Cosmetic Tattoo FAQ
Here are some commonly asked questions.
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does it cost?
I charge a flat rate of $600 for brows and freckles start at $225, both include a touch-up within the first three months of the initial service.
Additional touch-ups within 1 year of your initial appointment are $150 per session.
Additional touch-ups within 12-24 months of your initial appointment are $250 per session.
Additional touch-ups within 24-36 months of your initial appointment are $400 per session.
How can I book an appointment?
Calling the shop is the best way to check for available dates, book an appointment and leave a deposit. You can also book an appointment in person. We accept deposits in person, by Paypal or bank transfer.
Do I need to book a consultation first?
Nope! A consultation is free and you can arrange your consultation and procedure on separate days, or the same day. A separate consultation is not usually necessary although always an option. I have limited availability for consultations so please call the studio to book.
What is Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic Tattooing is a cosmetic technique which employs tattooing (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing the appearance of makeup, and can also create the appearance of hair or restore natural skin pigmentation.
Common procedures are eyeliner, eyebrows, and lips.
What is the difference between cosmetic tattooing and conventional (body) tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement of the facial features, rather than creating distinct artwork on the body.
The colour pigments used for cosmetic tattoos differ in that they are usually iron oxide-based, and will fade over time. This allows changes to be made to the tattoo, and the colour and shape can be adjusted over the years as your preferences and features change.
Tools and technique
A rotary tattoo machine is used for freckles, shading, and some other techniques but all of my fine hairstroke eyebrows are tattooed using a manual tool. It is often called microblading because the lines are created with a tiny 'blade' which is actually a very tight, flat, angled needle configuration. This technique allows for a lot of control and fine, crisp healed lines.
Does it hurt?
Effective, topical anesthetics are used for numbing before and during the procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entire procedure. Ideally you should feel little to no pain, only pressure. It can sometimes feel like scratching or threading.
Preparing for your tattoo in advance really does make a big difference in how much pain and swelling you may experience. Make sure that you are well rested, sober, hydrated, and have had something to eat prior to your appointment.
For most clients, redness and swelling is minimal.
What will the first appointment be like?
During your consultation and before tattooing, we will discuss your expectations and the ideal shape and color you are looking to achieve. With makeup, we can try out and design your ideal shape together. We can address any questions or concerns you might have at this time.
Once we have the perfect shape, I mark precisely around them with a stencil pen and apply a numbing cream. After 30 minutes we can begin tattooing, which usually takes about an hour. I schedule appointments for 3-4 hours in total so that we can take our time if we need to.
How long will my cosmetic tattoo last?
The tattoo is permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and will likely need a retouch every 1-3 years to maintain its appearance. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), your lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels or laser treatments come into contact with tattooed areas. It will vary for each individual.
Touch-ups are normal for Permanent Makeup procedures, with each new procedure usually requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure is followed by a free touch-up session within 6-12 weeks to achieve the best results. (Additional touch-ups within 2 years are $100, which is our studio's minimum charge for tattooing.)
Some clients may require additional sessions to achieve the desired outcome, such as corrections and some skin types.
What should I do before my procedure?
For eyebrows: If you have an idea about the shape and color you like, you can bring or send me reference photos. It is okay to wear eye makeup but it may be disturbed or removed during the procedure.
If you usually get your eyebrows tinted, waxed, threaded or shaped make sure to do so at least 3 days prior to your appointment. It's not necessary to shape your brows first unless you prefer to do so. If we decide we need to remove hairs to reshape your brows, I use a face razor to remove them.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan this trip a minimum 2 weeks after a procedure or touch up.
We also request that clients avoid prescription blood thinners (if possible) for 24 hours prior to their appointment. This also includes Vitamin E, Aspirin and Alcohol.
Your skin must be fully healed from any chemical, laser or other treatments or injuries to be tattooed.
How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
Redness and swelling are normal and will be significantly reduced within a few hours. Brows may be tender for the next day or so. The healing process is similar to a small tattoo, scrape or sunburn.
Your cosmetic tattoo will appear slightly darker, sharper and bigger than expected for the first few days. It may feel dry, tight or itchy as a light scab forms and flakes off to reveal a new layer of skin underneath. This process is the superficial healing and usually takes 7-10 days. It may appear lighter immediately after this stage and the colour will settle in over the next few weeks after the skin has completely healed. Healing times and experiences will vary from person to person. Small gaps and uneven areas are common after one session. You can wear makeup on your brows after they are superficially healed.)
It is extremely important to follow our aftercare instructions for good results.
What should I do after the procedure?
- During the healing process, please carefully follow the aftercare instructions provided. Take good care of yourself and your healing tattoo.
- Once healed, limit exposure of the tattooed area to sun and chemicals. Avoid chemical or laser treatments directly on the tattooed areas.
- Keeping your skin moisturized helps your tattoo (and your skin!) look more vibrant.