Frequently Asked Questions
Microblading (also known as ‘brow feathering’, ‘3D tattoo’ or ‘hair stroke tattoo’) is a cosmetic tattoo procedure that creates life-like hair strokes on your brows. Microblading is done with two products:
1) Tattoo pigment
2) A microblading hand tool
The technician uses a hand tool called a ‘microblade’ to create this beautiful work. The microblade is comprised of several needles banded together in a straight line to create a ‘row’ of needles. The microblade is dipped in tattoo pigment and then gently swept along your eyebrow area. The blade deposits the pigment in the skin to create the fine hairstrokes that are specific to microblading. If done properly, the microblade should go no deeper then the dermis layer of the skin (also known as the second layer of your skin). The procedure is very delicate and the results should mimic your natural brow hairs. This new and advanced method of brow tattooing has gorgeous results that look completely natural, unlike old fashioned solid and block tattooing methods of years past.
Not to worry. Face Permanent Makeup has done many eyebrows that have little to no hair. All we do is create a brow for you that looks as natural as a real one. We work together on design and color and find the perfect brow for your face. We measure, pick out colors and once you and I decide on the perfect brow I get to work. With microblading we can make big hair strokes, long hair strokes, short hair strokes, thick hair strokes or thin hair strokes – the sky is the limit. The only limit is our creativity.
Another thing to do, is stop using brow growth serum a week before our session, if you are using it. It makes the skin very rubbery. Although I can still do the work, the skin texture has changed, so it makes it a bit more difficult. I prefer clients to stop using the brow growth serum a month before, if you can.
The results typically last 1 year at which point you come back for a ‘yearly touchup’ to have fresh, crisp hair strokes re-applied.
No. This is a very common question people ask at Face Permanent Makeup and the answer is always the same “No”. I use a high grade numbing cream that is applied to your brows for 30 minutes prior to the work. The only thing you feel is a slight scrape on your skin. If at any point during the procedure you feel anything other than a slight scrape I stop my work and apply more numbing cream. I am in the business of beauty, not pain.
Sometimes. It depends on the color and your skin’s reaction to the procedure. I could use the same exact color on 2 different people and each one will have a different result. I did a mother and daughter together. I used the same color on both as they were both blondes. When I was done with the mother her brows were a beautiful shade of medium brown right after the procedure. Her daughter on the other hand reacted differently, her brows looked more like a dark brown. Again, same color but two different post procedure results. Both ladies healed to a beautiful light brown but each one had a different reaction right after the procedure. So my honest answer is Yes, you could end up having dark eyebrows for a few days after the procedure but then again you might not.
No. Every artist has different requirements and every client’s body is different but what I have found that works for me and my clients is to go without sweating for at least 48 hours. I have found this to be the perfect amount of time for a scab to form over the brows and the client to reduce the chances of ‘sweating out the brows’. Can you really sweat out the work? Yes, you 100% can sweat out the work if you don’t allow enough time for the skin to form a scab. So please, if you are an avid cycler, marathon runner, swimmer, crossfitter, ect. Plan the procedure on a day where you will not be working out 2 days after the procedure.
Absolutely. Again, if you are a personal trainer, athlete or love the outdoors all of that will effect the wear and tear on your microblading. Remember, this is a delicate procedure which means it can easily be sweated out, or damaged by the sun and/or harsh chemicals on the skin. The longevity of your brows isn’t just dictated by your body’s chemistry but also by your life style.
Yes and No. It is true that oily skin is challenging and can cause the hair strokes to appear soft or powdery after they have healed but not all oily skin is the same and what one person may end up with another may not. I have clients walk in with very oily skin and I have thought that there was no way microblading was going to work for them. I explained to them that their microblading procedure probably won’t heal into the beautiful hair strokes they have been seeing on-line. I usually offer an alternate brow procedure that would work better for their skin. Nine out of ten times the client still wants to have their brows microbladed and is “ok if just a few hair strokes show up”. Six weeks later my oily client comes back with the most perfectly healed microblading!!! You can never tell what someone’s skin is going to do. You can make a great ‘guesstimate’ from years of experience but in the end you don’t know 100%. Microblading unfortunately is NOT an exact science. So with that, I will never turn an oily or dry client away as we can both end up pleasantly surprised 6 weeks later.
No. They are skin conditions that are not conducive to microblading which are - acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, severe sun damaged and deep wrinkled skin. You also can’t work on anyone who is taking Accutane. Their skin is very thin and the procedure could cause damage to the skin.
No. The pigment goes into the blood stream so this is not a procedure to ever do on a pregnant woman.