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SENSITIVITY TEST - Once you have made an appointment, a sensitivity patch test will be sent to you in the post to carry out at home. You must do so at least 48 hours prior to your appointment.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PERMANENT MAKEUP APPOINTMENT - No alcohol or caffeine intake for 24 hours before your appointment. Wash your hair on the morning of your appointment. Attend with your normal makeup on.
Before your appointment
CONSULTATION - Your skin texture and tone will be assessed for appropriate pigmentation methods and colour selection. We then spend some time brow 'mapping' - this is determining a shape for your brows using your facial features and various measuring tools. The consultation and mapping can take between 30 minutes - 1 hour. We want to ensure you are happy with the colour choice and new brow shape before we proceed. Choose between microblading, hairstroke, shaded or a combination brow.
THE TREATMENT - time to lie back and relax whilst the treatment itself takes around 45 minutes - 1 hour 15 minutes.
after your appointment
LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEW BROWS - Avoid anything that will cause you to sweat or get wet in the treatment area for a minimum of 2 weeks (including sunbed, sauna, swimming, excessive exercise). Expect your brows to change appearance as it goes through different stages of healing, including a 'patchy/flaking' appearance around days 5-11 (this would be the time to avoid any parties/events!)
SCHEDULE YOUR RETOUCH -for best results of pigment retention, a second appointment may be recommended after 6-8 weeks at a discounted rate
Other Brow Questions Answered
What is the difference between permanent brows/semi permanent makeup for brows and microblading?
There are two tools available for use in the application of permanent makeup: 1) the permanent makeup (PMU) machine and 2) microblading - hand manual tool without power.The permanent makeup machine is more versatile. Similar to a tattoo machine, lines and shading can be created as pigment is deposited into the skin. The machine is seen as less trauma to the skin than microblading.The microblading method must graze the skin open in order to deposit pigment and usually this is done in lines to mimic hairstrokes.
How do I pick between a machine treatment or the microblading method?
Rachael will ask what you want to achieve and assess your skin type to determine which method would give you the best results.
I'm not sure what brow style I want to go for
Rachael will ask you questions during your consultation to help you to decide which style you'd like to go for - hairstrokes, shaded or combination of both. Usually, the hairstroke brow looks more natural, whereas the shaded brow gives more colour density or a pencilled in look.
Is it permanent makeup or semi permanent makeup?
The words are interchangeable around this topic and both terminology would be correct. As far as science is concerned, the pigment implanted into the skin is deemed as permanent, as the molecules of the pigment remain in the skin (until you seek a removal e.g. laser, chemical or saline). However, the colour and definition of the pigment fades over time hence the word 'semi' permanent (good for keeping your makeup suited to our ever-changing faces) and to keep the colour fresh, a one-stage boost appointment is recommended after approximately 12-18 months depending on how quickly yours fades.
Who can have permanent makeup/semi permanent brows/microblading?
You must be 18 years old or more, not pregnant, and you must disclose any health issues, medications or known allergies to your artist.
Can I book if I have had permanent makeup before, elsewhere?
Please send clear photos of your brows prior to booking, so we can assess whether we are able to place more pigment. In some cases whereby you are unhappy with the previous shape (too big) or colour, it may be necessary to seek a removal service first. We do perform colour corrections as long as your skin is not oversaturated with pigment.
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