Category Archives: Cosmetic Tattooing and Permanent Makeup

What happens with eyebrow tattoos when you get older and your natural eyebrows turn gray?

  Going gray generally happens gradually for most people and usually not even all the hairs may be affected. So any subsequent touch up would be an opportunity to address the changing color (a brow that is well-defined in color and shape can easily camouflage a few stray gray hairs). If allowed to fade on […]

Is permanent makeup is same thing as a regular tattoo?

Yes and no. Permanent makeup is tattooing as the basic principles of traditional tattooing and cosmetic tattooing have many similarities. However, the face is different than the body. While tattooing on the face it’s necessary to go a bit shallower than the body in order to avoid damage to the skin  and pigment migration, especially […]

How long will my permanent makeup last?

Permanent makeup is considered permanent because once implanted, the color cannot be washed off.  However, as with any tattoo, fading can and does occur as the top layers of the skin continually gets replaced. While this may be disappointing to some people, others may be more comfortable with this knowledge. Exactly how long depends on […]

“Can Smoking Affect the Healing of My Cosmetic Tattoo?”

The outcome of a tattoo is limited by the condition of the skin that it’s implanted into (not to mention anything else done to the skin to make it look better). While smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your skin, it further affects how well a tattoo procedure heals because […]

Does your online scheduling calendar reflect the actual availability of your appointments?

Yes. The online calendar enables clients to make, cancel* and reschedule* their own appointments 24/7, so it shows real time availability and is the quickest way to get an appointment. The online booking app allows 10 minutes to complete the transaction to schedule an appointment. If the transaction to book the appointment is not completed […]

How long does permanent lip color last?

Permanent cosmetic lip tattooing pigment typically fades in 8 to 10 years. That time would be drastically shortened with a great deal of exposure to sunlight. All tattoo pigments are sensitive to UV light, so it’s important to protect them from excessive exposure.

Do you offer any training for permanent makeup?

I am currently only certified through SofTap® to teach the manual or hand method of permanent makeup and have not yet received my certification to teach using tattoo machines. I use both tools in my practice and believe that a course that offers instruction in both methods are important to create a well-rounded skill set […]

Do you do eyebrow tattoos for men?

 Do you do eyebrow tattoos for men? Eyebrow alopecia is quite common in women and men. We actually have more males than you would imagine coming in for permanent makeup eyebrow procedures. With a “natural look” being our main concern and focus, the result is not fake. The result looks just as hair would look. […]

As my brows become gray, how will my eyebrow tattoos hold up?

Going gray generally happens gradually for most people and usually not even all the hairs may be affected. So any subsequent touch up would be an opportunity to address the changing color (a brow that is well-defined in color and shape can easily camouflage a few stray gray hairs). If allowed to fade on their […]

What is the proper dosage of antivirals to take if I get cold sores?

Typical prescriptive anti-viral oral medication dosage is 500mg twice per day for 5-7 days, starting 2 days prior to getting a lip tattoo. This is an important precaution to take because the herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) that causes fevers blisters (aka cold sores) never leaves the body and the outbreaks are extremely contagious. Please note that […]

If I get a lip tattoo, will I be stuck with the same lip color all the time?

If I get a lip tattoo, will I be stuck with the same lip color all the time? We prefer to do subtle colors that look completely natural for your lips so that they have a beautiful tint without looking pale and dull. So not only will you never have to worry about being stuck with a […]

Can I wear makeup to my consultation?

You’re welcome to wear all your makeup as usual if you’re just coming in for your eyebrows. The only time when makeup becomes an issue is when someone comes in for an eyeliner or lip procedure wearing, respectively, hard-to-remove eye makeup or lipstick. If you are coming in for an eyeliner consultation or procedure, please do not wear […]

How often do people need to come in for touch-ups?

After either 1 or 2 consecutive follow ups after the initial session, your cosmetic tattoo should look good for at least a year, and then the frequency of touch ups needed or desired thereafter will vary from person to person. Some peoples’ skin may retain color well while in others the color will fade more quickly. Timely […]

Can I expect an eyeliner tattoo be a lot more uncomfortable than an eyebrow tattoo?

Actually, the opposite tends to be true for most of my clients, and this is probably due to the fact that because the skin on the eyelids is thinner it also numbs more easily. As for pain tolerance, this FAQ sums up for most people: Schedule a Consultation Today. Jeannie Sides, Owner/Practitioner at JuvEssentials is […]

Can Juvederm cause a problem for a lip tattoo?

Juvederm fillers have not been shown to pose problems for a lip tattoo. However, a lip tattoo may remove the need for Juvederm. Unlike a typical injectable filler, lip tattoos can stimulate the creation of your lips’ own natural collagen and give them a fuller appearance – permanently. Schedule a Consultation Today. Jeannie Sides, Owner/Practitioner […]

Before and After Care Do’s & Don’t’s: Here’s What You Really Need To Know

Each different permanent makeup technician may have his or her own set of before and after care instructions. As a client it is your responsibility to follow the instructions that you have been given for optimal results. The following is a common list of before and after care instructions from all across the internet that include those […]

Coming to SF for a visit – can i get my brows done in one day?

Quite a few of my clients travel from outside the Bay Area to see me, however please keep in mind that cosmetic tattooing is usually a multi-session procedure (unless you’re going for a solid fill, which I don’t do), so depending on the state of your brows and the results you’re looking to achieve, you should […]

Does wearing contact lenses impact the recovery of an eyeliner tattoo?

Contact lenses themselves should not impact the recovery of an eyeliner tattoo. However if you are a contact lens wearer it is advised to switch to eyeglasses for the first day or two if your eyes are still sensitive from the procedure. If they feel okay and you have no other alternatives other than contacts, […]

Is it okay to get my eyebrows done while on antibiotics?

There is no way to know if antibiotics would affect a cosmetic tattoo except if a change in body chemistry affects how your skin takes color. But more importantly, it’s important to know what you’re on antibiotics for; the doctor who prescribed your antibiotics should know if there is any contraindication to having your brows tattooed. In the case […]

What’s the difference between permanent makeup and semi-permanent makeup?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color refreshing. Permanent makeup and permanent cosmetics are terms widely used […]

Can I get my permanent makeup cheaper?

Yes, and it’s not necessary to look far to find lower prices on permanent makeup. Shop around and you can also find daily deal sites such as Groupon that frequently feature businesses offering promotions on permanent makeup. The most important factor is that you are satisfied with your outcome for what you pay, and if you get […]

Can I get a permanent makeup tattoo if I’m pregnant or nursing?

Can I get a permanent makeup tattoo if I’m pregnant or nursing? Liability is basically the main reason why anyone performing any kind of even minimally invasive procedure would not want to work on a pregnant or nursing mother (and why in the U.S. OBGYNs tend to have the highest malpractice insurance out of any […]

Are you available for walk-in consultations?

Unfortunately I do not have availability to take walk-ins as my schedule gets booked each day. To secure time with me I suggest that you simply book a consultation through my website (below) at your convenience to allow me to give you my undivided attention so I can best understand what you’re looking for.

How do you determine shape and color for eyebrows if there is no hair whatsoever?

For those clients who have little to no eyebrow hair to work with such as those with alopecia, I determine the shape and color by drawing on the eyebrows using the actual tattoo color to get a close approximation of the results of the tattooed brows prior to actually implanting in the color (which is done with […]

How many years have you been doing permanent makeup?

This, of course, is a great question to ask of anyone who will be performing a personal service that can potentially have a lasting impact on your appearance. It’s good to keep in mind that the answer may not be wholly dependent on a particular length of time, say 10 or 20 years, because that may not necessarily […]