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Semi-permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing/micropigmentation, but unlike permanent makeup or tattoos it will fade away over time.
The technique used in semi-permanent makeup implants pigment in the upper layers of the skin. The shallow depth of implantation is what makes the procedure semi-permanent which means you can change your look as trends and your skin change.
Semi-permanent makeup is meant to enhance your features and will fade naturally over time so that you can change your look in the future. Body tattoos are permanent and use ink (formulated differently from pigments) which is implanted deeper into the skin (this is what makes it permanent).
We use Minx Mogul or Permablend pigments. Both brands are formulated with iron oxide, alcohol, distilled water, and glycerin which are safe for the skin.
When performed properly, the procedure is quite safe. While practicing careful sterilization and sanitation techniques, a well-trained technician will make sure to use clean, disposable needles and equipment, as well as FDA/Health Canada approved anesthetics.
Most people find microblading a completely tolerable procedure. Some even fall asleep!
Topical anesthetic is used to numb the area before microblading; however, even those who have had the procedure done without anesthetic (due to allergies) usually find it is no more unpleasant than a tattoo, which depends greatly on personal pain tolerance.
Yes! If your artist is skilled, your results should be very natural looking and may even make you look younger! The colour will be bolder the first few days after the procedure, but will fade during the healing process to a soft and muted shade that compliments your features.
Of course, if you prefer a bolder look, that’s an option, too! You can go for a darker colour for a more obvious result if that’s what you like, though we do recommend that unless you regularly wear makeup like that already, try the natural approach first. We can always make it darker and bolder during a touch-up session.
To start the appointment, we will discuss the procedure and go over expectations, your desired result, and talk through possibilities.
There is some paperwork involved in this step, which will include photography consent forms and aftercare instructions.
If you decide to go ahead with the procedure at this point, we will work together to design the perfect brow shape and colour for you, numb the area, and then microblade it!
Designing takes the most time since we want it to be perfect. The microblading itself is only about 20 minutes.
When we are done, we will check the shape together and tweak anything that might need a little something extra. Then aftercare lotion is applied, you will get an aftercare packet and a reminder of what to do to care for them, and you’re ready to go with beautiful fresh brows!
Microbladed eyebrows typically last from 6 months to 3 years, depending on the colour of the pigment, skin type and your lifestyle.
For example: someone with dark pigment and dry skin, who avoids sun exposure and acid-based skin care, their microblading will probably last longer than someone with very light pigment and oily skin, who loves the sun and uses a lot of exfoliants and acid-based skin care.
We recommend a touch up every 1-2 years to keep your brows looking fresh.
After the initial microblading procedure, a touch up is usually required to complete the look around 6-8 weeks later when healing has finished.
After the second session puts the finishing touches on your microblading, we recommend a touch up every 12-24 months to keep your brows looking fresh and crisp.
Microblading is not recommended for people who have heart conditions, difficulty healing, skin conditions around the brows, blood clotting issues, or are taking medications like accutane or steroids.
For a full list of exclusions, please check our Terms & Conditions as well as reading the Preparing for Your Appointment page.
No, we do not recommend or perform microblading on anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. The pigments have not been studied well enough to know if they are safe around babies.
Yes, microblading works on all complexions. Microblading will blur and fade faster on oily skin types, but there are very few people who completely reject the pigment (usually due to an overactive immune system). People with skin conditions around the brows or prone to keloids are not recommended to get microblading, however.
Sometimes, yes. Scars do not always hold pigment the same way undamaged skin does, so initially microblading looks great, but after healing it might appear blurred or disappear entirely. Scars that are mostly flat, smooth and similar to your skin tone in colour are usually more easily hidden by microblading than irregularly shaped scarring that is differently pigmented. Talk with your technician if you have scars you would like camouflaged.
Yes! Please do. You are also encouraged to allow your brows to grow in if you would like a fuller brow.
Look for an experienced technician and take advantage of the consultation. We have been microblading since 2017 and offer free consultations.
Check that the place is clean and safe (needles and accessories should be disposable or properly sterilized and the location must operate with a permit hung in a visible location).
Check that the technician has up-to-date certification in WHMIS, infection prevention/bloodborne pathogen control, and talk to them about their cleaning practices. They should be comfortable talking to you about their safety precautions and routines.
Last, but not least, ask to see plain, un-filtered, non-photoshopped pictures of the technician’s work. If you don't like their style, they're probably not a good fit for you!