FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Is Permanent Makeup/Microblading?
Permanent makeup & microblading are a cosmetic technique which deposits pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. Unlike traditional tattoo artists, we work very superficially in the skin and we use a pigment which is designed to break down over time which is why it will gradually fade in the skin.
Microblading is a similar technique to traditional semi-permanent tattoo, but it is done with a hand tool.
Cosmetic tattooing is a fantastic way to mimic the look of naturally applied makeup and can be very time saving for those who struggle to apply their own makeup on a daily basis.
How Long Will It Last?
Permanent makeup will last approximately 2-5 years but annual top ups are recommended every 12-18 months to keep the desired effect looking its best.
Does It Hurt?
I use a combination of two high quality numb creams and gels throughout each of my procedures to ensure my clients are as comfortable as possible.
Whilst everyone has a slightly different pain threshold and some clients will feel a little more discomfort than others due to certain medications or a general tolerance to lidocaine, most clients say the pain is around 2/3 out of 10.
What Happens During The Procedure?
1. After a consultation of what it is you would like to achieve, the pre-draw will begin on either the brows, eyes or lips.
(no work will go ahead until you are happy with the pre-draw.)
2. The pigment for procedure is chosen.
3. The treatment begins (30-45 mins).
4. You get to see your beautiful new brows, eyeliner or lips!
5. Because of the advanced techniques and pigments I use, you will not need a 6-8 week top up, however, you are welcome to book an optional top-up for £50 if there are any changes you would like to make - such as thicker, longer, bolder, darker etc.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
I always allow up to 2 hours for all of my permanent makeup procedures.
Top up appointments usually take around 30 minutes.
What Happens To My Natural Eyebrows?
I always aim to try and work with your natural eyebrow shape and hair as much as possible This means you will have a more natural result that will suit your face shape.
You may have to occasionally pluck/wax/thread around the brow shape but this will be very easy for you to do with your new brow and very low maintenance for you to keep up.
What Are You Health, Safety & Licences?
You can rest assured that I'm fully qualified in ALL treatments that I carry out, insured and have the appropriate license from my local council (Broadland District Council - my registration number is: 524613).
My qualifications, insurance and council license certificates are proudly displayed in my salon at all times.
I Have An Old Brow Tattoo I Want To Cover?
You have 3 options when it comes to correcting/covering previous work:
1. Microblading & shading
2. Powder/ombré brow
1. Microblading should never be used to cover old or previous work unless that work is 80% or more faded (ideally 90% for the best results).
This is because microblading is thin hairlike strokes; so it leaves skin exposed in between each stroke - potentially with what is underneath showing through.
2. Colour correcting with a powder/ombre brow.
Again, this depends on what you have underneath and whether it can be colour corrected successfully.
Colour corrections can be done if the current work is not heavily saturated and thick with pigment.
3. The third option is a couple of sessions of removal to get your brows to a place where we can successfully work over them.
Looking After Your Permanent Makeup
BROWS: You will be able to resume to your normal activities straight after your treatment and even go back to work. There should not be any redness in the brow area immediately after - and I have not ever had a client leave me looking red!
The numbing will wear off within the hour and this is when you may feel slightly tender. This will usually go down within 24 hours - if there is any.
EYES: Although you will be able to see fine (no contact lenses must be worn during or after the appointment, so please wear your glasses) you may experience some bruising or swelling. This can be worse in some clients than others, but is perfectly normal and expected and will go down within a day or two.
LIPS: your lips will be and feel very swollen and tender immediately after and for a day or two afterwards. I ask clients to take care when eating and drinking until the swelling/tenderness has subsided.
I advise all my clients not to go in the sun for at least 2 weeks post procedure and advise you do not do any vigorous exercise or go swimming during the first 10 days of the healing process.
Exercise causes sweating and sweat contains salt - which is what we use to remove unwanted permanent makeup with, so you don't want to be pushing pigment out, that we have just put in!
• Your permanent makeup will appear very dark & intense up to 10 days.
• The skin will take up to 2 weeks to fully recover and heal.
• The colour will fade 30-50% once healed in the skin.
Every permanent makeup procedure requires a patch test. This will either be posted out to you or can be performed by me if booking a separate consultation. No Patch test, no appointment - sorry.
Over 18's ONLY for any permanent makeup procedure.
Permanent makeup can NOT be performed on anyone who is PREGNANT or BREASTFEEDING.
Anti-wrinkle injections/Botox must be performed at least 3 weeks before or after your permanent makeup appointment.
Absolutely NO EYELASH EXTENSIONS OR LASH SERUMS for eyeliner. If using lash serums, you will need to be off them for at least 3 months as they cause a huge amount of bleeding, bruising and swelling and prevent pigment from going into the skin.
No contact lenses can be worn during any eyeliner treatment or for around 4/5 days afterwards
YOU MUST inform me if you suffer from cold sores on your mouth if you wish to book for lips as this can bring on a bout of the virus. Preventative medication can be purchased from Superdrug. These tablets should be taken 3-5 days before the appointment to help avoid an outbreak.