Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years I’ve been asked a lot of different questions about microblading and permanent makeup from prospective clients. There are a couple of recurring questions that seem to crop up quite a lot. If you’re considering microblading or permanent makeup then this is the blog post for you: I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions, but if there’s anything I’ve missed or you have a specific concern my lovely Client Services Team are just a phone call away!
Do I have to shave off my brows before microblading?
Believe it or not, this is one of the most common question people ask when booking a treatment. The answer is no, I always want to see how much hair my client’s have naturally and the natural shape of their brow. Sometimes, I will remove a couple hairs to create the final brow shape – to maintain this we just show our clients how to tweeze them at home.
Are microblading and permanent makeup treatments painful?
Myself and my Elite Team use numbing cream before and during the treatment, so you may feel mild discomfort, but I wouldn’t say they hurt.
If you’ve visited me in clinics you will have probably met my lovely clinical assistant Jane (who also happens to be one of my closest friends), she is the numbing cream Queen and always makes sure all my clients are comfortable and numb prior to their treatment.
I have really fair hair, will my brows look too dark if I get them microbladed?
Since I first started in permanent makeup over twenty years ago pigments have progressed a lot. Technicians are now able to mix pigments to create bespoke colours for each client. After working with a number of pigment brands over the years I wanted to create a range that would cater to all skintones and hair colours (even those with fair blonde hair). That’s why I always use my K.B Pro pigments in all of my treatments.
It’s important to remember that your brows will look up to four times darker immediately after treatment and it isn’t until they’re completely healed that you will see your true results.
Is permanent makeup actually permanent?
It all depends on how well you look after your permanent makeup and your skin type. Following your technician’s aftercare instructions is the key to getting the most out of your permanent makeup – especially during your initial healing. I also recommend having annual Colour Boost appointments to keep your permanent makeup looking fresh – some people will only need these every 18 – 24 months and other more frequently depending on your skin type.
I’ve written a blog (link to aftercare blog) on some of my top after care tips if you want any more information on looking after your permanent makeup and microblading.
I have no brow hair at all, can I still have permanent makeup?
Absolutely, I work with a number of clients who have lost their brows for one reason or another. I love seeing their faces when I unveil their brows post-treatment – it’s amazing the impact brows can have on someone’s confidence and sense of self.
How long does permanent makeup take to heal?
This is dependent on which treatment you have and how well you look after it. You’re not completely healed until after the retouch appointment – 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment. After this appointment you’ll see your final results in a couple of weeks. So in total you’re looking at around two months form your initial appointment to seeing your final results.
There isn’t a set ‘down time’ for permanent makeup or microblading usually the area will be slightly red and swollen for up to 48 hours post your initial treatment. But the rest of the healing process is essentially waiting for your skin to naturally heal and exfoliate itself.
Is there anything you should avoid before a permanent makeup or microblading appointment?
There are a couple of things that you need to be aware of before any PMU treatment – any good technician will ask you this during the booking process. It’s important that you don’t have botox, fillers or a chemical peel for a minimum of two weeks prior to the treatment.
If you have any kind of skin condition or irritation I always ask my client’s to speak to their doctor before coming to see me.
It’s also worth noting that permanent make up is not suitable for those wo are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you have any more questions about any of the treatments offered by myself or my Elite Team – from microblading to medical tattooing, my Client Services Team are more than happy to help: 01977 655106