Basic Facts

Permanent Makeup is the is the art and science of implanting color into your skin.  It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally.  Specialized instruments allow your practitioner to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis.  Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin.  When your procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result.  This is because the color is in both the epidermis and the dermis.  The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process and you will see the lighter color.  The new color will not smear, smudge or wear off.

You will look like yourself, only better.  Permanent Makeup helps replenish what time has taken away and gives you precious time you normally spend “putting on your face”.  No more struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight.

Will it hurt? New topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup eyeliner, eyebrows and lip color procedures.

These products are applied to the area to be treated before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible.  It is not uncommon to hear there was not as much pain as expected.    At the end of the procedure, cool packs are very soothing to the area.

How long will it take to recover?? You will look like you have had a good cry for several hours following an eyeliner procedure.  It is advised to apply ice for 10 minutes at a time during the first few hours.  Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling.  Lip color often involves tremporary swelling.

How long will the makeup last??  Permanent makeup is longlasting.  However, as you become accustomed to your new makeup, it is not uncommon to want more.  You will want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years.  The darker the color, such as black, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin.  Natural, delicate colors are often times more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming, and breakdown by the body.  However it is not always possible to predict how long the color will last because everyone is different.

I use pigments that are made from FDA approved ingredients.

What if I have Plastic or Laser Surgery?? Cosmetic surgery is desirable for many reasons.   It’s best to complete your surgery before having your makeup applied.  Laser surgery or resurfacing may result in color loss or darkening of your makeup, depending on the laser and the colors in your skin.  Advise your laser surgeon that you have permanent cosmetics so  that a “spot test” can be preformed before they proceed.  If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color loss, then it is a simple matter to have the color replaced.  Your technician can explain more about complications of cosmetic tattoos.


In general, a cosmetic tattoo is placed in the same place you would have natrual hair or lipline etc.  It is where the surgeon would allow for natural hair.

What if I need and MRI? Tell your  MRI technician and they will take steps to protect your makeup from the MRI waves.  Temporary tingling, redness and slight welling have been reported from those with cosmetic eyeliner tattoos.  The technician will know what to do to prevent uncomfortable sensations.   An example would be all those having MRIs with large tattoos.

Special Need and Corrections You may have special needs for permanent for permanent makeup such as scars, vitalago, alopecia, or health problems.  You may need your physician’s release in order to undergo testing and /or procedures which you desire.  This is an extra measure of protection for your benefit.

Rome was not built in a day and permanent cosmetics may take several sessions of layering in color to achieve your desired result.  A conservative approach is best, as it is possible to add MORE color, but it is not easy to remove color.