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PMU 101

You want to see photos and pricing! But it's also important to know HOW AND WHY, I DO WHAT I DO.

So, go ahead and look at my portfolio and pricing pages! Then, come on back and read this and the other pages to get a realistic view on what permanent makeup can, and cannot, do for you. How to prepare for it... How to care for it...  And what the pitfalls are... Be sure to READ as much as you can - to gain understanding and become a well informed consumer!

I hope to convince you that almost any person who wears traditional cosmetics is a potential candidate for permanent makeup, even for the most discerning of women!  All we have to do is approach it in a conservative manner!

WHAT YOU CAN DO... There are a few keys to consider before taking the plunge into permanent cosmetics and you should:

  • Be willing to plan this out
  • Be willing to educate yourself
  • Understand that all procedures are not created equal. If your sister's brows turned out PERFECT, yours may not!  
  • Be willing to follow all instructions
  • Have the patience to see the process through to the end!  This means be willing to quit when it looks "good", then return for follow up procedures to PERFECT!!  
  • Remember, that I said: Permanent Makeup is a Process! Because some colors heal in darker and stay in the skin longer... while other  colors heal in lighter and fade faster on others. Unfortunately, there has not been a "what you see is what you get" pigment invented -  which means there is just no way to guarantee exactly what yours will look like, how much it changes or how long it will last.  
  • Understand that SOME people will have immediate, fantastic results - while others will need more attention and subsequent sessions to make the necessary adjustments.
  • The higher the expectations, the more followup sessions it will take.
 SO NOW, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF PERMANENT MAKEUP?

You are either all for it, not sure or totally disgusted with the idea. Of course, those feelings are going to be largely based on your own past experiences or on what you've actually have seen.... whether it be the your friends beautiful work - or on what you've seen on line... Some good, some bad, rarely excellent.

First, let's try understand is WHY this field has such a weak reputation, with often horrifying results. I think it boils down to three reasons:

REASON # 1:

The "ART" of Permanent Makeup is not currently regulated in the State of Texas! REGULATIONS in this field are way to lenient. ANYONE can LEGALLY pick up a tattoo machine and work on you - with or without certification. The ONLY "law" currently in place is that it must be done in a licensed facility.

How is licensing obtained? You BUY one... To get a license all you have to do is send the state money to pay for licensing the structure where you will be working. But this ONLY licenses the FACILITY, not the technician. There is currently NO standard of testing that is required by law to assess the skills, knowledge and abilities of each technician or artist... And those plaques on the wall are also very easy to come by. Beginning and Advanced Certificates (even mine...) can be acquired by taking a course that can be completed in a week, or less! And don't be too impressed with that portfolio either... unless you KNOW it is original work! Some courses actually sell PORTFOLIOS of before and after pictures to use until you can build your own (which is wrong, in my opinion!).

REASON # 2:

The appeal of earning a relatively large sum of money in a fairly short period of time is a huge draw for some! And understandably so! But because of REASON #1, people who have no idea how to draw end up being sucked in by "opportunity" before even realizing how much skill is required to create good results. So if your area of expertise, does NOT require an ability to draw - you should probably stick with what you excel at... Especially for those in the beauty scene who excel at doing nails, hair, facials - and even some doctors and nurses take a try at it.... Some can pull it off if they are artistically minded and who move conservatively. But most fail miserably when they destroy a few faces and realize it's much more difficult than it seems to get a beautiful outcome... and end up saying, "oooops", when they realize it's actually a difficult and unpredictable task. Then they end up quitting - because their heart's not in it and it's just not within their scope of talents to continue...

Even a well respected, trusted, and successful plastic surgeon could wreak havoc behind the needle if they have not had proper exposure and experience in TATTOOING!! Trust me, I've seen the result of THAT arrogance! I've worked on
repairing the bad work and broken emotions done by one who actually said to his patient...

"It's a tattoo! How hard can it be?...

THIS IS HIS WORK... THIS IS MINE...
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Has it become clear
yet WHY there is so
much bad work out
there?

People (even well meaning
doctors and nurses) can
underestimate the skill set
that is required to do good
work.

And great work takes years
of practice to refine...

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It's unrealistic to think you can get substantial practice in - if you are busy with primary occupations. A person with a Phd shows artist... so be careful of trusting someone's title, alone! This current system allows well meaning, but "unskilled" people out there doing work that REAL TATTOO ARTISTS don't even attempt until they have reached full understanding of all the proceses, which can take years under an apprenticeship! So here we have people who are allowed to almost instantly offer a new service to thier clients, which appears to be pretty lucrative. Especially for the amount of time invested in each procedure... .This puts a lot of unskilled "technicians" out there, that do not have the skill set necessary to do quality work on a professional scale.

So what kind of bargain is it to find cheap work if they destroy your face? Then all they can say is, "sorry", when they suddenly realize it's actually a difficult and unpredictable task because it's a process beyond thier capabilities. So they end up quitting, and you are left hanging.

Choosing a Permanent Make-up Specialist is very important, so make sure you do some research before you trust just anyone with your face. Ask to see a portfolio with many before and after pictures, and ask to see their certification before making a final decision... And remember... Never base your decision on price alone! clear yet WHY there is so much bad work out there? People under estimate the skill that is required to do good work. And great work takes years of practice to refine...

I realized what effort it would take a long time ago and made a decision to NOT seek a job to help me make it through tough times. I stuck to doing this full time... because I want to be the best in my field!

REASON # 3:

Some people are candidates, some are not. Some skin takes well, while other persons skin does not...(and all this is this website). this website). No wonder people are scared to death! But eventually, I hope to convince every woman that wears makeup, that she CAN have a beautiful foundation to serve as a natural looking starting point for regular makeup - and to never again have to be caught totally bare faced... Now, I know there are some who are just born naturally beautiful and don't need any help from me at all. But to those who suffer from no brow hair and faded features... I can help! So here is where we start... UNDERSTANDING!
Having a clear concept of what your needs are and what I can do for you takes understanding on MULTIPLE KEY POINTS! This, is your ticket to beautiful results & your ultimate satisfaction! So please read on.

GOOD PERMANENT MAKEUP is very hard to find... (Because it's not so easy to do!) It takes years of hard work and consistent dedication in order to master your skills and produce exceptional results.

Also, did you know that the whole field of tattooing is (for the most part) unregulated? I am not in favor of the government regulating every area of our lives, but what doesn't make sense to me is that I had to attend school for a year to work with hair and another year to become a massage therapist... Yet all I HAD to do to get into this field was purchase a license - Ok! Well that worked out GREAT for me and a few others who actually have some talent. I was very easy for me to start a new career... But on the flip side - that wide open door also makes it very easy for ANYONE (regardless of talent) to get involved...

"Reputable" Tattoo artists have more understanding (maybe even more integrity) than almost anyone who starts out doing Permanent Makeup. They just DON'T turn out "new artists" after offering a weekend course. They require apprenticeships which demand many months, sometimes years of training before they allow a new artist on the floor. And do you think any one with no artistic ability would even THINK of becoming a tattoo ARTIST? Probably not. But since most people don't think of PMU as "art", they jump in thinking they can swim...

So I think the POWERS THAT BE, (for some reason) have long been content to just consider this an art form that takes place between the artist and the client - and at the client's own risk. There are no EDUCATIONAL GUIDELINES, there is NO TEST, no STANDARD or BAR to legally meet... In reality, a licenses mean nothing other than the government will have a list of those tattooing (legally) and will inspect to make sure OSHA guidelines are being followed - NOT what is being produced - art wise!

Certificates really mean nothing (when you can essentially BUY them by attending a weekend workshop, without even being tested on skill. The same person who is about to butcher someones face can have the SAME certificate as the person
who really does beautiful work... Fair? No!

So what happens? People there are many well meaning people who get excited and decide to add this "specialty" to their menu of services. And, because the requirements are so flimsy, we end up with people in the field who have no business being
there. Plus, they are up and running within a week. Some people are lucky enough to have been born with a natural knack for it. If not, they mess up a few faces and quit when they begin to recognize that good/great permanent makeup is driven by a certain level of artistic skill.

Actually, in the beginning of my career... I too, was one of those well meaning people who was allowed to jump into this field with only the knowledge that my first training classes taught. I didn't know HOW TO TATTOO.. But, at least, I DID
KNOW HOW TO DRAW and PAINT! Because of that, I had an advantage over many I've never destroyed anyones face during my learning process. I just knew that I had finally found my niche because I have a natural gift for creating beauty. Luckily for ME, it didn't take me long to master the machine!

The idea of PERMANENT MAKEUP either appeals to you or it does not!  

Of course, this feeling is going to be largely based on past experiences or on the beauty or horrors of what you've seen on others or on the internet, right?  I've outlined some main points to  consider BEFORE committing to having PMU applied, and BEFORE settling on where you go... (Here's a NUTSHELL LIST... Each point is explained in more thorough detail below).

#1:   PERMANENT MAKEUP IS UNPREDICTABLE:  

Because it's art. And each artist has different abilities. And this art is meshed with YOUR living, moving, changing human skin.  And further - success depends on good after care as well as blending well with your own skin pathology!

#2:   BECAUSE OF #1, A VERY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH is best.

#3:   FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS ARE A MUST to obtain fine detail.

#4:   NOT EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE.

#5:   YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AFRAID OF PAIN OR THE FINAL OUTCOME.

#6:   IT WILL AFFECT YOUR LIFE...  IN A POSITIVE (OR NEGATIVE) WAY.

#7:  NEVER LET NON ARTISTS WORK ON YOUR FACE!

 


 

#1: ALL PERMANENT MAKEUP IS AN UNPREDICTABLE PROCESS

And the higher your expectations are - the more sessions you will need. WHY? Because this is ART, that is meshed with living human skin - that not only relies on me doing a good job, and you taking good care of it... it also relies on how your body heals - which we have little control over! There are many variables to consider that all play in to the end result. My job is to relay these variable to you so that you understand why I use a very conservative approach. This understanding between me and my clients has been the cornerstone of my success. In order to get soft beautiful work, it must be done in stages. This way, TOO MUCH is rare!

 #2: BECAUSE OF RULE #1 ~ I am conservative!!

I believe this is the cornerstone of my success. When planning your permanent cosmetic experience, I cautiously approach my work in stages! I make every effort to build a platform that will support the most beautiful results possible. But even though it's still not realistic to EXPECT perfection after just one visit, my clients are typically very happy with their results because I go to great lengths to relay proper expectations. Because they understood the complexities such as:

 I have learned that there is a VERY FINE LINE between just enough, and way too much - permanent makeup. And I recognize that this line is different for every person who walks through my door.

  •  Apply too much and well, YOU KNOW!
  • Apply too little, and what's the point?
  • An eye for beauty
  • A steady hand,
  • Artistic expertise
  • Quality equipment
  • Dependable Pigments
  • Professional & clean environment
  • Years of experience
  • An ability to communicate and determine what "YOUR" idea of beauty is!
  • What if you wanted to display a beautiful family portrait in your home... Would you ask someone who CANNOT DRAW – to do YOUR painting? Probably not! But since you already know that there will be definite contrasts in pricing and quality,you would probably want to research all of your options, compare (actual work) from artist to artist, then settle on the one who suits your style and needs?
  • And the time and aggravation it will save, will be realized day after day when you no longer have to struggle with losing the brows you spent so much time trying to perfect every single morning. You now have perfectly placed, worry free makeup... and the assurance that your beautiful new face will still be with you, even after a long day on the lake!
  • I can guide and advise you for the style and direction but I can do a better job if you bring some information to the table. Like, tell me what you, personally, find beautiful. In the end you are the only person that can state your preferences. Regardless of my skill level, no one can tell you what you think looks good! So, we'll work together to get you where you want to be! You'll be involved in making every little decision (with me) throughout the entire process! NO SURPRISES at the end when you look in the mirror.
  • So, if you are strictly shopping price, you may get lucky and find satisfactory results somewhere else. Or you may end up with someone who doesn't even know how to use a stencil. And what if the stencils are ever SLIGHTLY misplaced? Think back on the times when you plucked just ONE too many hairs... and you suddenly realized that you made a huge mistake. The same thing can happen in reverse when ONE STROKE is tattooed out of place.

I was originally taught to apply MORE than what looks good in order to compensate for future fading, and to assure you, that it will fade. (Then hope it fades enough to not look so painted on...) But the problem with that is knowing exactly WHEN to stop. By applying more and more, you run a greater risk of over-applying. So, I felt that I should develop a different approach. So far, my better judgement has worked like a charm. I just STOP when it looks good!

From that point, the pigment WILL heal in a little too light, but future sessions will compensate for that, instead of over applying.... This way, there will never be too much - and you won't have crazy brows when you walk out the door! The downside of a conservative process is that doing it this way almost guarantees that follow up visits will be needed.

 So, why not play it safe from the very beginning!

 PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND & AGREE THIS CONCEPT, are almost always happy with their results and don't mind making the investment in their face which will end up saving lots of time every morning. I believe that this has been the cornerstone of my success. My clients know and trust that I will do my best to out-perform my last procedure. Yet they understand the process and realize that in order to get soft beautiful work, it has to be done in stages. This way, no one gets TOO MUCH!

 ON MY END... The elements that need to come together that you will benefit from are:

 I loosely plan my strategy with the intention of trying to get as close to perfection as I can. I figure that will create the best results and I will develop a good reputation! But realistically, I want to set the following plan in motion so we can both rely on realistic expectations!

 FOUNDATION SESSION (This phase is like baking the cake)

 FOR BROWS, AREOLA & SCAR CAMOUFLAGE: These procedures take a higher degree of artistic ability in order to make brows & areolas to look realistic or scars to look perfectly camouflaged. Which is why I will apply a light, baseline coat of pigment in order to create the main structures. Later dimensional strokes will be added to enhance a more realistic appearance.

EYELINER AND LIPS: Each requires a slightly different technique than brows. Skin in these areas is different. Sometimes even rubbery, so more pigment might be applied at first session than on other procedures. But, we still don't want to overdo them, because too much trauma to the skin at once can create scar tissue that will be hard to deal with later on!

FOLLOW UP SESSION (Like: Icing on the cake)

In 4-6 Weeks, You'll return for your next treatment, where I will :

TOUCH UP THE FOUNDATION -

Now that I know how your skin responds, I will be able to tweak the color if necessary.

LAY IN THE FINE DETAIL -

Sometimes, I can get some detail in on the first session. But it always looks better when the skin around it is not too chewed up.

 PERFECTING SESSIONS (Like: Decorating AND adding the last candle!)

As time goes on, you will know if further work is necessary. If you do, just call for an appointment. If you are uncertain, feel free to schedule a complimentary assessment. If you need more work, I'll show you where and why... If you opt for another perfecting session, the price will be $149. If you request extend the treated area on to "new" skin, the process starts over for that area. IF not, you owe nothing. I will need to take final photos during this appointment.

TOUCH UP THE FINE DETAIL -

If you are satisfied with how things are looking, we have no more work to do! If we decide that further touch-up is needed, we will do that at this time.

 Pick Plan A or Plan B:

 A: THE ONE SHOT WONDER (Sort of like a Basic Cake) Some people may only be able to have one session with me, for whatever reason... To those I ask, would you rather lean toward too little or too much color? Then I try my best to get it right - one time! This normally turns out just fine, but it does NOT give me the chance to refine the work... which is a bummer for me because the beauty - really is in the detail... and I lose the chance to show it off.

B: CREATIVE LAYERING (More like a Beautiful Wedding Cake) Follow-up visits ensure the best possible work. You NEVER have to feel self conscience over your appearance and we can totally bypass that TOO DARK stage as you heal. We do this by layering the color as an artist would do in a painting. This is really the best way to get crisp detail, while we create a masterpiece!

 So can you see why creating BEAUTIFUL Permanent Cosmetics becomes a delicate balancing act? It needs to be strong enough to LAST, yet soft enough to look NATURAL! How could one not approach this line conservatively?

 Here are a few examples of the variables that make Permanent Makeup such a concentrated effort:

 The intensity or lack of intensity, desired by each client... has to be effectively communicated to me. My idea of light/dark may differ from yours. We have to be on the same page... The depth of placement of pigment will help determine how long it will last, but will not necessarily keep you from future touch-ups, because pigment colors shift and fade over time...Aftercare is crucially important following the procedure. It's very important that you realize that the care you take during the healing process, does affect the outcome...If you don't apply enough ointment during the healing process - you'll loose pigment. If you apply too much - you loose pigment. So you have to always follow the instructions for proper healing. Your immune system could reject some of the pigment. In worst case scenarios, your body could reject ALL particles...Excessive muscle tension during a procedure could cause poor retention of pigment... so you need to be relaxed. As hard as I try to avoid this ...there could be a miscommunication between me and a client. Some people still experience extreme disappointment if perfection is not achieved after the first visit. While other have more realistic expectations and understand there is more work to be done. Clients that exhibit extreme levels of expectation levels are met with more caution of perfection is conveyed, the more careful I am = more follow-up sessions! These, and other unknown variables make it impossible to predict a perfect outcome

 The main difference between this process and traditional tattoos... is depth of pigment placement. "Tattoos" which are meant to be bright, bold and last forever! Permanent makeup should be done more delicately, in order to avoid an obviously harsh look and allow for changes and adjustments to occur - as aging progresses.

#3: CONSERVATIVE APPROACH NEEDS MORE FOLLOWUPs!

Almost always requires at least two follow-up sessions, six weeks apart. And because this is LIVING art, that depends on MULTIPLE variables like artistic abilities, conscientious aftercare and how well the body decides to heal it all in! In addition, the various colored pigments are all derived from many different origins, and each are metabolized differently from person to person. Since there really is no way to guarantee the end result - I treat EACH session as experimental because each client presents a new challenge. So I prefer to move cautiously! Especially with EYEBROWS! Because there is a VERY FINE LINE between just enough and too much!

Through discussion, we will come to a point where we decide what YOUR needs are - and from there we develop a plan. It is always wise to set your expectation level toward improvement, not perfection. Once you get to a satisfactory point in the procedure, its usually best to leave things alone, let healing take place -then re-evaluate the results when healed, and make further adjustments later...because... "PERFECTION IS THE ENEMY OF A JOB WELL DONE!" Meaning, sometimes its best to stop while you're ahead. Trying to get that final tiny tip on the end of the eyeliner - when the skin is too chewed up - could result in more of a blob, than a fine point. It's better to leave it and hit it again at the beginning of your next session BEFORE all the swelling kicks in.

Being well informed IN ADVANCE will help you make an INFORMED DECISION prior to your procedure. And when it comes time for a followup, you take it "with a grain of salt"! Because you have been educated...

DO I REALLY NEED FOLLOW UP SESSIONS? Yes... And there is something else you should know, in advance, before selecting ME to do your work.... Because of the varying dynamics involved in applying permanent makeup, I deliberately apply pigments with a conservative approach in mind. This means that occasionally, the initial procedures may heal in somewhat light and possibly a little sketchy in areas. THIS IS NORMAL for my style of work.

#4: NOT EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE. YOU KNOW THE STATE OF YOUR HEALTH BETTER THAN ANYONE...

If you have ANY medical issues that you feel MIGHT be would be a contraindication, then I suggested you get clearance from your doctor. Refer to Risks & Contraindications for more information.

#5: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AFRAID!

Because I deliberately apply a little bit at a time... this process should significantly reduce, or totally eliminate your fear factor, Subsequent sessions are done on an as needed basis, at a pace that will not scare you to death. We'll inch our way into a beautiful creation, at a slightly slower pace, rather than just trying to cram it all in - all at once!

#6: IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

No more worries about missing brows, smudged eyeliner or fading lips! There are many other benefits to permanent makeup as well! Read more on my BENEFITS page!

#7: NEVER LET NON ARTISTS WORK ON YOUR FACE!

Even for a talented artist, it takes a good long while to learn how to get ART to look good in someone's SKIN! This is especially true for eyebrows! If there is ever any question of a person's level of skill - just ask them to draw an eyebrow on paper. Then ask yourself if you want that one on your face.

 Choosing a Permanent Make-up Specialist

So make sure you do some research before you trust just anyone with your face. Check reviews on line, ask to see a portfolio with many ORIGINAL before and after pictures that were performed by them - AND ASK FOR REFERRALS - before making a final decision... Licensing and Certification are important, but that does in NO WAY reflects true talent... as explained in the column on the left side of this page! And remember... Never base your decision on price alone! You don't want to end up paying more to repair bad work. SO, BEFORE YOU ELECT TO RECEIVE ANY COSMETIC TATTOO PROCEDURE - THERE ARE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW - PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT!

For starters, I think that ALL technicians have a sincere desire to do well... And most would love to promise you absolute perfection after just one visit. The reality is... it's a difficult task mainly because of the HEALING aspect. Example... if you paint or draw a picture - it's there and doesn't change like it does in LIVING tissue, which moves and changes things a bit. It either allows the pigment to stay, or it gets kicked out altogether - or somewhere in between. We never know what it's going to do. Occasionally, perfection happens after just one visit. But that's usually because ALL factors played in your favor. But, you really should have more realistic expectations. Which means, that most of the time, 2-3 SESSIONS are required to complete the whole process! This is considered "NORMAL" in our field and to understand why this occurs, you need to consider quite a few factors. Cosmetic tattoos are applied with a softer touch, using softer colors than are regular tattoos! The downside to all this "softness" is this... There is absolutely NO WAY to determine exactly how much color will be retained from person to person! We just know we don't want your eyebrows to look stamped on!

Why? Because we are dealing with human skin! Once pigment has been placed into your skin - it still has to heal in properly! Some pigmented areas heal in just fine, while other areas get kicked out. In extreme cases where a person has certain medical condition and/or on medications - the pigment may not take at all. Also, it can heal perfectly or can appear patchy. We can never be 100% sure what the outcome will be...For this reason, I feel it's best to approach the whole experience in a very conservative fashion. Taking this route will take a little more time, but it will definitely produce more beautiful results in the end. And you'll never have to be embarrassed by that TOO DARK SCARY BROW that comes around the corner before you do!

2. Depth of placement: Since your pigment is not mechanically implanted by robotic measures with the ability to measure the depth of each cell - some of your pigment can be placed slightly deeper or more shallow in areas. This is not always apparent during the session due to swelling and the redness which makes everything look darker... After healing takes place, you will see areas that may need a little more tweaking and can be taken care of on subsequent sessions.

3. Areas of placement: Areas such as EYELINER and LIPS may lose more color than other areas (like the brows) due to the moisture content in those areas. These areas also tend to get wiped more, which can cause even more pigmentation loss.

THE ACTUAL PROCESS

STARTING THE PROCEDURE:

After the numbing process, I will test the skin to make sure it has responded appropriately to the numbing agents. If you need more time, we will wait. As the procedure begins, I will make a few identifying marks (tiny specks) to indicate the designs dimensions, then I start layering in the base colors first. I never use the "outlining" techniques. I find they create an unnatural appearance, and I prefer to use feather strokes instead.

 DURING THE PROCEDURE:

Some technicians will NOT let you use a mirror during a procedure. I don't know about you, but I think I would go insane wondering what is happening to my face. So, I feel it is important to let you see what is happening, if you want to. As long as you know that we will be going through some awkward stages before completion... At several points during the session, I will ask you peek into the mirror to check that we are on the right track BEFORE we get too much pigment packed into the skin. It normally looks "undone at this stage, because it is! So don't be scared, just enjoy watching your face come to life. I do understand those who do not want to look, and want the surprise at the end.... That's OK too. Immediately following the session, your face will be cleansed, then photographs of the work will be taken to show the final results.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROCEDURE:

Initially, the treated area will appear a little too dark and swelling occurs due to the release of lymphatic fluids and histamines that flood the affected region to kick start the whole healing process. Eyebrows don't swell significantly enough to be noticeable... Eyes swell to different degrees from person to person. The swelling is temporary and subsides within a day or two. Cool compresses are recommended to reduce swelling and help hold pigment in place.

HEALED:

As the areas begin to heal, the epidermis layer collects and then exfoliates dead skin cells as new cells are generated. As the dead skin cells in the epidermis layer of the skin begin to slough off, tiny particles of pigment that have been trapped in the epidermis are also discarded with the dead skin cells. When the total process is complete, the treated area will appear much lighter because only the pigment in the dermis will remain, which is now covered by new skin cells.

Lips show the most dramatic pigment color changes! Lip tissue does not have pores or oil glands, so they are the first to expel excess pigment. You can expect to loose from 50% to 70% of the applied pigment within three to four days after the initial procedure was performed. Lip procedures can require one to three follow-up sessions depending on how much color is retained and the depth of color still desired by the client.

 The skin is thicker in the eyebrow area and retains more pigment. You may expect to loose 15-35% of the applied pigment.

FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS:

ALMOST ALL TECHNICIANS IN THIS FIELD RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES AS A MINIMUM. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A CONSERVATIVE ROUTE, IF YOUR SKIN IS RESISTANT OR YOU ARE VERY FAIR:

BROWS - Need At LEAST 1 FOLLOW-UP SESSION. More may be required depending on your skin and level of satisfaction.

EYELINER - Needs 1+ FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS are required depending on your level of satisfaction. .

LIPS - 3 SESSIONS are normally recommended for Lip Procedures to "take" due to the excessive moisture on the lips. . Some people may even need more, while some need less.

COLOR BOOST: Maintain your NEW LOOK with a COLOR BOOST every 1-5 years - as it becomes necessary.

BE SURE TO ASK ABOUT THE TOUCH-UP PACKAGE DEAL THAT IS AVAILABLE TO HELP REDUCE COST OF EACH FOLLOW UP VISIT, but is recommended only in extreme cases where people want to move very cautiously.

 JUST AN FYI . . .

Some people wonder if your lashes or natural brows will fall out as a result of having permanent makeup done...The answer is this: NORMALLY, NO! If the tattoo is performed correctly, and not too deeply it does not normally cause harm to the hair follicles. This depth is approximately the width of a dime. An inexperienced technician might go deep enough into the skin and destroy or damage the hair follicle. So just stay out of that person's chair! : )

I REALIZE THAT YOU CAN GET A BETTER PRICE SOMEWHERE ELSE... BUT IT IS REALLY A BETTER DEAL? Before dismissing high quality work because of pricing issues, remember that every technician has a different approach and different levels of dedication to their clients. A few are great, some are good; others are just scary and should NOT be doing this type of work - at all. I've seen work that should be considered a criminal. (I am not exaggerating.....). And I would imagine, that people who put less value on their work will want to move people in and out much faster - just to get on to the next deal.

Do you really want to go with cheap? Also, think about this when trying to justify the cost... What do people pay for a skilled stylist who knows how to deliver beautiful results? You go there because of how they can transform your hair. You drop a couple hundred, Then what happens next? Your hair grows out. Then every 3-6 months - you have to do it AGAIN. Which adds up to a lot more by the end of the year - and every year. But permanent makeup can last for several YEARS. Comparatively, this is a much better value! NOTE: If you cannot afford the procedures that I offer, I will be happy to discuss options that will help ensure that you get what you deserve. So please don't let pricing land you in the chair of someone offering a better deal, if they can't match in performance. The cheapest price may bring with it deep regret... but THE BEST deal of all, is the one that lights up your face with an amazing smile - and no regrets!

So, before dismissing high quality work because of pricing issues, remember that every technician has a different approach and different levels of dedication to their clients. A few are great, some are good; others are just scary and should NOT be doing this type of work - at all. I've seen work that should be considered criminal. (I am not exaggerating.....). And I would imagine, that people who put less value on their work will want to move people in and out much faster - just to get on to the next deal.

Do you really want to be rushed? So please give careful thought to what goes into creating beautiful results and consider the following points:

How much MORE does good art work matter - when the work is being done on your face? Because you can't just throw it in the ATTIC! : )

JUST GIVE YOUR DECISION SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT...