What to expect, what not to expect
Having an invasive treatment can be a very daunting experience, it takes a lot of trust to let someone put a mark on your face that is permanent. Finding that person in this ever growing industry can be like going into a mine field. You have so many questions, their say they are good but is their work actually good? They say they have a space next week, should you grab it? We hope to bust some myths and iron out some creases so nobody ever has to make a mistake when it comes to choosing their permanent makeup artist again.
“My friend went there”
It is normal, and smart, to take recommendations. However sometimes the friend recommending didn’t do their research and you may be left disheartened. Make sure you research this person yourself, follow them on social media for a while, make sure you are in love with the work they produce, anything less and you should walk away.
“Blood was everywhere”
Not overly common in permanent makeup, microblading however, due to the complete lack of integrity and skills imparted from the many training providers, newly trained microbladers are free to score peoples faces “as hard as they can”, and it is happening every day. Neither treatment should have much blood, if any at all. Slight pin point bleeding is normal but not everyone will bleed. Oilier skins will bleed more but this should also be an indicator for the skilled artist to do a different method to avoid this trauma.
“I had the consultation on the same day”
The more popular artists may have this system in place to reduce your wait time for a treatment, and if they are confident and good at their job then this should be no issue(provided you answered pre screening questions to ascertain your suitability and had a patch test posted to you). If you suspect that they are less experienced, we recommend asking for a separate consultation to ensure you are happy with their work and their set up.
“I didn’t sign any forms”
If you are not offered any forms to fill in as soon as you arrive, leave.
“It was in their living room”
Any invasive treatment where body fluid (lymph, blood) could be present, in order to legally perform the treatment, it MUST be over a wipeable floor (laminate, tile etc) if it is over a carpet you should leave immediately. There should be absolutely no children present, not only for their concentration but for insurance purposes. If the room is dimly lit, you would wonder how they can precisely see what they are doing. If there are pets roaming around, how sanitary is the environment where these animal hairs are freely floating through the room and landing on the surface that your tools are being held on before they are to break your skin. If at any moment you are unhappy with the environment you are in you should ask the question. Some home studios are presented beautifully so this should not be written off, simply checked out, first.
“It didn’t work the first time so they did it another 4 times”
Some skin types are simply less suitable for these treatments. Very oily, very tough, sun damaged etc these skin types will be very resistant to pigment especially with some techniques over others (microblading). If the technique used didn’t work, and there is absolutely no pigment left for example, the artist should review your aftercare, but also they should consider changing to a more suitable technique. If it still does not work, a good, honest artist will recommend that you discontinue treatment. If it is patchy this is normal and this can be fixed, but a complete absence of pigment post healing should be taken as a sign that the skin simply does not want to play ball.
“The whole thing took 30 minutes”
A typical permanent makeup appointment should be around 2h including pre draw and forms. Microblading can take less, around 1h 15 for someone who is very skilled, however 30 minutes is less than it should take to do just one pass (out of 2-4 passes) let alone the whole treatment including pre draw. It is not possible to be taking time and care when finishing this quickly. A conveyer belt of poorly made eyebrows, if you wish.