WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING? +
Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation, is the process of implanting colour pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup, or to enhance the natural features of the face.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC AND BODY TATTOOING? +
The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to colour and shape over the years as client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.
WILL IT HURT? +
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during each procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of your session. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.
HOW LONG DOES COSMETIC TATTOOING LAST? +
Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. If left untouched and unmaintained, microblading can last anywhere from 1-5 years, depending on each individuals skin and lifestyle.Scalp micropigmentation can last much longer if proper care is taken. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skintype will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We re-evaluate how skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary. Multiple sessions are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 1 month after the initial appointment. Additional sessions will be charged according to our current pricing.
WHAT FACTORS WILL EFFECT MY TATTOO? +
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your tattoo. The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds. The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold. The choice of colour: Some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour. The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure. Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT? +
If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you are used to. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. We require our clients to avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoice SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure.
WHEN SHOULD I GET BOTOX/FILLERS? +
You can get Botox & fillers 2 weeks prior to your appointment or 2 weeks after your appointment.
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I HAVE ALLERIGIES? +
Yes! Please email us with super CLEAR photos of your tattoo so we can recommend the best course of action to achieve the best results for you!
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED? +
Two treatments are usually needed for each new client, at least 4-8 weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient, though a touch-up is always recommended to achieve optimum results. With most clients, the colour will be a lot lighter after the first session. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, we will assess the colour retention and make any adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.
HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER MY APPOINTMENT? +
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear a little darker and bolder than your healed result for the first few days. You may experience some slight redness, but this usually dissipates within 10-30 minutes after your tattoo. There is never any swelling, bruising or bleeding. The boldness will gradually lighten during the complete healing process, for more information please view the detailed aftercare HERE.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE? +
A good sunscreen should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep colour true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the colour soften faster.
Fading speed depends on your skintype, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure.
If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.
CAN I EXERCISE AFTER GETTING TATTOOED? +
You can definitely keep exercising, we usually recommend to take it easy for the first few days and just ensure you do not allow ANY sweat to come in contact with your freshly tattooed skin!-
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING? +
We are able to tattoo you whilst breastfeeding, though as a precaution to avoid any complications, we do NOT perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women.-
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF IM ON ROACCUTANE? +
Unfortunately no, you must have been off Accutane for at least 12 months. We recommend talking to your doctor for the best information for your personal circumstances.-
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I USE RETINOL? +
You MUST stop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it for the 2 weeks following your appointment.-
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE? +
You must be 18 years old to get any tattoo.-
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT? +
All booking is done through our website. Please refer to the booking page for more information, or click HERE!-
HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT? +
A deposit is required to book an appointment and will vary depending on your service and artist. Pricing of deposits are all listed on our booking website. The deposit is non-refundable and goes towards the total amount of your appointment. Please review our cancellation policy on our policies page for more information on this.-
CAN I BRING A FRIEND WITH ME? +
Of course! You may bring one person with you to your appointment. Our studio is quite small and has a limited amount of seating and a very relaxed vibe. Please be mindful of other artists working and other clients. We are also unfortunately not able to accomodate anyone under 18 due to tattoo studio laws.