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Lip permanent makeup artist Jeannie Sides, cosmetic lip tattooing resulting in collagen production

The Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup

What’s the Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup? It’s one of the most common questions cosmetic tattoo artists hear from their clients. At a basic level, permanent and semi-permanent makeup work on the same principle- pigment is inserted into the papillary layer of the dermis, which sits directly under the epidermal surface. However, permanent makeup […]

I’ve already tried everything for my vitiligo. Can melanocyte repigmentation help?

Vitiligo is generally felt to be an autoimmune disorder whose symptoms are characterized by a loss of skin pigmentation that can affect any part of the body. Because its causes are complex and multifactorial, it doesn’t always respond effectively or predictably to treatment. Non-surgical medical options for vitiligo typically include topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, controlled […]

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Can a tattoo removal be done for just part of the eyebrow or does it have to be for the whole brow?

That depends on your brows and what needs to be removed. Whether it’s the whole eyebrow or just part of the brow, I can’t weigh in with an opinion until I see the situation. So while yes, it is possible to perform the removal on some parts of the brow and not others, as fine […]

What will my skin look like right after a tattoo removal session?

Just like with a typical a cosmetic tattoo procedure, a cosmetic tattoo removal procedure should not negatively impact your skin in any way when done properly, much less require any significant recovery. Some mild redness and swelling should be expected over the next few hours and should greatly subside after the first 24 hours (applying […]

I use Retin-A around 3 times a week right now; is this something I should stop doing, and if so how long before the procedure?

Long-term, daily retinoid users are advised to discontinue using the product for at least a month especially near the areas where the work will be done because it stimulates the skin to shed at a much faster rate which in some skin can impede the pigment from taking. This is not as much an issue for those who use […]

I’ve heard after the 1-3 years of getting your eyebrows microbladed the color can fade into a brassy orange or dull bluish-gray color. Is this true, or is that only with cheap pigments?

Good question. I have also seen first hand the brassy orange and dull bluish gray color of faded old tattoos so I know exactly what you’re talking about. However it think it might be too simplistic to write off the funky faded colors to “cheap pigment.” Cosmetic tattoo pigment is typically formulated with less than […]

Will I look okay the day after getting my brows done?

Eyebrows typically look stronger and more “done” while they are healing, usually over the first 5 days give or take a day or two. (Added bonus: darker and more strongly defined brows tend to look better in photos even if that’s not often the case up close and in person.) Usually this should not a problem […]

Should I wear sunscreen over my tattooed (or microbladed) eyebrows?

Whether your eyebrows are tattooed or “microbladed” (which means that your eyebrows are still tattooed), either way you’ve made an investment that you want to protect by prolonging its longevity. If you have ever seen body art tattoos on an older person who had clearly gotten those tattoos when they were much younger, you will […]

Can I use LED light therapy on tattooed skin?

LED light therapy (especially blue, red, purple, and yellow) has been shown to be effective for a variety of skin conditions, anti-aging, healing, and pain relief with proper and regular use. Even though it does not share the same wavelengths of light with UV rays that are known to fade tattoo color, the long term effect […]

How do eyebrow extensions compare to eyebrow tattoos?

Given the popularity of eyelash extensions, it was only a matter of time until eyebrow extensions became a reality. And as with any type of extension involving hair, they look fantastic immediately after getting them. But then like a delicate cut flower out of water shedding its petals (because you can’t get your eyelash and […]

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How deep do you go in the skin layers with a cosmetic tattoo?

Assuming we all understand that skin thickness varies depending on different areas on the body and also from person to person (e.g., men usually have thicker skin than women, older skin is typically thicker than children’s skin), pigment for cosmetic tattoo is deposited right below the epidermis (usually anywhere from 50 to 100 cell layers […]

Is there any chance of scarring with tattoo removal?

While all clients need to be informed that there is no guarantee of any certain outcome because of the unpredictability of human skin when it comes to any invasive cosmetic procedure, it’s highly unlikely that tattoo removal will generate scarring if performed properly and the client has been screened as a suitable candidate for the procedure. […]

Why may multiple touch up visits necessary?

Any kind of cosmetic facial enhancement is an art form. Minor differences on the face can be made to give off a different first impression. Where a subtle change or minor tweak can make a person look more attractive and youthful, too dramatic of a change in one area can send the opposite message. Multiple […]

Do you tattoo beauty marks?

It is never a good idea to have a tattoo placed too close to or over an existing mole to create a beauty mark. Any changes that can occur in a mole — symmetry, border, color, size, shape, texture — are potential warning signs that the lesion may be evolving into a melanoma or another […]

How do you work on brows that already look dark and heavy?

Even if someone may seem blessed with dark, thick eyebrows, there may still be noticeable gaps or the shape may not be framing the eyes and face as well as they could be. Giving the brows a boost with a nicer shape and adding extra hairs in areas that are sparse or lacking will give them a […]

Can you do a consultation via skype?

Technology certainly make things more convenient, but as of right now, a good old fashioned in-person consultation remains vastly more helpful than a virtual one. A two-dimensional screen does not allow me to fully assess a client’s skin tone, skin condition, and any previously existing color or condition. (Sorry, but even your best close-up shots […]

What’s the difference between 3D and 6D eyebrow tattooing?

What’s the difference between 3D and 6D eyebrow tattooing is a valid question, however I have no idea what the answer is as I do not claim to perform 3D or 6D eyebrows. As far as I know those terms are not technically accurate descriptions that would be applicable to any tattoo because all tattoos […]

Does an eyebrow tattoo affect future hair growth?

An eyebrow tattoo will not harm any existing eyebrow hairs, as hair growth is mainly affected by hormones, health, and to a lesser extent, nutrition. However in some clients, getting an eyebrow tattoo can possibly stimulate hair to grow in the area that the tattoo is done. When this happens it’s a real added bonus!

Do you do eyebrow embroidery? Or do you only do permanent eyebrow makeup?

If someone could define exactly what “eyebrow embroidery” is then perhaps I could say whether or not I do it. It seems as though it’s a popular term that’s been appropriated by many a technician in the field of semi-permanent eyebrow makeup. Ditto for the term “microblading” and “feathering” (and countless other similarly fabricated terms that have […]

How swollen do the eyes get right after an eyeliner tattoo?

Swelling of the eyelids from an eyeliner tattoo ranges from none at all to somewhat puffy depending on how thick and heavy the line on the upper lid. At most it will be minimal and you’ll look like you’re having allergies. No swelling is expected at all along the lower lash line. For any lash […]

I am interested in permanent eyeliner and have lash extensions. Do these need to be removed prior to the procedure?

Just as you wouldn’t want to be wearing any eye makeup at the time of getting a permanent eyeliner tattoo,  eyelash extensions should also be completely removed (or have all fallen off). The idea is to have the eyelashes and skin around your eyes free of any possible obstruction and non-sterile debris or particles pose an issue when […]

If the skin remains pink for a while after a tattoo removal, is it okay to apply concealer over the area?

Yes, makeup or concealer is fine to use on the new, pink skin that appears after the unwanted ink is lifted out. You can expect the new skin to repigment on its own just as it would if you had injured the surface of the skin and caused a scab to form as the skin healed itself. […]

Does the tattoo removal solution inhibit future hair growth in that area?

Non-laser tattoo removal is a chemical extraction process whereby the tattoo removal solution only targets the ink (regardless of its color) in the skin and does not affect hair growth either way. Laser tattoo removal, on the other hand, targets color and may have the effect of destroying any pigmented hair in the affected area.  […]

How long do I have to stop using an eyelash growing serum such as Latisse®️ before getting an eyeliner tattoo?

According to its manufacturer’s website, Latisse®️ is a prescription treatment to “grow eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker” and side effects include eye itching, redness, and  “increased brown iris pigmentation in the colored part of the eye.” Other reported common side effects include eye discomfort, dry eyes, watery eyes, eyelid redness, or puffy eyelids. Aside from […]

Do you do tattoo freckles?

Thanks to a few beauty icons, some women have longed for prominent, strategically placed beauty marks for decades while intentional freckles seem to be a newer fad. While I have tattooed freckles on trend-setting clients before this service became a popular request, I regret that I no longer have time in my busy schedule to accommodate tattooing […]