What is Permanent Makeup?
It is an exciting procedure, in which carefully applied semi-permanent pigment is placed into the dermal layer of the skin. The pigment is made of a natural iron oxide. It is hypo-allergic, and there are no fragrances, emollients or other ingredients added.
Your preferred colour is implanted into a lower layer of the skin, where it remains for up to 5 years. The pigments we use are non-reactive and virtually limitless in the choice of colour available. This make-up is perfectly safe and has been approved by doctors and written favourably about by many respected beauty writers.
Semi-permanent cosmetic, semi-permanent make-up, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattoo are terms all describing the same thing; the implantation of pigment beneath the surface of the skin with needles.
An implanting of pigment in the skin is tattooing. Some technicians may tell you their procedure is not really tattooing. Even some professional organizations try to imply prestige by deferring the public away from the word “tattoo”. This is deceptive! While it is definitely a speciality within the art of tattooing and requires specialized equipment and supplies, many hours of specialized training it is still tattooing.
Semi-permanent/cosmetic tattoo make-up is not intended to replace make up completely as the colour sits under the skin and not on top of the skin, so a soft natural enhancement should be expected. For a more dramatic effect make-up can be added.
What Type of Procedures Do You Offer?
- Eyeliner and Eyelash enhancement, Eyeliner with wings or a wedge
- Designer shaded liner/eyeshadow
- Lip Colour –Lip Liner and Full lip Colour, Lip Blend, Ombre Lips
- Eyebrows – Hair stroke and powder brows, Ombre brows
- Beauty Spot
- Nipple areola re-pigmentation
- Correction work
(See section Treatments for detailed description of above)
What Type of People Have Procedures Done?
Professional or career women who have little time for applying make up every day. Those with allergies to conventional make-up, Women (or men) with hair loss due to alopecia or who just have very sparse hair growth. Athletic women and those with oily skin who tend to shed make-up easily. Entertainers, actresses and models. Women with vision problems, contact lens wearers. In fact any women who want to look their best at all times, with very little effort on her part.
In many cases having semi-permanent make up means having more confidence and can make a significant difference in those people’s lives. Women and men of all ages and backgrounds benefit from semi-permanent make up.
How Do I Know Which Colour to Choose?
Beginning with a variety of basic pigment shades, virtually any colour can be mixed to compliment your natural skin tones. We work with you, discussing your preferences and making suggestions to help to perfect your look, custom designing your semi-permanent make-up, with colours that will suit you best.
What If Style Changes?
As semi-permanent make-up professionals, we never do anything that is too trendy/high fashion. We use colours that are custom blended to compliment your skin tone, eye and hair colours, to give a soft and natural appearance. However, the colours can be changed, at any time, by blending another colour over the original, if you wish.
Is It Expensive?
Not if you look at the long-term cost and effect or compared to botox or filler injections that only last 3-6 months. It costs more than a year’s cosmetics bill, but it is little compared to 2-5 years of daily make-up expenses. Also, it doesn’t run or wash off, and it’s a great time saver. It’s worth every penny to make the most of your natural beauty. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for!
Does It Look Natural?
Very natural – your features look more defined; your friends would never know what the difference in you was, unless you told them.
How Long Will The Results Last?
This varies with each individual person, though the expectation is between 6 months – 3 years. Everyone’s skin is different. Skin type, colour used, lifestyle, health and medications can all have an impact on longevity.
Do the Procedures Hurt?
There is usually minimal discomfort. We use soothing gel to greatly reduce discomfort and promote relaxation. Some clients feel absolutely nothing except a prickly sensation.
Is There a Chance of Infection?
Safety is our priority. At all times, we adhere to the strictest sterilisation procedures, only new, sterile, and disposable needles, which are opened in front of each client, are used for your complete safety. We have been highly trained in this art to exacting standards.
How Long Does It Take To Heal?
Between four and seven days – depending on the procedure that you have had done.
What Is The Healing Process?
On the second day after a procedure, a light crust will form – which is only dry to your touch; this will fall off in a few days. During this time the pigment area may look a little darker than what you decided upon – once the crust flakes off it is common for the colour to lighten by up to 30%.
How Soon Can I Leave The Clinic?
Immediately! The colour may appear a little darker than usual for the first few days. The crusting is only slightly visible, but usually never really noticeable.
Will I Need More Than One Visit?
A focus visit is scheduled four to six weeks after your initial treatment to ensure perfection.
A lip liner may occasionally cause a Herpes (cold sore) outbreak, as the skin has been traumatised. If you have a history of cold sores it is recommended that you have a prescription of Famvir anti viral tablets which should be started one day prior to treatment for 3 days.
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PRACTITIONER: WENDY PETERS