Your Online Consultation
To help you get the best out of your permanent makeup procedure, we have prepared an overview and a list of frequently asked questions & answers which we hope answer all the questions you may have – and maybe a few that you haven’t thought of yet. This is to help you understand what’s involved, how best to prepare and what you can expect from any procedure involving Permanent Make-up. **(Note: We are currently building this page and our goal is for it to be highly informative, taking the place of an in-office consultation. As time permit, we will be adding to this page on a daily basis. Please fill free to visit often to see our improvements. We welcome all messages from you should you find a typo of any kind. Thank you!) If you need more information about our services and want to ask a question, please use the form at the bottom of the page to send an email directly to us. Go to form
ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS about Permanent Makeup can be answered on this WEBSITE by reading “Your Online Consultation,” below. If you are interested in and ready to schedule an appointment, you’ll want to take the next steps by filling out and submitting, Step Two “Pre-client Questionnaire”, Step Three “Submiting Your Photo(s)” and Step Four “Appointment Policies.” Once these three Steps are completed, I will review all and then call you to schedule your appointment. (Please allow up to 2 business days)
Please…keep going. Below, is a WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE about Permanent Makeup just waiting for you to CLICK OPEN. Enjoy!
Where do I start?
Right here! You’re at Step One, “Your Online Consultation.” This page is one of the most important pages. It will inform you about Permanent Makeup, help you decide if Permanent Makeup is for you, how to best prepare yourself prior to your procedure and how to take care of it afterward. You’ll also learn what factors are involved in causing Permanent Makeup to fade and when should you return for a “touch-up” at the appropriate time. It is important that you arrive at your appointment prepared as well. Whether or not this is your first time, or you’ve had it done before somewhere else, we still want you to read through this page thoroughly. You may learn some things that you didn’t know before. We look forward to meeting you and truly hope you’ll enjoy reading the information you learn and this website.
Understanding Permanent Makeup
Is it semi-permanent?
Some are promoting microblading or eyebrow embroidery as a semi-permanent process; and that the color only reaches the epidermal (outer) layer of the skin. A careful review of basic skin anatomy and physiology would reveal this is not true. By definition and tattoo industry standards, color is tattooed/implanted into the dermis of the skin. If pigment particles do not reach the dermis, they will disappear during the healing phase of the skin, during normal regeneration of cells at the epidermal level. Pigments do fade in the skin over time, but that does not make the process semi-permanent. It is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability.
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup, also referred to as Permanent Cosmetics or Cosmetic Tattooing and is a form of (mainly) facial tattooing in that a pigment is being implanted into the dermal layer of the skin, not the epidermis. In traditional tattoos, Indian Ink (straight carbon black) is the primary colorant used, in addition to colored pigments.
During a permanent cosmetic makeup procedure, a pigment is used – not Indian ink. Pigment, unlike ink, will break down to a point, absorb into the body and therefore fade over time. It does not completely fade away, returning to the skin’s natural condition prior. This means Permanent Makeup requires a “touch up” and the color will need to be “freshened up” sometime later. Why isn’t ink used for permanent cosmetics? Simple, 1) your only choice of color is blackish-blue, 2) it’s truly permanent and 3) over time, it spreads in the skin and loses it’s desired look and 4) it’s truly not attractive. Permanent Makeup is considered “Permanent,” not semi-permanent because the skin does not return to its original condition after time. There will always be some trace of the pigment found in the dermis.
How long the pigment lasts will vary from client to client. There are many factors involved that are out of the technician’s control. Clients need to be aware of these factors. They include, 1) sun exposure, 2) medications, 3) the fairness of your skin (darker skin has more Melanin which acts as a built-in sunblock, fair skin clients will fade quicker – it’s a fact), 4) Macrophage Cells (responsible for breaking down particles in the skin), 5) skin treatments (chemical peels, laser treatments, exfoliants, etc), 6) daily exercising, 7) oily skin, 8) some medical conditions (low thyroid, etc.). So, not to panic, you can still enjoy permanent makeup. This is just to educate you.
Typically, I see my Eyebrow clients every two years to “freshen-up” their pigment. Eyes and Lips, I see these clients between two and four years for their touch-ups. There is no need to come in yearly, unless you’re one of my fair skin clients who fade quickly. My clients on “Thyroid” medication or conditions I see more frequently, as well.
How long do these procedures take to heal?
How long these procedures take to heal vary depending on the procedure. Many of my clients come in on their Fridays and return to work on their Monday without any difficulties. Newly applied Permanent Makeup will be darker and sharply defined than the healed result. because the pigment is sitting in the epidermis and the dermis. Once the epidermis layer sluffs off, it will appear lighter and softer. One of the things I say to my clients when they first look in the mirror is, “If you love the color today, it will be too light when healed.” A sigh of relief comes over their face.
Until the exfoliation process has taken place (anywhere from 3 days to 12 days – and dependent on which procedure), the oxidized pigment sitting on the epidermis (top) will be darker than desired. Once it has finished exfoliating and the skin is healed, you won’t have your true healed color until approximately four weeks. This is more obvious in the Hair-stroke Eyebrows and Lip procedures where after exfoliation, it appears to be a great loss of color. Be patient, as the skin continues to heal over a four week period, the color will brighten and reappear. The other procedures go through a similar process but are not as obvious. So when a client calls me after two weeks, saying, “I’ve lost some of my pigment!” I remind them that it’s too soon to tell – give it four weeks of healing.
To be more specific: Eyes, Ombre’ Eyebrows, Powdered Eyebrows, (start exfoliating at Day 3-4) and Lips (start exfoliating at Day 2) are the quicker exfoliating procedures, compared to the Hair-stroke Eyebrows (start exfoliating at Day 10-12) – with true color and evenness not being there until fully healed.
In regards to puffiness or swelling, everyone is different, but speaking in regards to an average, the majority of my Eyelash Enhancement clients may be puffy the following morning, as if they had a good cry. This could last for a day and in worst case scenario, 3 days. On the other hand, when tattooing a Dramatic Eyeliner or Eyeshadow where I am going into that thinner layer of skin above the lash line, we could expect more puffiness the day after. (I like the use of gel ice packs used briefly every 1-2 hours for 1-2 minutes on the first day to reduce swell). Let it heal for four weeks before making an evaluation. The Hair-stroke Eyebrows may redden and swell slightly. The Lips are the same, puffiness for a few days. Exfoliation in the lip can happen within the first two to three days. The lip tissue may even go through another cycle or two of exfoliation before the end of one month and also go through varying degrees of color changes until it settles to its true color at approximately a month. Any puffiness of the lips beyond 3 days is not normal – please call me or text me a photo. Rarely, but it does occur that a client may be allergic to the aftercare. If you feel that something isn’t right, I want to hear from you. If you’re calling at two weeks to tell me that you’ve lost your color, I’m going to say, “Call me back in two weeks if this is still an issue.”
For the “Before and Aftercare Instructions”, you will refer to Step 6 for more details.
Can I schedule more than one procedure at a time?
It is very common to schedule Eyebrows and Eyes together, but if someone is interested in having all Eyebrows, Eyes, and Lips completed, I may suggest scheduling the Lips on another appointment, especially if that client has a history of cold sores and for other reasons. Doing all 3 procedures takes hours to complete which I’m happy to do, especially for my clients who travel from very far distances. Where I may discourage a client from tattooing both Eyes and Lips at the same time is if that client has a history of cold sores. If that client has a cold sore outbreak, touches the outbreak on her lips, then rubs her eyes, she has just spread that virus into her eye. Let’s not do that.
Choosing the Right Procedure For You
As a Professional Cosmetic Tattooist, you, the client will present me with a number of variations. I will need to know what Classification, Category and Type when you fill out your Pre-client Questionnaire. you will have options to choose from for your Eyebrows and your Eyes. What you won’t see from my office is the same style being tattoos on everybody who walks out here. Everyone’s makeup will be specific to their desires and needs.
When filling out your Pre-client Questionnaire, many clients just type in Eyebrows or Eyes. This leaves me guessing. To take the guess work out it, I need you to be more specific with your request as each requires a different time frame. For example, if you just write down Eyebrows, I will not know if you are looking for Hair-stroke Brows, Soft Powdered Brows, Ombre’s or…. Please read on.
CLASSIFICATION OF PROCEDURES – There are 5 Classifications. Which best describes “YOU?”
1. New – Never, have had any prior permanent makeup.
2. Follow-up – Within 4 to 6 month of receiving a New or “Start-over” procedure scheduling your refresher/reinforcement appointment – Only for clients who have received New or “Start-Over” procedures and paid the FULL Price.
3. Touch-up <4 years (Returning Client). This is one session and is for my returning clients who have had permanent makeup less than 4 years ago. 4. Touch-up >4 years (Returning Client) – This is one session and is for my returning clients who have had permanent makeup 4 or more years ago and not been to another technician since our last visit. Clients need to be evaluated to determine if a New Procedure needs to be completed, or Color Correction or…
5. Touch-up <4 years (New Client with prior Permanent Makeup) – This is one session and is only for new clients who have had permanent makeup within the last 4 years and are in need of a touch-up by another technician. *This client has not been seen by more than one other another technician. No exceptions.
*Carolyn does not have time to see clients who have been to multiple technicians. She would rather spend the time in tattooing versus removing layers of different pigments implanted by multiple technicians. Thank you for understanding.
6. Touch-up >4 years (New Client with prior Permanent Makeup) – This is one session and is only for new clients who has had prior permanent makeup 4 or more years ago by only *one other technician and is in need of a touch-up. The client in this category will need to be seen or talked to in order to be properly evaluated so that the level of work and time needed for this client may be determined. Please call the office regarding this.
CATEGORY OF PROCEDURES:
Eyebrows, Eyes, Lips, Color Correction, Shape Modification or Pigment Lightening/Removal
TYPE OF PROCEDURES: I’m looking for “TYPE” on your questionnaire. Add Touch-up behind Type if you have had Permanent Makeup in the past. For example: Shade Hair-stroke
Eyebrows: **Shaded Hair-stroke, Ombre’, Strokes over Ombre’ ©, Soft Powdered
Eyes: Eyelash Enhancement, Modified Eyelash Enhancement, Dramatic Eyeliner, Designer Eyeliner
Lips: Luxory Lips, Gloss and Go Lips ©
**Not everyone can have the Hair-stroke Brows. The Pre-Client Questionnaire helps me determine this. For example, a potential client with a very oily T-zone could either heal with blurred, faster fading Hair-strokes. There are other options in this case, the Ombre’ or Soft Powdered Eyebrows. Clients who fall under the skin’s Fitzpatrick II Scale or below are not good candidates as well. They fade quicker than Fitzpatrick III and above. An older client with a wrinkle or more going through the brow area also would not be a good candidate for Hair-stroke eyebrows as the wrinkle would interfere with the appearance and healing process of the hair-strokes. Ombre’ or Soft Powered Eyebrows again, would be a better option. All of these eyebrow techniques look beautiful whether or not you have a little or no hair on your eyebrows. In the cases above, if a client really wants the Hair-stroke Eyebrows against my recommendations, and is willing to assume ALL RISKS, that client will fill out an Addendum. No exceptions.
Still not sure which Eyebrows or Eyes are right for you. That’s okay. Take a look at my Photos Page. There will be a description under each photo of what technique was used. You can also find my work on my FaceBook, and Google Pages.
I want to have my lips done. Are there any special precautions?
Absolutely! Please read this if you are considering having your lips tattooed by me or anyone. This message will save you. If you have ever, even once in your life… even if it was a hundred years ago, had a COLD SORE, you will need to start on an anti-viral prescription two-three days before your appointment and take for five days consecutively total. You will get this from your physician. I recommend requesting for 1-2 refills as you may need an additional Lip Follow-up procedure(s) after your Initial Visit. You will want to repeat the exact same process with each Follow-up appointment.
Unlike Brows and Eyes, the Lip Procedure does not include a complimentary “Follow-up” procedure. If the Follow-up is completed within four months, the charge is considerably less. Let me explain why I charge this way and do not include a Follow-up at no additional cost. Unless you are a young lady in her 20’s or 30’s, the chances of being able to tattoo a beautiful, evenly implanted colored lip in one session decrease (huge) with age. The aging client presents me with years of sun damaged lips or a history of cold sores. The sun damaged lip is leathery to tattoo (does not always retain evenly), while the lip with the history of cold sores has scar tissue in it (it too does not retain evenly). Can it be tattooed? Absolutely, but not in one session. So, plan on at least two sessions and possibly three sessions. It all depends on how well your skin heals and retains. I recommend that my older clients with the above conditions go ahead and schedule their first follow-up during their Initial procedure. (Prices can be found under the Price Tab on this website).
Something else regarding the Lip Procedure. I hear day in and day out from clients, “Oh my friend said her lip procedure was horribly painful…” Well honestly, only part of this is be true. When completed by the wrong and inexperienced hands, the lip procedure can be very uncomfortable, if not extremely. I do many, many lip procedures, (including my own) and as long as you follow my pre-care instructions, you’ll be fine. I KNOW just how to numb the lip tissue. I don’t cut corners to save money, and everything I use is high-end/top of the line. Because of my background and experience level, I know how to pack in the maximum amount of pigment in the shortest amount of time without causing trauma. That’s why my clients are NOT swollen when they leave. And, I can honestly say that 75% of my clients fall asleep during their procedures. All (who follow directions) comment, “That didn’t hurt at all!” My clients walk out of my office looking great enough to go out to lunch. Swelling doesn’t occur until later that evening or the following morning. So if you’re scared about having your lips done, DON’T be. Lips are wonderful! I LOVE doing them and the results are beautiful results. Even better…my clients are happy clients for years.
Is Permanent Makeup Permanent or Semi-Permanent?
Pigments (colorants) placed into the dermis using needles are considered to be permanent. The results of fading, color change or lack of color are expected and are the result of factors such as skin variations, sun fading, break down, etc. Improper application or faulty equipment can also affect the length of time color appears in the skin. Permanent Cosmetics, Permanent Makeup, and Cosmetic Tattooing are all terms used to correctly identify the process of implanting pigments (inks) into the skin for cosmetic purposes. The term “semi-permanent” is reserved for long-wear topically applied makeup and is misleading to be associated with the tattoo industry. It implies mechanical control of the length of time a pigment may remain in the skin. There are no documented findings to suggest cosmetically tattooed skin can be reverted to its previous unaltered state within a specified time-frame stated by the technician or any other person.
Does it hurt?
Having the best quality topical anesthetics available for Permanent Makeup is one thing, but knowing how to use them is another. It’s not something to skimp or cut corners on. As a result, most of my client’s experience are comfortable, unless 1) they didn’t follow the “Pre-Care Instructions” or 2) they have a very low pain threshold to begin with. Most clients state, “tattooing the eye area is really tickly,” or it’s more of a psychological factor (I’m tattooing so close to their eye) to them, but not painful. Only 5% of my clients experience the permanent makeup procedure as “uncomfortable.” The lips are more comfortable than the eyes, whereas eyes are more psychpsychological and tickly. The brows…not bad at all. In conclusion, by following your Pre-Care-Instructions, 95% of my clients are comfortable.
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup, also known as Permanent Cosmetics or Cosmetic Tattooing, is a process of implanting pigment, not ink, into the dermal layer of the skin. It is a cosmetically developed procedure to create a long lasting cosmetic effect which can add from subtle enhancements to dramatic definition to your eyes, eyebrows, or lips. Cosmetic tattooing can also be used to improve the appearance of unsightly scars or to re-create an areola complex where a client has lost her breasts due to cancer.
Why have Permanent Makeup?
You can save time and money in your routine grooming without worrying about smearing, smudging or makeup washing off. You wake up in my morning, enjoy exercising or get out of the shower looking fresh and not washed out!
Is the procedure safe?
When performed by a highly qualified, trained professional – absolutely! Hospital sterilization and sanitation methods are practiced in my environment. Needles are never reused and safety precautions are implemented at all times. Permanent cosmetics may not recommended for people with autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, lupus, etc., or for women who may be pregnant or are nursing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Hazard Association (OSHA) has set standards for a clean, sanitary and safe working environment using sanitary equipment. Things to look for: Most important – Needles used should be new and sterile for each client and disposed of properly after each use, while other machine parts should also be sanitized, or disposed of in a sanitary manner. Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner. New gloves and gowns should be used for each client and disposed of after the procedure. Your technician should be clean, professional, neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. It’s recommended that you find a technician who proudly displays CPCP (Certified Permanent Cosmetics Professional) behind her name and who is certified by OSHA in Blood borne Pathogens and Infection Control. Two Licenses/Certificates should be visible in the room**; A License from the Health Department and a Certificate by OSHA. These certificates are updated and renewed every year. The room or treatment arena should be in an area free from other contaminants as well. **If these two certificates are not visible, you may really want to reconsider having this person practice permanent makeup on you.** DO NOT have your permanent makeup completed at someone’s home! This is truly unsanitary and only increases YOUR risks of infectious diseases. Permanent Makeup should also NEVER be completed in an open area, like a salon, where blow dryers and hair sprays are being used. Documented allergic reactions to Permanent Cosmetics procedures are extremely rare and can occur at any point in time. Permanent Makeup pigments are created from organic and inorganic material. The pigments which I use in my facility are MRI Safe even though not all pigments are safe.
What can permanent makeup do for me?
Permanent makeup can enhance your eyebrows, eyes & lips while making your morning routine much easier. It can also increase your self-esteem when scars are blended in making them less visible.
Hair-stroke Eyebrows - Who's a good candidate for this technique?
Who is a good candidate for Permanent Makeup?
EVERYONE, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft and natural enhancement to their appearance can benefit from Permanent Cosmetics. BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS looking for pigmented areolas. POST SURGICAL/INJURY, the camouflage of scars from burns, surgery, accidents or injuries; redefinition of facial features. ALOPECIA areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes. CHEMOTHERAPY recipients with full or partial hair loss. VITILIGO sufferers who may have areas of skin which have lost their pigment. PHYSICALLY ACTIVE people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. ALLERGIES and SENSITIVE SKIN these people often can’t wear other cosmetics. VISION IMPAIRED people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics without the use of having to wear their eyeglasses. MOTOR IMPAIRED, including arthritics, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup. ENTERTAINERS, ACTRESSES, and MODELS. MEN who want feature enhancement that looks natural and not “made up”. WOMEN who want to look their best all the time, even when they wake up. FAIR SKIN clients who look washed out without makeup and want to wake up looking refreshed. MOTHERS and other busy professionals who DON’T HAVE TIME for makeup.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR THE HAIR-STROKES BROWS?
BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR THE HAIR-STOKE BROW APPOINTMENT, PLEASE READ THROUGH EACH OF THESE QUESTIONS! IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THIS PROCEDURE ISN’T THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU, WE SUGGEST THE OMBRE’ OR SOFT POWDERED EYEBROW INSTEAD. In order for me to determine if you are a good candidate for the “Hair Stroke” procedure, I will need you to understand some information contradictions.
Is your skin oily? Or severely oily? The hair strokes will appear more blended, solid or not retain at all. (ADDENDUM)
Have you ever had permanent makeup on your eyebrows before? To be able to do the Hair-stroke Brow on clients with prior work, the existing Permanent Makeup must be SUPER faded out (at least 80%) with NO GRAY UNDERTONES. Orange is okay. GRAY MUST BE REMOVED. ASK ME HOW. It can be done. If you’re not willing to have it removed, please don’t waste my time – I’m really sorry to be direct.
Do you have large pores on your forehead & in the brow area? Pigments will blur/blend in large pores looking powdered. (ADDENDUM)
Do you use exfoliants, such as heavy scrubs, Retin A, Retinol products or Clarisonic brushes? Skin appears shiny. This skin type bleeds excessively and will not retain pigment well, if at all. Need to be off for a minimum of 30 days.
Are you pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant? No Exceptions
Do you have any scars or experienced any head trauma in the brow area? Scar tissue will prevent proper healing. I suggest Micro-needling the area first if needed, to break down the scar tissue.
Deep wrinkles in the brow area? The Hair Strokes will not lie properly in the creases, giving the brow an uneven look.
Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions)
Do you have Alopecia? – (Hair loss due to autoimmune disease) Hair strokes will appear more blurred or blended, less crisp.
Do you have or have you had a piercing in the brow area? Scars can cause the pigment to migrate. Extremely Thin skin? Transparent or Translucent or very vascular.
Fitzpatrick Skin Types 1 and 2 (red heads/white skin/light eyes) Due to hypersensitivity, have a tendency to bleed more easily, the skin does not retain pigment well. (ADDENDUM)
Do you have moles/raised areas in or around the brow area? The pigment will not be put into anything raised.
Are you addicted to exercise? When doing the Hair-stroke procedure, you MUST reframe from cardio exercise, swimming, getting “hot and sweaty” for a minimum of TWO WEEKS. Your pigment will not retain. (ADDENDUM)
Do you experience frequent Hot Flashes? You may have difficulties with pigment retention. Powdered Eyebrow would be a better option. (ADDENDUM)
Do you have Trichotillomania?(Compulsive pulling of body hair) Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly. (ADDENDUM)
Do you have Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area? Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin.
Have you had a hair transplant for your eyebrows? The pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed.
Do you have a thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition? Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s – your pigment may not retain well. (ADDENDUM)
Have you been on Accutane (acne medicine) within the last year?
Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (MS, RA, Lupus or the like)? Due to the medications to treat these diseases, the pigment will not retain well, if at all.
Are you taking any of the blood-thinners medicines or vitamins listed below: (NO FISH OIL, VIT E, ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN 2 WEEKS PRIOR)
Do you have uneven eyebrows – one sits noticeable higher than another. You will not be a good candidate for any brow procedures unless your brows are more balanced.
Do you have a lazy lid eye? This condition could cause your balanced and symmetric eyebrows to appear unbalanced. (ADDENDUM)
Do you have or have you ever be diagnosed as Bi-Polar, Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Mental Illness? You will NOT be a good candidate for ANY Brow or Permanent Makeup procedures.
Do you have exceptionally high expectations or high standards? Though I have exceptionally high standards in my daily practice of applying permanent makeup, periodically I will meet a client whose expectations and standards are not reasonable for us to work together comfortably. NO EXCEPTIONS!
THESE CONTRAINDICATIONS CAN ALSO PRESENT LATER IN LIFE. FUTURE PROCEDURES MAY NOT BE PERFORMED. IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, YOU ARE NOT THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR A SUCCESSFUL HAIR-STROKE BROW TECHNIQUE. KNOWING THIS, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF CONTINUING WITH THE PROCEDURE BUT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN ADDENDUM, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO RELEASE THE TECHNICIAN OF ALL RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONTINUE FORWARD WITH YOUR DESIRED PROCEDURE AT YOUR OWN RISKS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES TO THE OUTCOME. OR YOU MAY ALSO OPT TO DO A NICE SOFT POWDERED LOOK, INSTEAD. (SOLID).
IF YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL IN ANSWERING THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, WE SCHEDULE YOU AN APPOINTMENT AND FIND OUT THAT YOU ARE NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE, YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR THE APPOINTMENT TIME & FORFEIT ANY DEPOSIT PAID. CAROLYN HAS HER REASONING AS TO WHY SHE CHOOSES NOT TO WORK ON CLIENTS WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED CONTRAINDICATIONS. THERE ARE TECHNICIANS THAT WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN, CAROLYN IS NOT ONE OF THEM. IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO ALL THE QUESTIONS PLEASE PROCEED TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION BY CALLING OR TEXTING TO 805-550-7379 THANK YOU, SINCERELY. Other important requirements to consider:
Do not exercise the morning of your appointment. You will bleed excessively. Also, If you work out regularly (5-7 days a week), your eyebrows WILL fade very fast due to the production of salt/sweat. Salt is used to remove permanent makeup. They WILL appear more powdered or blurred under the skin as well. If you are not ok with this, then you should not have the procedure done. Carolyn reserves the right to refuse future services if she feels the results won’t be to the client’s satisfaction.
You cannot have tan 30 days before, nor after your procedure. SUN will cause the results of your Permanent Makeup to fade quickly or not retain at all. Carolyn will cancel your appointment if your show up with a tan (a tan to Carolyn’s standards). Tanned skin bleeds excessively, heals poorly and therefore, will not retain color. Deposits are forfeited. No exceptions. This is an investment in your face and Carolyn takes that very seriously. ***Thank you, Mary Ritcherson – my beloved friend, mentor and Permanent Makeup Prodigy in Florida. All Content and Images are the Property of Carolyn Elliott Permanent Makeup Inc. ILLEGAL COPYING IS PROHIBITED AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED 2016
What about allergic reactions or MRIs? Am I safe?
Regarding allergic reactions and MRIs. There have been few documented cases of these reactions caused by pigments. I personally, have NOT had one client with an allergic reaction nor a reaction to an MRI from the pigments that I use. I have very high standards in the equipment and products I use on my clients. Research goes into each and every product item first to make sure it is safe to use on my clients. One of my mottos, “Safety first.”
Are there any precautions that should be taken before a procedure?
24 hours prior to your appointment: NO CAFFEINE of any kind, NO EXERCISING and please re-read your pre-care instructions. You want to come prepared. I am allergic to some perfumes, particularly scented lotions. Please do not come wearing any. Sorry for the inconvenience. With lip procedures; Any client ever experiencing a cold sore/fever blisters, even if once, I highly suggest that you obtain a prescription for an anti-viral and begin taking them as prescribed by your physician prior to your procedure. The lip client will also want to refrain from using any long-lasting lip colors before her appointment as well, as these products contain glue and may make tattooing nearly impossible. Enough time will be required to have any remaining product exfoliated from of the lip area. With eyeliner procedures; Any client using either water-proof mascara, water-proof eyeliner, or Latisse, will need to refrain from these products for at least 2 weeks. If you wear Lash Extensions or fake eyelashes, you will need to have these products off of the lashes for a minimum of 2 weeks as well. The glues used to adhere the lashes, also can make tattooing the skin in that area impossible. Also, to lessen inflammation, an antihistamine has been stated by past clients to be successful with post-procedure swelling and may be used at your discretion. Ice packs are also recommended post-procedure to reduce the possibilities of swelling. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN!!!
How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure, also known as the “saturation visit,” will generally take approximately 60 minutes. Follow up procedures also known as the “focus visit” are completed up to 3 months after the saturation visit and usually do not require as much time as the initial procedure. If you are considering more than one procedure, you may do the procedures together.
Can it be completed in one visit?
Some procedures may achieve their desired look after the initial visit, but permanent cosmetics IS a building process and it is reasonable to expect multiple visits. About a month following the initial application, a “focus visits” may be needed/desired to perfect the lines, adjust the color, and to replace any pigment loss during the healing process. It is not reasonable for a client to expect perfection after the initial visit. Afterwards, as the pigment breaks down and absorbs into the skin, some maintenance may be required in months or years to come, to maintain the color and brightness of the makeup. There will be a touch up fee for those visits.
What can I expect immediately following a procedure?
I approach this process with great care. The results immediately following the procedure will look definitely darker and more pronounced than desired. Within the week, the excess pigment will sloughed off leaving a soft natural look. Right afterwards, you may experience slight swelling and redness with minimal discomfort, if any.
Is the procedure costly?
Fees can vary depending on the amount of work a client is requesting per procedural area, for example; an eyelash enhancement versus a thick dramatic eyeliner, a soft-filled in eye brow versus the realistic hair-stroke method, or a soft natural full lip color versus a bright, dense lipstick-like colored full lip. No doubt it’s possible you have seen prices ranging from discount coupons from a “Newby” technician entering the industry or services being offered at well over $1000 per procedure by experienced professionals – the Pioneers of the Industry (18 years or longer). It is advisable to take the time to check QUALITY and EXPERIENCE of the professional before making your decision. Permanent Makeup is permanent (meaning, it doesn’t completely fade to its original starting point) and can be enjoyed for quite a long time – if done properly. Looking for the least expensive technician isn’t the brightest thing you can do. We believe that people are looking for the highest possible quality of work, not the cheapest. Only the highest quality of work should suffice without compromise. When it comes to your face, accept nothing less than a first class result with no one else but a master practitioner with years of experience. The cost of the procedure is not the most important issue when consulting a potential professional. Look for QUALITY!
How to differentiate the qualities of a Professional Artist over a techician who isn’t? Here are some simple guidelines to help you:
1. A website: Check for their own personal website with a photo gallery, referrals, and testimonials, and a list of their continuing education. This does not include piggy-backing on someone elses website, this means their own, stand-alone website. Many “Newbies” will tell you that they have been “tattooing for years”, and then you receive eyebrows like the one to the right. Too late!
2. They have their own established office.
3. A professional Cosmetic Tattoo Artist works on Eyebrows, Eyes, Lips, Areola Repigmentation, etc. They have hours and hours of education under their belt and seek to continue to education on a yearly basis. If the technician you are researching only does Micro-blading Eyebrows and nothing else, chances are that technician has only two-days of training, A beginning course in Permanent Makeup is 7-days, 100 hours.
Remember this is your face. Do you want the best permanent makeup artist who is scheduled out in her appointments or the quickest available and the cheapest? 40% of the phone calls I receive is for corrective work from a technician offering discounted prices. There are many clients I can’t help – because the work is so bad. It’s on THEIR face. Some people learn the hard way. A client can spend hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars in “repairs” versus having it done correctly the first time, not to mention the emotional stress which poor work can cause. I find that fees also can vary from expert Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professionals based on “where” they live as well. Expect to pay more if you live in popular cities such as Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boca Rotan, New York, Miami, San Diego, Austin, etc. whereas a small town expert has a little more difficulty demanding these higher fees even if she has more experience than her colleagues who work in the larger cities. Work performed from physician’s offices or high-end spas can demand these higher rates as well, but be cautious at these locations, most will hire a low-time technician. An experienced professional will not choose to work in these environments. Multiple visits may be required to achieve “your” desired look. Be patient. Rome was not built in a day. Most important is the training, experience, professionalism, cleanliness and skill of the professional as well as the confidence with the client in that skill. Many find this relatively inexpensive when compared with hair and nail appointments that must be kept up on a regular basis.
What colors are available?
You may select from over 50 natural tones or I can blend a color unique to your skin and it’s under-tones.
How long does permanent cosmetics last?
The treatment is semi-permanent and varies with the pigment color. For example, a natural blonde eyebrow color will need a touch-up before a black eyeliner. Over time the colors may soften. Touch ups will be needed to refreshen your color after it has softened and absorbed into the skin. Chemical peels, sun exposure, and certain skin treatments will shorten the life of your permanent makeup. Fair skin clients tend to need touch-ups more frequently than my clients who have darker skin, as melanin seems to act as a natural sunblock. Each person has what’s called “Macrophage Cells in their body, as well. A macrophage is a type of white blood cell that cleanses the body of unwanted microscopic particles, such as bacteria and dead cells – so, therefore, breaking down most, but not all of the particles of pigment. My Eyebrow clients, I prefer to see (on an average), every two-ish years, whereas my Eyeliner and Lip clients do last longer.
What can I do to prolong the life of my permanent make-up?
Sunscreen is the best kept beauty secret! Not only will sunscreen prolong the life of your permanent makeup, but it does wonders for the skin! Sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and most importantly skin cancer. Be sure to wear a sunscreen with a minimum of an SPF 15 for best results and reapply often, especially after swimming or extended hours outdoors. Hats and sunglasses also help minimize harmful UV rays. You can still have fun in the sun…just do it wisely.
What happens if I arrive to my appointment unprepared?
Like having any procedure completed, or taking a test, you need to prepared to have your BEST results. We want your results to be successful. As a result, we have taken the time to prepare this website and a detailed “Pre/Post Care Instructions” to help get you there. This is a team effort. We need you to put in as much effort in “preparing and caring” as we did in organizing this website to help assist getting you there. What happens when you come to your appointment unprepared? It produces real problems which result in poor results and typically the finger being pointed at the technician. Wrong! We’ve learned to spot unprepared clients early on and not follow through with the appointment as a result. To have your schedule Permanent Makeup completed, you MUST come prepared, this includes any “follow-up” and “touch-up” appointments as well. I want your procedure to be just as successful as you do. Showing up unprepared means, being rescheduled for another time (even if you traveled out of state), with a new deposit. Please understand the importance of coming prepared by reading your care instructions and/or this website. Examples (but not limited to) of arriving up unprepared: 1). Having even 1/2 cup of decaf coffee that morning, even though the instructions have written, “NO CAFFEINE.” 2) Exercising before your appointment, 3) Continuing on blood-thinners (Vit E, Fish Oil, Baby Aspirin), 4) Sunburned Face, 5) Being dishonest in your Pre-Client Questionnaire (mole/scar in the eyebrow not visible in the photo you sent), etc. We don’t confirm appointments. This is very time-consuming.