Do I need a permanent makeup consultation?
Barbie will discuss the shape which would be most flattering for your face as well as the color which will harmonize with your skin’s overtones and undertones. Barbie is an artist and is very skilled at blending pigment for a client’s skin tone. She will show you before and after photographs to give you an idea of how the procedure can transform your facial features. She’ll also discuss what you can expect in terms of managing pain/ discomfort.
Please call for an appointment for a consultation to discuss your desires.
What will my new permanent cosmetics look like?
Initially, the pigment will look dark for several days. Once the skin begins to heal it will lighten and soften.
Eyeliner and brows will initially look very dark/bold even though you may select a light color. The color will start to lighten in several days. As your body goes through the healing process, for some clients tiny raised areas will form where the pigment was applied. This is what makes the pigment appear dark. As the layers of skin start to slough off, they cover the pigment so that it may appear that the color is faded or gone. After those layers completely slough off, the underlying pigment can be seen.
Will permanent cosmetics change or look bad as I age?
Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually over time, so there will not be an obvious change. The color will fade and when you return for a touch-up you can also change the color (within reason) as you age. Natural is always the best way to go! With permanent cosmetics, the goal you want to achieve is to wake up looking refreshed and subtly enhanced.
Will permanent cosmetics be suitable for dark complexions?
Yes, permanent cosmetics can benefit any woman of any age or complexion.
Can I keep my own brow hair?
Once you and Barbie have decided on the best brow shape, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your regular brow maintenance.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
The cosmetics implantation technique deposits color pigment into the upper reticular layer of the skin and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Unlike traditional tattoos performed on the body, permanent cosmetics professionals do not use traditional tattoo ink (dye). Permanent cosmetics pigment is more delicate and designed to work with the skin’s undertones and to mimic colors that are naturally occuring. Every person’s skin is different in regarding pigment retention. Factors which affect longevity of permanent cosmetics are: color selected, age, thickness of skin, scarring of skin, use of skin care products, injectables, laser treatments, medication and sun exposure. You will need periodic refreshing of color, depending on how light the shade of implanted pigment, as well as factors mentioned above.
What if I have alopecia?
Clients with alopecia may need extra visits to get the desired look. Also, these clients should get more frequent touch-ups.
- Alopecia: Once the brows are completed the brow color can look “ashy” due to the thickening of the epidermis.
- Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: The client may have some areas that will not take the pigment due to the scarring nature of their condition.
- Trichotillomania: There is usually a lot of scarring around the hair follicle due to pulling. Therefore, the crispness of the look of the hair stroke cannot be guaranteed and some areas may not take at all.
What if I am planning to have plastic surgery?
Many women choose to have to have eyeliner done before facelifts so they will look better during the recovery period. If you are considering a brow lift, wait until after the healing process before having your brow procedure. The same applies for eye surgery and eyeliner.
What if I am using Latisse, Eyenvy or other lash growth product? Can I still get an eyeliner or lash filler procedure?
It is very important to stop using Latisse, Eyenvy or other lash growth product at least 8-10 weeks before having a permanent eyeliner or lash filler procedure. In some cases Barbie may refuse to work on a client who has used Latisse, Eyenvy or other lash growth product if their eyelids are thin to begin with. Do not start to use Latisse, Eyenvy or other lash growth products until at least two weeks after you have completed your final procedure.
What if I have lash extensions?
Barbie requires that they be removed before she starts an eyeliner or lash filler procedure.
I had an unsatisfactory permanent cosmetics brow procedure done elsewhere, can Barbie fix it?
In most cases, Barbie can significantly improve your bad procedure, depending on how much time you want to invest and whether or not your skin is scarred. Correcting bad work is never going to give you the same beautiful work as Barbie could have created on virgin (untattooed) skin, but certainly an improvement may be possible.
If tattoo removal is required, Barbie may be able to remove it through a different process, but it is not guaranteed.
When someone calls and says they “only need a touch-up of work done elsewhere” the client may not realize that a “color correction” is often needed and not a simple touch-up. A consult is important to assess the situation. Please call to book a consultation.
What is the difference between Microblading and Permanent Cosmetics?
Barbie does not recommend Microblading for many clients! Microblading is incising the skin with what is basically a small blade. The microblading technique was originally developed by tattoo artists who perform body/skin modifications, aka intentional scarring. It is often done by brand new technicians who do not have the experience to control the depth of the blade in the skin while working. This past few years, many people have taken a two-day microblading course and try to practice “under the radar” of licensing by health departments. These unlicensed technicians are basically committing fraud, as they claim microblading is not tattooing or micropigmentation, but in fact they are putting color into the skin with a blade which falls under the health department laws regulating body art and tattoos. Barbie frequently sees clients who have been scarred by this method. So please check your technician’s state licensing before considering any procedure.
What kind of machine is used to perform the procedure?
Barbie uses state-of-the-art digital and rotary instruments.
Is the procedure painful?
Barbie uses the strongest topical anesthetics available. The sensation of pain will vary between clients. Once the topical anesthetic takes effect, many clients report that they feel little to no discomfort during the brow, liner and lash filler procedures. The lips are more sensitive
Is Permanent Cosmetics expensive?
Not if you look at long-term cost and effect. Micropigmentation actually costs little compared to lifelong daily make-up expenses, not to mention the time it takes to apply the makeup. Permanent makeup doesn’t run or wash off! Consider it a beautiful investment in yourself.
When you go bargain shopping for the lowest price, the work you receive may be reflective with unsatisfactory results. Your face is too important to chance having such serious work done by a technician who does not have the experience, training or artistic talent to achieve the best result. If you are shopping for the cheapest work, please look elsewhere, as our pricing is will not meet your expectations. The consultation is a 45 minute appointment. Prices are quoted at your consultation.
Are there safety issues that I should be concerned with?
All procedures performed adhere to strict OSHA standards for safety and sterilization. Barbie is a licensed esthetician and a Registered Nurse.
Here is our safety protocol:
- Pre-sterilized disposable needles which are opened in front of client
- Disposable pigment cups
- Gamma sterilized pigments used. No tattoo inks used
- Barrier film on all communicable surfaces
- New treatment table paper used for each client
- Disposable needle containment system
- New gloves between client procedures and throughout your procedure
- Sterile water if necessary
- New wipes, cotton pads and cotton swabs
- Hospital grade disinfectant for tables, lamps, instruments and surfaces
- Face mask is worn as well.
Barbie constantly pursues continuing education to offer her clients the newest and best procedures and practices.