Permanent Makeup FAQ

Who applies the permanent cosmetics?

All our procedures are applied by Barb Perez who is a NY State licensed and certified technician in Permanent Makeup. Additionally, Barb is an experienced makeup artist with advanced training in makeup artistry and years of experience in the micro pigmentation field.

Who benefits from permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is a beautiful investment in yourself and is ideal for anyone who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. Active people who want to look their best for activities without worrying about sweating it off or reapplying cosmetics and for anyone who wants to conserve time on their makeup routine. Because Barb is also a master in makeup artistry she will work with one’s facial features to determine optimal results in the shape (especially critical for permanent eyebrows) as well as a careful color selection that will be the most flattering for your skin and hair tones.

What if I want to change my makeup?

Barb will work with your natural facial features to enhance them to their fullest. This natural, flawless look allows you to apply cosmetics over your “Permanent Makeup” for color variety.

How long does the procedure take?

The topical anesthetic takes 20+ minutes to numb the area. The procedure itself takes approximately 1-2.5 hours contingent upon the area being treated. This includes the initial outline that will be drawn and shown to you for approval prior to any pigment being applied.

Is it painful?

A topical medical grade anesthetic is applied prior to each procedure to eliminate any discomfort. Every client is different, some will feel vibrating or scratching, and some will feel nothing at all. Barb is very sensitive to a client’s discomfort and thus does her best to make your experience as pleasant and relaxing as possible.

How safe is cosmetic tattooing?

We must follow strict hygiene and sterilization procedures that conform to OSHA and CDC guidelines. By using only disposable tools, our clients know that anything that touches them has never been touched anyone else. For clients with sensitive skin, a test patch may also be performed.

What is the recovery time?

You can go back to work right after the procedure. But you may have slight swelling, particularly if having the lip and eyeliner area treated. The initial color looks 20-30% stronger than the final result. We recommend applying bacitracin during your healing period. Small scabs will form which will fall off naturally during the 4-7 day healing period. An aftercare form will be provided upon service completion.

How long will results last?

Some clients will need a touch-up or “color refresher” in 2-5 years, depending on the original color selection (darker colors tend to last longer). Results will vary by age, skin tone, exfoliation process, sun exposure and degree of care taken to maintain the procedure.

Will permanent makeup fade over time?

Exposure to sunlight or UV light will fade permanent makeup to some extent. Also, the use of glycolic, Retin A, and facial lasers will have effects on permanent makeup. However, with proper care, your permanent makeup will last for years. Upon your consultation, Barb will review with you everything you need to know for optimal long-lasting results.

How are the colors and shapes determined?

We offer a wide array of colors to suit your color preference, as well as custom blended colors perfected by Barb. The exact colors and shapes you desire will be fully discussed during your consultation.

Can I change the shape and color after initial application?

Yes. We recommend all new clients to return to our clinic for a complimentary “perfection check-up.” This second visit allows our clients to decide if their color and design is the permanent look they desire. During this complimentary touch-up visit, Barb will sometimes add or slightly change a color, or even balance and enhance the initial details. Rest assured, we won’t stop until you are satisfied as that is our Uptown Girl guarantee!

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