Microblading & Permanent Makeup Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between microblading, a solid filled brow and a powder filled brow?
Microblading is a manual method of implanting pigment into the skin with a hand tool. Each stroke is made by dipping the tool into the pigment and etching it into the skin in the pattern of hairstorkes. A solid filled brow is done with a traditional tattoo machine and permanent makeup pigments to create a bolder, perfect looking brow. A powder filled brow is also done with a traditional tattoo machine but with pigment that has been diluted to create the effect of having a soft brow powder behind the brows when it heals.
Which method is right for me?
I always say to use this is your guide for helping you to decide which method will be best for you:
I wear little to no makeup= choose Microblading
I wear brow powder daily= choose a Powder Fill
I wear a full face of makeup daily, & pencil in my brows= choose a Solid Fill Brow
Does it hurt?
Very little, topical anesthetics are applied to keep you comfortable.
How long does it take?
Appointments are scheduled for two hours, with most of the time spent on drawing the brows to a perfect shape and allowing the numbing cream to sit.
How long does microblading last for?
There are lots of factors that will effect the longevity of your newly micro bladed brows. Age, skin type and home care. In general the drier your skin is and older you are, the longer your micro bladed brows will last. You will want to avoid rapid exfoliators such as glycolic acids and retinols over the brows as they will fade out your pigment. Daily spf is also recommended to prevent fading from the sun. Microblading IS considered a tattoo by the SPCP and one should be comfortable with the possibility of there always being some remnant of pigment in the skin should that happen to be the case for your particular skin. For more information on microblading please visit http://www.spcp.org/3213-2/
I have had previous permanent makeup, can I microblade over it?
Only if it is EXTREMELY faded and pretty much gone. If not, you should seek out laser tattoo removal of the old tattoo if you wish to have hair strokes put in as they can NOT be made over a densely pigmented brow tattoo. If you have previously done brows please send a clear picture of your brows to firstname.lastname@example.org before scheduling an appointment.
Am I allowed to choose the color and shape of my brows or eyeliner?
Absolutely! Plenty of time is allowed before each appointment for choosing a color and drawing the shape to perfection. You must love the shape we have created together before any pigment is implanted into the skin.
Is a consultation required?
No. Two hours are allowed for your appointment to give sufficient time to draw out the shape and choose a color you are comfortable with. Drawing them at a separate time during a consultation is not necessary since it will still have to be done at the time of the appointment anyhow. I work right on top of the drawing so you have a good idea of how they will look when done, before they are done. Additional questions not answered here can be emailed or iMessaged to email@example.com.
Will I need a touch up appointment?
Yes. Permanent makeup procedures always require TWO appointments. The original appointment plus one finishing appointment 12 weeks after the first one to touch up any areas that have faded to much or where pigment could not be implanted due to swelling. ONE touch up appointment is included with the price of your original appointment. Additional touch ups required in the first four months from the date of the original appointment are $75.
Can I have permanent makeup if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
No. Please wait until after you have given birth to have any tattooing or permanent cosmetics. Even though the pigments are considered safe, testing on their safety for use during pregnancy has not been done and therefore it is suggested that you wait until you are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is the pigment safe?
Yes. All of the pigments we use are made in the USA. LiPigments is tested yearly for carcinogenic dyes, microbes, heavy metals and dyes causing allergies.
Is a new needle used for each client?
Yes. All needle cartridges, needles and tubes, and microblades, (including the handle of the microblade tool) are disposable to prevent any chance of cross contamination.
Can you fix my old permanent makeup?
Please send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org before scheduling an appointment.
Is there anything special I need to do prior to my appointment?
Yes, please read the following document
Does my new permanent makeup require any special care?
Who is not a candidate for permanent makeup?
Anyone with a heart condition, taking blood thinners on a daily basis, and persons having poor healing or medical conditions that cause poor healing such as untreated diabetes, autoimmune disorders or undergoing chemotherapy may not be considered good candidates for permanent cosmetics.