Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can the lips, brows and eyeliner procedures be done on the same day?
A.Yes, there is usually no problem having as many procedures as you like done at the same sitting This can actually be beneficial because you can have any touch ups you may need done at the same time.
Q. Will I need a touchup?
Everyone's skin heals differently. Sometimes when your Permanent Makeup heals, there are spots that did not absorb the pigment as well and needs to be touched up. Touch ups are usually done about 6 weeks after the procedure if they are needed.
Q. Is it a tattoo?
Yes! Permanent Cosmetic Artists are trained to apply pigments in the dermal layer of your skin utilizing tattoo devices. There are different methods of application as well as different types of machines - each technician chooses the device that she is most comfortable with. Our pigments are different than traditional tattoo ink and are specifically designed for use on the delicate facial skin.
Q. Are the procedures painful?
A. Everyone is different in their tolerance and sensitivity. I use excellent topical, and apply it throughout the procedure to keep the area numb so you will be comfortable. Because women are often more sensitive when they are menstruating, it is recommended that you schedule your appointment when you are not having your period.
Q. How safe is permanent makeup?
A.When done under proper conditions, there are no opportunities for disease transmission, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Q. Will permanent makeup fade over time and when should color be freshened up?
A. Yes, permanent makeup does fade over time. Because our pigments are safe for use on the face, they contain different ingredients than tattoo ink and do not last as long. Most people will need to have their permanent makeup freshened at some point, which is usually from three to five years.
Q. Can permanent makeup look smudged after a period of time?
A. Permanent makeup lightens, but does not look smudged over time. One of the reasons permanent makeup is so popular is because it keeps its color and shape and can last for years.
Q. Do people ever have an allergic reaction to permanent makeup?
A. The chances of developing an allergic reaction is extremely remote. I use Premier Pigments, which is among the best in the industry, extremely well respected and has an excellent safety record.
Q. How do you select the colors?
A. Colors are usually selected by a client requesting a certain color for the particular color that is being performed. Often, we work together to select the perfect color for you based on your skin tone, hair coloring and color preferences.
Q. What is a good age to have permanent makeup procedures done?
A. It is never too late or too early to enjoy permanent makeup. At any age, you will wonder how you were ever able to get along without permanent makeup! That said, I do not work on minors (scar camoflauge, with parental permission and accompanyment is the ONLY exception I will make to this).
Q. Will permanent makeup still look good as you get older and the skin changes?
A. As long as you look good with makeup, you will look good with permanent makeup. There is really no age where you have to stop using makeup because of aging skin. If you’re concerned that it might look a little too dark in the future, don’t worry. Permanent makeup will lighten with time. Often, women loose some of their natural eyebrow hair and lip color/definition as they age, and permanent makeup can restore the look that they are used to having.
Q. Will I be able to see each procedure drawn on before the procedure is started?
A. YES! This is the most important step! I will draw on your brows, lips, and sometimes eyeliner will to enhance your facial features and to meet your expectations before the procedure is started. From there, we work on it together until you think it is perfect.
Q. Will I look too made up with permanent makeup?
A. That is largely up to you! Your makeup can be applied as natural or as dramatic as you wish. I prefer to begin my work lightly and err on the side of a more natural look. It is easy to come back in and have a little more applied, but it is difficult to remove if you ask for it too dark or thick. Most women prefer a natural, daytime look and add regular makeup when they go out at night.
Q. HELP! My I just had my permanent makeup done and it is too dark!
A. When permanent makeup is just applied, it always looks darker than it will when it is healed. There are several reasons for this. First, some of the pigment will flake of during the healing process. Then, your skin heals over the top of the pigment which makes it appear lighter. This is true for brows, and liner, but is especially true for lips, due to the unique structure of skin on our lips! If you think your permanent makeup is the perfect color when you leave the clinic, it is likely that you will think it is light once it heals.
Laurie Basic Permanent Makeup
7742 Herschel Avenue, Suite O
La Jolla, CA 92037
7742 Herschel Avenue, Suite O
La Jolla, CA 92037