FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am excited in your interest in Permanent Makeup! Any type of Permanent makeup is a big decision. Please make sure to read this page in its entirety, to ensure you are a good candidate. Getting prepared for great brows starts before you even step into my studio. Please reach out to me with any questions. Im so excited to meet you!
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a form of permanent makeup where a small blade is used to create thin hair-like strokes throughout a the clients brows, giving the illusion of a full, natural brow. Is it a semi-permanent procedure, with results lasting 1-3 years.
Microblading is meant to be a natural enhancement. It looks most natural on clients who have full brow hair, and are wanting to perfect their shape and add natural fullness. The more hair you have, the more natural it will appear.
This procedure is ideal for those who prefer a super natural look. If you are hoping to ditch the brow makeup entirely and fill your brows in daily, you are better suited for a combination or powder brow
WHAT IS A POWDER BROW?
A powder brow has no hair strokes and is made up entirely of machine shading. It is ideal for all skin types.This style of permanent makeup typically lasts the longest, creates the least amount of trauma, and fades the best over time!
Powder brows may look intense at first, but the results heal to a soft, powdery finish. If you fill in your brows every day and want the least amount of maintenance, book a powder brow appointment!
WHAT IS A COMBO BROW?
The best of both worlds! Crisp, fluffy hair stokes up front & powder shading throughout.
A combination brow combines microblading strokes with machine shading. If you have sparse brow hair or uneven brow growth, a combination brow is perfect for you! Soft shading blends out any unevenness throughout the brow. It is also idea for those looking for a more defined or filled in brow.
This is a beautiful look for all skin types (including oily/aging skin), and heals very soft and beautiful.
If you are unsure of what service to book, a combination brow is the safest choice!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
Preparing for your appointment is just as important for good healed results as post care. Failure to follow pre-care may result in you being sent home the day of your appointment, so please read the following carefully! You coming prepared to you appointment means better healed results and a better overall experience.
2 WEEKS BEFORE:
BOTOX: If you regularly get Botox or Dysport, it must be done at least 14 days prior to your appointment. It takes at least that long to settle in the skin. Receiving it withing 14 days of your appointment will result in being sent home and asked to reschedule.
WAXING/THREADING: I recommend coming to your appointment with your brows grown out, no need to have them cleaned up before! I prefer to see how they grow naturally, and will clean them up for you at your appointment. If you need to clean them up beforehand, please do so at least 2 weeks before your appointment. If you tint your brows, please do so at least 7 days prior.
RETIN-A: Please refrain from using any retin-a products in the brow area for 2 weeks leading up to your appointment.
24 HOURS BEFORE:
To minimize bleeding during the procedure, please avoid any alcohol and excessive caffeine. Blood thinning medications such as Ibuprofen and Advil should also be avoided unless prescribed by a doctor.
Map directions to the studio. I have a strict 10 minute late policy, so please plan ahead to make sure you know how long the commute to the studio takes, and plan for traffic if appropriate.
DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
Avoid exercise. Exercising increases blood flow and will cause excessive bleeding, leading to poor healed results.
Makeup: You are welcome to come to your appointment with or without makeup on. We will be taking lots of photos, so come however you are most comfortable. If you regularly fill in your brows, coming with at least your brows filled in helps me see your regular shape.
Bring your brow makeup. If you have a specific product you love, bring it along!
RELAX! Feeling nervous is normal. We are going to work together to create your dream brows! Take a deep breath and get excited!
I'VE HAD MY BROWS DONE BEFORE, WILL YOU DO THEM?
I ask that anyone who has had their brows done by another artist to send me a bright, unedited photo of their brows.
All new clients to me are considered initial sessions, not touch ups!
I want to give my clients the very best, and help create their dream brows. If I don’t think we can achieve what you’re wanting with your existing work, I will give recommendations on how to help the ink fade more quickly or recommend a removal artist.
WHAT WILL MY BROWS BE LIKE RIGHT AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
Immediately after getting your brows done, you will experience minor redness or swelling around the treated area, this can also make the brows appear warmer in color, this is normal and expected. Pigment typically fades anywhere from 20-40% once fully healed.
Around day 3-4, you may notice light scabbing and flaking on the treated area. This is normal! Please refrain from picking at the brows. Doing so will result in loss of pigment in those areas and can cause scarring. Brows may appear spotty or patchy until the entire brow has finished healing. Once all the flaking is complete (usually around day 10), the brows will appear much lighter. The pigment will darken over the next 4-6 weeks and the pigment will return to the skin in it healed color.
At 4-6 weeks, your brows will be fully healed. Whatever pigment that does not return will be addressed at your touch up appointment. At this appointment, we will asses your retention, touch up the spots that didn’t stick, and can adjust the pigment color to give you perfect brows! Once the brows have healed from your touch up appointment, you will have beautiful, full brows for 12-36 months!
Everything you need to care for your brows will be given to you the day of your appointment.
o Only wash your brows with the cleanser I give you. This means keeping them dry in the shower, and avoiding sweating, saunas, and steam for the next 10-14 days. No working out until all flaking has finished.
o Cleanse morning and night for 7 days with the provided cleanser.
o Apply a THIN layer (think grain of rice) of aftercare balm to the brows 2-3x a day for 14 days.
o You may wear makeup around the brows, but leave at least one inch around them at all times to prevent infection.
o Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks.
o Do not touch, pick, rub, or scratch the brows. Do not pick the scabs or flakes as they come off, this will remove the pigment and lead to patchiness and scarring.
WILL I NEED A TOUCH UP?
Yes! Permanent makeup is a two-step process, and a touch up is strongly recommended to get the best results. Also known as your perfection visit, this is scheduled 6-10 weeks after your initial session, and is where we assess your retention, perfect the shape and color, and add more dimension. Touch ups are very important and add to the longevity of your tattoo
DO YOU OFFER CONSULTATIONS?
Most of my clients choose to have their consultation on the day of their appointment. If you are in need of correction work, a consultation is required. If you are nervous and would like to meet and discuss prior to your appointment, I am more then happy to accomodate for you!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Initial sessions take 2-3 hours.
Touch up appointments take 1-2 hours.