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She said, “Semi-permanent.” he said, “PERMANENT!”

Friday, November 9, 2018

There’s a fine line between Semi-permanent and Permanent and of course, it depends on who you ask. When I asked a fellow artist, she said, "Semi-permanent." but when I asked the local health department inspector, he said, "PERMANENT!"  According to the all-governing Health Departments in the United States, any method of microblading, feathering, permanent cosmetic makeup, and any form of insertion of pigment/ink into the skin, they are ALL defined as permanent in California, U.S.A. Regulations vary from country to country and even county to county.

“Permanent cosmetics” means the application of pigments in human skin tissue for the purpose of permanently changing the color or other appearance of the skin. This includes, but not limited to, permanent eyeliner, eyebrow, or lip color. [Article 40: SAFE BODY ART. Code, § 4002. subd. (4)]

So essentially, no matter how we deliver the body art or what we label ourselves, it is all permanent and we are all (well as long as they hold a valid permit/license) defined as a “Body Art Practitioner” in the United States. It’s important to know many artists label their title differently and may deliver the same procedure or may share the same title but deliver a completely different method. It’s up to you to do your homework when choosing your artist and most importantly up to you to choose the correct artist to suit you, your style and level of expectation(s).

Let me break down the HOW & WHAT behind what Microblading means at MS. Microblading Artist.

  1. HOW: Microblading is also known as an eyebrow embroidery, feathering, ‘soft tap’ technique of Japanese method, is a known form of Semi-Permanent Makeup which is implemented using a manual handheld tool comprised of micro needles in the shape of a microblade. The Microblade is used to insert pigment into the epidermis (outer layer of skin) as opposed to traditional PMU which is the pigment deposited into the dermis (thicker layer of skin) below the epidermis. To ensure your artist knows the proper depth and to avoid possible scarring, permanent remittance of unwanted pigment, and a much happier you, make sure your Artist has reputable training and background in the Cosmetic Industry.
  2. WHAT: Pigments delivered DO vary! There are many different brands of pigments and there is also a difference in the meaning of pigment when compared to “Ink”.
  • Pigments were designed especially for the Microblading method and used on the face.
  • Inks are intended for Tattoo and traditional cosmetic tattoo use using a machine.

I use Pigments that not only heal true to color they fade naturally over the course of 12-18 months. The pigment line I use uses different base colors as it's the starting point which differs from traditional permanent makeup pigmentology. What I mean by “fade naturally”, the pigment fades to a neutral nude color base rather than a pink, green or blue.

Still, have questions about Microblading?

Contact me  or schedule a complimentary consultation.

No way Rosé... NO alcohol 48 hrs prior to Microblading

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Whether it's Rosé, any wine or any other alcohol it's recommended you avoid all alcohol prior to your Microblading procedure. 

Alcohol thins the blood, making it more likely you bleed more than the expected throughout Microblading and/or any form of semi/permanent cosmetic makeup. When you bleed more, it's likely to push the pigment out and may even cause the results to blur. 

I've worked in the Medical field most of my adult life and I've seen the difference it makes in your results for any procedure you may be healing from. (Two days really isn't that long!) If I haven't made my point yet, it affects your results and wastes my time and effort into making your upgraded eyebrows flawless for you. 

I had a client who chose to not follow the recommended pre & post care advice. She chose to drink even day of the procedure. Not only did she bleed, complain of it being more uncomfortable in comparison to the "norm", but it also affected her results in pigment retention. 

Unfortunately, it impacts more than just her desired results, nevertheless a poor reflection of my work. 

I want you to have flawless beautiful new brows that you are proud to wear on your face for the next 12-18 months. 

Please don't Drink and Microblade!  

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