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Medication and Permanent Makeup

Prior to any Permanent Makeup procedures, clients are asked to complete a Consent Form. The form is used to document medical history, current and previous use of certain medications and to alert any possible interference for a quick recovery. When possible, the client should be in optimal health.  If you're feeling under the weather, just wait.  Remember, our body has a better chance of healing and fighting infections when we're well rested and healthy. Cases with Cancer patients, they don't have that luxury, so be sure to check in with your doctor. Medications that are particularly of interested are as follows: Cumadin Aspirin (baby or adult dose) Any other blood thinning medications Acutaine (if used in the last 12 months) Excessive use of alcohol or tobacco Latisse Please check with your doctor prior to stopping any medication. Permanent Makeup procedures may cause droplets  of blood immediately after the procedure, so use a clean tissue and gentl

How to look younger without spending any money

My clients often ask me what procedures are out there to help them look younger and fresh. That's always an easy answer for me.  I tell them that many people don't take advantage of the most inexpensive methods to look and feel younger! 1.   EXERCISE vigorously 3 to 4 hours per week.  It's guaranteed to lift and firm everything, increase circulation, and give you an overall glow.  I know I sound like a commercial but it's the simple truth.  After our 20s, gravity has a way of sagging and deflating our face and body.   We really do need to move our body to pump the blood and strengthen our muscles. Exercise won't plump our face like Juviderm or Restalyn, however, it does increase blood circulation and as a result, it benefits your skin. 2.  Drink lots of WATER throughout the day.  Not coffee, soda, or tea, but just water.  Our lips are like plants.  Give it some water, and it instantly plumps up.  Try it and see.  When your lips are dry, not only d

Dark ring around lips from permanent makeup lip procedure

I have clients that come in to show me their dark blue or black ring around their lips after a permanent makeup procedure.  Why does this happen? Two possibilities: 1.  The artist used black or dark pigment to first outline the lip, then used lip color pigment to shade inner lips. This is a NO NO, black or any dark pigment should not be used anywhere around the lips. 2.  We have lots of blood vessels and veins in our lips.  That's why, when we're really cold, our lips turn blue, in some cases, purple.  But for women of color, we especially have more visible blue or brown in our lips.  The artist should use lip color with a lot of Orange to neutralize the blue.  Orange reds and Orange pinks will look red and pink once applied to dark blue lips.  If the artist uses reds and pinks with blue undertones, it will accentual the blue in our lips. 3.  Sometimes, immediately after, there are dark areas on and around lips due to bruising.  Wait 3 weeks for the lips to heal.

Various Questions You Should Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Booking an Appt.

Basic Questions to Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Scheduling an Appointment: Q1:   "Are you OSHA Compliant?" If the Artist is NOT Occupational Safety and Health Authorization (OSHA) compliant, take your business elsewhere.  This is basic requirement for every Permanent Makeup business in the state of California and most other states.   An annual certification testing is necessary to be granted a certificate. As of July 2012, all Permanent Makeup and Tattoo Artists need a permit issued by the Health Department to conduct business in CA.  The county will not issue a permit without an annual inspection.  Please note, this Permit is different than City Business Registration.  City Business Registration only notifies the City that you are conducting business at that location. A sink with hot/cold water is required in the workspace in Contra Costa County, CA.  Sinks in the bathroom do not count, since that is a separate room.  Frequent hand washing is necess