Q. What does it cost?
A. Permanent makeup is not inexpensive, but it can be priceless. It has been estimated that the savings in daily makeup is about $400 per year, and in time that you may save 380 hours per year. Most people don't have permanent makeup to save money; they do it for convenience and to know that they always look their best. If you compare other non-surgical procedures such as Botox or wrinkle filler it gives you a good idea of the value of permanent makeup. For about the same cost as some Botox or filler, which may last only 3-4 months, you will get permanent makeup that lasts for years and saves you time every day.
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Q. How long does a procedure take?
A. Usually, each procedure appointment is about two hours. The majority of the time is spent in selecting the appropriate color for your skin, and in measuring and artistically drawing on the planned procedure prior to actually implanting the color. Adequate time is allowed for topical anesthetic to make you completely comfortable. You will also be given thorough aftercare instructions for optimum healing and outcome.
Q. Can I have eyeliner and lips and eyebrows all done at once?
A. Yes, a full-face procedure will take 3-5 hours. In fact, one advantage is that your aftercare for all the areas is all done at once and healing at once.
Q. Is it the same as a tattoo?
A. It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. The equipment for the facial permanent makeup is also different than that used in traditional body art. The true definition of a tattoo is pigment being implanted in the dermal layer of the skin.
Q. Is the procedure safe?
A. We use a very state-of-the art digital computerized machine. The parts that actually touch the client and the needles that penetrate the skin are all pre-sterile from the manufacturer and we use medical grade single-use needles. There is no physical way for the needles or casings to transmit air-born or blood-born diseases or bacteria within the system. All other aspects of the procedure are done to OSHA standards – the same standards of sterility, cleanliness and patient protection used in any clinical medical setting.
Q Are there other health concerns?
A. People with a history of cold sores need to pre-medicate with an anti-viral drug (Zoviraz, Valtrex, or Acyclovir) prior to a lip coloring procedure. People with active Glaucoma that requires eye drops to treat cannot have eyeliner due to the pressure sensitivity in the eye. Any active skin condition such as exema, psoriasis, or cystic acne in the area must have clear skin in the area being addressed at the time of the procedure. People taking blood thinners cannot have permanent makeup. Prospective clients with any other chronic medical condition (metabolic) being treated by a physician should have an OK from your doctor.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help numb the areas to be treated. This helps to alleviate any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Every person has a different pain threshold and level of tolerance. We will customize the anesthetic process for each individual using a variety of topical anesthetics designed specifically for the sensitive facial areas. There are circumstances that may exacerbate discomfort, such as being on or near your menstrual period, under a lot of stress, recent head/sinus cold etc.
Q. How will I look immediately after the procedure?
A. You may experience minor swelling and redness on procedure day. You may resume normal activities immediately except that you will be advised to wear no makeup on the treated area for about one week. There are might have some minor redness, healing and peeling during the first week, It varies from person to person.
Q. When will I see the final result?
A. At first the pigment will appear too dark. There is a natural exfoliation process that takes place after healing for 5-7 days and the dark residual pigment is then lost, leaving a soft natural color behind. The final result is not absolute until 4 weeks. Skin tone, exfoliation, settling of the color into the dermis all contribute to the final outcome at about 4 weeks.
Usually, the eyebrows and eyeliner are basically healed and true to tone and depth of color after 7-10 days.
The lips go through a different type of process and often appear too light after the initial “peeling” in the first 3-5 days. The color intensity becomes more visible after 3-4 weeks. A review of the procedures will take place 4-6 weeks after to check for perfection. Often minor touch ups are needed at that time.
Q. Is it really permanent? How long does it last?
A. Some people may need the color darkened within one to three years after the procedure. This typically starts at only about $100, since it is merely a re-coloring of any areas that have lost color intensity.
Q. What factors affect how long the color lasts?
A. The individual's skin type, how dark the original color is, sun exposure, and use of exfoliating skin-care products, the skill of the technician.
Q. I am nervous about the fact that it is permanent. How can I know what to expect before I have it done?
A. We use makeup pencils to draw it on in advance for your approval. Then we are always cautious to keep on the side of light and natural, for we can always add more color later during your follow-up visit.
Q. Can permanent makeup be removed?
A. Yes. There are special removal techniques using a salt-based removal product for small corrections or complete removal. Some laser tattoo removal processes work for permanent makeup as well, but often are not the best choice due to proximity to the eye etc. We have had great success with removal of undesirable makeup done by other practitioners using our salt-water technique, which is very safe and causes very little trauma to the skin.
Q. My lips have no color, and I want daily natural color without appearing to be made up. Can this be done?
A. Yes, this can be achieved. We custom blend all of our lip colors to the individual’s preferences. People of color with very dark natural lip tone are not good candidates for the lip procedure.
Q. Can I have lip liner only, and leave the lips natural?
A. This is not stylistically recommended. It is recommended that the lip liner be gently blended into the lip tissue just inside the borders of the lip line. That way you achieve definition and color in the lip border, can add fullness and create a perfect shape, but it doesn’t look like just a ring of color around the lips. This is a specific technique and looks best when using a natural color that mimics the interior color of your natural lip tone.
Q. What is eyelash enhancement?
A. For a more natural, less dramatic effect than is achieved with the eyeliner, eyelash enhancement can be done as the color is implanted only at the base of the lash line, creating definition and framing of the eyes, without looking like “eyeliner”.
Q. I have no or little eyebrow hair. Can eyebrow be made to look natural, and not "drawn on".
A. Yes! Using highly specialized techniques we can replicate the look of natural individual hairs. The effect looks like your own eyebrows, not like someone drew your eyebrows on with a magic marker.
Q. I am planning a cosmetic facial procedure. Should I wait until after that for my permanent makeup?
A. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the cosmetic procedure you are undergoing. For example, we prefer to do lip color first before getting filler to augment the lips. We can create the perfect lip line for the doctor to follow later. It is advised if planning any cosmetic procedure within 4 weeks of permanent makeup that you have a personal consultation to determine the order in which you should get your procedures done.
The FAQ of Eyelash Extension and After Care
What are the benefits of wearing eyelash extensions?
You may have heard that eyelash extensions can eliminate the need for eye makeup. The fullness and thickness of extensions applied by our eyelash technicians will make you look and feel gorgeous all day and all night.
Appear more approachable, youthful, and energetic.
Feel the wonderful experience of increased eye contact, connection,and inner confidence.
Save wasted time, frustration, and damage associated with eyelash curlers and mascara. Forget clumpy lashes, smudges, and eye-irritating flakes. Eyeliner is optional, because the base of the extension creates a line along the lid. Many do not feel the need to wear makeup at all.
Bring out the color and brightness of your eyes. Our professional eyelash artist can bring out the green or blue in your eyes or brighten your brown eyes and your whites will be brighter and less red.
Rest in our private spa atmosphere, while we apply your lashes. Allowing you to unwind, relax, or even take a little nap. Your comfort is our goal.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Each extension should last for the remaining lifespan of the natural eyelash. As your natural lashes grow and shed, the extensions will grow and shed with them. Most clients experience enough shedding within 3 weeks to be in need of a touchup. Some clients need, or want, to come every 2 weeks. These clients either have a somewhat faster growth cycle, are a little rougher on their lashes, or just prefer to have their lashes at maximum fullness as much as possible.
How full your lashes will look at the end of your touchup appointment will be greatly affected by how many lashes you have when you arrive for your appointment- ideally you should have 50% of your extensions still on at touchup time. Please keep this in mind when determining how long to wait to schedule your touchups. Also arriving on time for your appointments will ensure you will receive the maximum amount of eyelashes. We require at least 25% of your extensions to be remaining at the time of your service to qualify for a touchup service. Waiting more than 5 weeks between appointments will require another full set appointment.
What if I have lashes that point downward? Can I still get lashes and see results?
If your lashes point downward you are in luck! Our stylist carries a variety of new lash shapes & curls that work to perfectly lift and open your eyes. You will definitely love how the lashes will transform your eye and make it come alive and exceeding your expectations.
Is there an age requirement to get lashes put on?
We require that all of our clients be a minimum age of 18 years old.
How long does the initial application take?
Depending on the service selected, the initial application of your eyelash extensions will take 1 hour and set, takes approximately two hours. Refill appointments about 60- 90 minutes.half to 3 hours. Our most popular full
Will my natural lashes be damaged?
Lash strips, clusters, and "individuals" sold at drug stores and bargain establishments will damage your natural lashes since they inevitably tear out lashes during application, growth, and/or removal. Also, inexperienced lash artists applying true single-strand eyelash extensions may make technical errors such as using too much glue, extensions that are too heavy, or attaching natural lashes to one another. Any of these errors can cause thinning of the natural lashes.
An expert eyelash stylist will assess the condition and sturdiness of your natural lashes and apply lashes best suited for you. Not only do we plan for your natural lashes to stay healthy and strong, we have many times seen our clients’ natural lashes become healthier and fuller as they continue to see us.
Why choose an esthetician, at RuBrows?
Eyelash extensions applied by inexperienced or poorly trained eyelash stylists or not a licensed esthetician may damage your natural lashes. The key is making sure no two natural lashes are adhered to one another. Looking in a mirror, you can guess that this is no easy task. Being able to do this properly takes extensive practice, attention to detail, and a dedication to perfection. Be sure you trust the education and experience of the professional you choose. Ask to see proof of education, license, before and after pictures, and testimonials.
Will they all fall out at the same time?
No, your natural lashes exist at different stages of maturity at any given time. Your natural eyelashes are like fruit on a tree; they fall off when they're mature, but there are others still in the growth process that may not fall out for weeks or months. Your expert eyelash stylist will apply extensions to lashes of varying maturity to help ensure you look fantastic now and in the future.
Will the application process hurt?
No. In fact, our clients enjoy the regenerative nature of the application process. This is a time for you to relax and de-stress in our calming, peaceful environment. The process is so comfortable, relaxing, and pain-free that many sleep through the majority of their application. If you’ve experienced pain during or after your eyelash extension service, chances are you did not receive a quality application.
How are they attached?
Depending on the place of attachment along the eye line, an extension of appropriate length, thickness, and curl is selected, dipped in a tiny amount of surgical grade adhesive, and attached near the base of one natural eyelash. The extensions are applied to the lash, not the skin, in order to achieve the best, longest-lasting result without risking complications arising from attachment to the eyelid.
Can I wear mascara and other eye makeup?
Absolutely. Of course, one of the greatest benefits of eyelash extensions is eliminating the need for mascara on a daily basis. Eye shadows and eyeliners are perfectly fine to use. Oil-based products, particularly waterproof mascara, should be avoided as they may compromise the life of your extensions.
How do I care for my eyelash extensions?
Caring for your eyelash extensions is surprisingly easy. Two main factors in keeping your lashes healthy and full are regular cleansing & being gentle with your extensions. We will give you more specific instructions and tips at the time of your service.
Can I swim, shower, exercise, surf, tan, and/or sauna?
For the most part, you can live your life as normal while wearing extensions. Prolonged and excessive exposure to heat, humidity, and water may lessen the life of your lashes, but will not make them fall off. Some of our regular clients are fitness and surfing enthusiasts and do not tend to lose their lashes more quickly than others.