Frequently asked questions…

There’s much to know about permanent makeup and microblading, so take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know.

Below is our most frequently asked questions but if you can not find the answer to your questions here, please feel free to contact us.

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Is Permanent Makeup right for me?

Permanent Makeup is ideal for anyone that wants to look good everyday without any effort. Imagine waking up looking your best, with expertly applied make up that will stay in place throughout the day. Stephanie has over 18 years experience in the permanent makeup industry and will ensure you get the results you are looking for.

What is the down time after the procedure? 

This will vary depending on the technique chosen. With both traditional tattooing and microblading techniques the tattoo will appear darker and look more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. Over a 1 week period your tattoo will go through a healing process to fade considerably and soften. The colour will form a light crusting that will slowly flake off and at times it will seem like you are loosing colour.  It is important to follow after-care instructions that will be given to you at your procedure appointment. Microblading is not placed as deeply into the skin and it can often look great when it is first done and may not be as obvious during the healing process.

I am fair and do not want a dark colour. Is this possible? 

Yes. With a wide range of pigment colours available, a colour can be custom blended to suit your skin tone and needs. There are many techniques that can be used for eyebrow tattooing and microblading and this will also effect how dark the colour will look. Therefore it is important to see someone who can offer different techniques and will help you achieve the look you are after.  We are always happy to discuss these options with you.

How is the colour chosen? 

Pigment colour is chosen using your skin tone and natural brow hair colour as a guide. Unlike makeup colours, the tattoo colour after healing will sit beneath the skin and therefore look quite different to the pigment colour in the bottle. Your skin tone will play a part in how the colour looks beneath your skin once it has healed. It is important that the technician has a good understanding of their pigment colours and can discuss this with you at your appointment.

Is the procedure painful?

Generally, it is not painful as topical anesthetic is applied during the treatment and in most cases will numb the area completely. This will vary for each individual but we try to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Is the procedure safe?

ALL procedures are performed in a clean, sterile environment following strict sterilization and Health Canada guidelines. All needles used are sterile, individually packaged, single-use only and all other equipment is completely sterilized and barrier films applied. Pigments used contain ingredients approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.

What is the difference between Microblading and Micropigmentation methods?

MICROBLADING (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method. It is considered to be semi-permanent, compared to the traditional hairstroke (feathering) technique of micropigmentation. It is done using tiny pin like needles (not an actual blade), to implant pigment into the epidermis. This results in crisp, fine lines that resemble natural hair patterns. Because we are working only in the epidermis, this technique of tattooing will not last as long as traditional micropigmentation method. It is designed to last only 1 year but may last longer or shorter depending on the individual. Specially formulated pigments are chosen to match your original brow hair color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are natural, fuller looking eyebrows.

MICROPIGMENTATION is also a semi-permanent tattoo for eyebrows and eyeliners. It will not last forever like a traditional body tattoo but depending on the depth of colour, technique used, and individual skin type, it can last for years. There are a number of techniques available for eyebrow micropigmentation including, hairstrokes, shaded brow or a combination of both (ombre brow). The technique used is chosen after consultation and is based on individual needs and skin type. The tattoo is done using a specialized machine with pigments formulated and blended to suit individual skin types to achieve the desired result. Micropigmentation can look natural and soft when done using the correct pigments and method for the individual.

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