Semi Permanent Make up - Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
£300. Paid at the first appointment by either cash or card. A 4-6 week top up is included in the price to ensure good colour retention.
How long does the colour last?
Dependent on life style, between 12 -24 months.
Do you shave off my eyebrows?
Absolutely not, although some plucking maybe required if hair falls outside the new brow
How long does it take to do?
Appointments are typically around 3 hours, although this can vary
Does it hurt?
Most clients say not! I ensure the area is fully numb before treatment commences.
How is it done?
Together, we choose the perfect colour. I draw a template on the treatment area and ensure you are happy with the look. Once agreed, I then follow this template using a very refined form of tattooing. All equipment is single use only and the treatment working area is scrupulously cleaned before and after each client.
What aftercare do I need to do?
You’ll be given vitamin A and D balm to apply, and also be given full written instructions of do’s and don’ts. Basically it is important to keep the area as dry as possible for a couple of days and to remember NOT to rub or scratch the area as this would disturb pigment retention.
What if I’m allergic to the pigment?
Patch tests and pre-treatment forms are sent to each client prior to their appointment. This ensures that any allergy to the pigments and/or numbing cream is identified prior to treatment.
Where are you based and do you offer home appointments?
I’m based in Brigg, North Lincolnshire. Directions are sent with pre-treatment forms. Unfortunately due to the nature of the treatments, and the legal requirement for a treatment licence, I am unable to offer home visits for semi-perm.
How can permanent cosmetics benefit me?
There are a variety of reasons why people get permanent cosmetics. Many people want to save the hassle of applying make-up everyday. Others want to change or enhance their looks.
Sports enthusiasts and those of us who have very active jobs will opt for permanent cosmetics as they are often unable to wear conventional make-up, also, there are people who need feature correction, people with allergies to make-up, alopecia sufferers, those with vision impairment who have difficulty applying makeup, all benefit from permanent cosmetics.
Will it hurt?
Although permanent cosmetics and medical tattooing are a form of tattooing, the pain factor is considered to be less pronounced as the treatments are gentler and less invasive. Numbing creams may be applied to avoid discomfort.
What is permanent cosmetics / medical tattooing?
Permanent cosmetics involves the application of pigment into the skin. A professional artist should use specialist equipment and techniques to ensure that the experience is quieter, gentler and less invasive. Although the treatments use needles, these do not penetrate as deep into the skin as tattooing and the needles are smaller.
Should my artist be Health and Safety registered?
The majority of Local Authorities require permanent cosmetics and medical tattoo artists working in their area to register with them, just like tattoo artists. This means that both they and the salon they are working in should have been inspected and awarded a registration certificate by their Local Authority. Ask to see their registration certificates to be sure your artist is working to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety!
Do my natural brows need to be shaved off?
Absolutely not. If you have natural brow hairs, your artist will work with what you have, subtly integrating their work to suit your natural brow style.
What will I look like straight after the treatment?
Brow and eye treatments tend to look darker in colour immediately after the appointment. This softens in a few days. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited.
How quickly will it heal?
Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin generally heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment, however, we don’t advise driving after a eyeliner / lash enhancement, in case your eyes are a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
How long will it take?
Treatment times vary depending on how advanced or detailed the required result is. Although some treatments may take as little as 1 hour, you should set aside 2-3 hours for your appointment.
Can I wear make-up after the treatment?
You can wear mineral cosmetics (such as fresh Minerals) immediately, however, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing traditional cosmetics. If applying traditional cosmetics elsewhere, ensure you don’t get any in the treatment area, as this could lead to healing problems.
Permanent cosmetics are typically used to enhance your natural features, therefore after your treatment has healed, you can wear makeup to complement and enhance your permanent cosmetics.
How long will it last?
This varies from person to person because skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained.
As a guide, it could be anything between one to five years before a new treatment is required, although refresher colour boosts are recommended for maintenance during this time. Once the colour starts to change you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost. It is important to remember that permanent make-up is a “low” -not a “no” -maintenance treatment.