Frequently Asked questions
Emporium Beauty Specialists
Below is a list of some of my most frequently asked questions. While I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible, I understand that you may have questions not addressed here or may require further clarification on some of the points raised. Please feel free to call me or contact me directly via facebook or instagram if you feel your question hasn’t been answered below.
What Is Permanent Makeup?
Many of my clients have the perception that permanent makeup is the same as a tattoo. While there are a lot of similarities between the two, permanent makeup provides a lot more subtlety and variation than traditional tattooing methods. Firstly, permanent makeup is applied to the dermis level of the skin, meaning that pigment is applied to a more superficial, surface level of the skin than tattoos. This is why, over time, permanent makeup will gradually fade into the skin while tattoos will not. Also, the pigment used in permanent makeup is not as strong as tattoo ink and is again designed to fade into the skin.
Working on this more superficial level allows for a greater compexity of styles to be achieved. I can create incredibly detailed, natural looking hair strokes or lip lines that mimic naturally applied makeup to a far greater degree than block tattoos. Permanent makeup is designed to create the most natural looking effect for each individual client, using the unique contours of your own face to acheive the most amazing, unique results possible.
How Long Will It Last?
The length of time your permanent makeup lasts can vary on an individual basis due to a number of factors including skin condition, retention rate and how well the work is cared for after the treatment. As a general rule of thumb, most permanent makeup will be visible from between 2 and 5 years. Refresh top ups are recommended ever 12-24 months, with most of my clients achieving at least 18 months of retention before top ups are required. This is to keep your permanent makeup looking its best.
Does It Hurt?
If you are worried about pain during the procedure, you are not alone! One of the first things every potential client wants to know is whether the treatment hurts. I have had a lot of anxious clients over the years, but their worries soon fade as the treatment begins. Of course, pain thresholds differ from person to person, but the majority of my clients only experience mild discomfort during the process. My number one priority is ensuring client happiness throughout the treatment and I will constantly check to ensure you are comfortable at all times.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
Again, this can vary slightly from client to client, but I always allow up to 2 hours for initial eyebrow treatments and up to 3 hours for initial lips and eyeliner procedures. Any additional top up sessions will take up to 1 hour. Please allow for up to the maximum of these time limits when making appointments.
How Many Appointments do I Need?
Your Permanent Makeup Procedure is split up as follows:
This is a short, 30 minute appointment where we discuss your expectations, run through health questions and perform a small patch test.
2. Initial treatment
This is where the majority of the process will be completed and can take up to 2 to 3 hours depending on the procedure
3. Essential Top Up
This session usually lasts up to 60 minutes and is designed to perfect the procedure. This session takes place around 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment.
Please note that refresh top ups (usually required around 18-24 months after treatment) only require on 1 session and last around 90 minutes.
Does Permanent Makeup Scar?
When performed correctly by a highly trained and skilled professional, permanent makeup will not create scarring. Your permanent makeup artist should know the canvas they are working on very well; the skin. They should know the precise level of pressure to apply to maintain skin safety while achieving optimum results. It is also important, however, for all clients to follow any aftercare advice given by their artist to ensure that the healing process does not impact skin quality. This includes avoiding irritating or picking the skin while it is in its healing stage.
Are There Any Restrictions On Having Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup can only be performed on those aged 18 and above. It cannot be performed while pregnant or breast feeding, if you have uncontrolled diabetes, while undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy or for upto 6 months after taking skin medications or after any auto-immune diseases.
If you are unsure as to whether you qualify or would like to discuss other potential issues, this can be covered in your no obligation consultation where I will complete a full health questionaire and leave time for us to chat about anything else you feel may be relevant.
Is Permanent Makeup Hard to Look After?
I provide every client with full and comprehensive aftercare advice along with a care pack which includes cleanser, balm and other healing aids. Looking after your permanent makeup is neither difficult or time consuming, but all advice must be followed to ensure that your treatment looks as good as it can be. If you have any concerns at all during the healing process, I am always here to offer advice and support.
I Would Like My Permanent Makeup Completed in Time For My Holiday/ Special Event. When Should I Have The Procedure?
Ideally, your first consultation session should take place around 3 months before your event. This will ensure plenty of time to complete your initial treatment, allow 6-8 weeks for your essential top up and allow enough time for your treatment to have settled into its final healed state. If you are lucky enough to be going to a sunny climate, please be aware that strong sun can affect the healed outcome if your treatment is still in the healing process. This can be helped by applying a special factor 50 aftercare cream which I can provide if needed.
Do I Need to Take Any Time Off Work for The Procedure?
There is no need to take any time off work or make any changes to your daily routine. When your initial treatment is completed, the size, colour intensity and any potential swelling will be at their highest, but not in an unphotogenic way. As an example, below is a picture of combination brows taken directly after the treatment. The colour saturation will gradually soften by around 40% over the course of 2-7 days.
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