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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Permanent Makeup and is it for me?

Do you spend a lot of time putting on your makeup? Now picture waking up and your makeup is already done. Time is a valuable thing to waste and with permanent makeup, you can spend your time doing other important things.

We live in a busy and fast moving society and Permanent Makeup allows us to look our best morning, day and night. Permanent Makeup gives us an enhanced and energized look without any smudges or running makeup. We sometimes look at ourselves in the mirror and may not like what we see reflecting back at us. Some of us may say “I look as if I am tired" or “I have uneven eyebrows” or even “I hate my thin lips.”  Permanent Makeup allows you the ability to enhance what you were born with. Touch of Beauty Inc. offers you Permanent Makeup for the eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, full lips, beauty marks and we also offer enhancements of your lashes with lash tinting, and also lash extensions.

The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on the procedure type. Follow up procedures usually do not require as much time as the initial.

How Permanent is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. Permanent makeup color fades after a couple of years depending on many different factors including age of the client, their health, their skin condition, prolonged exposure to the sun or other forms of UVA and lastly, care of the area during the healing process.

The lifetime integrity of color has nothing to do with the permanent nature of any form of tattooing. The pigments made of natural vegetable extract is injected into molecules and those molecules remain in the skin forever. Even if a procedure is done to remove the color with a laser, the pigment molecules still remains in the skin; therefore the color has only been bleached from the skin.

If permanent makeup could be protected from UV 100% of the time, it would retain it's original color for many many years. But, tattoos on the face even with high SPF protection are constantly exposed to the sun. The lighter the color implanted into the skin, the more it has the potential to be affected by UV rays. As with hair color, the lighter the color in the hair, the more it will fade or bleach out with constant exposure to sunlight or to other forms or UV rays. No Permanent Makeup is permanent in relations to color which works in our favor.


Permanent Makeup is for you if you experience the following:

  • Have trouble seeing where to apply your makeup.

  • Spending too much time applying makeup in the morning.

  • Spending too much money on cosmetics each year.

  • ALOPECIA aerate or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes.

  • Anyone who is 18-100 years of age who desires a soft & natural enhanced look to their appearance.

  • Chemotherapy recipients with full or partial hair loss.

  • Allergies to or sensitivity to makeup products.

  • Motor impairment, including arthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup.

  • Physically active individuals who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics.

  • Entertainer, Actress, Models, Busy professionals or Busy moms.

  • Men who want feature enhancement that looks natural.

  • Want more symmetrical features.

Q: How painful is the procedure?

A: The application of the pigments feels like a little bee sting. A topical anesthetic is used on the area for 15 minutes to prevent any discomfort for the client. Everyone has a different pain threshold and/or resistance to anesthetics. During the procedure, you will be asked how your pain level is from 1 to 10 every couple of minutes.

Q: How long will it take?

A: The average time of the procedure takes about an 1 1/2  to 2 1/2 hours to complete based on type of procedure done. The full lip procedure can take up to two and a half hours and lash extensions can take up to 2 to 3 1/2 hours. I like to take my time with my clients and not rush the procedure to get the desired results my clients want. Your time and your patients will be rewarded and is very much appreciated. Touch up that are required after the procedure can take anywhere from half the time to the full amount of time depending what needs to be done. This is procedure not a race for the best time.

Q: How long does it last?

A: Permanent Makeup can last 1 to 5 years depending on different factors such as skin type, after care, sun exposure and uses of certain cleanser and moisturizers containing glycolic acids (fruit acids).

Q: What is the recovery time?

A: Swelling should diminish within 24-48 hours with proper after care. You will need to follow the post care instructions carefully to achieve your results. A&D ointment should be applied to the treated area for about 1 week. An ice pack with a moist towel can be placed on the area for no more than 10 minutes to reduce swelling. Healing time is different for each procedure. You may see the full description on our Post Care instruction sheet at the Form section on the main page.

Q: Would I be able to wear cosmetic products after the procedure?

A: We recommend that you do not wear regular makeup for 1 week. You should use new makeup to avoid any infections. After the healing phase is over, you may wear regular makeup to create a different look with the permanent makeup you already have. Like fashion, makeup styles changes all the time. We recommend that you have your permanent makeup natural and conservative so that when the makeup style changes, you can also change.

Q: What colors are best for me?

A: This would be our job to find the best color that matches your skin hues and hair color. If your hair color changes, this will not be of any concerns. I suggest bringing in your favorite cosmetic products during your consultation so we can match up the color to create your very own custom mixed pigments.

Q: Is Permanent Makeup Safe?

A: Permanent Makeup is an invasive procedure and sterile techniques should be used. We will be using disposable tips and needles and will also follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Our client health and safety is very important to us.

Q: What do I need to do before my procedure?

A: You must wear your eyeglasses on the day of the procedure. Please remove all makeup from the face. Please refer to our form section on our main page on the left hand side.

Q: What should I expect on the day of my appointment?

A: You will fill out your paperwork before we start. I will go over your instruction for how to care for the area being working on. At this time you may ask any questions or concerns you have about the reading materials or any general questions you have for me. To save time, you may print out the forms on the home page of our site and bring it in with you. Payment will be taken before the procedure. I will go over color preference with you and find out what kind of look you are looking for. You will need to wear a bouffant cap and will have a drape to cover you to protect your clothing from getting stained. You will lay on a massage bed in a clean and relaxing environment. I will complement your experience with us with calming music and aromatherapy scented candles.

First, a topical anesthetic will be applied on the treated area for 15 minutes. Once you are numb, I will make my first pass to break the skin. This allows the skin to absorb the anesthetic for maximum numbing of the area. After the first pass, I will make another pass to implant the pigment. Witch Hazel will be used after each implantation for comfort and to minimize bleeding. Allow at least 2 hours in the office. After the procedure you will receive a free gift along with after care products to use during your healing process. Your makeup will look DARK, this is expected. The area will be tender, swollen and peel for a few days. The color will get less intense after it the oxidation phase of the color. You are required to schedule a touch up visit no more than 60 days from your procedure day. If you wait till after your 60 days, you will be charged for your touch up.

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