Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Body tattoo artist that also provides Permanent Makeupdone

Body tattoo and Permanent Makeup artists receive different training, therefore, clients should be aware that just because one artist can create beautiful art on the body does not guarantee that they will provide good permanent makeup artistry on the face.  The skills needed to draw on your body and face differs significantly.

  • Our skin on our body may be thicker than the skin on our face.  Therefore, different tools are used.
  • Black pigment should only be used on the face for Eyeliner procedures.  Never on the brows.  Black pigment usually fades blue or grey.
  • Body tattoo artists favor bold and striking colors, while permanent makeup is best when applied subtly and natural in color.

I have a client that has numerous body tattoos.  Since her tattoo artist produced beautiful work on her body, she thought it would be ok to let him provide eye brows on her face.  She drew the brows first with a topical brow pencil to provide a template to her artist.  The end result was as expected, black pigment and Mal design.  It gave her a harsh appearance to her face.

After 10 years of covering the brows with powder and pencil, she decided to get them corrected.  The correction process took over a year.  Numerous tattoo lightening treatments had to be applied to the brows to fade the black, now grey,  pigment.  Each lightening session required minimum of six weeks to heal prior to next treatment.  Once the brows were light enough, I was able to provide proper brows for her face.

Remember, once pigment is deposited into the dermal layer of the skin, the pigment may fade in color over time, however, the pigment particles are permanently in your skin.   Therefore, Permanent Makeup is a tattoo, it is not semi -permanent.  Not all tattoo artists are trained the same, so be sure to select a professional that specializes in permanent makeup artistry.  The end result should make you look refreshed and well defined.

Permanent Makeup Aritstry
San Ramon, CA

Monday, October 20, 2014

Permanent Makeup, tattoo and MRI

Tattoo and Permanent Makeup pigment have low traces of iron oxide.
In low doses, it is not irritant to most skin.

Prior to an MRI, the technician may ask if you have any tattoos.  Permanent Makeup is a tattoo.  So
your answer would be... yes.

In the simplest term, an MRI machine is a giant magnet that scans through your body.  It will pull/attract metals, including the iron oxide.  If you have a tattoo on your body, the MRI Technician may put a cool, wet towelette to ease the possible warm sensation.

However, the amount of pigment used on Hairstroke brows, liner and lips is minimal.  Therefore, the likelihood of feeling discomfort is not likely.   Remember to ask and be informed.

San Ramon, CA

Friday, October 17, 2014

Permanent Makeup Patch Test: what is it and why it's done.

What is a "Patch Test" or "Allergy Test" and why is it performed?

People who are allergic to foods and products are hesitant to get Permanent Makeup.  They are concerned with adverse reactions to the tattoo pigment.

Prior to tattooing the face area, the artist can tattoo a small area of the skin that is hidden from plain view.  For example, most common area is behind the client's ear, areas of the body that is usually covered under clothing, or on the client's feet.  After the patch test, the client is instructed to go home and keep a close watch for any excessive swelling, irritation, or feeling nauseous.  This reassures the client, in the event of adverse reaction, their face will not be affected.

Here is a list of common ingredients in most tattoo pigments:  Mixture of various inert iron oxides, chromium oxide, titanium dioxide, carmine, and glycerin.

In all the years of practicing Permanent Makeup, I have not encountered clients who are allergic to tattoo pigments.  However, I have had clients who were mildly sensitive to the aftercare ointment.  Most artists provide A&D ointment to be applied to the fresh tattoo for several days.  Vaseline is not advised.  If you are experiencing excessive swelling or redness,  gently wash off the ointment with cool water and soap, pat dry, and keep it clean and dry for several days.  If the swelling persists, please consult a physician.

Permanent Makeup Artistry
San Ramon, CA 

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