Does it hurt to get a brow, lip or eyeliner tattoo/permanent makeup?
Everyone is different. Generally, slight discomfort is the worst it will get. Some clients even sleep through the whole treatment. We use the most gentle and advanced techniques so there’s no blood and no downtime. Some after-care is required but it’s really simple. You can see more details on that below.
How long does an appointment take?
For eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos you’ll be with us for 1.5 to 2 hours. For lip tattoos, allow 2 to 2.5 hours. Each tattoo requires two appointments and the second one is usually a little shorter than the first.
How long does my cosmetic tattoo/permanent makeup last?
Longevity of cosmetic tattoos depends on your skin’s thickness and colour, and on your lifestyle. If you’re out in the sun daily, exercising like crazy, or getting gorgeous with laser or peel treatments on your face, this can make your tattoo fade faster. As a guide, powder brows last 12-18 months before needing a touch up to boost colour. Eyeliner and lip tattoos last 2-3 years before they need to be refreshed.
What about shape and colour?
We choose the color and shape with you, based on your preferences and what’s going to suit you best. We draw the shape on you first and we start your treatment ONLY when you’re 100% happy with how it looks.
What do I need to do before my treatment?
Put the brakes on all alcohol for 24 hours prior to your treatment. You should also let us know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. If you’re having a brow treatment, don't wax or tweeze your brows for at least a week beforehand. If you’re having a lip treatment and have naturally dry lips, you'll need to get busy exfoliating and moisturising them. Do this daily for 3 days before your appointment.
On the actual day of your appointment you can wear your normal makeup (Phew!). This lets us see how you like to do your makeup and what your preferences are.
What can I expect straight after my treatment?
Your brows will look seriously amazing right after your treatment! Your lips may be a bit swollen for a couple of hours. After an eyeliner tattoo, your eyes can be a bit sensitive. The color of all fresh permanent makeup is going to look brighter and a bit darker for a few days - but nothing crazy or too much.
What aftercare is needed?
We use very gentle techniques, so aftercare is easy. However, it’s important that you take special care after any treatment to ensure the best possible result. The day of a powder brow treatment you'll need to wipe your brows with a cotton pad and water every 2 hours and then the next 3-4 days you need to keep them dry and avoid any makeup on the area. For lips, we give you a special cream to put on.
For 7-10 days after all permanent makeup treatments you need to avoid heavy exercise and stay away from saunas, sunbathing and swimming. No sweat! Literally. Your PMU is a big investment so it’s worth any disruption to your exercise routine.
Can I get a cosmetic tattoo/permanent makeup done if I'm pregnant?
Unfortunately, no. We don't know for sure how these treatments can potentially affect an unborn baby, so it's not worth the risk. Breastfeeding is fine though. You can safely get a cosmetic tattoo three months after giving birth, when your hormones stabilise.
What are the medical contraindications for cosmetic tattooing/permanent makeup?
If you have diabetes, heart problems or cancer in remission, you'll need to get your doctor's permission prior to your treatment.
If you’re using any Retin-A or retinoids, you’ll need to stop at least two weeks prior to the treatment. You can start again two weeks after your second treatment.
If you have any acne, eczema or active herpes in the area we’re treating, we won't be able to go ahead until this has totally cleared.
Why do I need a second treatment session?
The first session is basically the first half of the treatment. We always work super-carefully and don’t go too dark – you need time to adjust to your new look. During the initial healing process, your skin will also reject some pigment (this is normal).
During your second treatment session we have the option of adding more colour and thickness, and can make your brows look darker if you’re feeling it. This two-step process is safest for your skin and allows us to deliver the final look that you want.
(FYI, the most common request we get for a first treatment session is “please not too thick and not too dark!”. For the second session it’s “can we make them darker and thicker please!”.
How long do I need to wait between treatments?
For a brow or eyeliner tattoo, you’ll need to wait 4-6 weeks between appointments. For a lip tattoo, it’s 6-8 weeks.
What’s the difference between powder brows and microblading?
Microblading (also known as feathering or feather touch brows) is a type of cosmetic tattooing. It’s performed with a pen-like hand tool tipped by row of needles that look like a blade. The artist uses this tool to cut a client’s skin and deposit pigment under it. This creates what look like "hair strokes". Sounds like a great idea, right? Well – we totally don’t think so. Please read "Why don’t you do microblading?" below.
In contrast, the "Powder Brows" technique is achieved using a machine with just a single needle. This deposits hundreds of tiny dots of pigment under the skin. Unlike the individual “hair stroke” effect you get from microblading, a powder brows treatment creates a powder-like, soft makeup look. The treatment is very superficial, which means the pigment sits in the top layers of your skin. This makes it really gentle. Numbing cream is not required and there is no pain or bleeding. Powder brows can be very soft in shape and color, or more defined and dark – you can choose!
Why don't you do microblading?
Olga our owner is so passionate about this! The simple answer is - because it's so traumatic to skin. Microblading means cuts, and cuts mean scars - always. Even if the "hair strokes" look fine and crisp right after your treatment they will blur over time. Clients going back for a microblading touch-up get more damage, more skin trauma and more scars. They can even lose their brow hair. The long-term results of microblading are always scars and discolouration of the tattoo pigment.
We’re SO aware of the way skin responds to microblading because we see clients with scarring, fading and hair loss on a regular basis. Because of this we simply can’t perform this treatment. Like many PMU artists all over the world, we’ve moved away from microblading completely, and now use the much gentler "powder brows" technique.