Friday, March 16, 2012

What to expect after a Permanent Makeup procedure

What to do immediately after a permanent makeup procedure?  There are multiple methods.

Most permanent makeup artist will provide an aftercare instruction sheet.  Follow carefully and ask questions if something is not certain.
Aftercare instructions are important for maximum color retention.

Please note: The day after the procedure, you permanent makeup may appear darker and bigger.   But don't panic, if the correct pigment was used on your brows, they will lighten after about 2 weeks.

Slight swelling, but not noticeable to the eye.  While healing, you may notice dryness and flaking of the skin.  Hairstroke procedures will flake less than Soft Filled procedures.  Do not use moisturizer or makeup to cover up.   Most importantly, do not pick at the flakes of skin.  Just let it heal.  The first week, the color will be dark, but by week 2, the color will lighten and soften.

Slight swelling lasts about 3 to 4 days.  Depending on your skin and lifestyle, some people swell more than others.  The morning after the procedure is when you'll be the most swollen.  Thereafter, slight puffiness is typical for few more days.  Slight tenderness to the touch is acceptable.  If the swelling is severe, painful, and it alters your vision, call your doctor immediately.  Avoid alcohol and salty foods for several days to minimize puffiness.

You will have Angelina Jolie lips for about 2 days.  The color will be extremely dark until your lips exfoliate, approximately 4 to 5 days.  Once healed, the color looks natural, not like lipstick.  For the lip procedure, it is recommended to use the AfterCare Ointment for minimum of 2 weeks.  It's recommended for men and women losing their natural pigment on the lips.

Average complete heal time for all permanent makeup procedure is 3 to 4 weeks.  Lip pigment may take up to 8 weeks to surface.

Pretty Please Studio
San Ramon, CA

Monday, March 12, 2012

Perfect candidates for Permanent Makeup Hairstroke brows. Aka Feathering, 3D brows, brush stroke brows.

If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consider Permanent Makeup Hairstroke Brows.

1.  Draw your brows on (almost) EVERY day
2.  Worry at least once a week, if you smeared your brows by touching them or sweating
3.  Draw in your brows, but the product you use needs heavy coverage so that your natural brow hair is concealed
4.  Don't really know how to put on brows, but hope that it looks ok for that day.
5.  Envy friends that have nice brows
6.  Want your face to look years yonger with proper placement of brows
7.  Alopecia, post cancer treatments, trichotillomania, thyroid, changes to hormone, and natural progression of aging.

Pretty Please Permanent Makeup Studio
San Ramon, CA

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fear of Permanent Eyeliner poking me in the eyes

After my clients enjoy the benefits of Permanent Eyebrows, they are interested in Permanent Eyeliner, but some are hesitant.

Some typical concerns:
What if you poke me in the eyes?
What if it hurts?
What if I sneeze or move and you miss?

Any procedures done near the eyes should raise concerns.  However, a well trained Permanent Makeup Artist understands the anatomy of the eye and stays away from danger zones.

Permanent Eyeliner procedures with Softap is a gentle procedure with repetitive strokes.

Permanent Eyeliner is applied 'above' your top lashed.  And under the bottom lashes.

The white rim immediate above the lower lashes is called the Wet Line.  You should not get tattooed on that line.  It may cause dry eyes and other complications.  I have a client who has had their wetline tattooed in the past.  She commented that it did not cause dry eyes, but I told her to consider herself lucky.  Over time, there may be complications.  The pigment should be placed along the lower lashes but under the wetline.

My recommendation for Permanent Eyeliner is to stay thin to medium on top liner.  However, always stay thin on the lower lash line.
Permanent makeup should be used to define your eyes, but not replace heavy eyeliner makeup.
If the eyeliner is applied thick, as the pigment fades, it turns Blue/Grey.  The thick blue/grey liner looks like you left some makeup on from the previous night.  However, if you stay thin and close to the lash line, as the pigment fades, it's will always appear black or brown.
San Ramon, CA

Artificial Beauty or Not...Botox, Fillers, and Permanent Makeup...Oh My!!!

I have friends who do not understand why anyone would plump, paralyze, and/or tattoo their face to faces.

Some comments...
Why not let mother nature do it's thing and we all age gracefully without intervention.  People who do it are superficial, it doesn't look natural, and they are wasting their money.

It is always important to not loose perspective of our face.  We are all aging, some more quickly than others.  It is important find ways to look your age, but more refreshed.  As of you had a good night sleep.  There's only so much that makeup and over the counter products can do for our face.

Cosmetic enhancement is a personal choice.  I agree it is somewhat superficial.  Similar like driving a nice car, having a giant diamond ring, or living in a beautiful home.

But let's face it, our physical appearance does play an important role in our lives.  Looking professional, polished and fresh faced does have it's advantages.

I had an 85 year old client who came in to get permanent makeup eyebrows.  She exercises, eats right, and in healthy condition.  But her reasoning for permanent makeup, she doesn't have brows and her hand shakes so she can't apply eyeliner.
San Ramon, CA

What to do next, if you hate your new Permanent Makeup procedure.

Q:  What do you do when you absolutely hate your Permanent Makeup Brows? For new brows,  Be patient!  Permanent Makeup brow proce...