Permanent Makeup FAQ

“I had my permanent makeup applied by Tina Lee November 2015. It was a long session since I had my eyebrows, upper eyeliner and full lips done. She was very professional, clean, and made sure my comfort was top priority. I heard she was one of the best so I traveled all the way from Montana to trust her with my face. I’m very happy with the results! I would recommend her to anyone, and for those contemplating having the procedures done, I say: “Do it! You won’t regret it!” The time saved daily is wonderful. Plus, if you are worried about crying and ruining your makeup, cry all you need, your makeup will still took fantastic. But I wouldn’t have this done by just anyone…Tina Lee is well worth the time and money.”- Keri H.

What is “Permanent Cosmetics”?

Permanent Cosmetics, also referred to as micropigmentation, cosmetic tattooing or dermal-pigmentation, is a process where natural pigments are implanted in the dermal layer of the skin by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application.

The pigments I use are specially formulated for cosmetic application and are all organic, plant based. This is completely different than traditional tattooing, in which permanent skin dyes and inks are placed into the skin.

Who would benefit from Permanent Cosmetics?

Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desire a natural enhancement to their look can benefit from permanent makeup.

Those who:

Want to save time each day.
Have to look their best in the professional world.
Have sparse, or very light eyebrows.
Are allergic to cosmetics.
Have ultra-sensitive eyes.
Wear contact lenses.
Have sparse lashes.
Have visual limitations.
Have unsteady or arthritic hands.
Often engage in strenuous activity.
Want to look naturally beautiful, always.
Want the convenience of make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off.

Does the procedure hurt?

This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold, however, topical anesthetics are used to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Most people describe a mild pricking sensation.

How long does it last?

Usually, permanent makeup usually lasts 10-15 years before a color boost or touch-up is needed with the exception of hairstroke eyebrows, which usually last 3-5 years.
A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Cosmetics. Ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs, excessively dry skin, and smoking are all factors that may affect this.

Alpha- hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acid must be kept away from treated areas. These kinds of substances slough away top layers of the skin and eventually the layer that the pigment has been implanted into. Use of these kinds of substances will require additional maintenance in years to come. Sunblock on eyebrows, sunglasses for eyeliner, and SPF on lips will greatly prolong the effective life of these procedures.

Is it safe?

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. The cosmetic pigments are made from completely natural ingredients, and disposable sterile needles and surgical gloves are used for each procedure. However, micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure and it is important to consult an experienced professional technician who is licensed, qualified and conscientious.

How long does each procedure take?

Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin. Allowing time for anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, and some final fine tuning of the procedure, average time for the initial visit is as follows:

1 + hours for eyeliner
1-2 hours for eyebrows or lipliner
1-2 + hours for full lip color

How many appointments will be necessary?

Four to six weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit may be required to perfect the lines or color. Usually this visit does not require as much time as the initial procedure.

What procedures are offered?

Eyebrows
Eyeliner (top and / or bottom)
Lash enhancement
Lipliner
Full lip color
Hair simulation

How much does permanent cosmetic makeup cost?

The average cost per procedure varies somewhat depending on the area of the particular salon or clinic, and on the qualifications of the technician, but usually averages between $300-$600. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Since what you are contemplating will be a permanent application, the most important factors to consider are the training, skill, expertise and artistic ability of the technician!