Frequently asked questions
What is microblading?
It is considered to be semi-permanent, as compared to the traditional hair stroke technique. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine.
This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present. People suffering from alopecia or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren't happy with their eyebrows.
The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two week period. It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment.
How much is Microblading?
Microblading is performed in two separate appointments. Prices vary depending on where you go. Remember because a price is cheaper doesn't mean its a good deal. It is important that you trust you're technicain and they are trained properly, this is your face after all and that's worth investing in. Currently my price is $450 which includes a free consult with brow shaping, and $150 for 6-8 week touch-up which is required for desired results, $100 to add shading for combo. All prices and promotions subject to change. $100 deposit due at booking
How do you choose the shape?
We choose your custom shape and style together. At the beginning of your appointment we will discuss what you want your new brows to look like (pictures help as references) Then I will come up with a design shape specific to your wants & your bone structure. I will make measurements to make them as symmetrical & position them as much as possible.
How do you choose a color?
We choose a color together by applying small amounts of different colored pigments to the skin near to your brows and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. Now remember while choosing your color it will faded 40-60% after your first visit.
Why Is it necessary to do a 6-8 week touch up?
Every client heals differently and it is impossible to accurately predict how a pigment will be affected by a client’s undertones. Therefore the required (highly recommanded) touch-up is done 6 - 8 weeks after the first appointment. During the touch-up appointment, I will analyze how the skin received the pigment and will make any necessary corrections to color, shape and strokes. This appointment must be booked at the end of your first appointment.
How often do I need a touch up?
After your first visit a refreshing touch up appointment is extremely recommended. This service is offered any where from 6 to 8 weeks after your first visit, your touch up is a $150 charge. Some people feel like they need a third session another 6 weeks after touch up, that is okay but not necessary. A color refresh is recommended on average from 12-18 months after your initial procedure and starts at $275
How long does it last?
This varies from person to person, everyone's results last a different amount of time. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry). Skincare routines will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment such as those who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid and routine peels. These types of resurfacing regimens will cause faster fading. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 6-12 months.
Does it hurt?
I have a wide range of medical grade anesthetics which I used to make you as comfortable & pain free as possible. I use a topical anesthetic that is applied before the procedure & one during to continue the comfort. However, I personally like the healed results much better if clients skip the topical anesthetic. I feel the lines look more crisp & heal so much better. I let every client know my opinion before so they can choose during their appointment.
Keep in mind, pain levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you are comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Most of my clients report little or no pain and have sometimes fallen asleep during the procedure. You will hear a scratch noise/ sensation throughout. Music is usually played during the procedure, however feel free to bring your own ear phones and music to distract you
Is it safe?
Absolutely. Sterilized, disposable needles and supplies are used during the process.
How long does it take to heal?
No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. Don't worry once this phase is over your true brow color and pigment absortion will show.
Can you guarantee your work?
Unfortunately, I can't. How the skin will react is different for everyone and many factors are to be taken into consideration. Skin type, age, scarring, diet, stress levels, facial products used, etc. all play a key role in how the pigment will hold, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required.
I can guarantee that your face is important to me and that I will act in accordance with my experience and expertise to give you my absolute best. I can guarantee that I will strive to make you gratified and content every time. But there are no guarantees in this industry. Please think long and hard before you decide to go for it.
What’s the process like?
Eyebrow tattoo is a two-step treatment, consisting of an initial procedure and then a touch up between 4 to 6 weeks after.
After taking your before photo, I will draw the brow design in pencil so you get an idea of shape and form. (Please note that nobody’s face is totally symmetrical and you need to be realistic with your expectations. There is no point in trying to make the eyebrows identical or match a photo of your favorite celebrities' eyebrows if your face shape looks nothing like theirs.). Once we have agreed on a final shape (ultimately it is your decision – but I will always voice my opinion on what I think suits you aesthetically), I will shape your eyebrows then we will decide on the color. Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ensure comfort. Once you’re numb, the pigment is deposited.
During healing, it's normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch up in place.
What if I don’t like it?
Although Microblading or Gradient Eyebrow Tattoo is considered to be semi-permanent, the procedure does allow flexibility for color or shape change to some extent. However, I will work closely with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the proposed technique. I will allow you to have as much control over the procedure as possible, so there’s very little room for error. If you do not like the decision you made, the 6-8 weekTouch Up can be cancelled and the pigmented area naturally fades away over time. If you aren’t 100% sure you would benefit from this procedure, please opt for a more temporary option.
Can I get microbladed if I’m pregnant or nursing?
As a precaution, I do not perform microblading during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
How old do I have to be to get microbladed?
In the state of California you must be 18 years or older to have this service performed
Who should avoid microblading?
Using Accutane, Retin-A
Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation.
Those with transmittable blood disease such as HIV, or Hepatitis.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Pregnant or breast feeding
Have diabetes insulin dependent, epilepsy, hemophilia or heart disease or using heart medications (will require a physician's note)
Have skin disease or conditions on or near your eyebrows. Such as Eczema, Shingles, or Psoriasis.
Had Botox or fillers in the last 2 weeks
Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Children. I do not work on anyone under the age of 18 years old. Adults only.
Allergic to makeup or colors (we can always arrange a patch test if you are not sure)
On prescription strength medications or treatments that affect the dermal layer
Do I have to do anything prior to my appointment?
Please see need to know section
What is the after care?
PLEASE REFER TO THE AFTER CARE INSTRUTIONS FROM THE MENU BAR! Thank you.
How long does the procedure take?
Microblading is split into 2 appointments, which are 6-8 weeks apart to allow for the healing process to complete. The initial procedure takes roughly about two hours, sometimes more sometimes less. Please allow a solid 3-hour window for your appointment. I likely won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something I want to rush. Your enhancing 6-8 week touch up appointment takes from 30-60 minutes
Why Hire a makeup artist for your wedding day?
There are so many things to worry about on your wedding day. What your makeup will look like, who is going to do it, will it last and various other questions related to beauty, makeup should not be one of them. Makeup is one of the few things that will live on forever in your pictures from the most important day of your life, and it is important that a professional apply that makeup.
Do you do hair?
I am certified in makeup, and that is my specialty. Because of this, I do not do braids and up dos. I will do simple hair styles in addition to the makeup such as basic curls or straighten hair after its been blown dryed. If you are interested in recommendations for bridal hairstylists, I've worked with many that I trusts to refer, and will be glad to put you in touch with them. However I do prefer my clients to choose their own stylists based on their wants and needs for their preferred bridal hair look. I have found in my working experience that when you choose two artists that are specialized in their own craft, you will get the most beautiful result. And finally, when you have a large wedding party, you are going to be on a tight schedule when getting ready, and multiple stylists will be a necessity to ensure everyone gets ready in time.
How do i book you?
Once you decide to book, a signed contract and 50% deposit will secure the date. The remaining 50% is due one week before your wedding/event. Please note that dates are booked on a first come, first serve basis, and will not be final until a contract and deposit are received. A verbal agreement via email/phone will not be sufficient to book your date.
Do you come to me or do I come to you?
I will travel to you. Part of the luxury service that is hiring a makeup artist is not having to leave your place of comfort and have the artist come to you.
Do you charge a travel fee?
Yes, after a 40 mile round trip, there will be a travel fee added to your balance. The exact fee will be based on your location, and can be discussed at your time of booking.
What kind of makeup do you carry in your kit?
I do not carry one specific brand of makeup in my kit. I have tried and tested hundreds of products and have chosen the very best for my clients. I carry everything from MAC, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, YSL, Nars, Morphe, Lancome, Anatasia Beverly Hills, Kat Von D and much much more. I believe that if your paying for a luxury service, that should also include luxury products.
Do you provide airbrush?
I do provide airbrushing. However I perfer to do a manual application. I find that it is easier to manipulate to get the same, if not better, result than airbrush. i will be glad to go over with all my thoughts on airbrush at your consultation, and if you are set on having airbrush, it is an option for a higher fee than traditional makeup.
What are your rates?
Because every service when it comes to makeup application is so unqiue, please contact me with all the details of your event so I can quote you the most accurate fee.
What exactly is waxing?
Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle. Warm wax is applied to the skin and adheres to the hair. When removed, the hair is pulled from the root.
Does waxing hurt?
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but you can expect a short, stinging sensation after the strip is pulled. If you are worried about being sensitive, taking an ibuprofen or aspirin about 30 minutes before your appointment should minimize your discomfort (consult with your physician before taking medications). Continuous waxing causes finer and less hair therefore waxing becomes less painful.
Why should I wax vs shaving?
If waxing is done consistently, hair grows back slower, finer, and sparser. Shaving cuts the hair off at the skin and the quantity and thickness of the hair stays the same. Shaving can also increase skin sensitivity and create a higher probability for ingrown hairs.
What kind of wax do you use?
I use 2 different types of wax. For the face and more sensitive areas of the body, I usually use a hard wax that shrink wraps and hardens around the hair and lifts from the skin creating a less painful removal. I usually use a more traditional soft wax for larger body areas such as legs, arms, chest, and back and it is removed by using a cloth strip.
How long should i expect my waxing to last?
If you’ve allowed your hair to grow out to the proper length prior to waxing, you can expect to be hair-free for a minimum of 1-2 weeks following your appointment.
Can I be waxed if I'm taking Retin A, Renova, or Accutane?
These medications increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates so waxing could potentially remove skin as well as hair. Please let me know immediately if you are on any medications. Also be aware that chemical peels, laser, and micro-dermabrasion can also affect skin integrity. So I personally will not wax you if you are on the following.
How do I know what facial I need?
If you dont know which facial you need to book send me a message and we can figure it out together.
Do you use cruelity free products?
I don't use any products that are tested on animals in the united states.
Are your products organic?
It is very important to me that i provide the best products possible for my clients. Be assured healthy effective products are on the top of my list for selection. Unfornately not all products used can be organic.