Thursday, January 24, 2013

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.  If you still see dark areas, apply glycolic serum or glycolic peel agent to the darker areas to lighten.

Corrections are available for women with slight dark areas. However, if your lips were first outlined with black, it's more likely that you will have to wait for it to fade or series of lightening procedures (laser or saline) should be conducted.  Permanent makeup lip pigment colors will not override this color.

Take a look at your lips in day light.  Look up close.  Do you see any blue, brown, dark colors, freckles on your lips?  Women tend to have darker upper lips and outer edge of lower lip.  If you see a lot of it, it will require more than 2 visits to make your lips look lighter and brighter.  However, the good news is, it can be done!!!
San Ramon, CA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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 necessary to decrease cross contamination.

Q2:  "May I have a Consultation to meet you and ask questions?"

Not mandatory, but it is always a good idea to meet the Artist prior to the procedure.  As a novice client, I would feel more at ease meeting the person that will be tattoo-ing my face.  Most artist will provide a consultation.   They should explain what to expect before, during, and after procedures.  In some case, they will show you the tools used and provide general heal time.  Don't be shy about asking questions.

Q3:  "Can I see some photos of your work in your office?"

VERY IMPORTANT:  There's nothing like seeing their work on printed photos vs. photos online/computer.  You are more likely to see the details on printed photos.   If you see their previous work and you don't like their work, DO NOT proceed.  Even if you describe or show pictures of what you want, they will most likely produce similar work.  To put it simply, our work is like our handwriting, or signature.  Small modifications can be made per client, however, it's not easy changing our signature style.  Just move onto the next permanent makeup artist.

Q4:  "Do you provide a complementary Touch Up appointment after the initial procedure?"

Most Artists include one free Touch Up 4 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure.  But not all, so be sure to clarify.
San Ramon, CA

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