Permanent Cosmetics

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Permanent Cosmetics

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We’ve all had those mornings—you wake up late and need to rush out the door, but your makeup routine is going to eat into precious minutes you simply don’t have. It’s mornings like these you might ask yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great not to worry about my makeup every day?”

Luckily, with permanent cosmetics, you don’t have to.

What are Permanent Cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics, or permanent makeup, is simply the art of implanting color by tattooing the eyelash line, lips, or eyebrows. It’s used to enhance or reproduce features that aren’t pronounced or have been lost due to aging, a medical condition, or scarring. You get the flawless look of makeup without the daily application.

Worried about pain? Rest easy. We numb the area before and during the procedure, so it will be as comfortable as possible!

Who is Permanent Makeup For?

Permanent makeup is a great choice for people with busy, active lifestyles and anyone who’d prefer to wake up and go—without sacrificing their beauty routine. You’d benefit from permanent makeup if:

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You have allergies or sensitive skin.

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You have trouble with your makeup running, smearing, or simply wearing off too quickly.

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You have unsteady hands.

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You have arthritic or other pain in your hands, making makeup application difficult.

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You've lost hair due to chemotherapy, accidents, burns, or cosmetic surgery.

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You want to feel radiant no matter the time of day—without any effort.

Unsure if you’re a good candidate for permanent cosmetics? Please feel free to book a free consultation and we can answer all your questions and concerns.

How Should I Prepare for My Permanent Cosmetics Appointment?

A good prep makes for a great procedure. For the best experience and result possible, we suggest the following dos and don’ts.

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If you prefer to have your eyebrows waxed/threaded, do so at least 48 hours before your appointment, otherwise we can remove stray hairs after we design your brows.

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Avoid caffeine the day of your appointment. 

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Wear sunscreen or avoid the sun.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Don’t:

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Go tanning for the 30 days prior to your procedure.

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Use Retin-A near the tattooed area before or after the procedure.

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Work out the day of your appointment.

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Take any medications that may thin your blood (i.e. Asprin, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Vitamin E) 72 hours before or immediately after your procedure.

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Drink alcohol the night before or day of your procedure.

What Can I Expect at My Appointment?

Your tattoo artist may perform a “scratch test” on your body to make sure you’re not allergic to the pigments being used.

Before starting, the area receiving the tattoo will be thoroughly cleaned and you will have a consultation about the color and shape desired.

Based on the consultation, the area being tattooed will be drawn on. For eyebrows, your skin type, existing brows, and bone structure will be taken into account and a recommendation will be given by our permanent cosmetics artist. ​

Once a shape is determined and approved, tattooing will begin. Anesthetics will be applied throughout the process to help keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

At the end of your appointment, we’ll discuss aftercare and address any questions you have. We want your experience to be relaxing and enjoyable. If you have any questions or concerns during or after your appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask.

What Can I Expect Immediately After My Appointment?

Immediately following your procedure, your tattoo will appear much darker and bolder than it will after it heals. This is due to oxidation in the surface layer of your skin. You may experience some redness or swelling around the tattooed area, though this typically disappears within 48 hours.

Within a few days (typically 5 to 7), you will notice some scabbing or flaking of the tattooed area—do not pick at these—doing so can result in loss of pigment. Brows may appear spotty or patchy until the entire brow has finished exfoliating. Powdered brows will heal 50 to 60% lighter than they appear when freshly tattooed.

At 4 to 6 weeks, your brows will be fully healed. If you’d prefer darker, bolder brows, we can always add more color or dimension during your follow-up appointment. 

For best results, avoid pools, salt water, and extreme sun exposure for at least 2 weeks following your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Consultation?

Consultations are free of charge and offered to anyone who would like to discuss their tattoo before booking an appointment. While not required for all procedures, it is required that you come in for a consultation if you need correction work or have had your cosmetics tattooed elsewhere. If you book an appointment without disclosing previous cosmetic tattoo work, it may result in additional charges.

Why Choose Permanent Cosmetics?

The most obvious benefit to permanent cosmetics is waking up every day with your “face on.” You can swim, exercise, shower, and wake up looking put together and ready to go.

Minimal effort, maximum beauty. ​

Why Get Your Permanent Makeup from Refine Dermatique?

At Refine Dermatique, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. That’s why our aestheticians receive the latest training available—meaning you’ll get the best care and results possible.

How Long Do Permanent Cosmetics Last?

Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent because it doesn’t wash away. However, pigments are designed to fade over time. For best results, it’s recommended you follow our aftercare instructions and receive a touch-up every one to two years (or as needed).

All cosmetic tattooing requires a minimum of two sessions. Touch-ups are normal and expected after the first cosmetic tattooing procedure. ​ 

What Factors Will Affect My Permanent Makeup?
  • Bleeding during the procedure: Excessive bleeding during your procedure will greatly affect how your body retains pigment. While this isn’t entirely in our control, you can help minimize bleeding by following our prep instructions, including avoiding blood thinning medications, ibuprofen, fish oil, alcohol, and caffeine prior to your procedure.
  • Oily skin: Tattoos tend to fade and blur more quickly with oilier skin.
  • Iron deficiency: Low iron can result in a quicker fade.
  • Smoking: Smokers may notice that their tattoo fades faster.
  • Sun exposure: Increased exposure to the sun will cause premature fading.
  • Color of pigment: Lighter colors fade quicker than darker colors.
Who Can’t Receive Permanent Cosmetics?


Though permanent makeup is a wonderful solution for many, it’s not for those who are:

  • Pregnant or nursing.
  • Under 18 years old.
  • Currently using Accutane or have used Accutane within the past year.
  • Have a freshly tanned or sunburned face.
  • Are on blood thinning medications.
  • Have rosacea 
How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Initial appointments take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. This includes the designing process, numbing the area, and tattooing. Follow-up appointments take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

What’s the Difference Between Microblading and Powder Brows?

Microblading uses a manual tool to create many tiny hair strokes throughout the brow, whereas the powdered brow look uses a tattoo machine to create a soft shading affect.

*Please note that final results cannot be guaranteed—everyone retains and breaks down pigment differently. A follow-up appointment is recommended at 8-12 weeks where we will assess your pigment retention and make any necessary changes. People with lighter hair, correction work, or sparse eyebrows may require more than one follow-up to reach their desired look at an additional cost.

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