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- You should not go into a sauna, steam room, or jacuzzi for the first 48 hours because of the possibility of sweating out the color.
- You cannot actually submerge your face in water for the first 10 days.
- Don’t get in the ocean or the pool for the first 10 days.
- When taking a shower, for the first 10 days, make sure that hot water straight from the shower head doesn’t hit your face because it can take off color.
- Wash your face at night with a washcloth or a makeup wipe. Don’t splash water over your face.
- For the first 48 hours, remember to be extra careful with your entire brow area. You just had tiny needles on your skin, so protect it. Don’t go out for a day at the beach playing volleyball, or anything like that. Be careful with your brows for the first 48!
- Don’t use anti-aging products on your skin after your brows get microbladed- no retinol, no salicylic gel, no glycolic acid. Even if you put the product on the top of the forehead, it will still work its way down into your brows, taking out the color. The chemicals are harsh, so keep them away from your brows.
- If you have to use anti-aging products on your skin, then just know that you will only maintain that color in your brow area for 8-10 months because the harsh chemicals are very strong and will strip your color.
- Put sunscreen on your brows. If you go swimming and you are in the pool, put Aquaphor or sunscreen on the brows. The sun will fade the color, and so will the chlorine.
DO NOT PANIC LIST:
Pigment will look very dark right after procedure, sometimes even black.
Don’t panic! This is very normal. When the pigment oxidizes with the air it turns dark. This happens to everyone, even blondies! Pigment will fade and soften about 30% when the scabs fall off (day 5-7). So what you see on the day of your procedure is not what you will see in 7 days. Most of the softening will happen around day 7. After the scabs fall off it will look like the color is gone, that it completely fell out. It did not. It’s still there but will require time to resurface to the skin. The color will start to bloom back around day 12-15. It will continue to get darker after day 15 but will settle around day 21. What you see around day 21 is the true nature of the brow. So be patient, it’s a process.
There is minimal swelling to the brow after the procedure.
You may be red and a little swollen for about 30 minutes after the procedure. That is the only down time you will have. You may be tender the next day but there should be no swelling.
The brow may feel tight or itchy as it is healing.
- Don’t scratch the brows, just pat them. If they are feeling very tight then put a thin layer of Aquaphor on them. Please don’t apply a lot of Aquaphor as more is not always best in this situation. A thin layer 1-2 times a day is all that is needed. There may also appear to be little white flakes on your brows. That is the brow healing. Do not pick those flakes. They will fall off on their own. If they haven’t fallen off by day 21, you can take a wet washcloth with soap and gently wipe the flakes off - but not prior to day 21.
Some color or hair strokes may fall out during the healing process.
No worries, that’s why your procedure comes with a touchup. See you in 4-6 weeks!
Lip Tattooing and Lip Blushing Aftercare
After a permanent lip blushing procedure, the lips tend to swell. It generally happens about 20 minutes into the lip session. Swelling varies client to client, but it is to be expected.
With this knowledge, I tell my clients to go home and ice their lips. I don’t want their lips having ice directly on them so please put the ice in a baggie. Then wrap a soft cloth (like a washcloth) around the baggie and gently place the baggie wrapped in the soft cloth on your lips. It is important not to have any water droplets sitting on their lips right after the permanent lip color application. That’s why it is necessary to wrap the ice bag in a soft cloth.
It’s going to feel like a slight sunburn on your lips after the lip blushing procedure for around 8 hours or so. The ice helps with the swelling and the sunburn feeling. I tell my lip blushing clients that I want them to “dry heal” for the first 24 hours. This means no ointment for the first day. The next day, after that 24 hours, put a thin layer of Aquaphor on the lips. The skin on the lips needs to breathe, so don’t glob it on. You may put it on your lips several times per day, just not in thick layers.
By the third or fourth day the permanent lip color client will start to see their lips exfoliating. That top layer of skin will begin to shed. The lips may look dry and chapped. This is completely normal, and part of the healing process. Clients must not pick their lips, but rather leave the skin on the lips alone! If there are any annoying pieces of skin that are coming off and bothersome, the client may simply take a Q-Tip, roll it lightly in Aquaphor then lightly spin that across the lip area and it should gently take care of the issue.
Permanent lip color clients should wear Aquaphor for 10 days. The first 24 hours are “dry healing” but after that, it’s a 10-day commitment to Aquaphor on the lips! By day 15, the lip client will notice the color warm up on lip as it settles and evens out into the gorgeous color the client picked.
Since my permanent makeup clientele generally live in LA, a lot of them are very outdoorsy and spend a lot of time in the sun, I tell them to keep their face out of the sun (for 10 days). On the fourth day, after their permanent lip color procedure, they can take a light hike in Griffith Park, but not in the heat of the day. Please don’t go on an afternoon hike at Runyon Canyon because there’s so much dirt, dust, etc.
Here’s the Care and Lip Regime That Follows Permanent Lip Blushing / Color
- Use makeup remover cloth for washing face during healing process
- Day 1: Ice lips using cloth and “Dry Heal”
- Day 2: Put thin layer of Aquaphor on lips throughout the day
- Day 3: Lips start the exfoliation process
- Day 4-10: Continue thin layers of Aquaphor on lips throughout the day
- Day 15-30: Color settles into a beautiful even shade
- Day 30: Final color, shade, and tone has evened out into perfection
After the permanent eyeliner makeup application, the eyes will be a little red and puffy so the client should go home and ice the area, but in a very specific way. The best thing to do for comfort is to place a baggie of ice wrapped in a washcloth on the eye area.
Clients should ice their eyes constantly, for the first 24 hours, at intervals according to their comfort level. For example, some clients may choose to put ice on their eyes for 10 minutes, then take a break for 10 minutes. Other clients may choose to put it on for 5 minutes, then take it off for 10 minutes. Whatever is the most comfortable for their skin and eyes is the interval I recommend. Never put ice directly on the eyes. Correctly icing the eyes will bring down the swelling and offer comfort during the first day of healing. Putting ice on the eyes only needs to be done for the first day or so.
When it comes to permanent eyeliner, no water should touch the eyes for 10 days. Wash your face with a makeup cloth to clean the face.
After the permanent eye liner application, the client should put a very thin layer of Aquaphor on the area of the permanent eyeliner. Every time the client ices the area, the Aquaphor will come off so it’s very important to put a thin layer of Aquaphor back on the eye area.
When in the shower, make sure that the hot water doesn’t blast on the eyes and face because it can remove the color while the skin is healing. When the client gets in the shower they should put a thin layer of Aquaphor on the permanent eye liner area, for extra protection as a water repellent. If water gets on the eyelid, it’s okay, don’t worry. I simply don’t want hot streams of water hitting the newly colored area of skin. Also, Aquaphor will help repel any water droplets.
Here’s the Care and Eye Regime That Follows Permanent Eye Liner Tattooing
- Day 1: Ice eyes using ice in a baggie wrapped in a dry cloth napkin or washcloth.
- Day 1-10: Put thin layer of Aquaphor on the tattooed eye area 2 times per day.
- Day 5-7: Eyeline starts to exfoliate. Continue using Aquaphor until day 10.
- No swimming for the first 10 days.
- NO MASCARA, NO EYE MAKEUP/EYE SHADOW during healing process.
- Use makeup remover cloth for washing face during healing process.