Everything About Microblading and Permanent Makeup
Permanent cosmetics - also known as microblading, microstroking, 3D permanent brows and dermal cosmetics - are a form of cosmetic tattooing. The permanent cosmetic application uses tiny needles and various techniques and tools that implant pigments into the skin for a more defined shape. Since the pigment is being implanted into the skin it must be considered permanent, and yes, it is a tattoo regardless of what you may hear. However, the pigments do fade over a time of 1-3 years depending on the skin health and lifestyle, at which time, will require a retouch of the treatment.
Permanent cosmetics in general, are not necessarily intended to replace makeup completely. When you are ready to kick up your heels and go out for a night on the town, or want a different look, you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish. Permanent cosmetics are a great alternative to those that have suffered from hair loss, cancer, alopecia, over-tweezing, and thinning eyebrows. It is also a great alternative to the busy professional, that needs to look her best all of the time, and also great for athletes.
Be a savvy consumer! Proper training, skills, photographs of work and testimonials are a must! For your safety, please do your research and make sure your artist has been trained by an SPCP Trainer Member for permanent makeup fundamentals as well as advanced training. Fundamentals training is a minimum of 100 hours from an SPCP Trainer. Advanced training can include courses such as: Microblading, Areola and Microneedling that take thousands of hours of practice.
Custom Beaute offers permanent eyebrows, lips and eyeliner in Amherst, Buffalo, Tonawanda, Williamsville, Clarence, Grand Island, Niagara Falls and the surrounding western New York area. Our staff is certified and trained by our trainer and master artist Sherry Hale.
Many people have doubts about permanent cosmetics so we answered bellow the most frequent questions. If after reading that you still have doubts, you can call us!
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Can I choose the shape and the color?
You will have the opportunity to discuss shape and color with the cosmetic tattoo artist. In proposing a design for you, we will take into consideration your age, personality, current use of makeup, daily activities, and the color and undertones of the skin. The artist will also take into consideration the shape of your lips, structure of your brow bone, or curvature of your eyelid before creating the shape outline. Once the design has been simulated, you will need to approve before the tattooing occurs.
Will my eyebrow hair continue to grow?
Yes. To maintain the shape of the tattoo we recommend tweezing, threading, or electrolysis to remove any hairs that grow outside of your tattoo pattern. We advise you to refrain from waxing.
Is this the same as a tattoo?
Yes, microblading and permanent makeup are a cosmetic tattoo. Any procedure that implants pigment or ink into the skin is a tattoo, and it is permanent. Instead of using tattoo type of equipment, we use only state of the art digital technology that was specifically created for cosmetic tattooing procedures. Our equipment is quiet, precise and more delicate for the skin of the face.
Are the pigments safe?
Specially formulated pigments have been created for the face and this is all we use. Our pigment selections are of the highest grade and quality that undergo strict testing and regulations.
What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent?
All tattoos are permanent, since something is being implanted into the skin and even with removal, there will always be traces of pigment behind.
How long will the tattoo last?
Even though we call a tattoo permanent, the color will fade out over time and you will want to have the color touched up. The amount of time that it takes to fade will depend upon the client's skin, health, lifestyle and how well the tattoo is maintained. Generally this is between 1 and 5 years depending on the procedure.
How long does an appointment normally take?
The average time for permanent makeup procedures takes around 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete. A seasoned master artist can complete this in about 1 hour or less. Time will be spent completing a consultation which includes discussion of your medical history, lifestyle, personality, design, color, and any questions or concerns you may have. After a topical numbing agent has been applied the design will be created for review. The actual tattooing can take between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the tissue response.
I have a darker complexion, is the procedure ideal for me?
Yes! Permanent cosmetics are beneficial for all skin types, and all ages. In fact, we love working on that gorgeous darker complexion as the skin responds beautifully.
Will permanent cosmetics fade?
Yes, in time you will need a touch up as the pigment fades. The amount of time before a touch up is needed is dependent upon each individual client's skin, health, lifestyle, and how well you are following the aftercare instructions.
The following timeframes are typically recommended for touch ups:
- Permanent Brows: 2 years
- Permanent Eyeliner: 2-5 years
- Permanent Lips: 2-5 years
Does age matter?
No! We have a wide range of clients, and some that are in there 80’s. The only restriction by law is that you must be 18 years of age. However, we prefer that you are over 25 before making this decision to have cosmetic tattooing on your face, unless it is for medical reasons. We have found this extremely beneficial for seniors due to dexterity and steadiness. We want everyone to feel beautiful!
Do you shave the eyebrow before you do an eyebrow procedure?
No, all your hair is left in place. Any excess hair that is outside of the new design pattern will be removed (unless you prefer they are left in place).
I don't have any eyebrow hair at all - will this look fake?
No, the 3D Permanent Hairstroke Brows are meant to look as real as possible. Each individual stroke resembles an eyebrow hair, so the result is a realistic permanent brow. Hair stroke permanent brows, look much more real than the pencil you may be applying.
Do microblading or permanent cosmetic procedures hurt?
Here at Custom Beaute we do our best to keep you comfortable and relaxed by our winning personalities, gentle touch, and topical numbing agents. The majority of our clients say “oh, that wasn’t bad, and much easier than I expected”. Each person’s pain tolerance plays a role as well as stress levels which can increase the intensity. If you are a woman on your cycle, this will also play a role. We recommend that you take Tylenol prior to the procedure and drink plenty of water to have your skin well hydrated. Do not take Motrin, Aspirin or any type of blood thinners prior to a procedure.
Are there any restrictions to having these procedures?
Yes, there can be some medical issues that may prevent us from working on you, however this is rare.
- If you are a diabetic, you must be in a controlled state, and your healing time may take longer.
- If you have glaucoma, you cannot have an eyeliner procedure.
- If you have a history of cold sores, then you must be on a prescribed medication before, during and after any lip procedure.
- If you are on blood thinners or fish oil, you must be off from these for 2 weeks prior.
- If you are on a retin A or Accutane product, you must be off of these for 3 months.
- If you use Latisse, or eye lash enhancers, you must be off these for 2 months prior to an eyeliner procedure.
- If you have had cosmetic surgery on your face, you must be healed at least 3 months.
- If you have cancer, you must be 6 months past your last chemotherapy.
- There are no restrictions with Botox of the eyes, or forehead area. In some rare instances of asymmetry, we may request you have Botox prior to your brows.
- If you have lip fillers, you must be healed at least 6 weeks for a lip procedure.
- If you are pregnant or nursing, you are not able to get a tattoo.
- If you have prior tattooing that was not done by us you need to schedule a consultation.
Michael Freitas, MD
Permanent Makeup Artist
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Marketing & Graphic Design