What Is Semi-Permanent Makeup?
It is an exciting new beauty procedure, in which permanent pigment is carefully placed into the skin’s dermal layer. The pigment is made from natural iron oxide and is hypoallergenic with no fragrances, moisturising agents, or other ingredients added. Your preferred pigment colour is implanted into a lower layer of your skin, where it can remain for up to 3 years. The pigments I use are virtually limitless in colour choice and are non-reactive too, making them perfectly safe. My pigments have been approved by doctors and written about by many respected beauty writers.
What Type of Procedures Can You Offer?
Eyeliner and eyelash enhancement - a fine, soft, and natural line can be crafted to add depth and definition to your eyes, making your lashes appear thicker. Colour and thickness can be personalised and normal makeup can be applied over the eyeliner for a more dramatic or dynamic look.
What Sort of People Have It Done?
Professional or career women who perhaps have little time for applying makeup every day are the most likely, or those with allergies to cosmetics. Women and men with hair loss due to alopecia or who just have very sparse hair growth. Women who enjoy athletics or have oily skin which sheds makeup easily. Entertainers, actresses, models, and other artists. Women with vision issues or contact lens wearers. Any woman who wants to look good all the time with minimal effort.
How Would I Know Which Colour to Choose?
Starting with a palette of basic pigments, virtually any colour can be mixed to complement your natural skin tone. I work with you, discussing your preferences and making suggestions to help craft the look you want. This custom design makes sure your semi-permanent makeup suits your desired look and works for you.
What If Styles Change?
As a semi-permanent makeup professional, I never do anything that is too avant-garde or too risky. I use colours that are customised to complement your skin tone, eye, and hair colour, giving you a soft, natural look. If the need arises, the colours you chose can be changed at any time by blending in another pigment over the original.
Is It Expensive?
Not if you look at the long-term cost of normal makeup and the outcome you achieve. It perhaps costs more than one year’s normal makeup bill, but much less than 2 – 3 years of daily makeup expenses and the loss of your time this takes too. Also, it isn’t water soluble and doesn’t run or wash off. It also makes the most of your natural beauty. It’s what you’ve been waiting for!
Does It Look Natural?
Yes, very natural – your facial features look more defined and radiant and your friends will never know what the difference is in you, unless you tell them of course.
How Long Will It Last?
The pigment will naturally fade in time although it may never disappear totally. 2 - 3 years is normal, although there is no guarantee, as each person reacts differently, and your lifestyle is a major contributory factor. A visit to my salon is recommended every 12 - 18 months to keep your eyebrows looking great. Eyeliner and lip liner normally last much longer.
Does It Hurt?
There is usually minimal discomfort, although this can be minimised. I use topical anaesthetics to greatly reduce discomfort and promote your relaxation. Some clients feel nothing except a prickly sensation, some feel a little more, it depends on each client.
Is There a Chance of Infection?
Safety is my priority and at all times I adhere to strict sterilisation procedures. Only new, sterile, disposable needles are used and I open these in front of each client, this ensures your complete safety. I have been highly trained in this procedure and I maintain exacting standards.
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
Healing takes between 4 and 7 days – depending on the procedure that you choose to have done.
What Is the Healing Period Like?
On the second day after a procedure, a light crust or scab will form which is dry to touch, this will fall off in a few days. During this time, the pigmented area may look a little darker than the colour you decided on but this is entirely normal. Once the crust/scab flakes off, it is common for the colour to lighten by up to 30%.
How Soon Can I Go out?
Straight away! The colour may appear a little darker than usual for the first few days and the crusting is hardly visible, and usually not noticeable.
What Is Your Booking Policy?
All new clients will be required to book at least 24 hours in advance, to allow time to come for a patch test. An essential £20 deposit is needed on semi-permanent makeup appointments. This can be paid online at the time of booking or at your consultation. 24 hours notice is required to reschedule, otherwise, the fee is £20.
Is HD Brows a Permanent Treatment?
No, like standard eyebrow shaping and tinning, HD brows are a semi-permanent treatment. Results will last for 3 - 6 weeks. Over that time, your brow hair will grow back and you’ll need to come back to have it reshaped. Likewise, the tint will fade over time.
One Final Point
A lip liner procedure may sometimes cause a herpes cold sore outbreak because the skin has been traumatised. However, this only usually occurs if you are already a sufferer. To prevent this outbreak, a herpes prescription can be taken for 5 days prior to having the procedure.
How do I look after my new eyelash extensions?
Always arrive at your appointment without eye make up. This is very important as it means your lashes will be dry and the best bond can be achieved.
Never use mascara on the day of your appointment. If removing eyeshadow/liner after work really focus on those eyelash roots! If any trace of mascara or oil remover remains on the eyelash when you arrive at your appointment… your extensions won’t last past two weeks.
Please wash your hair prior to your appointment if you need to as you won’t be able to get your lashes wet for 24hrs.
Gym Bunnies: Please reschedule any exercise plans for 24hrs after your appointment.
The 24hrs following the application of eyelash extensions is critical to their longevity. Although your eyelashes are dry when you leave us, the glue is not cured so you must avoid water for 24hrs.
When washing your face/showering during this time frame: avoid water coming into contact with the eye area. The final reason is water could allow the extension to move from its perfect placement! So wash your hair (if you need to) before your appointment and be careful when cleansing your face.
Sauna/Steam/Bikram/Pools do need to be avoided for 48hrs.
When cleansing please do not let cotton anywhere near them, it will hook onto the base of the lash and tear it free: face wipes, cotton pads and flannels should be avoided. Simply use an oil free, gentle cleanser or baby shampoo and lightly massage the make up away with your eye closed. Splash some water and then pat (don’t rub) dry with a towel underneath your eyes.
We provide you with a comb to brush them out: Just brush the tips if you feel they need it, don’t go to the base as you risk unhooking that seamless bond we’ve spent ages perfecting. Following exposure to a lot of water i.e shower or swimming your lashes may need a quick comb. They dry quickly but if you wish to speed up the process you can dry them with your hair dryer on the cool option. Use the lowest power setting.
Please don’t use mascara on your extensions: Your extensions are designed to look long and natural without clumps or smudges. It will also mean we can’t rebalance your extensions and they will shed very quickly.
This may sound like a lot of work but you’ll actually find your new eyelashes save you so much time!
Once you’ve gone through the eyelash extension aftercare routine once you’ll see how easy it is to enjoy (and protect) your eyelashes.