***Please have eyelash extensions removed BEFORE you come in for your eyeliner appointment***
You can have them done again 10 days after your eyeliner procedure...
Before and after your permanent makeup!
Makeup is a tattoo!
Tattoos produce a scab or crust over the top,
just like if you cut yourself. This scab, even though it is thin and may not
seem like much, is the only thing keeping the color in your skin. It makes your
permanent makeup look thicker and darker than what it will look like when the scab
naturally comes off. If you think your makeup is too dark or thick and you
“pick” the crust…this will make uneven color, it could also cause infections as
you are reopening the skin to elements outside the body. For the best results give
your body a chance to heal your makeup. If you leave it alone it will actually
heal faster. This is what your body is designed to do. Adding too much cream or
lotions not provided or recommended by your artist may make your procedure take
longer to heal.
Boy this is a tough one to make women understand
but MOST products, even some of the ones for sensitive skin, have anti-aging
ingredients in them. Please avoid these products around your procedure area a
few days before and after your procedure. Wash your tattooed areas with a mild
soap or cream like Cetaphil or baby shampoo, even clear water is fine because
you won’t be using makeup over the area. Avoid creams and lotions for at least
7 days after your procedure. You can use them on other areas of your face but
NOT over your tattooed areas. They can be very irritating to freshly tattooed
Latisse or over the counter eyelash growing products WILL make your eyelash line more sensitive during your eyeliner procedure. Discontinue use for a minimum of 30 days prior to/and
after your eyeliner. Some people still have sensitivity, bruising and a hard time numbing even 6 months after stopping Latisse.
Nothing makes the color of eyebrows change more
than sunlight and
These skin care products are developed to work
inside your skin to the dermal layer where they do their magic…this is also
where your permanent makeup lives after healing, so what these products do to your color is
NOT so magic! It can bleach out the pigment and change the color quickly! So
avoid these creams around the edges of your brows; it might take a little
longer to apply, but you will be glad when your eyebrows are still a nice
natural color and not a peach/apricot or bluish color!
Let’s avoid hot yoga and intense exercise
immediately before procedure and for a few days after. When you perspire heavily it will
wet the scab and you will be more likely to rub the area which will in turn
make the scab come off. It will "sweat" the color out of your skin and dilute it...Which will likely ruin or diminish the color result.
Intense exercise before and after can also increase your heart rate, blood flow
and body temperature making it difficult for numbing creams to work during your
After your permanent makeup procedure most people
have tenderness for approximately 45 minutes which is a little intense. Not
everyone feels this but it is likely. It will soon diminish and feel like a
hard sunburn. Most people after eyeliner procedures have redness and swelling
for a few days after their procedure. Every person reacts differently, I have seen people with
very little swelling and I have seen women puff up like a water blister. I wish
I could predict how you will react but it is impossible. Swelling and redness
around an abraded area is your body’s way of healing. Your body sends fluids to
the area as it rebuilds itself. This is a temporary situation and to be
expected. Be happy if you have a little swelling, it means your body is doing
what it should. Eyebrows may be tender and a little red around the edges but
not as puffy as eyeliner because the skin around your eyes is thinner and more
compresses! Eyeliner only!!! Do not put cold compresses over brows...
Can help but please don’t overdo it. Imagine
holding a pack of frozen peas on your eyes without being tattooed, I suspect it
would be uncomfortable and irritating…so why do it after you are tattooed? Just
cool water is all that is needed. It will help soothe the area but it will NOT
prevent swelling, as I said before that is your body’s healing in motion.
After a couple of days as the swelling and
discomfort subside your skin may begin to itch as the tattooed area is healing
and the skin dries out over your crust. This is when the aftercare cream comes
in handy. It helps keep the area moist so you are not as likely to scratch and
the scab can stay intact as long as possible. Remember you WANT the scab to
stay on as long as possible because this helps you retain color. So keep it
clean and moist but don’t glob on cream…a little goes a long way! Every procedure is different so follow your specific instructions I give you!!
Cleansing for eyeliner...
Keeping the tattooed area clean is important.
Splash the area with cool water or use clean hands to apply a mild cleanser and
splash clean. DO NOT USE WASHCLOTHS! Again, this will easily remove the crust
and ruin your permanent makeup. If after 7 days you still have crust over the
area that has not flaked off but has no pain or discomfort then by all means
wash your face normally, bits of the tattooed color may get caught in eyelashes
or eyebrows as it comes loose from your skin and you will need to wash this
When you clean the area around your permanent
makeup please be careful not to wash off the scab. Doing so will not make it
lighter faster. As much as you want to do it “your” way and not trust my
instructions there are reasons why I ask you to avoid washcloths, chlorinated
water, swimming in general and hot tubs.
DO NOT wear makeup over your tattooed area. This
includes Mascara when you have eyeliner done, intil completely healed. It is
difficult to remove makeup without disturbing the crust. Makeup can also
contaminate the area, which is an open wound until it heals…you do not want an
infection, it will take even longer to heal! Oily makeup removers can remove
your protective crust very easily. So please avoid.
Remember…When you look in the mirror after your
makeup procedure it will seem like you have more makeup than you expected. The
rest of the world may not think it looks nearly as dark and crazy as you do
because they are used to seeing you with makeup on…(In most cases). And don’t
listen to people when it is new and dark when they say (What have you done?)
Most won’t even notice…they will just think you look great and ask you if you
got your hair cut!!!!
You are used to seeing yourself with no eyeliner
or eyebrows when your face is clean. After your permanent makeup procedures
this will become your new (No Makeup) look. For this reason many women come
back wanting more…more…more…because they get used to it. Please trust my
judgment when I tell you it is enough!!! You want your makeup to look natural
and the colors to fade naturally. I understand I cannot make everyone happy.
There are procedures I will not do, like lip color and thick “winged” eyeliner.
Permanent makeup is meant to enhance your looks, but it is best done naturally
so the colors can be adjusted and it looks good for years to come.
Trendy is NOT good with permanent makeup. What
you want now may NOT be what you want in 10 years, so keep it natural but
strong enough to make a difference!
I hope these tips can help explain your aftercare instructions and help
you prepare for your procedure. They are not designed to frighten you, or make
you anxious, just to educate you and help you have a wonderful outcome!
Asheville Permanent Makeup Clinic