Permanent Make-up FAQs
What is permanent make up?
Permanent make-up is the process of implanting sterile pigments into the upper layer of the dermis using a hand-piece, which holds a sterile needle. The pigment is placed a little more than 1.5mm below the skins surface. It doesn’t go as deep as a conventional tattoo and will require maintenance procedures in the future.
Can I book a consultation appointment?
If you are unsure about the treatment you may book a separate consultation appointment at a cost of £30.00. A full consultation is carried out on the day, prior to every treatment but if in doubt a separate consultation is advisable.
How long will my permanent make up last?
Permanent make up can last for years but it will depend on several factors like skin type, sun exposure and lifestyle. We recommend a touch up procedure every 12 – 18 months to keep your brows looking their best as results will fade and soften out over time. Client’s results will vary and the use of pencil or powder may still be required on some occasions.
Is it painful getting permanent make-up?
During the procedure a topical anesthetic gel is applied to numb the area so discomfort is minimal. You may feel a scratching sensation but most clients are surprised at how comfortable the treatment is, although it will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold.
What if I don’t like my permanent eyebrows?
We want to make sure you love your new eyebrows! A thorough consultation is always carried out first. We will look at your natural brow hair and shape, face shape and make-up style. Eyebrows will be drawn on and any adjustments made until we are happy with the shape. We will discuss recommended pigments to compliment your skin tone and hair colour. Measurements are taken to ensure your new brows are perfectly placed and balanced. If you are unsure about having permanent make up or have any doubts we would advise a separate consultation appointment first.
Is it safe to get permanent make-up?
Yes, it’s completely safe. The highest standards of hygiene are adhered to and a new, sterile needle is used for every procedure. The pigments used are sterile, pharmaceutical grade pigments that comply with strict European standards and we use state of the art equipment designed for permanent cosmetics.
How long does the procedure take?
The initial appointment will be around 3 hours long. Your touch up appointment will be shorter (around 1 hour).
Do my natural brows need to be shaved off?
Absolutely not. If you have natural brow hairs, your artist will work with what you have, subtly integrating their work to suit your natural brow style. You may need a few hairs tweezed away or a little bit of shaping prior to tattooing.
Can I have permanent make up done when pregnant?
Unfortunately permanent make up cannot be carried out on anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. If you fall pregnant after your initial treatment we would need to carry out the touch up procedure after the baby arrives.
What is the recovery/healing time?
Healing time varies from person to person. You will be given all the aftercare information at your appointment. Your brows will look more intense immediately after the procedure. The treated area will begin to soften/lighten up within 30 days.
What is the hair stroke technique?
The hair stroke technique is when the pigment is applied in hair-like strokes giving the appearance of brow hair rather than a block of colour. Keep in mind that the hair strokes with time will fade, soften, look more powdered and top up procedures will be required in the future. As the skin ages the eyebrows will look more powdered. With extremely oily skins/large pores the hair strokes will not heal so crisp and will look more powdered.
Do you offer microblading?
No, we always use the machine method which uses a tiny single needle unlike microblading which involves using a hand held tool with a row / configuration of tiny needles (which looks like a blade). We have written an article on microblading that details how it is different from the machine method.
What are ombre brows and what method is best for me?
Ombre brows involve a shading technique to create a powdery looking brow. (Not to be confused with a block brow) Ombre brows are soft at the fronts gradually getting darker toward the tails to create a soft powdery effect. They can look very bold and dark to begin with but heal much softer and around 40% lighter. This method is suitable for all skin types and is a better option for those with oily skin or open pores as hairstrokes tend to blur and loose definition quickly on these skin types. We will advise you of the best suited method for your skintype at your appointment.
For best results, clients will be required to return for at least one retouch procedure, usually six weeks after the initial procedure. (The re-touch is included in your initial payment).
In many cases, some unevenness of colour after the initial application of pigment is to be expected. This is the purpose of your re-touch visit where we will fine-tune your enhancement. This is included in the initial cost, however if you do not attend your scheduled re-touch appointment you will be charged for any further treatment. Cancellation notice is always 48 hours.
It can take four weeks so see the final healed result. After two weeks it may seem like the colour has disappeared until more skin sheds and reveals the true healed colour.
You MUST wait at least six weeks before touch ups. The skin needs time to heal and treatments before this time can result in scarring.
If you have very oily skin/large pores the hair strokes will appear more blended/solid or may not retain well. Please keep this in mind when booking your appointment.
Long-term Permanent Eyebrow Care
Sunbeds/direct sunlight, chlorine, chemical peels and anti-ageing or exfoliating products containing AHA’s will shorten the life of your permanent make up and you will require more frequent top ups.
The use of a high SPF sunscreen is recommended.
If you regularly work out (5-7 days a week) your eyebrows will fade quicker due to production of salt/sweat and they will appear more powdered/blurred under the skin.
If you are considering having Botox injections please be aware that it can in some cases alter the shape/position of your permanent eyebrows. Permanent make up is applied to the area as the face is at the time of treatment. It is advised to wait 8 weeks after your permanent make up before having Botox injections/dermal fillers in the area.
Your permanent make-up will fade through time and you will require top up/maintenance treatments every 12 – 24 months. (please contact us in advance to arrange your appointment and discuss costs)
If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure or an MRI scan, please inform the technician of your permanent cosmetics.