Q & A
Frequently asked questions about permanent cosmetics including microblading:
Is permanent makeup a tattoo?
Yes, every time pigment is implanted on the skin, regardless of the depth and technique, it is considered a tattoo.
What is the difference between microblading and machine strokes or nano brows?
These are all forms of cosmetic tattooing.
Microblading is done manually with a microblade (a tool that has a group of stainless-steel fine needles fused). When this tool is dipped into the pigment, it creates “micro-cuts” into the skin, thought of as a paper cut that makes the look of hair strokes. I do NOT recommend this technique. I worked with this technique a few years ago and did not like what it did to the skin over time. I don't offer this technique anymore, and all my work for the last four years has been done with a machine (Nano brows)
Nano brows, powder, and machine hair strokes are done with a digital rotary device that deposits the pigment differently than microblading; unlike cutting with a microblade, the machine uses a super fine single nanoneedle that, with reciprocal movements “stippling” deposits the pigment without creating cuts into the skin.
Microblading is also advertised as semi-permanent. This is untrue; not only is it very permanent, but the risk of scarring is high due to the way the microblade deposits the pigment into the skin.
Do you do microblading?
No, I used to do microblading; I did it at the beginning of my career.
After months of training, I became a Phi Brow artist and achieved my master's level with Zlata Kicin in Germany.
I have vast experience with microblading and have performed this technique on many clients with hundreds of healed results. After seeing that microblading is not a good technique for all skin types, I switched to nanomachine work over time.
Machine work (nano brows, powder brows) is very versatile, much better for the skin, and long-lasting.
Can you explain why brows don’t last longer? My aunt got her brows tattooed ten years ago, and they are still there.
Cosmetic tattooing has evolved, and the new techniques for permanent makeup heal more naturally.
The pigment is not deposited as deep as it was back in the day. Therefore, the color heals more naturally. The downside is that touch-ups every 1.5-2 years are recommended to keep the color from fading too much.
How do you decide on the shape and color?
I customize the shape according to your facial features with brows following your natural brow hair to have the most realistic outcome; I aim to provide results that are as natural as possible, almost undetectable.
With eyeliner, I recommend a lash line that will look natural; I don't recommend extreme wings. I always recommend that you consider permanent makeup as an enhancement to your face. The same goes for lip color. I will suggest colors that will heal naturally to your natural face tones.
I do that with the color as well; I can create any color; it is essential to understand color theory to ensure the color will heal according to your skin undertones.
I have completed several courses on this subject.
How long do the procedures last?
This is a good question since tattooing is done in a living tissue (skin) that regenerates and renews every 28 days; fading will occur over time. SPF lotions are recommended if you are active, tan often, or have hormonal or skin conditions. Fading will happen sooner than expected.
The average longevity of the brows and lips is 1.5-2 years; eyeliners will last longer.
Would lip blushing help my lips look thicker and plumper?
Lip blushing (tattoo) will add definition and color to your natural lips, not volume.
Lips should never be tattooed over the border; the lip tissue is very different from the facial tissue, and the color will heal differently if tattooed over the border. In some cases, it can be done (surgery, scars, cleft palate cover-up)
If you want volume, I recommend filler combined with lip tattooing for a competitive, refreshed, and rejuvenated look.
What is lip neutralization?
Dark Lip Neutralization is just another name for a cosmetic tattoo treatment utilized for clients whose natural base undertone (the natural color of their lips) is cool/dark. Simply adding the desired color to those tones would have undesirable results. The cool undertone must be transformed to a neutral tone before enhancing the color to the desired effect.
I had my brows done before by someone else, and I don't like the results. Can you fix them?
Unfortunately, I have seen many cases like this, and it is essential to choose an experienced artist.
In some cases, multiple removal/Lighting sessions will be required to get the color light enough so I can correct or cover previous work.
If your brows have turned reddish (very common with microblading), I can correct this by "shifting" the color to the desired color.
You can email me photos of your brows at email@example.com
Do you offer removals?
I offer saline removals; I work with LIFT a natural saline removal solution that can lighten existing pigment on the skin.
Multiple sessions are needed to achieve results; I have done several removals with excellent results on brows. (lightening is not recommended for eyeliner or lips)
How old must I be to have any of your services done?
You must be at least 18 years old; it can be done in some cases (alopecia, scar coverage, or medical tattooing). If you are younger than 18, a consultation is required.
How do you choose the right artist?
I recommend you check the reviews, training, and photos (unfortunately, photos can be stolen -this happened to me). I also suggest they are appropriately licensed by the local health department, insured, and have completed BBP training. Check their website and social media for photos of their work.
How long have you been doing this? Who did you train with?
I started in 2016. I trained with:
The Beau Institute (fundamentals, camouflage, and areola)
Vicky Martin (Areola)
I have attended and completed multiple conventions. And I am constantly updating my techniques.
Get in touch if you have any questions!