FAQs

Your Questions.
Answered By Renee.

Please watch the video & read this entire section until the end before coming in for your appointment.

Frequently Asked
Questions

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup is specialized cosmetic tattooing. It is also commonly referred to as Microblading, Micropigmentation, 3-D or 6-D Brows, Brow-Feathering, Brow Embroidery, etc.

Is it safe?

Safety and cleanliness is a priority and our environment and commitment reflect these values. All needles are sterile for individual use and are fully disposed after each use.

Is it painful?

I will use a high-grade topical anesthetic prior to and throughout the duration of the procedure for your comfort. Most clients feel nothing or describe a “tweezing” sensation. Sensitive clients may require longer numbing but the sensation is tolerable. Many clients fall asleep in the chair during the procedure.

What will I look like after the procedure? What activities do I avoid?

Your permanent makeup will intensify in color and appear darker and more defined for the first 4-6 days. It will appear darkest the next day. There may also be an alteration in the color and it may look “warmer” or reddish in tone if you’re prone to sensitive skin. There may be temporary redness for half an hour after the procedure. This will subside. If you are self-conscious you may want to resume regular social events after one week. After one week, the intensity will soften 30%-40%.

When can I return to work?

Many times clients return to work immediately after or resume the next day; it’s up to you and your comfort level. The most noticeable day is the next day. Eyebrow procedures produce minimal swelling (Hairstroke Machine Method may produce minimal swelling) and no bruising but the color will intensify in the following days post procedure. Please note: your permanent makeup will look darker than usual during the first week–this is completely normal.

How do I prepare my skin for my appointment?

For the best results, please ensure that the specific area is healthy, moisturized, and free from irritations and blemishes prior to your procedure. If the skin area is damaged or “open” it is best to wait for it to heal first. MOISTURIZED, CALM SKIN IS ESSENTIAL. AVOID RETINOLS, EXFOLIANTS AND DRYING AGENTS. If your skin is dry, irritated or “flared up,” it is detrimental to the procedure as this prevents optimal retention. Please take care, be advised and prepare accordingly. Please refer to the PREP + AFTER page.

How long will my brows last? Is it really permanent?

The “permanence” of the brows depends from person to person because there are a myriad variables at play that affect the longevity of your permanent makeup. It will fade over time. It’s called “Permanent Makeup” because the particles from the pigment stay in your skin forever, although the saturation dissipates eventually causing fading/visibly perceived complete dissipation. Factors such as natural elements, skin type (i.e. Oilier skin can fade faster), age, skincare regimen (i.e. anti-aging creams), facials, peels, sun exposure, tanning beds, sweating, exercise habits… are all at play when it comes to affecting the life span of your brows. On average, they may last anywhere from 1-3 years. However, they start to fade the moment you get them because as the skin cells shed and regenerate, the pigment will surface and eventually fade out. It is recommended to get touch-ups to freshen up the PMU to maintain its natural look every 6 months to a year.

Many clients ask “how will I know when I should get them done again?”… the answer is usually “you’ll know…!” because you will grow increasingly frustrated at the lack thereof or you’ll find that you’re back to filling them in again more than you’d like. Usually after the first round, you’ll get an idea of your body’s cycle and how often you prefer to come in.

You can anticipate acclimating to your new brows, however, so you may find that your “preference” will evolve into an increasingly fuller/more filled-in look over time. For example, you may think your brows are more faded than they are because you’ve gotten used to having them filled in as opposed to when you initially came in with virgin brows. We can always go darker, just let us know because we always err on the conservative side!

I have ``odd`` skin texture. Is this procedure for me?

Facial skin, unlike the skin on the rest of the body, is particularly delicate. On top of that, thin skin, age and texture affects the outcome of the permanent makeup. If you have skin that is of concern, please send us a photo before your appointment. Very few people have completely flawless skin and I will do my best to work along with your situation. A follow-up appointment is included with each new application and allows for improvement and fine-tuning.

What about my existing eyebrows? Should I groom them?

During your consultation, I’ll take the time to groom and trim your existing eyebrows. Permanent makeup does not affect the existing hair, it only addresses the skin. You are encouraged to maintain the shape created during your consultation and procedure once the brows are completely healed. If you have unwanted grey hair, you have the options of dyeing it, using a mascara, or removing them.

Can I get permanent makeup cheaper than your prices?

Yes, you can shop around but more important than price is quality. My price reflects my commitment to quality, safety, service and expertise gleaned from my cumulative experience in the beauty industry. When choosing a permanent makeup professional, you are choosing an artist that you invest with not only for one appointment, but for years to come as you age and change your look, so chose the best professional that meets your standards. Please take your time to do your due diligence. It’s your face!

Can you fix somebody else's work?

It is possible, depending on case-by-case. Please email us CLEAR photos of your brows (with no makeup on).

If your eyebrows are a highly saturated grey, red, purple, black or extremely dark, I highly recommend getting them removed by a specialist or by laser beforehand. This will give me a suitable base to work from once your brow area is fully healed. If your eyebrows are faded or light, I can usually work with them in an effort to “camouflage” the previous design if the shape is agreeable with my aesthetic. However, you’ll need to send in CLEAR photos to see how I can help you, otherwise you may waste your time by coming in for an appointment only to be disappointed if I’m unable to help you. Please note, in some cases the existing permanent eyebrows can negate the effect of the hairstrokes, causing them to blur. However, as your permanent eyebrows fade with time, I can build up the effect for you. Please know that in some cases extra sessions may be required as it is unique case-per-case.

Please note that if you previously had tattoo work done, a photograph must be submitted before scheduling an appointment.****

CAVEAT
This is an appeal to common sense. Please be aware that Permanent Makeup is an ART and not a science. As artists there is only so much we can do to control the outcome of each procedure. Please trust that I am deeply invested in giving you beautiful eyebrows–it’s my craft and my passion. Each individual renders unique and non-replicable variables that will produce variegated results during every procedure. Every procedure is unique and may produce a different outcome, even for the same person. Even the same person over time may have changes to the skin and produce different results. I cannot predict or control this. Committing to follow-through with your procedure means that you understand the inherent risks involved. Going to another artist after having your brows done by Brows by Renee automatically releases you as a client. Brows by Renee has the right to release you as a client at anytime.

We reserve the right to refuse services to anyone.

A note on LATISSE: there are currently studies going on indicating that LATISSE may inhibit color retention indefinitely into the skin. If you have used LATISSE in the brow area within the past two years, and continue to move forward in getting a brow procedure done, you are acknowledging the inherent risk that your skin may not take to the procedure and there may be little to no retention. No additional services will be provided beyond the customary process.

Do I need to have a consultation before my appointment?

No, it is not necessary. During the initial portion of your appointment, we will have a conversation about what you’re hoping to achieve and I will recommend shapes and colors based on my assessment of your features and will do a “reshaping”of the proposed design. I always offer an extensive explanation of this as well; due to my 12 years as a beauty educator, it’s an inherent part of my routine to explain the process to my clients to ensure that you understand each step of the way. It is my priority to ensure that all of your questions are answered and that you feel absolutely comfortable and confident in moving forward in going through with the procedure. Also, I will be seeing you for a follow-up appointment in the following months so you may “fine-tune” your design and make adjustments to shape and color. I always err on the natural side since we can always go “bolder, bigger, darker,” with ease but not so much the other way around. I show you the colors I will choose before we begin so there are absolutely no surprises during the appointment–it’s a collaboration from beginning to end. We do not proceed unless we are both on the same page.

What can I expect the day of the procedure?

Please allocate around 2 hours for your appointment. First I will carefully analyze your facial shape, structure and features, pinpointing how your natural features can be enhanced by the procedure. Then, I will advise you on the most suitable shape and colors to match your skin and hair tone. Finally, using a cosmetic pencil, I will create a design by reshaping your existing brow to help you envision your ideal end result. Only once you are 100% happy, I will proceed to numb you with the topical anesthetic for 20 minutes. Each procedure normally lasts approximately 45 minutes. Lastly, I will review aftercare instruction with you and schedule your follow-up visit.

Will getting my brows done save me money?

Yes, more than likely! According to InStyle, the average woman spends over $15,000 on makeup during their lifetime. This statistic reveals just how much money permanent makeup can save you in the long-run. More importantly, permanent makeup will save you precious time that allows you to “wash and go” in the morning and step out of the house with confidence.

Do I have to avoid any activities after my procedure?

Yes. You will need to avoid SWEATING and avoid contact with water as much as possible and exposure to sun. No swimming and suntanning for 2 weeks after any procedure. Gentle washing with gentle cleansers only when absolutely needed. Only the following 3 products are allowed in the brow area: moisturizer, oils (grapeseed, coconut, argan, etc.), and the aftercare provided (A+D ointment, Aquaphor, etc. OK). Avoid scrubbing the permanent makeup area until it has fully healed.

Can I wear makeup as usual after the procedure?

You’ll need to wait two weeks before you can apply your makeup as usual in the brow area. Keeping the brow area skin clean and free from cosmetics is important during the healing process so as to prevent infection and impeding the healing process. You may wear makeup around the area.

Precare and
Aftercare

What should I do for Pre-Care

General Rules: No working out the day of the procedure, no coffee on the day of, no tan or sun for one week prior, no aspirin, niacin, vitamin E or ibuprofen 48 hours before, no alcohol the night prior or day of procedure, no waxing or tinting area 3 days prior, no Botox 4 weeks prior, no Retin A, AHA products 2 weeks prior, no laser or chemical peels for 1 months prior, no microdermabrasion or dream planing 2 weeks prior.

Should I wear makeup the day of the procedure?

If you normally wear makeup, then yes. This will give me a good idea of your personal makeup routine and style. If you do not wear makeup, please just come naturally and together we can create a look that you’re comfortable with.

What is the ``recovery`` or downtime?

The downtime varies from client to client. This is tricky to answer, since the answer varies from client to client and even the same client can have varying downtimes and outcomes depending on the client’s current lifestyle (i.e. pre-post baby, stress, health, medication, supplements, diet, climate, workout regimen, skincare, etc.). Typically, however, we recommend adhering to a 2-week aftercare routine to ensure an optimal outcome. Some clients report feeling no visible change in their skin at all while others go through the entire “process,” which means the day after the procedure the affected area turns very dark due to oxidizing of the ink (intermingled with blood, lymphatic fluids , etc.), then the color begins to soften and peel (some report light dandruff-like peeling while others report patchy chunks coming off), then the color appears to go away and then return. We advise clients to be patient for one full month, as the skin-cell regeneration cycle is about 28 days and will take that long before being fully healed. At that point the true color of the brows is revealed, which is why we wait one month before proceeding with Touch-ups.

What should I do for Post-Care

The idea is to facilitate your body’s own natural healing process. And since we’re traumatizing the skin, this means making sure that the area is clean and protected until the skin is completely closed. Once the skin is closed we want to allow the skin to heal. By keeping the area clear of sebum-build-up and moist, this ensures optimal healing. This usually means people with drier skin need to stay on top of moisturizing and avoiding over-exposure to water, and those with oilier skin need to keep the area clean of excess oil-build up.

What ingredients are in the products you use?

Here are a list of ingredients for all of the products that will come in contact with your skin during the procedure. If you have any sensitivities, please confirm with your Doctor prior to your appointment.

 

Prenumb: Lidocaine (5%), Water, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Lecithin, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Cholesterol, Allantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate-80.

 

Numbing during Procedure: Lidocaine HCI (5%), Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Epinephrine HCI, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, and Disodium EDTA

 

Pigments: Aqua, EC #231-791-2, CI #21095, CI #77891, Rosen, EC #232-475-7, Glycerin, EC #200-289-5, CI #12477, Hamamelis Virginia Extract, EC #283-637-9, Isopropyl Alcohol EC #200-661-7, Benzyl Alcohol EC #202-859-9/ DMDI I Hydantoin EC #229-222-8

 

Aftercare Cream: Purified Water, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hylauronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

Contraindications

Who is an ``ideal`` candidate?

As with any procedure addressing skin, those with healthy skin are good candidates. Since the procedure requires traumatizing the skin, if the skin is unhealthy, the outcome will be unpredictable and most likely not ideal. We get clients that are teens to women in their 80’s of all ethnic background and everything in between. If your skin is in good condition, you should be good to go.

Who is NOT and ``ideal`` candidate

Client who are not good candidates are those with any bleeding disorders (i.e. hemophilia A,B), anyone with active inflammatory conditions (temporary and chronc) on or near the eyebrow area (i.e. eczema, shingles, rashes), those with potential allergies to ink, alcohol (in the pigment), numbing agents (i.e. lidocaine), glaucoma, recently on prescriptions for acne (i.e. Accutuane, Salicylic Acid), anti-agin remedies (i.e. Retinols, Glycolic Acid, AHA’s, Vitamin C), those on blood-thinners/supplements (i.e. Fish Oils, baby aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, Vitamin E) and those with excessively oily skin that is not currently being managed professionally.

Those requiring a Doctor’s written consent: clients prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, patients undergoing chemotherapy or under multiple medications.

Basically anything that will compromise the normal, healthy state of the skin’s condition can potentially compromise the procedure and outcome. It’s essential to strictly adhere to the pre-procedure precautions and post-procedure aftercare instructions for an optimal outcome.

Am I a suitable candidate for semi-permanent brows?

As long as you meet the minimum age requirements and are relatively healthy, almost anyone can. I have worked with clients of all ages and ethnicities and helped them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Who is NOT an ideal candidate

• You are under 18
• You are pregnant or breastfeeding (Please consult your doctor)
• You have been on Accutane within 1 year
• You have irritation of the skin of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriosis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn or irritation in/around the area of procedure. Renee WILL NOT be able to do the procedure until the blemish or area of concern is completely healed or the mole is removed and healed. If you show up to the appointment and there is an area of concern, you will be rescheduled to the next available appointment (typically months out) and forfeit your deposit for the appointment time lost. A new deposit will be required to reschedule. NO EXCEPTIONS
• You are on Retin-A or Retinols. Be off 30 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure.
• Diabetic (consult your doctor)
• Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
• Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
• Epilepsy
• A Pacemaker or major heart problems
• Had an Organ transplant
• Weepy eyes, eye infection, severe allergies
• Sick (cold, flu, etc. Will affect the healing process, please reschedule)
• You generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily
• You ARE NOT a good candidate if you have LARGE pores or Oily/Severely Oily Skin, your results WILL appear softer/solid or powdered looking.
• You ARE NOT a good candidate if you have thin, sensitive skin AND Rosacea. This will cause bleeding and poor pigment retention.

I'm pregnant/nursing, can I still get the procedure done?

Unfortunately, you must wait until you pass this phase to ensure safety and the best results as your hormones and skin will be out of balance and quite sensitive during this time. You may consult your Dr. and bring in a note if he/she approves.

Cancellation Policy

What is your cancellation policy?

• More than 48 hours notice: $0
• Less than 48 hours notice: $100
• LESS THAN 24 HOURS NOTICE: FULL PROCEDURE FEE

Permanent Makeup is an art,
NOT a science.

Clients results will vary and outcomes are unpredictable. Using a pencil or powder may still be needed. We have no control over your bodies healing process and each time a procedure is done, the pigment will have less retention due to scar tissue. A small percentage of the population may have little to no retention due to the nature of your skin. Please understand this is a possibility and we will not know until the procedure is done and healed. Regarding Hairstroke by machine: at some point the procedure may no longer be performed due to scar tissue and the aging of the skin (varies from person to person).