Permanent Make-Up London

So, what is permanent make up?

Eyebrow Microblading involves using a handheld, manual tool—either a blade or a rotary pen with different configurations of needles depending on what the client is going for. The blade creates slices in the skin, and in the slices, you put the pigment on top and rub it in and let it sit. From start to finish, 2.5 hours are probably needed.

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Is permanent make up safe?

Generally speaking, yes BUT there are definitely other factors to consider such as;

  • Are you allergic to the ink?

You will be asked to come into the clinic 48hours before your appointment and do a patch test before your treatment, which will indicate if your skin has a reaction to the ink or not. Once the ink is inserted into the skin permanently, if you had an allergy it would be a constant source of irritation, inflammation, soreness plus itching. It can also go lumpy.

  • Permanent makeup can cause infections?

Permanent makeup procedures carry the same risk as having a regular tattoo. Ask your permanent makeup artist which inks they use and make sure they are from a reputable source. Bacteria can sit in cheaper ink (especially if sealed in China) and are difficult to treat. Dirty needles can also spread infections, but you should see the practitioner open a brand new, sterile needle before beginning your treatment.

  • Cheap prices don’t always mean good results

Always ask for before and after photos. Most good practitioner’s will also be happy for you to speak to their other clients about their experience/results after the treatment.

  • Is it difficult to remove?

It is permanent to a degree, meaning there will be some residual ink even if it has faded over time. Laser tattoo removal can be an option if you really don’t like it or want it removed.

Can you still wear makeup afterwards?

The most important part of allowing your skin to heal properly after you have had a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment is keeping the area around your eyebrows clean and dry, which includes not using makeup.

Generally, you should wait two weeks before applying makeup to the treated area.  Keeping the skin clean and free from cosmetics is important to prevent infection.  Infections can lead to scarring and getting antibiotics from your GP.  As well as makeup, you should avoid touching the eyebrow area with your fingers or with moisturiser that could irritate the skin. Slight scabbing or flaking of the skin is normal in the tattooed area, as your skin is healing itself.  Be careful not to pick or rub at any scabs to avoid scarring also. You can of still wear makeup on other areas of the face, just be careful to avoid areas where you have had semi-permanent makeup treatment.

Follow the aftercare advice given by your aesthetic practitioner – you should be given this both verbally and written so you can take it home with you. It may seem inconvenient having to avoid makeup on certain areas of your face after microblading and eyebrow tattooing, but you want the best possible outcome for the longevity of your treatment, considering it isn’t a cheap procedure to have done.

If you would like any advice on permanent eyebrow treatments such as ombre, microblading, tattooing, or combo treatments, please get in touch with Ella or call 020 7228 7773

Is eyebrow tattooing permanent or will I need to get a top up?

Some people prefer to describe the results of treatment as semi-permanent, purely because tattoos always fade over time. How quick the fade is, depends on several external factors which include (but are not limited to):

  • Sun exposure
  • Products used on the face (alcohol lifts pigment, skin lightening creams may contain a light bleach)
  • Your body’s immune system (it knows the ink is a foreign object)
  • Skin Type
  • What ink has been used
  • The procedure used to create the (semi) permanent eyebrows



Lip blushing uses a similar tool as the handheld rotary pen used for eyebrow microblading, just with a different configuration of needles.

Your lips are the most sensitive, so this is the most painful form of permanent makeup for most clients. For this reason, a topical, prescription numbing cream will be applied for 15 minutes before the treatment. 

There is no downtime, but you should know that you might be a little shocked by your result at first. You will lose about 50-75 percent of the colour during your first week of healing, your lips are going to look pretty dark immediately following your procedure. Don’t panic!

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