frequently asked questions
do I need a consultation?
If you’ve had previous work done by another artist: you can text or e-mail photos of previous work BEFORE you book your appointment. When taking your photos make sure you have no makeup on, no photo filters, and take them in good natural lighting (standing in front of a window works great). After I receive your photos we can discuss your goals and go over options.
You can reach out to me at email@example.com or text 609-432-9618.
If you've never had any previous permanent makeup: you do not need a consultation. At your appointment, we will have a thorough consultation that includes; talking about your brow goals, color, and brow mapping. We will review the design together and make any necessary adjustments before any tattooing begins.
what's the difference between microblading
and nano brows?
MICROBLADE = Microblade is a manual hand tool, similar to a pencil but has a row of needles made to mimic a blade. This blade is used to carve a very shallow scratch to the surface of the skin. Microblading isn’t for every skin type, as the hair strokes tend to blend together on oily skin.
NANO BROWS = Nano strokes are made with a single point needle and an electronic device (similar to a tattoo machine). The vibration of the machine inserts pigment into the skin.
Nano brows allow you to have fully saturated hair strokes with better retention, less trauma to the skin, and a smoother healing process. It can be great for any skin type. Nano can last up to 3 years but you can revisit for a touchup sooner if you’d like.
To read more about what nano is go to my what is nano? page.
what's full nano, combo brows, and ombre brows?
Nano brows are created with one single needle and a permanent makeup device (similar to a tattoo machine). Nano strokes mimic natural hair strokes.
Combo brows is a technique of nano strokes blended with the shading in the tail end of the brow for added dimension. The added shading in the tail end creates a more realistic look for any client who is looking for a natural yet defined hair stroke brow.
Ombré shading is extremely thin dots of pigment into the skin, creating a soft-shaded brow pencil look, fully shaded gradient from light in the front to darker.
how long does the appointment take?
Approximate appointment time lengths are listed under each procedure on the services + pricing page. Usually for Initial Appointments we ask you to plan for a 3 hour appointment (you are not getting tattooed for this length of time). This length of time involves filling out paperwork, having “before” pictures taken, applying a numbing agent, having a short consultation to discuss your tattoo goals, then your face will be measured and mapped to outline where your tattoo will go. Then the actual tattooing will begin, once finished, “after” pictures will be taken and we will discuss how to care for your new tattoo, and we will make your follow up appointment.
how will i look immediately afterwards?
Brows procedures will look great - fresh and usually only appearing slightly darker. Most clients walk out with little to no irritation.
Lash enhancements will also look great - however the following day upper eyelids may swell a little, but this generally only lasts for a day.
Lip procedures will swell and may remain swollen and chapped in appearance for several days.
what's the healing process like?
Healing time varies from person to person depending upon age, health, lifestyle, etc. In the first 7 days your tattoo will 'scab' and 'flake' off, over the next 7 days the tattoo will heal over on the outer surface of the skin. During this time it is important to keep the brows clean and dry. The skin will continue to heal from under the surface, and pigment will continue to resurface through the healed layers even after your skin appears to be "healed". The final result will be visible in roughly 3-6 weeks depending on individual results.
Every client will receive an aftercare kit along with a hardcopy of instructions for you to follow during the healing process.
You can also find aftercare instructions on my aftercare page.
is the 6 week follow up appointment required?
Yes. All cosmetic procedures need a follow up appointment to address a number of things: any issues you may be having, color can be adjusted, brow thickness and/or size can be added, this is also an opportunity to a little bolder once you feel more comfortable with the process and your healed tattoo. This appointment can also be looked at as a 'perfecting session'.
how long does the tattoo last?
Cosmetic tattoos can typically last 1-5 years, depending on skin type, age, and lifestyle. Touch-up's are suggested every 12-24 months. Over the years you may find a touch-up is required with longer time in between appointments. Skincare will also impact the retention of the pigment: tanning, use of products with AHA, Glycolic Acid, Retinol, etc. will fade faster.
If you feel that permanent cosmetics are not for you, you can let the pigment fade over time. Most of the pigment will deteriorate naturally and be digested by the body, but in few cases some faint color will remain.
can i have cosmetic procedures (Botox, fillers) and still get cosmetic tattoos?
Combining cosmetic procedures is definitely possible, but it should be done in a certain way and order. Should you get Botox before or after microblading.? The answer is – after. Botox affects the muscles and the skin in the area and thus changes facial features, so if you get your brows done and then get Botox, your brows could move from their natural position and the final shape of the arches could look off. Having your brow shape modified first allows the doctor injecting you with Botox to correctly assess where injections should go. Same goes for thread lifts.
You can still get lip blush if you have lip filler, the filler doesn't interfere with the process of tattooing lips or the results. Lip filler and lip blush appointments MUST be at least 4 weeks apart from each other.
does it hurt?
We use topical numbing agents multiple times throughout the procedure to ensure it’s as pain free as possible. On a pain scale of 1-10, most clients will describe the pain level as 1-3, depending on the person. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable while others report no discomfort at all. Everyone responds differently to the anesthetics as well as to pain.
*Topical anesthetics used during the procedure may contain lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
can i wear makeup afterwards?
We advise not to wear normal cosmetics until the skin has healed as this may cause infection and/or hinder the healing process. If you absolutely have to, a light application of newly opened mineral make-up using new / clean brushes and wands is permitted, but we would rather you keep the treatment site hygienically clean and only the aftercare balm to promote efficient healing. Once healed you can wear as much make-up as you wish, although you probably will not need to!
what if i am on medication, will it effect the procedure?
There are some medications that are restricted and you are not a candidate for cosmetic tattooing. Some require a medical clearance (a doctors note). Please review my policies + pre-procedures page.