FAQ2018-10-13T19:48:40+00:00

About Permanent Cosmetics

What licensing requirements should I look for when choosing an artist?

In the state of Virginia both the artist and the building they work out of should be licensed by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) specifically for the art of tattooing.
An individual with a license to perform cosmetology, esthetics, or nails can legally perform microblading and cosmetic tattoo services ONLY if they have a ‘Permanent Cosmetic Tattooer’ license as well.  Having proper licensure guarantees that your artist has successfully completed proper training at a state approved school, that they have passed a written theory examination, and that they are certified in Blood Borne Pathogens as well as First Aid and CPR.

What Do I Need To Know Before My Procedure?

• All clients should avoid alcohol and caffeine 24 hrs before any procedure.
• Having the procedure during your menstrual cycle may make you more sensitive to discomfort.
• All clients should avoid blood thinning supplements and medications (always consult with your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed medication) I.e.: Coumadin, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish oil, Niacin, St. Johns Wart, and Gingko Biloba.
• All clients should avoid sweating for several days following the procedure. Sweat contains salt, which can prematurely fade the pigment in the skin.
• It is highly suggested that you avoid sun exposure prior to your appointment. If you arrive to your appointment with a sunburn, you will need to reschedule. As your skin exfoliates from sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
• If you arrive for your procedure with any abrasion, skin irritation, bruising, scabbing, or skin rash I will not be able to perform the procedure. No exceptions.
• If you have ever taken ACCUTANE, you must be off of it for ONE YEAR prior to your procedure.
• I am not able to tattoo women who are pregnant or nursing, those with diabetes who are insulin dependent, or those who are on prescription blood thinners.

What Do I Need To Know After My Procedure?

• Post procedure, avoid touching the area with your hands and always use a clean cotton swab to apply your aftercare ointment.
• DO NOT RUB, PICK OR SCRATCH THE AREA FOR ANY REASON!
• The pigment color may fade 10–60% before your first touch up appointment.
• Your follow up procedure should be performed 4-8 weeks following your initial appointment. A follow up is necessary to achieve the best possible final result and gain the longevity you want from your permanent makeup procedure. Touch-up visits that are booked longer than 8 weeks from the initial procedure date will be subject to additional fees.
• Avoid dirt and sweat for the first few days post procedure. And swimming in pools or open bodies of water for 2-3 weeks.
• You will need to keep the area dry from water for the first 24 hours post procedure.  Please plan your showers accordingly.
• Post Procedure and Long Term Care: the use of Retin A, Retinols, Glycolic acids (or any type of acids meant to resurface your skin), lightening products, and treatments such as Fraxel, Hydroquinone, Chemical Peels or Spa facials, Microdermabrasion, Laser treatments on the face, Photo Facials (IPL’S) etc. will all contribute to premature fading of your pigment. Please have your technician avoid areas where you have permanent makeup.  Additionally it is recommended that you use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher with zinc as the sun is the number one factor in tattoo fading.

What is Microblading?Tina Davies Harmony Microblade

Microblading (also known as micro-stroking, eyebrow embroidery, and feathered brows) is a relatively new, manual method of tattooing.  It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the upper layers of the skin.  Many clients are falsely under the impression that microblading is not a tattoo. Anytime pigment is implanted under the skin with any device, this is precisely the definition of a tattoo.  Microblading is a great option for those who are seeking an ultra natural look.  Because this is a manual technique, the color that is implanted is extremely superficial and touch ups are recommended biannually.

What About Fading?

All tattoos will fade over time. Applying sunscreen to your treated areas and being mindful while having aggressive skin treatments will help preserve the vibrancy of your color. On average most clients have their permanent makeup touched up approximately every 5 years or so depending on their lifestyle.
As mentioned above, the use of Retin A, Retinols, Glycolic acids (or any type of acids meant to resurface your skin), lightening products, and treatments such as Fraxel, Hydroquinone, Chemical Peels or Spa facials, Microdermabrasion, Laser treatments on the face, Photo Facials (IPL’S) etc. will all contribute to premature fading of your pigment.

Organic vs. Inorganic Pigments

We all seem to think that organic is better, especially when it comes to our food and cosmetics. While this may be true in those areas, organic isn’t always best when it comes to tattoos. Generally speaking, organic pigments are derived from plants. Plant based pigments can be extremely dangerous to implant into an individual’s skin due to so many life threatening food allergies that individuals have developed. Additionally, they are not as stable as inorganic pigments, which contain iron oxide.
Iron oxides have been used for over a century in traditional and permanent cosmetics; because iron is the most stable and the most common of all of the elements. It is also nontoxic and has a variety of colors. In short, using inorganic pigments is not only safer, but the pigment will last longer too.

Permanent Eyeliner

The use of eye makeup such as mascara and eye shadow should be avoided for 7-10 days post procedure as the eyeliner heals.
• Contact lenses should not be worn during the procedure. Clients are advised to bring glasses, and plan to wear them for 72 hrs post procedure.
• The use of topical anesthetics is used before and during the procedure for optimal comfort.
• Clients will be able to keep their eyes closed for the duration of the procedure (yes, even for lower eyeliner)
• For best results the touch-up visit should be scheduled 4-8 weeks after the initial appointment.
• Please avoid strenuous activities that may cause you to sweat for at least 3 days post procedure. Sweat contains salt and salt can prematurely fade the treated area.
• Additionally you will need to keep the area dry from water for the first 24 hours post procedure. Please plan your showers accordingly.
• I also recommend avoiding lash growth serums for 6 weeks following your touch-up appointment. Some research has shown that Latisse can fade PMU prematurely.

Eye Liner After Care

• Do not let your eyes get wet in the first 24 hours following the procedure. If you must wash your face or shower avoid getting the eye area wet. (Facial cleansing cloths and baths are recommended)
• Do not let the eyeliner become dry in the first 24 hours.
• Only use the after care ointment provided, for the first 3 days. Apply a few times each day, and always in the morning and at night. Use a fresh Q­‐tip for every application.
• Keep the area clean and blot off any oozing.
• Itching is common. Eyes may be swollen and tender for a few days. This is normal and will dissipate after a few days. Swelling can be at its peak on the following morning (post procedure) sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help reduce any residual swelling of the eyes. Sleeping with a towel or t-­shirt over your pillowcase is recommended for the first few nights as residual pigment may cause soiling. An ice pack protected with a barrier of film or a paper towel can be used for swelling. Icing is most effective during the first 24 hours. Please do not ice for more than 10 minutes at a time.
• In the morning, if your eyes are stuck together, use a clean wet Q-­tip and gently separate. Do not rub, peel, or pick.
• Eyes heal very well, however, it is possible to be exposed to a secondary infection like conjunctivitis. Seek medical attention for an antibiotic steroid eye drops.
• Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands. Avoid environments that would cause exposure to these, dirt or germs while healing, (approximately 2 weeks).
• Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure. UV protective sunglasses add wonderful protection from the sun.
• Avoid hot water, direct water pressure, pools, and other bodies of water until healed.
• Avoid all creams around the eye area, for approximately 2 weeks. If ointment causes irritation, please discontinue and contact your technician for an alternative crème.
Always use a brand new tube of mascara after each eyeliner procedure.

1-2 Days: The color will begin to clarify to its final result

3-4 Days: Pigment begins to lift away with a tight peeling. Some itching is normal – do not pick at area (apply an ice pack for relief)

5-10 Days: The color will begin to clarify to its final result

$250  Upper Only
$250  Lower Only
$400  Both Upper & Lower

Permanent Eyebrows

Please arrive to your appointment with your eyebrow makeup as you usually wear it. I will take into consideration your desired look but also need to consider a multitude of other factors such as face shape etc.
• Topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure for optimal comfort.
• No two sides of the face are totally symmetrical. Every effort is made to perfect your eyebrow symmetry as it relates to your to your facial features.
• A common misconception is that existing brow hair must be removed before the procedure. I do NOT shave or remove existing brow hair. I am able to preserve existing hair growth and work around any/all eyebrow hair.
• Please note if you wax or thread your eyebrows, you should have this done 72 hours prior to your appointment. Please wait at least 21 days after your procedure for additional hair removal/ grooming.
• Your eyebrows will appear BOLDER immediately after the procedure. Hairstrokes appear crisp and tight until after the flaking stage (around day 6 or 7) when they soften.
• If you have extremely oily skin, the hairstroke technique may heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result has the potential to look more powdered than one may expect. For this reason you may want to consider the powerfill technique.
• For optimal results the touch-up visit should be scheduled 4-8 weeks after the initial appointment.
• Please avoid strenuous activities that may cause you to sweat for at least 3 days post procedure. Sweat contains salt and salt can prematurely fade the treated area.
• Additionally you will need to keep the area dry from water for the first 24 hours post procedure. Please plan your showers accordingly.

Eyebrow After Care

• Do not let your eyebrows get wet in the first 24 hours. (Facial cleansing cloths are recommended)
• Your technician has applied a barrier cream to your brows which will last 3 days. It is waterproof but not scrub proof. After the 3rd day you can expect some flaking. It is not uncommon for the flakes to be the color of the ink we used. Your tattoo is not falling off.
• Let the brows flake naturally without exfoliating or sloughing them off.
• Avoid the sun and tanning beds post procedure.
• Avoid direct water pressure, pools, and other bodies of water until healed. (2 weeks)
• Do not pick or rub the area.
• Brows will oxidize and get darker before they soften after the flaking process. This is normal.
• After weeks 2 you may resume your normal cleansing routine without having to baby the area as much.
• The color often ‘blooms’ or flourishes during weeks 3-4 so if they seem too light post flaking, be patient.

1-2 Days: Color will be darker and bolder in width

4 Days: Exfoliation will begin causing the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and the eyebrows will appear narrower

5 Days: Eyebrows may itch, this is normal – do not pick at the area (use an icepack for relief)

7-14 Days: Color finishes flaking off and the eyebrows may appear too soft in color.

15-30 Days: Color clarifies to final results.

$450 + Powderfill, Hairstrokes or Microblading

*Exact pricing is determined at the consultation depending on your existing brow hair and the look you’re trying to achieve.

$650 – Corrective Color

Permanent Lips

• Clients can choose from lip liner, liner plus shading, or full lip color.
• Topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure for optimal comfort.
• Some swelling is normal and should subside within 24 hrs post procedure.
• Clients should avoid spicy/ acidic foods for several days following their procedure.
• Additionally clients are advised to brush their teeth with only water for 48-72 hrs as most toothpastes can irritate the lips.
• All clients will be given an approved lip balm to use in the weeks following their lip enhancement.
• Lip color will fade 50-70% upon healing so it is necessary to use a pigment that is significantly more intense than the desired result.
• Lips heal in 3 stages: too dark, too light, and just right. A touch-up is required to perfect the color and overall saturation, 4-8 weeks following the initial appointment. In some cases a third visit may be needed.

Lip Liner and Full Lip After Care

• Do not wash your lips for the first 24 hours. If you must wash your face use a facial cleansing cloth. Please be advised it is a good idea to brush your teeth with just water for the first 72 hours, post treatment.
• Lips will feel swollen and very dry after your procedure. Apply after care ointment several times a day. This should be done for at least 14 days post treatment. Do not allow lips to become dry. This may interfere with healed color. During the day if lips feel dry, apply a liberal amount of ointment. Just tap on skin as opposed to rubbing it in.
• After the lips are no longer tender to the touch they may become flaky. This is normal and is expected. Please do not pick or scratch them.
• Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure. Be sure to the use a lip balm with SPF 30 once lips are healed, approximately 2 weeks.
• Do not use any Glycolic, Hydroxy, or fruit acid products on lips.
• Avoid hot water, direct water pressure, pools, and other bodies of water until healed. Please avoid any friction to lip area.
• You can resume wearing lipstick once lips are healed, approximately two weeks. Use a new lipstick after all lip treatments.
• Redness, swelling, tenderness, and dryness are all common post treatment side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. It is best to avoid oily, salty, acidic foods, and alcohol while healing.
• Lips are a muscle and will need 2 to 3 sessions to complete this procedure. Lips are unpredictable. Some clients will yield very strong lip color. Others will only heal with slight color uptake. This will vary on an individual basis. Clients with sun damage, scar tissue (from injury or fever blisters) and clients with implants may not have strong results. Hyperpigmentation (darkening) can happen on any lip without warning. Fever blisters are a known side effect of all lip procedures. Clients are asked get a prescription for an anti-­‐viral medication (Valtrex) from their doctor prior to any lip procedure, to help avoid an outbreak.
• Lip retouch must be scheduled 30-­‐45 days apart from initial session to help with color retention.
• Lips heal in three stages: too dark – too light – just right. This takes one month to happen.

1-2 Days: Lips will appear darker and swollen when first done. Keep area moist.

3-4 Days: Exfoliation may begin and color may appear with a slight orange effect.

5-6 Days: Lips may be very chapped and lips will begin to lighten

7-14 Days: Color may look like it is totally gone, do not be concerned this is all part of the process

15-21 Days: Color begins to bloom – lips may remain dry. Use a good lip balm with SPF 30 to help.

$350 Liner Only
$450 Liner and Shading
$500 Full Lip

Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions add volume, length, and curl instantly.  With varried lengths and thickness, the overall look can be tailored to each individual client.  Lash serums are no competition for eyelash extensions, which offer instant gratification and glamour.

• Lash extensions are ideal for brides, beach vacations, and anyone who wants eyes that pop when they awake each morning!
• If cared for properly, semi-permanent eyelash extensions will last about 3 weeks at which point you will have 50% remaining.  The look can be maintained indefinitely with routine ‘fills’ or touch ups.
• The initial application takes 2 hours to apply, and is so relaxing you may even fall asleep
• Classic lashes are applied individually at a ratio of 1:1 (one lash extension to every natural lash)
• I prefer to use synthetic mink lashes.  They are not only kinder to animals but silky soft and hold their curl longer than 100% mink.
• Lashes must remain dry for the first 24 hours following your appointment (showers, steam, tears, & sweat)
• A few “no no’s” – mascara, eyelash curlers, saunas, sleep masks, & oily products such as eye makeup remover, etc.
** There is a 48 hour cancellation policy on all appointments. Late cancellations and no shows will forfeit their deposit and will be charged a fee equal to 50% of the service total for that day.

Classic Lash Extensions $195 full set / $60 for fills

Medical Tattooing

Are You a Candidate for Skin Color Repigmentation?

Even if you have a scar or skin abnormality, you may not be candidate for skin repigmentation. You might be a candidate if you meet the criteria below. Your scar should be:

• Healed and no longer pink or changing color: Your scar should be at least 9 to 12 months old with stable color. If it is red or pink or still changing color, the tissue may still be healing.
• Smooth and relatively flat: Camouflage tattooing cannot disguise or correct extreme changes in skin texture. If your scar or skin area is bumpy or raised, the process may not be effective.
• Without dark edges: Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIHP) from the initial trauma or surgery. It is possible that the camouflage tattooing process may increase the hyper-pigmentation and create a wider, darker border.
• NOT one of the following: Port Wine birthmarks; spider veins; freckles; age spots; under eye circles; hyper-pigmentation; or Vitiligo. These may be improved with treatments such as lasers, sclerotherapy, or chemical peels. Please consult with a physician regarding the best course of treatment for these conditions.

You should:

• Have realistic expectations: Camouflage tattooing will not completely restore skin to the way it looked before it was injured. The process will not “erase” a scar or skin abnormality so it appears completely gone and the area looks “perfect” again. It improves color differences to help disguise the scar or anomaly and make it less noticeable to other people.
• Not spend time tanning: A scar camouflage tattoo will not be a “perfect” match to the surrounding skin color. This is due to the constant changes in skin tones from blood flow, body temperature, and tanning. The pigment in the tattoo will not darken if it is exposed to sunlight or tanning booths, so the tattoo may appear lighter if the surrounding skin tans. When the tattoo color matches tanned skin, it may appear darker once the surrounding tanned skin fades. Therefore, if you spend time outdoors, you will need to adjust your lifestyle or decide to match the tattoo to “winter” or “summer” skin and live with the changes in between.
• Not expect results in one session: Camouflage repigmentation is a process, not a one-time “cure”. It is performed on “unhealthy” skin that has been damaged or altered. Its response cannot be predicted—a scar or graft may have areas that absorb pigment, reject it, or both. The area will look dark and red immediately after a tattooing session, and then it takes several weeks to show the healed color (or not). This requires time and patience.

Exact pricing will be determined at your consultation.  Insurance will often reimburse these costs, so please ask for the appropriate forms.

Care Instructions

Facts About The Permanent Makeup Procedure

• Permanent makeup for eyeliner, eyebrows and lips requires a consultation prior to the procedure
• Topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure so discomfort is minimal
• The duration for all procedures is 2 hours
• Permanent cosmetics, while permanent, will need to be touched up approximately every 2-5 years as fading will occur.  The frequency depends on your lifestyle

Precare Instructions:

30 days prior to all procedures:

• Clients must be off Accutane for one year, prior to all procedures.
Permanent Eyeliner – No lash perms or tinting should be done within 3 days of this procedure and 30 days post procedure. If you wear fake eyelashes you cannot wear them before, during, or until healing is complete post procedure. Please stop using Latisse and other lash growth serums for 1 month prior to any eyeliner procedure.
Permanent Lips – If a client has ever had (even years ago) a fever blister, cold sore, or shingles it is necessary that you obtain a prescribed anti viral medication from your doctor or dentist; this should be taken 3 days prior, the day of your appointment and for 3 days following. Please avoid any depilatory or bleaching agents on your lip area 3 days before any lip procedure and 30 days post procedure.

1 week prior to all procedures:

• All clients must be off Retin A, Renova or any products with hydroxy acids.
• Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinning medications (if prescribed, always consult with your doctor)
• Stop taking niacin and vitamin E
• Stop taking gingko biloba, fish oils, omega 3’s, flax seed St. Johns Wart, and any “fat burners”
• Avoid sun exposure and do not tan your face
Permanent Eyebrows – No tweezing, waxing, or tinting of eyebrow hairs should be done within 3 days of this procedure.

24 hours prior to all procedures:

• Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Aftercare instructions for all procedures

• Do not get your tattoo wet in the first 24 hours following the procedure. After 24 hours, let warm soapy water run over the area. Avoid hot water and direct water pressure while healing, approximately 2 weeks.
• Avoid strenuous activity for 3 days following procedure. (I.e. Sweating)
• Do not compress your face in a pillow while sleeping, especially during the first few days.
• Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water for 2-3 weeks. Avoid environments that would cause dirt or germs to come in contact with the area while healing.
• Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure. Sun will lighten the color.
• Do not apply topical cosmetics over area during the healing process, approximately 2 weeks.

Pre-Care and After-Care Guides

Precare PDF
Aftercare PDF