Permanent makeup boutique

‘Eyebrow tattoo and permanent makeup will give you the confidence to look your best all the time.’

FAQ’s

you will find Cosmetic Creations at 26-30 Spring street, level 6, room 603, Bondi Junction (Sydney)

What is permanent cosmetic make up?
How is it done?
How long will it take to recover?
How long will it last?
Does it hurt?
Do I have a choice of colour?
Can I get the exact colour I use with a pencil?
All about Black Eyeliner
What else do I need to know regarding eyeliner?
Colour bleeding, allergies, tanning, cosmetics, teeth whitening
What do I do for after care?
Anything else?
What are the pigments made from?
Can permanent make up be removed?

What is permanent cosmetic make up?

First it is called different things, from cosmetic tattooing, permanent tattooing, semi permanent tattooing, micropigmentation, to embroidery tattooing etc…..The procedure involves the implantation of tattooing pigments into the dermal layer of the skin (underneath the top layer called the epidermis) to either create a design or improve a condition or correct an already existing design.

How is it done?

The procedure is performed using different devices of choice. It can be the same tattooing machine as a body tattooist or a lighter machine shaped like a pen using sterile, disposable needles and parts which are disposed off afterwards in a special container.

The inks used are manufactured to be used on the face and are made from iron oxides , the manufacturers mix colours to imitate the make up colours you buy at the cosmetic counters.

Because the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the colour through a thin veil of skin. When a procedure is completed the colour will be darker than the final result. This is because there is colour in the epidermis and the dermis. The colour in the top layer ( the epidermis) will flake off during the healing process and the end result will be lighter.

How long will it take to recover?

Everybody heals at a different rate and it can be between 5 days to 10 days. Immediately after the treatment , the colour is darker, the design bolder, there is some swelling for eyeliner like if you have cried, for a thick eyeliner or for people with very thin skin , there can be slight bruising, so bring sunglasses, for brows sunglasses can be helpful if you have not got a fringe. Lips also involve swelling, greater for full lip colour than for lipline. Swelling usually disappears within a couple of days. You must let me know if you are considering lip tattooing if you have a history of cold sores

How long will it last?

Lasting effects vary according to the colour implanted, your skin type and your cell renewal, your lifestyle, if you are on medication or not, what kind of skin care you use, and wether you use a sunbloc on a daily basis , whether you work under fluo lights .the darker the colour the longer it will last.certain dark colours will be visible for ten years. Natural , delicate looking colours do not last as long and very light colours do not last a long time, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of the sun, swimming and breakdown by the body ‘s natural responses. There is no guarantee in regards to how long the pigment stays in the skin, as too many outside factors interfere.

You may want to freshen up your new make up every couple of years, giving it a boost of colour. Special prices apply for boosts ( touch ups) of colours to all of Michele’s clients. For example within 1 year, 1/3 of the current price applies. Within 2 years , 2/3 of the current price applies. After 2 years, full price applies

This policy does not apply to hair strokes: Within 1 year, 1/3 of the current price applies. Within 1 and 2 years, ½ price applies ( treatment recommended to all hair stokes clients) hair strokes require regular maintenance like dermal fillers etc. After 2 years full price applies.

Does it hurt?

Very effective , anaesthetic creams developed specially for cosmetic procedures are applied prior to the treatment, making the treatment almost painless. A slight discomfort is felt when the stencil is marked, like a bit of stinging. You will not have to miss work or take time off to recover if you don’t want to , however the full lip procedure involves more swelling and you may not be comfortable at work depending where you work and whom you work with

Do I have a choice of colour?

Definitely, there is a wide choice of colours and shades. I can also blend, mix, darken, lighten, a colour for you.

Can I get the exact colour I use with a pencil?

Achieving an exact match would be a bit difficult, make up sits on the skin, cosmetic tattooing is implanted under the skin and will appear differently , being affected by your skin undertones, whether you tan or use sun beds , whether your skin is oily or not, so many different reasons that affect the tattooing.

All about Black Eyeliner

When it comes to eyeliner this is one of the most common questions asked. All blacks contain blue and as they fade they eventually look bluish, greenish or greyish. It can happen immediately after the healing is complete or months or years after. The best way to try to avoid this is to use black/brown pigments or add orange to the mixture before tattooing , however it is not 100% successful. Skins with strong yellow undertones turn the tattoo green. Black mucosal eyeliner looks very black like khol immediately after the treatment but will end up looking charcoal after the healing process over. More often than not it requires 2 treatments at 6 weeks interval. At every opportunity I trial new products but so far none of them have remained pure black.

What else do I need to know regarding eyeliner?

In a small percentage of people , eyeliner can spread under the skin and create a smudge.It is rare but can happen in spite of the fact that I take every precaution to avoid it. It is the responsibility of clients who choose to have tails, connecting top and bottom eyeliners.

Colour bleeding, allergies, tanning, cosmetics, teeth whitening

Colour bleeding can happen around the lipline, it is rare, it can also happen with dark pigment colours.

Allergies are rare 1 in 200,000.00 people , patch testing is recommended , but sometimes allergies can happen 2 or 3 years later, same as with food, you could be eating strawberries or shellfish all your life and one day you become allergic to these foods.

Sun exposure and tanning beds will fade out your cosmetic tattoo, darkening of lip tattooing has also been found on people with olive skins, Glycolic acid peels, retin a, lasers with fade out and even remove cosmetic tattoos as well as some cortisone creams. If you are using retin a, you will need to cease using it 12 weeks prior to the cosmetic tattooing.

Teeth whitening can fade your lip tattoo. A lot of home kits for teeth whitening have been taken off the market as they contained too much peroxide and were burning clients gums , also doing the same thing when clients were having their lips anaesthetized prior to lip tattooing. You cannot give blood for a period of 12 months after any tattoo. You must be at least 18 months of age to receive a tattoo or have your parents with you.

What do I do for after care?

A small tube of Bepanthen cream (blue box) must be purchased from a chemist and be brought with you the day of the treatment. An after care information sheet is given to you and explained immediately after the treatment.

Anything else?

You must tell me if you are pregnant, or on any medication, vitamins, if you are being treated for a medical condition, or if you are planning cosmetic surgery. You must obtain a letter from your GP if you are an insulin dependant diabetic, use blood thinners ( cartia, warfarin, aspirin) or have any heart condition. You must tell me if you have a tendency to keloid and if you do have keloids on your face.

Any moles, freckles must be checked by your GP prior to being tattooed.

You must stop all vitamins 1 week prior to the treatment as well as taking any blood thinning medication like nurofen, aspirin .if they are prescribed by a doctor check with him before. These vitamins and medications make you bleed and make the treatment difficult sometimes impossible and impair the results. If you suffer from cold sores you must be treated with valtrex.

Starting 1 day before you see me for your lip tattooing. 3x 500mg tablets must be taken at once and sometimes 3x500mg must be taken on day 2. Valtrex is available by prescription only, so make sure you go to your gp well before the treatment time. Should you have any problem in obtaining a script from your gp contact me immediately .

Bring your favourite pencils (eyes, eyeliner, lips) on the day of the treatment. Bring some make up if you want to freshen up afterwards. Bring your sunglasses!

If you need an mri tell the technician you have had cosmetic tattooing and where, new equipment rarely causes any problem.

What are the pigments made from?

Most of the pigments used in the cosmetic tattooing industry are iron oxide, titanium dioxide, some pigments are mixed with carbon for eyeliners and some originating from china, are made from carbon only, some originating from india are called indian ink. I purchase my pigments from the world’s most reputable companies from europe or usa who have very high quality control. Most pigments are inorganic, some lip colours can be organic. Pigments are coloured powders suspended in distilled water, alcohol and glycerine.

Can permanent make up be removed?

It can but it is a lengthy, costly procedure. Several treatments may be required and long periods of recovery are involved in between treatments . So choose well and invest time and money in getting a properly trained professional, too many people go to cheap operators and suffer the consequences for years to come, hence my saying: “good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good”