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FAQ

Can I get Ombre brows over old permanent makeup?

  • Yes you can if the old permanent makeup is faded. If not, the technician can try to correct over but probably she/ he will widen the shape if it is possible. If the old permanent makeup has strong beginnings, then it is not possible to create Ombre brows effect.

Is it painful?

  • Yes the client can feel discomfort but we numb. Everything depends on the deepness the technician works, pain tolerance, numbing strength. There are two types of numbing – primary and secondary. We always recommend not to use primary anesthesia as the retention of color is better and the skin is not so tough, slippery so it is much easier to do the first pass of treatment without numbing. The first pass duration is about 4-5 minutes, after that we always use secondary anesthesia. So the clients can decide if he/she can handle the pain during the first pass (usually the scale of pain is 5-6). If yes, then we use only secondary numbing. If not, then we use both and client almost doesn’t feel anything.

What tools and products are used for treatment?

  • Depends on method the technician works. It can be either machine, either manual. Disposable or autoclave tool or machine with single use needle, certified permanent makeup pigments, soothing solution, sterile cotton pads, ruler for measuring, sterile disposable pigments ring, special pencil for permanent makeup, sterile marker, sterile water and some other equipment to make sure the treatment is done hygienically.

What is the duration of the treatment?

  • The duration depends on technician but usually it is 2-2,5 hours.

What are the treatment steps?

  • Consultation
  • Medical health form and agreement
  • Eyebrows shaping
  • Numbing (optional)
  • First pass of treatment
  • Numbing
  • Second pass of treatment
  • Pigment absorption
  • Final result discussion and explanation of aftercare 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OMBRÉ POWDER BROWS, COMBO BROWS VS. MICROBLADING?

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Ombré Powder Brows (also known as Powder Brows/Microshading) is the newest and one of the most advanced machine techniques in semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing. The technique is described by its name, soft and light in the front and gradually darker towards the tails. Ombré powder brows can be applied with a soft, natural-finish or can be built up to resemble the look of darker makeup. The intensity of the ombré effect is contingent on how much existing brow hair there is, thus results vary per person. If you have darker hairs or patches in the front of your brows, you will likely need more a fuller powder-filled brow style so your natural brow hairs blend seamlessly. Ombré is great for all skin types, but especially those with previous semi-permanent makeup, and oily, mature, and acne prone skin.

Microblading has a hyper-realistic eyebrow look achieved by manual hairlike strokes cut into the skin. This technique creates a natural result, giving brows a fuller appearance, however, this technique is best suited for normal to dry skin types with minimal appearance of pores.

  • Semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing is often a two step process, which includes an initial insertion of pigment, followed by a touch-up 6-10 weeks later. Sometimes a third or fourth session is necessary depending on your skin type or not following through on aftercare instructions.

  • Results vary based on lifestyle, health, skin type.

  • Results should evaluated after the touch-up application is completed.

Combo brows is a beautiful blend of microblading and powder shading that creates an added polish and makeup look to hyper-realistic hair strokes.


WHAT IS A SEMI-PERMANENT TATTOO VS. A REGULAR TATTOO?

The purpose of semi-permanent makeup tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Permanent makeup is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Traditional body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural coloring and facial changes occur.


DOES IT HURT? 

Most of our clients will agree that the procedure is tolerable with a pain level of 3-5 (0-none, 10-worst). We use a highly-effective topical anesthetic gel containing lidocaine for numbing before and during your procedure. As a needle or blade is used in the application, a certain level of discomfort is to be expected. But the pain level is similar to that of laser hair removal, or teeth cleaning. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

PLEASE NOTE: Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.

 


HOW LONG DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST? 

Permanent makeup can last for 1-2 years. A touch up is required 6-10 weeks after the initial appointment. Clients that choose a soft ombré application, light color shade or did not follow the after care instructions may require more touch up appointments.

Factors that will cause your permanent makeup application to fade faster include: tanning bed/sun exposure, exfoliating, oily skin, profuse sweating (e.g. hot yoga 5x/week), medical conditions. We recommend a yearly "color boost" touch-up to maintain the procedure’s color integrity, but always advocate holding off for as long as possible to maintain skin integrity.


WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT? 

  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior to your procedure. Do not drink alcohol in excess after your procedure as it will slow down your healing process.

  • Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen, Niacin, Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba, St. Johns Wort, evening primrose one prior to your procedure, unless medically necessary. You may resume immediately after the procedure, but these will thin the blood and compromise pigment retention in your skin.

  • Bring any photos of the look that you want to achieve.

  • Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle as it can increase pain sensitivity.

  • Do not wax, tan or tint the eyebrow area 3 days before your appointment.

  • No anti-aging treatments such as microdermabrasion, retinol, chemical peels, laser, facials 2 weeks before your appointment.

  • No facial injections one month prior to procedure.

  • On the day of your appointment avoid caffeine/exercise and wash your hair prior to since hot showers are not recommended.


CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER MY PROCEDURE?

The tattooed area is a healing wound, so proper aftercare is critical. Therefore, absolutely no makeup is allowed on the treated area, makeup at a safe distance outside the tattooed area is fine with careful application. Do not tint your lashes or brows and avoid any products that contain active skincare ingredients, like Retin-A. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to defer to your artist.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?

The immediate healing process takes about 7-10 days, however, the brow area takes 3-4 weeks for your new eyebrow tattoo to shed completely and the pigment to surface to its true color.

Proper aftercare is an extremely important aspect of the long term success, effectiveness, health, and overall satisfaction with your new ombré powder brow tattoo. You must follow the below instructions in order to achieve the best possible results from your procedure:

Skin sensitivity, redness and swelling is to be expected for up to 2 days after the procedure and will go away with proper aftercare

  • Before every ointment application, take a dry, clean Q-tip and wipe off any existing ointment on your brows, Dampen another Q-tip and with water and gently wipe clean. Pat dry with a tissue and reapply the ointment.

  • Do not exfoliate or use a washcloth/wipe on the brow.

  • Do not pick, itch, or scratch the tattoo as it can remove pigment. A cold compress may be used to relieve discomfort

  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, long hot showers, sweaty exercise for one week.

  • Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for 2 weeks.

  • Avoid putting makeup on the area for the first week.

  • Avoid facials for 4-6 weeks.

  • Do not use any anti-aging products on or around the brow area.

  • Alcohol consumption in excess can slow down healing.

  • While your skin begins to shed, your brow tattoo may appear to be extremely faint. Don't worry, the pigment will resurface when your skin is completely healed in 3-4 weeks.


HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

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I’VE HAD PREVIOUS EYEBROW TATTOOING, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR COVER-UP, CORRECTION, CAMOUFLAGING OR REMOVAL WORK?

All clients with previous microblading or brow tattoo work from another studio MUST first send a photo of your makeup-free brows to info@awbeautician.co.uk prior to booking an appointment. For cover-up or correction work, the best candidates are those with previous tattoos that have faded 70-80%, however, we still need to make sure by analyzing a photo of your bare brows. Any cover-up, correction or camouflaging work will incur an added rate of £50 due to the additional time, supplies and skills needed to sufficiently neutralize the existing brow tattoo and apply the new design and pigment.

Additionally, we also offer non-laser tattoo removal using Li-FT, which is an all-natural saline pigment removal solution. Li-FT contains no chemicals and no acids.

Li-FT Ingredients: Sterile Water, Sea Salt, Orange Flower Extract, Lemon Extract in Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Extract, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

Li-FT is made by Li Pigments. a highly credentialed, inspected and licensed cosmetics manufacturing lab located in New Jersey, USA. Li Pigments has been researching, developing and formulating tattoo and permanent makeup lightenining products for over 15 years and regarded as one of the industry's most experienced, ethical and responsible manufacturers.

When it comes to semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos, you’ve probably heard of microblading. With social media’s rapid growth in the last decade, microblading’s popularity in the US quickly surged, quickly replacing it’s passé predecessor, the traditional tattoo technique that left a generation of women with discolored blue, purple or green eyebrows. Microblading has seen mainstream appeal due its hyper-realistic effect created by hairlike strokes cut into the skin.

Fast forward a few years. While microblading was gaining Western demand, a newer and more advanced technique called Ombré Powder Brows (also known as powder, mist, microshading, ombré shading, or stardust brows) was developing in Asia. Ombré Powder Brows differs from traditional tattooing in that it is surface work—meaning, the application is done on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique is described by its name, with results being powdery with a faded front and a crisp tail, resembling the look of makeup.  In only the last 2- 3 years, ombré powder brows have started to gain US traction, often converting people with prior microblading work and for good reasons:

So, why has ombré powder brow become the next big thing?

  1. LESS INVASIVE: Ombré powder brows are achieved using a small machine, which disperses extremely fine dots of pigments even into and across the skin in an airbrush or shading technique. Microblading uses a hand-tool that creates incisions or small cuts into the skin. Over time, repeated incisions into the same spots will cause trauma to the skin more quickly.

  2. LESS PAIN & BLEEDING: Ombré powder brows are less painful due to the airbrush-like technique we apply, which creates less trauma to the skin vs. the blading technique of microblading. The latter also creates cuts into the skin, thus more bleeding is involved. With ombré powder brows, minimal to zero blood surfaces during the procedure. Some of our clients say that getting ombré powder brows is a similar sensation to an electric toothbrush pressed against the skin or rapid tweezing; some discomfort is to be expected as a needle is utilized.

  3. LASTS LONGER: Results do vary based on lifestyle, skin type, health, preferences, etc., but a single ombré powder brows session, using high-quality pigments, can last on average 2-3 years. Microblading, on the other hand, has a high likelihood of healing blotchy, spotty or with blurred strokes, thus requiring more frequent touch-ups, generating more long term wear and tear on the skin, eventually maxing out the skin’s lifetime capacity quickly. Like any injury to the skin, the body repairs the wounded area by building collagen fibers, creating a scar. Both treatments will eventually dull out the skin in this way permanently, so choosing the right method to save your skin integrity is critical.

  4. GREAT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Ombré powder brows are great for any skin type, unlike microblading, which is not suitable for those with oily skin. Microblading on oily skin requires several touch-ups, which causes more trauma to the skin.

  5. STILL LOOKS NATURAL: While ombré powder brows have a more “filled-in” look, the healed results appear like softly shaded brow pencil or powder. Immediately after the treatment, ombré powder brows can appear more saturated and bold, however, brows will fade 20-30%, leaving a very soft finish and shape that will allow our clients to quickly groom their brows going forward.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY PERMANENT MAKEUP APPOINTMENT

If you’ve ever hired a professional painter, they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep.” Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer.  With ombré powder brows, the prep process can be approached similar way, with much better results when you do!

It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated.  

 

Here’s how to get your skin ready for your semi-permanent brow procedure:

  • Do not thread/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure

  • Do not drink alcohol 48 hours prior to your appointment

  • Do not drink coffee 24 hours prior to your appointment

  • Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face

  • Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure

  • Do not work out the day of the procedure

  • Wash your hair the morning of your appointment, healing tattoos cannot get wet for the first 72 hours, so you will need to avoid washing your hair too soon

  • Do not have botox or filler 3 weeks prior to the procedure. Please inform us of any current injections.

  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)

  • Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.

 

Here’s how to get ready for your lip blush tattoo procedure:

  • Lips must not be dry for the procedure! Keep them fully moisturized with a lip ointment like Aquaphor or Vaseline starting from a week prior to the procedure.

  • Exfoliate the lips 1-2 days before the procedure using a soft toothbrush or DIY sugar/honey scrub

  • Cold sore sufferers - see important note below

    • If you have a history of cold sores: 

      • Ideally, you are advised to see your doctor for anti-viral medication which you should start 2-3 days prior to the procedure

      • If available, topical Zovirax can be applied preventatively during the first week of healing 

      • Otherwise, it is recommended to take L-lysine 1-2 weeks before and after the appointment to reduce the risk 

      • However, cold sores are a risk of lip blush treatment regardless of whether you have had them in the past. It is therefore recommended for ALL clients to take L-lysine, and if you experience an unusual tingly sensation in the lips or notice any bumps appear - see your doctor immediately as you may be experiencing an episode of cold sores. Prompt treatment is crucial in minimizing the extent of a cold sore outbreak.

  • No alcohol or caffeinated products 24 hours before treatment, and no aspirin or blood-thinning medications five days prior.

  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners).

  • Absolutely no injections of Novocaine, Botox or fillers should be administered to you ten days before treatment. Please inform us of any current injections.

  • If you use or have used Retin-A or any other medications, please advise the technician.

  • Wash your hair that morning - because you can't get your healing tattoo wet you will need to avoid washing your hair too soon.

 

Here’s how to get ready for your eyeliner tattoo procedure:

  • No alcohol or caffeinated products 24 hours before treatment and no aspirin or blood-thinning medications five days prior.

  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners).

  • Absolutely no injections of Novocaine, Botox or fillers should be administered to you ten days before treatment. Please inform us of any current injections.

  • All makeup should be removed and skin should be thoroughly cleansed prior to arrival.

  • The skin should be clear of any irritations.

  • If you use or have used Retin-A or any other medications, please advise the technician.

  • Wash your hair that morning - because you can't get your healing tattoo wet you will need to avoid washing your hair too soon

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY APPOINTMENT?

The first appointment typically takes 3 hours. In the first session, the brow is shaped and styled to the client’s preference, and pigment is applied. Four to six weeks later, the client may return for the second session for touch up which can take approximately 1.5 hours.

1:

Brow Consultation & Drawing

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

We understand that a permanent makeup procedure can be daunting! Our number one priority is ensuring all our clients feel comfortable with their decision, and that’s why every appointment begins with a consultation.

During your consultation, your specialist will work with you to discuss your goals, lifestyle, shape of your existing brows and the problem areas you wish to address. Bringing reference photos and inspiration images is highly recommended and greatly appreciated.

Your specialist will advise and show examples of various looks and colors which will work with each client’s face shape and existing features.

Step 1: Consultation
Step 2: “Before” photos are taken
Step 3: Mapping
Step 4: We get your feedback on mapping
Step 5: Final approval on the new design!

2:

Permanent Makeup Procedure Begins

Duration: 1-1.5 hours


Step 7: For brows, we begin with first outlining and scratching the surface of your brows with our permanent makeup machine, then apply the topical numbing anesthetic gel. The numbing gel takes 10 minutes to settle in.

Step 8: We complete one pass on each side of the brow two-thirds of the way in from the tail towards the head of the brow.

This is checkpoint #1. At which point, we will sit you up and show you the initial progress of the brows. This is an important step in the process because our clients always feel much more comfortable and confident once they’ve seen the brow shape and color starting to take form, and they are often relieved to see that it wasn’t as scary as they pictured in their heads! :) This is also an important checkpoint to ensure that the brows are still in perfect measurement.

We will complete the rest of the brows, and sit you up as needed to ensure the best results.

Step 9: Once your brows are complete, you will get one final look and review of your brows. Any final updates will be made at this time. When your brows are perfect, “after” photos will be taken of your new brows, payment will be processed, your touch-up appointment will be scheduled and you will be on our merry way.

Caution! Be prepared for loads of compliments :)

3:

Touch-Up Perfecting Session

The Touch-up session is performed after 6-10 weeks from your initial appointment.  At this appointment, your specialist will assess how your skin has healed and will perfect your brows accordingly.

Permanent makeup enhancements will gradually and naturally fade over time, to varying degrees. A touch up or "Refresher Session" is can be done to keep your brows looking their best, but we do advise clients to stretch out appointments as long as possible to maintain skin integrity. Please check our pricing page for our most current touch up cost for regular clients!

DON’T WORRY, THEY WILL LIGHTEN!

Results are contingent on the following factors: post procedure aftercare, skin type (dry, oily, sun-damaged, thick or thin skin), individual pH balance of your skin, and lifestyle preferences (e.g. exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking).

  • Following the treatment, swelling and redness of the skin is completely normal and will subside within 1-2 days

  • Brand new pigment from a fresh tattoo may appear dark and much thicker than expected, while others might seem exceedingly bright (for blondes and redheads), which can appear shocking at first, but be aware that this is to be expected.

  • During the healing phase, the area and top layer starts to scab and slough off in certain places. This process is called shedding.  Comparatively, these sections may appear extremely light next to the non-shedded segments. Don’t worry, this pigment will eventually soften and settle into the appropriate shade when shedding is complete and pigment resurfaces.

  • Brows will appear 20 to 40% lighter within 7-10 days.

  • In total, it should take about 3-4 weeks for your new eyebrow pigment to resurface to its true color.

  • Some skin types retain color better than others, so we cannot guarantee a precise effect or color. We include a complimentary AND optional touch-up session in our rate, in anticipation of individual healing results, and in turn, individual enhancements needed to your perfect brow. 

With proper follow-through on the aftercare instruction, it is normal to see small scabs, which is the top layers of skin peeling off. The tattooed area is a healing wound, so aftercare is critical. FAILURE TO FOLLOW AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PIGMENT LOSS!

 

AVERAGE HEALING TIME AND PROCESS: 

Average healing time is generally 7-10 days, however this will vary from person to person and will depend on several physiological factors that include age, skin type, circulation, hormonal cycles, and how easily and/or severely you swell and bruise.  Generally, as with any type of skin trauma, older and looser skin tends to take a bit longer than younger skin to heal.  Other factors that may affect healing time include diet, excessive physical activity, exposure to direct sunlight, and any medications you might be taking.

 

TOUCH-UP PROCEDURE:

After approximately two (2) weeks, your permanent makeup will have mostly healed during the “shedding” or “scabbing” process. As a result, the initial intensity and thickness will fade, and the desired color shade will start appearing after the first 3 weeks. At about the 6-10 week mark, you will complete your touch up procedure to fill in any areas needing correction or modification. This session is NOT intended to change the shape of the initial appointment, as this was agreed upon at your initial procedure. If you would like to change the shape at your appointment, you will have to pay for the services accordingly.

During this “touch up” session, the eyebrow tattoo artist will go over your eyebrows again, exactly repeating the initial session. This repetition helps the tattoo last longer and encourages the ink to embed more permanently into the skin.

Touch ups are not mandatory. We advocate for skin integrity, and encourage you to hold off on any unnecessary touchups to maintain the integrity of your skin for as long as possible. Your skin has a limited capacity for the number of procedures it can withstand before the area becomes compromised and dull, regardless of ombré powder technique or microblading.

Depending on how well you follow these aftercare recommendations, and how fast the semi-permanent ink fades, you shouldn’t have to make another appointment (to color sharpen) for another 1-3 years (depending on skin type, lifestyle and health factors). If an additional touch up is required, please discuss this with us. 

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