The following after care instructions are for Eyeliner or Lip procedures only:
After Care instructions for Microblading (Brows):
Absorb-the day of the appointment, gently blot the brows every 5 minutes to absorb any excess lymph fluid (until the oozing has stopped).
Wash- Every morning and night, gently wash the brows with the ink soap provided. Using your finger tips and going in a gentle motion. Be sure to rinse off all of the cleanser and gently pat dry with a clean tissue.
Moisturize- Using a Q-tip or clean finger, apply a small drop of grapeseed oil (coconut, almond or olive oil will work, too) to the brow several times a day for one week.
Things to Remember with any permanent makeup procedure:
The treated area will appear very exact, dark and intense for approximately three to six days. What appears to be too dark at the initial visit will generally fade by up to 50% as it sloughs and exfoliates.
Touch ups can be completed no sooner than 4 weeks after your initial visit (this is for eyeliner, lip or blush only). Brow touch ups are done in 6 weeks.
Apply ice packs to area on the first day (up to 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off). Be careful not to freeze the area- freezing the tissue can cause more damage than good. A good ice pack is freezing equal parts water and rubbing alcohol. This allows the pack to conform to the affected area and not over-freeze the tissue.
Do not pick at any scabs or pigment...this can cause a scar!
The first initial visit is your saturation visit. The touch up visit is your focus visit, allowing me to perfect the brow, liner or lips.
Permanent Cosmetics can last anywhere from 2-10+ years depending on your skin, sun exposure, habits, etc... A color boost can be done years later to freshen your look.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Day 1: Swelling, tender, heavy thick lipstick look with a reddish-brick color.
Day 2: Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a slight metallic flavor.
Day 3: Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling.
Day 4: Exfoliation begins...very chapped lips.
Day 5: Very chapped but almost finished with the first chapping stage.
Day 6: A soft, rich color begins to appear.
Day 7-13: Lip color disappears and the “frosty” (2nd chapping stage) begins as a whitish/grayish haze on the lips.
Day 14: Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21.
Day 21: Healing process complete; the color you see is the color you will have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two. Using a good lip balm helps.
Day 1: Swollen like you have been crying, with heavier eye makeup look.
Day 2: Swollen, usually for only a few hours after waking, with heavy makeup look continued.
Day 3: Swelling decreases with a tight feeling. The pigment begins to flake away from the skin.
Day 4: There may be a “pinching” feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. DO NOT PICK AT IT.
Day 5: Blinking movement of the eye usually removes all excess pigment by this day. Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color.
Day 1: The eyebrows are approximately 20-50% darker and bolder than they will be when healed. They are especially dark immediately after due to oxidation.
Day 2: Condition remains the same.
Day 3: Eyebrows start to itch.
Day 4: Exfoliation begins; the skin begins to flake, you may see pigment flaking off.
Day 5: Color finishes flaking off...brow will continue to change and soften in color for the next 5 weeks.
LONG TERM CARE TIPS
Pigments will naturally fade over time, especially if you are deficient in iron, but there are things you can do to slow down the process. You will want to plan to touch up your Brows as needed (Lips and Eyeliner tend to last a little longer due to the implantation process).
Sunscreen everyday, even when you aren’t in the sun...indoor light can fade pigment too. I recommend Coppertone SPF 50 Tattoo Stick on brows and lips. (Amazon).
Tinting your brows (wait at least 6 weeks after touch-up)...this is an option. Pigment sits under your brow hair in the skin, so if your brow hair is light it will cover your pigment. Even brunettes can benefit from a brow tint now and then. I recommend Refectocil (Amazon).
Keep foundation off your brows. It won’t hurt them, but because the pigment is in the skin and not on the skin you will need to apply your foundation AROUND, not on, your brows- or simply clean the makeup off your brows when you are done applying. You can also add brow powder or gel to give yourself a more intense look if you like. My goal is to give you a natural “Saturday morning” look, not a “Saturday night out” look.
Avoid the permanent makeup area when having peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments or anything of the like. Retinoids and acids can also fade the pigment faster.