed area or feel as if you have mild sunburn. The Lip Blush is more uncomfortable due to the sensitivity of the lips. You can take a pain reliever such a Tylenol to relieve any discomfort.
am i a candidate for a brow procedure?
Healthy and clear skin is ideal for microblading and shading. If the skin is not healthy it will not heal will and not take pigment correctly. Skin with acne, rosacea, keloids, scars, and previous tattoos need a consult to determine if you are a candidate. Pregnant and nursing mamas need to wait until they are done nursing before having the procedure. The numbing creams used can leach chemicals into your system that has unknown effects to your baby. Chemotherapy patients need to be off chemo and radiation before having the procedure. Clients with alopecia are welcome to have the procedure at any stage of their hair loss.
am i a good candidate for a Lip blush?
The lip blush adds a very natural color to your lips to bring a youthful and plump look. This means that you lips need to be pale enough to add some color to them, if not, the color may not be as dramatic as desired and you may be left with a color very close to your own. Some clients may want to lighten their darker lips but could be left with a darkening by hyperpigmentation and more melanin production. Clients that experience cold sores will need to make their medicine 3 days before and 3 days after to avoid a break out.
I have my brows already done, can i come to you for a touch up?
The simple answer is, it depends. A lot of artists do not touch up work from another artist simply because it isn't a "touch up", it is a correction. Many different styles could have been used on your brows, along with brands of pigments that I'm not familiar with. The problem with that is I may not know how to color correct the pigments that have been used and you may need more than one session to correct the previous work. Moreover, if I decide to touch you up that means I have responsibility over how your brows will turn out and if the previous pigment ever turns a strange color over time (pink, red, orange, green) I will be held liable. Also many times there are tweeks that need to be made to the shape so I need to do a full brow mapping on you before we get started. A lot of the time it can take 2-3 hours to "touch up" other artists work, that doesn't mean its impossible, but it does mean you'll be charged accordingly for the new artists time and effort.