What is semi-permanent make up?

It is an amazing procedure in which permanent hypo-allergenic pigment or micro-pigmentation is applied to a layer of the skin.  It helps to achieve a natural cosmetic enhancement for people of all ages that simply want to look their best at all times without having the mundane task of make-up regimes. If you are after larger looking eyes, fuller lips or perfectly shaped brows, then this can be achieved with the help of semi-permanent make-up.

Does skin type matter?

Semi-permanent make-up is suitable for all skin types and tones.  We understand that different skin types accept colour differently and allow for this when applying.

Will I need an allergy test?

An allergy test is recommended and this can be carried out at your initial consultation.  This will comprise of a small patch test which will indicate if a allergic reaction is likely.

What's the difference between permanent and semi permanent?

It is described as semi-permanent make up simply because the natural pigment is applied to the epidermis level of the skin, which fades in time due to natural skin rejuvenation.  

Although you will find that the pigment will remain permanently within the skin even if it is not actually visible to the naked eye. 

How long does it take?

This really depends on the procedure being undertaken but you should allow between 1 - 2 hours.

What is included in my treatment?

You are provided with a full consultation checking for any contra-indications or allergies. You can also download this form and complete it before you come for your consultation if easier. You will also be offered an allergy test. After discussing your perfect brow shape or lip colour it is down to you to check that you are happy with the desired look. At this point we decide and pick a colour (a colour match to any make-up pencil you currently use can be achieved so please bring along if you wish). Then an anesthetic is applied to your skin for the pigment to be added. It's applied via a small cartridge of fine needles in the shape of a pen and it's just like applying make up. The treatment is approx 1 hour, followed by the application of an after care ointment which will be given along with home/aftercare advice.


How long does it take to heal, and what is the process?

By day two a light crust will form over the area which is perfectly normal and all part of the healing process.  This crust will gradually flake off within a few days and depending on what treatment you have had you can expect to heal within 4 to 7 days.

Is one treatment enough, or will I need two or three?

It is recommended to have a "top up" every 18 months to 2 years in order to keep the pigment visible. 


What will happen in the first week or two?

After the initial healing you may find your newly tattooed areas slightly darker than anticipated.  Please don’t worry! It is expected as during the first 3 weeks you will find the colour will soften by up to 30%.

How long does it last?

Whilst it impossible to say precisely, (as everyone is different) a fair expectation is between 2 to 5 years.

Will I need pain relief?

You can expect some small level of discomfort (prickly sensation) but this depends on the person and the area being worked on, some people being more sensitive than others. We apply a topical anesthetic beforehand to reduce any uncomfortable sensations


Is it safe?

Safety is paramount! Each sterile needle is opened in front of the client to eradicate any infection risk.  

If you have a history of cold sore attacks the lip-liner treatment may occasionally cause an outbreak because the area of skin has been traumatized.  Rest assured that this can only happen if the client already has the herpes simplex 1 virus in their body.  If this is the case please consult your Dr prior to your procedure.