Permanent Makeup FAQ’s


What Is Permanent Cosmetics?
Similar to tattoo, permanent cosmetics is a non-surgical technique in which a tiny quantity of pigment is placed under the top layer of the skin. However, unlike tattoo, the objective is a very subtle enhancement of facial features that looks as natural as possible. If done properly, the end result of permanent cosmetics should be similar to the professionally applied makeup, except it will stay on permanently, day and night. Permanent makeup procedures are done under topical anesthesia, the recovery time is typically minimal and the results are visible nearly instantly. Once the skin heals over the inserted pigment, it seals the makeup inside. Protected by the skin, the makeup is care free, waterproof, will not smudge or run and can last for years. Sometimes touch-ups are needed to maintain the vibrancy of the color.

Typically, procedures are done on the eyebrows, eyes and lips. Changing the shape, fullness and definition of the eyebrows emphasizes and lifts the eyes, frames the face, and adds balance and symmetry. Adding a permanent eyeliner makes lashes appear fuller and thicker. Subtle definition can be added to the eyes, making eyes appear larger and more striking. Accent colors may be used to match, contrast or deepen the color of the eyes. Lips can be made to appear fuller and more defined, adding youth and sensuality.

We think most people would agree that the eyebrows can make the most dramatic difference to the basic symmetry and enhancement of the face as a whole. The eyebrows frame the entire face and play a vital role in creating facial symmetry. Not only can professionally sculpted, permanent makeup enhanced eyebrows be used to emphasize and lift the eyes, they also provide balance to the lower portion of the face, often taking years off your appearance. Various concerns such as sparse, thin or naturally very light eyebrows can be addressed by adding fullness and definition without compromising a natural look.
Following an initial consultation, we will be able to advise you on the most flattering shape for your permanent eyebrows given your facial features, enabling the creation of beautiful brows that will compliment your face. You will also be advised on the most appropriate permanent cosmetics application technique in order to achieve your desired result.
The most natural effect is often achieved through creation of individual ultra-fine hair strokes, simulating the illusion of the brow’s own natural hairs. This technique can also be used to thicken sparse brows, giving a more shapely appearance. Alternatively, if you are seeking a look mimicking brow pencil or soft powders, a textured effect can be created through placing a soft veil of color over the brows to add shape and definition.
The initial permanent makeup application requires two visits spaced approximately 3-4 weeks apart. You can expect the enhancement to last anywhere from 2-6 years before a re-touch treatment may be needed to ensure the freshness of the look. Pricing for eyebrows ranges from $550 – $1,000 depending on the type of application (hand tap, coil or digital).

Before and right after (micro-blading, ombre, and block color)









Thinning eyebrow hair is often one of the many side effects of hypothyroidism, a hormonal disease effecting the thyroid and pituitary glands and their production of thyroid hormones.





Not just for women! Many men are looking to correct hair loss due to alopecia. Others have naturally sparse eyebrows and want enhanced appearance.


What can I expect?
First, we will recommend shapes and colors, which are best for you. Next, applying these shapes and colors with temporary makeup, we will show you what the permanent makeup may look like on you. When we find the design and colors that you love and approve, we will put it on your body with permanent makeup. We use epinephrine enhanced state-of-the-art topical anesthetic, so most people find the procedure quite comfortable and experience minimal or no swelling.

Right after the procedure, the colors may look too bright and dramatic. However, as skin heals over the pigment, the colors will begin to soften and blend with your own skin color, creating a more natural look. The shade and intensity of the final color will depend on the color of the chosen pigment as well as color and translucency of your skin.

We offer a complimentary second visit, 6-8 weeks after the initial procedure. During this visit we will add more color, if desired, and add artistic touches for even more natural appearance.

Is the treatment safe?
Permanent makeup procedure does have some risks comparable to those of other minor surgical procedures, skin piercings or a tattoo. The pigment is inserted through tiny punctures in client’s skin. This caries risk of infection. Therefore, sterility of the operating environment is extremely important.

To minimize the risk of infection, we maintain stringent standards of hygiene. All needles are single-use disposable cartridges. All other equipment used during the procedure is sterile and disinfected between each client.

Will the procedure hurt?
While some people feel no discomfort at all, others may find the procedure a little uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics are used prior to and throughout the treatment in order to alleviate any discomfort.

Will it look natural?
During the procedure you will have approval of everything, enabling you to have complete control. Once the pigment color has been selected to match your individual skin tone, hair and eye color, a small amount of the pigment will be placed on the treatment area in order for you to see the color on your skin. The shape of eyebrows and lip liners will also be drawn on with conventional cosmetics prior to beginning of the treatment so that you can gain an impression of the final result. Shapes and colors can be selected to achieve a subtle, fresh and completely natural looking enhancement or, if you prefer, a more intensified or dramatic look.

How long will it last?
Permanent cosmetics may last many years, however, the longevity will vary between individuals depending on a person’s age, condition of the skin and other external factors. I recommend a multi-vitamin with iron and a sun block to help ensure the longevity of color. It is recommended that clients return for a color touch-up procedure within 12-18 months to keep the treatment area looking crisp and fresh.

How are the procedures performed?
Cosmetic tattooing is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method (also called Hand Tap or Non-Machine method); Coil Machine method (a smaller version of the traditional tattoo machine); Analog Pen or Rotary Machine method (most commonly used); and Computerized Digital Machine method (most sophisticated technology).

Categories of Equipment Used for Permanent Cosmetics
The methods and techniques can be performed in different ways using different types of equipment. Type of application used is a factor in permanent makeup pricing. Pricing for permanent makeup ranges from $350 – $1,000 depending on the type of application (hand tap, coil, rotary or digital).

Permanent Makeup Done by Another Person
Recoloring permanent makeup done previously by anyone else is not “just a touch-up” for Elizabeth —she must start from scratch since it was not her original work. And redoing someone else’s work is more difficult if it was done poorly. Therefore, fees start at the new permanent makeup prices. Additional charges will apply if extensive shape and symmetry correction or pigment removal is necessary.

Visitors and Children
CDC-OSHA guidelines do not allow observers in the procedure room. Family or friends can remain in the waiting room if desired. They are also welcome to participate during makeup designing. Illinois law prohibits the tattooing of persons under age 18. The entire office, including waiting room, is not equipped for children or babies. Child care arrangements must be made prior to all appointments.” guaranteed. As such, whether or not a patient is satisfied with the results, there will be no refunds.

Pre-Care for Microblading and Microshading:
To achieve the best results, it is essential that you understand and follow the pre-care, and after-care instructions.

  • Please make sure to bring a government issued photo ID to your appointment. Must be 18 years of age to receive permanent makeup in the state of IL.
  • Do not drink caffeine, alcohol or exercise 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Do not take blood thinning medication, (with consent from your physician) and/or supplements such as Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Aspirin, Niacin, or Ibuprofen 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid intense tanning 1 week prior to your appointment.
  • Discontinue AHA/BHA acids, Chemical Peels, Retin-A, and any eyebrow growth serums 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after to your appointment.
  • If you use Botox, Dysport or Fillers it should be performed 2 weeks prior or 2 weeks after your appointment.