Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is Permanent Makeup?

  • How Can I Benefit From Permanent Makeup?

  • What Is The Difference Between Permanent Makeup & Tattooing?

  • How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Permanent Makeup?

  • What Happens If I Am Allergic?

  • What About If I Am Pregnant/Breastfeeding?

  • What Should I Do Before My Treatment?

  • Does The Procedure Hurt?

  • How Long Does It Take?

  • How Many Treatments Are Needed?

  • How Long Will My Permanent Makeup Last?

  • What Factors Will Affect My Permanent Makeup?

  • Are There Any Risks Involved?

  • What Can I Expect Afterwards?

  • How Will My Permanent Makeup Look In Future?

  • What method of tattoo removal or lightening will get the pigment/tattoo ink out in one session?

  • How fast does Blades of Beauty's removal product work?

  • What are the advantages of using an all-natural solution?

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup, also known as Semi-permanent makeup, Cosmetic Tattooing, Micropigmentation or Microblading is the process of implanting colour pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a tiny, sterile, disposable needle to produce the appearance of cosmetic makeup or to enhance the natural features of the face. It can be used to rebalance certain features, correct, modify or simply for a touch more colour. I call it Permanent Makeup as it doesn't wash away. It does fade over time.

 

How can I benefit from Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is fast becoming one of the biggest sought after beauty treatments, used by both men and women to enhance their features. It allows those who have it to feel more confident and polished with little or no effort, every day of the year.

 

It is a procedure that can enhance your natural beauty, raising your self esteem and helping you to feel more confident. It can also correct any natural imbalances in symmetry and harmonise your facial features.

 

People who suffer from Alopecia, hair loss from cancer treatments, shaky hands/poor eyesight, too busy in the mornings, sporty and worried about your makeup smudging, sensitivity to makeup ingredients, perhaps even overplucked their eyebrows in the past...people have their own reasons for wanting permanent makeup but for those who get it done correctly, it can change their lives for the better.

 

What is the difference between Permanent Makeup and tattooing?

The purpose is to enhance the natural features of a client. Permanent makeup is meant to be a natural-looking beauty enhancement.

Body tattoos use ink, whereas permanent makeup procedures use pigments which give it a much softer and subtle feel. These pigments will gently fade over time - This is favourable to the effects of ink as it means the artist can make changes to colour and shape over the years as the clients colouration and facial changes occur.

 

How old do I have to be to get Permanent Makeup?

You have to be 18 years old or over. If you are fortunate enough to look younger than 25, please bring valid I.D with you (Driving license or Passport).

 

What happens if I am allergic?

It is very rare to be allergic to the pigment as it is iron oxide based (which the skin naturally absorbs). I do require all clients to have a skin test at least 48hrs before having any service.

 

What about if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

As a precaution, I will not perform permanent makeup treatments if you are, or think you are pregnant. My insurance doesn't cover me to tattoo breastfeeding mothers.

 

What should I do BEFORE my treatment?

For eyebrows: If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment.

If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment.

If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. You may fill-in your eyebrows prior to your appointment if you wish so we can get a sense of what your daily makeup routine is like.

For eyeliner: please do not come to your appointment with eye makeup on. Also, if you wear contact lenses, you will need to take these out and wear your glasses immediately after, so please don't forget them!

For lips: If you suffer with or have ever had cold sores, please get a prescription for Zovirax (or similar medication) and start taking for a minimum of 3 days before your procedure. Otherwise, you will have a breakout and it can affect the healing process.

If you plan to go on a holiday, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure.

It is also requested that clients avoid prescription blood thinners (if possible) for 24 hours prior to their appointment. This also includes Vitamin E, Aspirin and alcohol.

 

Does the procedure hurt?

Pain/discomfort threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

I use a highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel. These are used for numbing before and during your procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

Allow approx. 2 and a half hours for the full initial treatment which includes the consultation, procedure and aftercare advice.

The longest part is usually mapping out the shape and agreeing on shape/colour etc. The procedure itself usually lasts around an hour. The follow-up will be shorter.

 

How many treatments are needed?

For permanent makeup, two treatments are usually needed, at least 6 weeks apart.

Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient, but a touch-up appointment is offered just in case.

 

With most procedures, the colour looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look.

At the second treatment, I will assess the colour retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your Permanent Makeup does not heal to the desired colour perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and I will add more density at your next appointment. It is always better to under-do than over-do!

 

How long will my Permanent Makeup last?

Permanent makeup treatments will not wash off. However, they will fade over time & require touch-ups. Some people find theirs can last years and other people come back after 12 months. (See the next question).

Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. I will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.

Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits - The initial procedure followed by a free touch-up procedure about 2 months later.

 

What factors can affect my Permanent Makeup?

* Sun exposure: The sun can fade your Semi-Permanent Makeup to the extreme. Please use sun block Not only will it prolong your Makeup but will also protect your skin from premature ageing and sun damage.

* The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.

* The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.

* The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.

* The choice of colour: Some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour.

* Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the treatment will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.

 

Are there any risks involved?

At the consultation, you will be asked about your medical details which will be checked against any known contraindications to permanent makeup. A skin test will also be carried out if you have booked one in advance. If there aren't any contraindications & you have had no allergic reactions in past, as long as the pre-advice and aftercare is followed, there are no risks to your health.

I use very advanced products which are in full compliance with European legislation & local council guidelines. Needles and pigments are sterile and single use. I will always adhere to strict hygiene protocol in order to deliver 100% safety to the client and myself.

 

What can I expect afterwards?

Your permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the healing process.

I ask all clients to please read through the aftercare leaflet given to them and to follow it strictly.

It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results.

The most essential aftercare is to keep the treated area moist, DO NOT rub or pick the healing area as the colour will peel off prematurely. Just keep those hands away altogether if you can!!!

Avoid extreme heat and contaminated bodies of water (such as saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, lakes, and places with hot humidity, etc.). Aftercare is just as important as the procedure technique itself. For optimum results, care for your permanent makeup!

 

How will my Permanent Makeup look in the future?

During your appointment, I will analyze your skin's undertone to anticipate how pigment colours will fade in the future.

I will also mix pigments to ensure colour remains in the same tone.

The majority of clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to colour.

There are some cases, however, where colours may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments. Many factors affect these changes (including lifestyle, iron deficiencies etc.).

At your follow up appointment, I will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial colour. Special formula alteration to correct the colour and to prevent further colour change is made at this time.

What method of tattoo removal or lightening will get the pigment/tattoo ink out in one session?

No removal or lightening can get the pigment out in one shot other than having a plastic surgeon cut the tissue out. However, this will need stitches and leave a scar.

How fast does Blades of Beauty removal solution work?

Each type of tattoo lightening/removal series is dependant on the depth of the pigment or tattoo ink inserted into the tissue. Therefore, the product works at different time lengths for each individual client. While one removal may take one session, another may take several.

What are the advantages of using an all-natural solution?

The process does not permanently damage the tissue like lasers or chemical removal methods. It will not remove natural skin colour and can get any colour out of the tissue, unlike lasers. It can be used on the facial tissue with cosmetic tattoos. Also the cost is a fraction of the cost to the client compared to other methods.

 

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