Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micro pigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device. The process includes a consultation, and the application of pigment, afterwards any follow up appointments there would be a charge involved.
Frequently Asked Question About Microblading
Here are some Microblading Faq’s to help you decide if Microblading or Tattooing is right for you.
What is the difference between microblading vs tattooing?
The only difference is the tool used. Same technique (hair strokes). One is a hand tool (microblading) and one is a digital tool (tattooed hair strokes).
Will the results be the same?
The results will be the same if done correctly with a fine needle set up.
Does microblading and tattooing hair strokes last the same amount of time?
Is the cost comparable?
An “experienced” artist will charge about the same for either process.
How many applications will each one require?
Microblading needs 2 to 3 applications to achieve desirable results. Tattooed hair strokes can usually be done in one application. About 25% will require a touch up depending on the amount of naturally existing brow hair.
How is the process itself different?
Microblading is a blade that cuts the hair stroke into the skin. There is a chance of possible scarring the skin if done too many times in the same area. Tattooed hair strokes are less invasive to the skin as it is more like stitching the hair stroke into the skin leaving the skin more intact.
Frequently Asked Question About Permanent Makeup
What’s the Process?
There are several methods and machines on the market to apply the permanent makeup pigments to the skin. More important than the machine is the artistic ability of the technician and their ability to enhance features naturally to stimulate soft cosmetics and never look harsh.
We first cleanse the area to be pigmented. We then draw on the shape of the area to be pigmented with make up pencils so that the individual is part of the decision making process of how much color and exactly where it will be placed. We then lightly apply pigment to the shape we have drawn and start building up the color until we have reached the desired results.
There are several techniques used depending on the individual’s preference in results. The permanent makeup options are anything from a soft, feathery enhancement to a more dramatic make up look.
What is healing like?
There will be mild swelling of the area you have pigmented for 24-36 hours. Eyes will look like you had been crying. Brows will look slightly darker with hardly any swelling. Lips will look as if you had collagen injections (puffy or full). The color will be darker for 4-5 days.
You will see a light flaking of color revealing the permanent color under the skin which is a softer tone of the initially applied color.
Is it safe?
Very few people have allergic reactions to iron oxide pigments. Iron oxide is in most cosmetics however, regular cosmetics have many other ingredients that can cause reactions. If you can wear conventional cosmetics, you have nothing to worry about. If you have problems with makeup, we will do a patch allergy test with the iron oxide pigment prior to scheduling a procedure for you. All equipment is autoclaved sterilized to the set standards of the Center for Disease Control. All needles and supplies used for the procedure are disposable single use only.
Is it comfortable?
These procedures are of a skin invasive nature and therefore you may experience some mild discomfort. We use a topical anesthetic preparation to dull the sensation. Each individual will experience a different level of sensitivity, however most describe the procedure application as a vibrating or tickling feeling. The results are well worth the minimal time the procedure takes.
How long does it take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours at the most. If a follow up procedure is needed, it will take about one hour, about half the time of the initial procedure.
What happens as I get older?
The colors will slowly fade over time. We strongly recommend using a sun block of at least 30 SPF on the areas you have pigmented. The advantage to the slow fading is that as you age you may want the color to be softer than what you had a few years back. If desired, you can come in for enhancement. You will still have color as the pigment will always be there, only softer.
What are the costs for permanent makeup?
The average cost per procedure varies somewhat, but usually averaging between $450-$750 depending on the area being pigmented and the desired amount of color requested. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a technician. The skill and experience of the technician is most important as your face is your image and you would want the best results you can get. This is not the time to hunt for a bargain as you will get what you pay for.
How is Permanent Makeup done?
There are several methods and machines on the market to apply the permanent makeup pigments to the skin. More important than the machine is the artistic ability of the technician and their ability to enhance features naturally to stimulate soft cosmetics and never look harsh. At Rosie Wells we use a digital machine for precise placement of color.
We first cleanse the area to be pigmented. We then draw on the shape of the area to be pigmented with make up pencils so that the individual is part of the decision making process of how much color and exactly where it will be placed. We then lightly apply pigment to the shape we have drawn and start building up the color until we have reached the desired results. We build the permanent make up together to make sure it is exactly the way you want your make up to look. (see videos)
There are several techniques used depending on the individual’s preference in results. The permanent makeup options are anything from a soft, feathery enhancement to a more dramatic makeup look.
What if I change my mind afterwards?
These procedures are permanent. However, you can alter almost any small change in either color or placement of color with a second procedure. If you desire, the whole procedure can be removed safely with lasers. We recommend always selecting soft, natural colors and styles so that you always have prettier face, yet you can still add your own makeup should you desire a more dramatic look for evening or special occasions.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Permanent?
Who Benefits From Permanent Makeup?
- Busy Professionals who don’t have a lot of time.
- Sports Active people who work out, swim, boat, jog, and want to look their best.
- Women who have poor vision and have difficulty applying their makeup.
- People with unsteady hands that have given up trying to apply makeup.
- People with post surgical scarring that need camouflage.
- People with hair loss due to age or illness that want a more natural look than regular makeup.
- People who want a permanent solution to skin pigmentation loss (Vitiligo)
- Anyone who is losing their natural color and looks pale and washed out.
- ANYONE WANTING TO LOOK THEIR BEST 24 HOURS A DAY WITH NO EFFORT!