What is permanent makeup?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. Also refered to as permanent makeup or intradermal micropigmentation, it is a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup upon waking in the morning and often times throughout the day. It is a state-of-the-art technique of permanently applying makeup via intradermal micropigmentation. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. Properly applied by an experienced technician, permanent makeup will be more natural and realistic in appearance as compared to conventional cosmetics.

Who Benefits from Permanent Cosmetic Makeup?

EVERYONE, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. Also the vision impaired who have difficulty applying their cosmetics, and others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don’t have time to spend on their makeup.

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Done?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using a variety of methods, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the rotary pen machine and the hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape, color or density of the pigment.

Does it hurt?

Permanent cosmetics is a tattooing process. As with any tattoo, there are varying degrees of discomfort during the procedure, varying according to each individual’s pain threshold. Most proceedures use a topical anesthetic to help with the pain aspect. The anesthesia used is of a superior grade and is extremely effective. We will discuss this with you to determine what will suit you best.

Is it safe?

Yes. I am a trained professional in the tattoo field with over 14 years in the tattooing industry and over twenty years in the art field. I have also studied makeup for both the modeling industry and theater as well as receiving certification in the SofTap&tm; method of cosmetic tattoo application. Your proceedure utilizes 100% single-use, disposable needles and pigments for each procedure. Non-disposabel equipment is cleaned and sterilized to maintain safe health standards. The method of permanent cosmetic application is controlled, gentle and safe and I am trained in both the traditional and hand-method applications.

Will it look “natural”?

YES — It will look more natural than your own conventional make-up. Unless you tell somebody you’ve had it applied, they’ll never know. Eyebrows are done using “natural-looking” hair strokes, with natural age-defying shapes. Eyeliner is kept to a conservative shape and size and lip work is done to correct flaws and enhance the face’s natural beauty.

What is the healing period like?

Most clients are able to return to their daily activities immediately following their procedure without any embarrassment or discomfort. There is a time period where the skin will slough off a layer as the tattoo heals. Skin will get crusty during healing and will require maintenance with ointment. For approximately 7-14 days following the procedure, you will need to apply a thin film of ointment to the procedure site. During this healing period, you will notice the color soften into your skin.

How many applications are needed?

Generally, two applications are needed in order to achieve full satisfaction with your desired look. However, many clients are fully satisfied with just one application. If a second application is desired, it is scheduled approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the initial procedure.

How will the permanent eyeliner look? I have great difficulty applying eyeliner. It usually ends up thick or uneven.

Truthfully, it will look sensational. A very conservative approach is used for those who are unsure of width or color. The second application may be used as an opportunity to add more fullness or color, if desired. Permanent make-up can be applied very evenly, precisely and smoothly.

How long does a procedure take?

Including the consultation, paperwork, and numbing time, the average length of time for one procedure is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The second application is usually l hour or less.

May I choose my own colors?

Colors and shades are custom-blended to match your favorite pencils. However, should you later decide upon a different color, we can either lighten, darken, or even change the color at that time. As an expert in the field, a different color choice may be recommended, based on a personal color analysis. Although the final color choice is yours, I strongly recommend natural shades. The rich and creamy pigments are of the highest quality and have an excellent reputation because they look so natural.

Will permanent makeup be safe for me? I’m allergic to most makeup, especially eye makeup.

Absolutely. Many women choose permanent eyeliner as the solution to their sensitive eyes. Say “good-bye” to watery, runny eyes and smeary makeup forever! However, a patch test is highly recommended.

Are There Any After or Side Effects?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show a little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last from two to seventy two hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and/or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.

How much does a permanent procedure cost?

The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $250-$600. Advanced work is charged at $100 per hour. Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures. Work performed from physician’s offices or specialized clinics may be charged at higher rates. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Most important is the training and skill of the technician and the confidence of the client in that skill.

Permanent cosmetic procedures at Excalibur generally range from 250.00 to 595.00. (Corrective procedures are generally more expensive, and are individually priced). Make absolutely certain that you understand the price and what you get for that price. With everything involved, the price issue is actually one of the least important questions to ask in your search for a technician. A single, misplaced line may alter and detract from the beautiful features of your face.

Often, corrective work is very costly and requires extensive work. There is nothing more important than using extreme caution before selecting a technician. Make sure that technician has many years of active experience, because in this business, there is no margin for error, as you are permanently altering the appearance of your face.

What if I don’t like the way it looks?

If the artist is truly experienced and focuses on a “natural” look, you will be very happy with the results. However, although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure. It is important to know that depending on the pigment used, not all permanent makeup can be removed with lasers, and is truly permanent.

How long does permanent makeup last?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, you will notice a gradual softening of color occuring each year, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color re-freshing. Just like hair color, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. Many women feel that this is advantageous, as they feel that their permanent makeup will age with them. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.

NOTE: “Color enhancements” are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed.