What is permanent makeup?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. Permanent makeup cosmetics is a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup upon waking in the morning and often times throughout the day. It is a state-of-the-art technique of permanently applying makeup via intradermal micropigmentation. Properly applied by an experienced technician, permanent makeup will be more natural and realistic in appearance as compared to conventional cosmetics.
Is it safe?
YES -- Michelle Campbell is Licensed and Board Certified Medical Micropigmentation Artist with the state of Oklahoma. Michelle is a trained professional in the medical field with a 4 years of pre-med studies at the University of Central Oklahoma under her belt. She utilizes a 100% single-use, disposable system for each procedure. Her methods of permanent cosmetic application are controlled, gentle and safe as she is a member the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals.
Does it hurt?
Very little, if any, discomfort is experienced during the procedure. In fact, the great majority of her clients describe the sensation as a "'tickling" feeling. The anesthesia Michelle uses is of a superior grade and is extremely effective.
Will it look "natural"?
YES -- It will look more natural than your own conventional make-up. Unless you tell somebody you've had it applied, they'll never know. Michelle uses several different techniques to create "natural-looking" hair strokes for brows, with natural age-defying shapes. Michelle has been a makeup artist for over 14 years and specializes in "natural-looking" makeup. Michelle is very precise will use her artist's eyes to create the natural beauty of her client.
Michelle is also currently a professional Master Xtreme Eyelash artist, Threading, Waxing, Microblading, and HydraFacial MD Medical Facials.
Her rich and creamy organic pigments create the most natural shades. Several different methods of permanent cosmetic application are often used during your procedure in order to provide you with the most beautiful results. You can choose between a very dramatic look or one that is soft, powdery and subtle, including the popularly sought-after " lash line" look for eyeliner.
What is the healing period like?
Most of her clients are immediately able to return to work or their other daily activities immediately following their procedure without any embarrassment or discomfort. Her exclusive-blend of superior-strength anesthesia prevents unsightly swelling and bleeding while providing a rapid, healing period for her clients.
For approximately 5-7 days following the procedure, you will need to apply a thin film of ointment to the procedure site. During this healing period, you will notice the color soften into your skin.
How many applications are needed?
Generally, two applications are needed in order to achieve full satisfaction with your desired look. However, many of her clients are fully satisfied with just one application. If a second application is desired, it is scheduled approximately 6 weeks after the initial procedure.
How will I know who is a qualified technician?
It's crucial that you thoroughly investigate the technician's work and experience prior to scheduling a permanent procedure. Be sure to check and see her license and qualifications.
Often, I have great difficulty applying my eyeliner. It usually ends up too thick or it ends up uneven. How will the permanent eyeliner look?
Truthfully, it will look sensational. A very conservative approach is used for those who are unsure of width or color. The second application may be used as an opportunity to add more fullness or color, if desired. Permanent make-up can be applied very evenly, precisely and smoothly.
How long does a procedure take?
Including the consultation, paperwork, and numbing time, the average length of time for one procedure is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The second application is usually l hour or less.
May I choose my own colors?
Definitely. Colors and shades are custom-blended to match your favorite pencils. However, should you later decide upon a different color, she can either lighten, darken, or even the change the color at that time. As an expert in the field, a different color choice may be recommended, based on a personal color analysis. Although the final color choice is yours, she strongly recommends natural shades. With each procedure, only fresh and safe ingredients are used. Their rich and creamy pigments are of the highest quality and have an excellent reputation because they look so natural.
I'm allergic to most makeup, especially eye makeup. Will permanent makeup be safe for me?
Absolutely. Many women choose permanent eyeliner as the solution to their sensitive eyes. Say "good-bye" to watery, runny eyes and smeary makeup forever! However, a patch test is recommended.
How much does a permanent procedure cost?
Her permanent cosmetic procedures generally range from $400.00 to $1300.00 (Corrective procedures are generally more expensive, and are individually priced). Make absolutely certain that you understand price is actually one of the least important questions to ask in your search for a technician. A single, misplaced line may alter and detract from the beautiful features of your face.
Often, corrective work is very costly and requires extensive work. There is nothing more important than using extreme caution before selecting a technician. Make sure that she has many years of active experience, because in this business, there is no margin for error, as she is permanently altering the appearance of your face.
What if I don't like the way it looks?
If the artist is truly experienced and focuses on a "natural" look, you will be very happy with the results. However, it is important to know that depending on the pigment used, not all permanent makeup can be bleached outwith lasers, and is truly permanent.
How long does permanent makeup last?
Permanent cosmetics are permanent in that you will always have a permanent marking on your skin. However, over time, you will notice a gradual softening of color occuring each year. Many women feel that this is advantageous, as they feel that their permanent makeup will age with them.
"Color enhancements" are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed.
What is the Permanent Makeup Process?
1. Consultation Appointment – All consultation are done at Lash Couture physical location. Out of town clients are welcome to do a FaceTime/ Viber/ Skype consultation prior to booking a procedure date. 50% of procedure amount are due on the day of consultation if the client pass the medical history paperwork.
2. Patch Test (optional for Pigment): If the patch test needed, the cost is $50
3. Procedure Appointment, at the appointment:
- * Sign the Release Form.
- * Color match
- * Draw the desired shapes ( eyeliner, brow and lips)
- * Numb the desired areas with a medical grade numbing cream prescibe by the Doctor our license is under.
- * Start the procedure.
- * After finish the tattooing your permanent makeup, we will apply a thin coat of after-care product to your new permanent makeup. The permanent makeup procedure is now done.
* After-care ointment used to sooth and to protect your new permanent makeup while it is healing at home is available for purchase. Please ask to pre book your follow up appointment
- Follow up appointment: 4- 6 weeks from initial procedure is complimentary. Any appointments after 6 weeks is $100.00 for a follow up touch up up to 8 weeks only. Fees for additional touch ups are listed under services.
Why does permanent makeup fade and body tattoos don’t?
First of all, permanent cosmetics are a form of cosmetic tattooing and should be thought of as being “permanent”, the same as one thinks about traditional tattoos on the body. Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower rate due to several different factors. For instance, body art is generally covered up with clothing most of the year and is not excessively exposed to the UV rays which fade cosmetic tattoos on the face. Also, the skin on the body is much more dense as compared to facial skin, which is much thinner and again, influencing the degree of color retention. Listed are some other factors which cause permanent makeup to fade: body chemistry; cellular turnover - rejuvenation, etc. ; anti-aging products applied directly over the permanent makeup; choice of color applied (i.e., lighter colors will fade quicker than darker colors); and exposure to sunlight (hence the suggestion of wearing an SPF over your permanent makeup); and also, the technician’s choice of pigment(s) used, as well as her experience in applying permanent makeup.
I have already had permanent makeup done in the past and it didn’t work on me, why?
Again, this is another reason why it is important to take the time and thoroughly investigate your choice of permanent makeup technicians before “settling” on someone based on geographical convenience or pricing. The technician’s experience is key as she must understand and practice proper techniques necessary for pigment retention. Also, find out if your technician “specializes” in permanent makeup…or is this a “sideline” job for her? As in most things, the more experience, the better. Go to a “specialist”.
I have already had permanent makeup done and I am unhappy with the results, what can be done now?
Feel free to contact Michelle Campbell for a complimentary consultation and expert advice.
How long does it take for permanent eyebrows to fade?
On average, it takes 2-6 years for permanent eyebrows to fade.
This mainly depends on application method and pigment color. The hand-held application method is much more delicate and thus, will fade faster. If the pigment is a light color, it will fade faster. This is due to our skin’s self exfoliating mechanism that occurs every 28 to 45 days. To preserve and prolong the appearance of permanent eyebrows, it is important to use gentle cleanser, to not over-exfoliate, and to use sunscreen thoroughly.
Are there any risks involved?
The treatments involve implanting pigment into the skin, so these are invasive procedures; there are risks as well as benefits. As with any invasive procedures risks can include allergic reactions, undesired results, misplaced colour, infection or scarring. Any risks are minimised due to full adherence to all Health & Safety guidelines as well as the highest quality training.
How quickly will the skin heal?
Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. After the initial three days, the healing skin will begin to gently flake off and the treated area will lighten. In some cases it may be too light therefore to achieve the best possible results for you, it’s advised to attend the re-touch appointment (free of charge) to refine and perfect. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment, however, its advised not to drive after an eyeliner / lash enhancement, in case your eyes are a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
Do I need to take time off work after my treatment?
Not unless you choose to do so. You should be able to get straight back to work immediately after your treatment. Your return to work might be affected following the Lash Enhancement or Eyeliner treatment if your work requires you to drive immediately after treatment. Driving immediately after eye procedures is not advised; therefore you should make alternative travel arrangements.
Is there anything I will need to avoid doing after the treatment?
It’s recommended not to apply traditional makeup, expose the skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture, kiss, or apply certain petroleum-based ointments immediately after your treatment. Also it’s advised not to drive immediately following eye procedures. The lip area will be sensitive and to avoid the risk of infection. We do not recommend any food or drink, touching the area immediately post the procedure. We would advise not to “bite” on your food but rather to use a fork. We will also provide you with sterile straws for your drinks to avoid anything touching your lips. These requirements are explained in full in your aftercare advice; you will receive a printed copy post treatment.
What if I decide to have plastic surgery at some stage?
No problem. The procedures are done conservatively, respecting the natural lines and features of the face.
Can I have laser hair removal after a treatment?
You must inform your laser technician that you are wearing Permanent Cosmetics prior to the treatment and they will act accordingly to accommodate for this.
Laser hair removal can fade and change the shade of your lip and brow treatment if conducted around the same area.
Can I go on a sunshine holiday immediately after my treatment?
Strong sun can impact on the success of the result during the immediate healing phase. Its recommended that you leave 4-6 weeks between your final re-touch procedure and your holiday.
Why chose Microblading?
Microblading is another term for cosmetic tattoeing. It is also known as eyebrow embroidery, hair stokes techniques, micro stroking, feather touch and hair like strokes is a form of permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.
How is Microblading is performed?
Microblading is performed by depositing pigment superficially in the upper region of the dermis with the use of a hand tool with attached needles fused together in a curvilinear grouping, and may involve the use of a machine with a specially devised hygienic needle cartridge. Similar to permanent makeup brow treatments using a machine, the Microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking. However, over time the strokes can blur and fade and will need to be refreshed.
1. How long does it take for permanent eyebrows to fade?
On average, it takes 2-6 years for permanent eyebrows to fade.
This mainly depends on application method and pigment color. The hand-held application method is much more delicate and thus, will fade faster. If the pigment is a light color, it will fade faster. This is due to our skin’s self exfoliating mechanism that occurs every 28 to 45 days.
To preserve and prolong the appearance of permanent eyebrows, it is important to use gentle cleanser, to not over-exfoliate, and to use sunscreen thoroughly.
2. Is it worth it to have permanent eyebrows done?
Permanent makeup is certainly an option worth considering. It accommodates those who lack the skill of penciling-in their own brows, for those who are allergic to makeup product, individuals with a busy schedule/lifestyle, and for cancer survivors.
Eyebrows frame and define the face, and when applied correctly, the results definitely show the strengths of its merits.
3. What is the different between Microblading and Machine -Application method?
The overarching difference between the two is that Microblading is the process of pressing and dragging the application pen, whereas Machine-Application taps the application pen atop the skin’s surface. Machine-Application is preferable for those who do not want to come back for touch up once a year.
The Microblading pen consists of a row of fine needles that penetrate the skin simultaneously when pressed to the skin’s surface. While pressing down, the pen is dragged along the skin, essentially creating a column of light incisions. For these reasons, Microblading is not the right method for every skin type.
The Machine-Application method, also utilizes a similar pen. However, the pen is not dragged across skin, but is instead tapped gently atop the skins surface, avoiding the drag-incision making.
4. Is Microblading a new method?
No, Microblading has been around for decades, if not more. Early permanent makeup utilized this method greatly. It is the emergence of branding that has advertised this method in a sensationalist way.
Will I need to remove my eye makeup for the treatment?
Yes, you will need to remove eye makeup prior to any eye treatment. However, please wear your usual makeup for the appointment so Michelle can see your style.
Should I bring my favorite eyeliner pencil?
You can but you don’t have to. If you wish a particular colour tone of eyeliner pencil to be replicated, please bring it with you to the treatment. This will help to custom blend an appropriate Permanent Cosmetics pigment.
I’ve had my lashes tinted / permed, can I still have an eye treatment?
It’s advised that any eyelash tinting or perming should be carried out at least a week before, or two weeks after the treatment.
I have sensitive eyes and I’m worried about blinking and my eyes watering during the treatment. Is that an issue?
This is not a problem; it’s actually a normal concern by first time clients but nothing to worry about. Your eyes will be closed the entire procedure time.
Will my eyes swell a lot after the treatment?
They may, it is different for everyone but the swelling is relatively minimal and usually lasts for up to 12 to 24 hours after the treatment. Ice packs can be used to minimise this.
Will I need to arrange someone to drive me home after having an eye treatment?
It’s possible that your eyes could be a little watery after the treatment. As you are advised not to drive yourself following any eye treatments, please arrange alternative travel arrangements.
Will my eyeliner look very dark after the treatment?
The colour intensity will be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the treatment. The look can be compared with an evening eyeliner look. This will subside and become lighter as the skin heals. This process can take up to 10 days.
Can I apply mascara after the treatment?
It’s advised to wait until the treatment area has healed before applying makeup on the treated area. If you have had an eye treatment new mascara is also recommended.
Should I bring my favorite lipstick?
If you wish to achieve your favourite lipstick look, please bring it with you to the consultation. Michelle will help you find the matching color or similar.
Can permanent cosmetics cause cold sores?
No, Permanent Cosmetics do not cause or create cold sores, however, if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the body and can be aroused by the treatment.
I have a history of cold sores, can I have a lip treatment?
If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) it’s advised that you contact your General Practitioner to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks, or obtain and use your regular medication from your local chemist. You should begin using the medication one week before and continue one week after your treatment. This will help to minimise an outbreak.
I have a cold sore on my lip at the moment; can I have a lip treatment?
No. The lips must be fully healed in order for a Permanent Cosmetics lip treatment to be performed.
Can I have a lip wax or bleaching treatment before a lip treatment?
Yes you can but a lip wax or bleaching treatment cannot be undertaken for at least two weeks prior to your Permanent Cosmetics lip treatment.
Will the lips treatment hurt?
Topical numbing cream is used throughout the treatment, to minimise the discomfort but lips can be a little more sensitive than brows or eyes. This is due to the larger surface area and greater blood supply.
What will my lips look like immediately after the treatment?
You may experience some swelling and redness immediately after the treatment. After this you may experience tenderness, flaking, dryness, swelling and redness for approximately 2-5 days after the treatment. If you are feeling less than 100% healthy it may take longer for your treatment to heal and symptoms may appear more prominent.
Are there any foods I should avoid after the treatment?
If you have had a lip treatment, you should avoid eating spicy, food that contain citrus and salty foods until the area has healed. You should also drink liquids through a straw and eat all foods with a fork to avoid any possible infection or discomfort.
Are you concerned about permanent makeup and MRI's?
Please visit www.MRIsafety.com.
If you have additional questions that is not covered by the information provided above email Michelle directly at LashCoutureOKC@gmail.com. She will be happy to answer any questions.