WHAT IS A COSMETIC TATTOO ?
Cosmetic Tattooing, also known as Semi Permanent and Permanent Cosmetics and Micropigmentation.
So what is Cosmetic tattooing and is it the same thing as Microblading? How long does it last?
Keep reading and I will answer those questions, and more.
The Details on Cosmetic Tattoo...
Cosmetic Tattooing is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves the controlled insertion of pigment to
the Dermis layer of the skin. The placement of pigment is done using a machine powered hand piece similar in size to a pen, with a Nano needle. This is a safe and effective way to create fuller natural looking eyebrows,
stunning eyeliner, and blushed lips.
Cosmetic Tattoos use pigment, unlike traditional body tattoos that use ink.
Our industry uses pigment for several reasons... pigments are designed specifically to match skin tones and to fade slowly and naturally over time. Fade?? Yes. Cosmetic Tattoos will fade. This is a good thing! As we age, our face shape can change and the fading of the pigment allows us to make changes to shape or color of your
Brows to suit your face and desired look.
Brows, Lips and Eyeliner have varying longevity. After care of your tattoo, skin tone and skin type, and sun exposure are all contributing factors in the longevity of your tattoo.
That being said, typically you can expect 2-3 years from your Brow and Eyeliner Tattoos, 1-2 years for a Lashline Enhancement due to their delicate nature, and 3-5 years for Lip Blush Tattoo.
Some clients choose to do a Color refresher after a year or so and the cost of this (if your tattoo was done by me) is $150.
Does it Hurt ??
Lucky you... 90% of my clients feel little to no discomfort.
I apply a topical numbing cream to the area, allowing this glorious product sit on for 20 minutes. And as I am working, I have a secondary numbing gel to keep you comfortable. No pain combined with the option to heat the bed under you... I have had a few clients even take a lil Beauty nap.
A bit of info on Microblading
Microblading uses a hand tool with several sharp needles in a tight formation making a blade. This hand tool is then dipped in pigment and used to create small slices in the skin making the appearance of a hair.
This, in my opinion is incredibly primitive technology. The depth of slice made by the the blade is dependant on hand pressure of your technician. This not only can lead to scaring, but you run the risk of the pigment being implanted into the wrong layer of the skin. This is what gives it that muddled grey tone, and when the pigment fades you can be left with pink scars making it appear as though you have red toned eyebrows. I'm sure you have seen both of these unfortunate circumstances if you pay attention to peoples eyebrows. The other risk associated is hair follicle damage. Once damaged there is a real risk of
them never producing a hair again (think over plucking in the 90s... they don't come back).
This is the exact opposite effect anyone wanting fuller looking brows is after!
I am at the point in my career where I have seen the very frequent consequences of microblading way too often. Clients with no color retention, scars and discoloured brows. I am an advocate of people being educated on the artist they choose and the method that artist uses.
With the ability to create hair like strokes (known as hairstroke or nano brows), Shading and a make up like Powder effect (known as Powder brows or Ombre Brows), or a Combination of the two, Cosmetic Tattoo allows you to have the eyebrows you have always wanted with no risk of scaring.
Pigment color, brow design and technique are chosen completely custom to you. Together we will make these decisions based on your skin tone, skin type, face shape and desired results.
I tend to go fairly conservative with color darkness and design for your first appointment. I aim to get you comfortable with having color and shape on your face, as apposed to having clients leave feeling like they have noticably darker and bolder eyebrows. If you want it darker and bolder once your touch up appointment comes around we have room to make those changes. Better subtle and safe in my opinion.
So how long can you expect your lovely new Brows to last?? This can depend on after care, skin type, sun exposure and the use of exfoliating products, but safe to assume that with proper care you can see 2-3 years of results. Some clients choose to do a color refresher after a year extending the life of their tattoo.
The cost of refreshers are $150.
Most, but not all skin types will fully retain all the pigment in 2 sessions. Additional sessions needed are $100.
From a Natural looking Lash Line Enhancement that gives those eyes and lashes a pop, to winged black liner.
Eyeliner tattoo is a game changer for sure. Wakeup looking younger and more refreshed, go to the beach or to the gym and not have to worry about eyeliner running... Yes please!
Not only that, but maybe eyesight and mobility issues have started to prevent you from being able to even apply it!
Eyeliner tattoo longevity is slightly less than brows as pigment can be lifted by
the small amounts of salt and fatty oils in our tears.
The majority of my clients have seen 2 years of pigment retention.
Lash line enhancements, due to their subtle nature will likely need color refreshers every year.
Eyeliner and Lashline Enhancement color refreshers are $150
Lip Blush is a Gorgeous way to add the appearance of fullness to your lips. As we age the pigment on the border of our lips tends to fade, making lips appear thinner than they actually are. By giving the lips a more uniform color all the way to the boarders or even an ombre effect, and structuring the cupids bow, you increase the
appearance of lip fullness.
Also the tattoo can stimulate collagen production, naturally plumping lips.
Lip Blush tattoos, depending on shade can last up to 3-5 years. With softer shades, a color refresher is usually needed after a year.
Color refreshers on lip blush are $150.