Refrain from consuming any alcoholic beverages up to 24 hours before your permanent makeup appointment. 2-4 days before your appointment no fish oil, aspirin or any sort of blood thinner as these agents will cause you to bleed resulting in your skin not being able to hold onto the pigment as well. Discontinue the use of any Retin-A, Glycolic acid, or lightening agents for 7 days prior to your appointment. Also, avoid extreme sun exposure 14 days prior to your permanent makeup service. If you are receiving a lip blush treatment and you are prone to fever blisters, you must be taking a prescription medication prescribed by a dentist or doctor several days prior and following your procedure. Because the HS-1 virus always lies dormant in the body, the stimulation of the lip will stimulate the virus and cause an outbreak if preventative medication is not taken prior to the lip blush treatment. Also, come into your appointment, hydrated, and I strongly recommend that you eat prior to coming in. Come in, with a fresh, makeup-free face, unless you are coming in with for a brow appointment and you have a specific look or idea of how you want them. That will give me an idea of what you are looking for.
- Accutane or taking Accutane within the last 12 months
- Blood thinner medication
- Currently going through cancer treatments
- Must be off Chemo or Radiation for 6 months
- Active fever blisters
Permanent makeup appointment may take up to approximately 2 hours from start to finish. When you first come we will discuss your permanent makeup goals, color and desired outcome. For brows, I will go through and draw different shapes according to your face shapes in an array of different shapes and thicknesses in order to give you custom eyebrows just for you! After your consultation, we will begin the treatment by pre numbing the area for 15-20 minutes. Once the area in numbed, the tattoo procedure will begin. I use two numbing creams during this process, one to numb the skin before the skin is broken and then one to use after the skin is broken for instant relief. The tattooing process usually only takes 45 minutes to an hour and then we will go over your aftercare and schedule your follow up appointment.
The follow-up appointment needs to be booked 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure. The follow-up appointment is also known as a “touch up” appointment, and that is exactly what takes place. The first time you get permanent makeup it can have a tendency to fade up to 20% percent which is why the second appointment is so important. It is also paramount that you follow your aftercare instructions to the “T”. The better you adhere you’re your aftercare instructions the better results you will have. I call the touch appointment at the perfecting stage. During the touch-up appointment, you can freshen up any fading and also choose to go for a darker color or thicker shape if you wish. This appointment usually only takes half the time, which is an hour. After the touch-up appointment, I recommend coming in once a year to keep everything fresh!
Well essentially it is a tattoo, so expect a little bit of discomfort during your session. Numbing cream will be used during your treatment to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. With that being said, everyone has a different pain tolerance. Some skin types are more sensitive to treatments and others think it’s a breeze, but I promise I will make it as comfortable as possible for you!
This is a very important question because you want to make sure your artist is properly licensed through the state and also has the necessary training that is required to perform permanent makeup. The state of Colorado requires that all permanent makeup artists are either licensed cosmetologists or estheticians prior to taking the 132 hour permanent makeup course through a state-approved school. The Looking Glass is one of Colorado’s approved school’s that teaches permanent makeup as well.