FAQ: Permanent Cosmetics

The benefits of Permanent Cosmetics are being discovered by people from all walks of life including professional women, athletes, those with poor eyesight or unsteady hands, those with sensitivities to traditional cosmetics and those whose work precludes wearing makeup. Properly applied Permanent Cosmetics are so natural your neighbor will never know you are wearing them.   
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent cosmetics is a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup upon waking in the morning and often times throughout the day. It is a state-of-the-art technique of permanently applying makeup via intradermal Micropigmentation. Properly applied by an experienced technician, permanent makeup will be more natural and realistic in appearance as compared to conventional cosmetics.
Is it safe? 
Yes, Karen Marie Frederiksen is a trained Micropigmentation Specialist; she is OSHA certified and is licensed by the state of Alabama. She utilizes a 100% single-use, disposable system for each procedure.  Her methods of permanent cosmetic application are controlled, gentle and safe.
Will it look "natural"?  
YES – Karen Marie’s approach is for a natural look. Often you will look more natural than with your conventional makeup. Karen Marie is trained in two methods (soft tap and rotary pen) which provides for flexibility in artistry. She is a professional makeup artist and many clients feel that they have achieved a natural look that takes years off of their appearance.
Can I still wear regular makeup? 
Absolutely! This will just enhance any other cosmetics you use! You may not want to use your cosmetics every day, but apply some additional drama for special occasions.
What should I expect afterwards?
Dark makeup! DO NOT have your Permanent Makeup applied right before any major events. Wait 7 days for eyeliner and brows and 10 days for any lip procedures. The area will be tender and swollen for a few days. The color will oxidize immediately after the procedure and look “too dark”. This is good! It can mean less of a Touch-up. The area will peel leaving less intense color within days. You will book your follow up appointment 4-6 weeks out to perfect your makeup. How many applications are needed?Generally, two applications are needed in order to achieve full satisfaction with your desired look. However, many of her clients are fully satisfied with just one application. If a second application is desired, it is scheduled approximately 6 weeks after the initial procedure.
 How will the permanent eyeliner look?
Truthfully, it will look sensational. A very conservative approach is used for those who are unsure of width or color. The second application may be used as an opportunity to add more fullness or color, if desired. Permanent make-up can be applied very evenly, precisely and smoothly.
How long does a procedure take?
Including the consultation, paperwork, and numbing time, the average length of time for one procedure is approximately 1-1/2 to 3 hours. The second application is usually 1 hour or less.
I'm allergic to most makeup, especially eye makeup. Will permanent makeup be safe for me?
Many women choose permanent eyeliner as the solution to their sensitive eyes. Say "good-bye" to watery, runny eyes and smeary makeup forever! However, a patch test is recommended. This means a small amount of pigment is applied your ear and in two to four weeks you have your physician check to see if there is any reaction. Many people skip this step, yet we recommend that you have the patch test.
How long does permanent makeup last?
Permanent cosmetics are permanent in that you will always have a permanent marking on your skin. However, over time, you will notice a gradual softening of color occurring each year. Many women feel that this is advantageous, as they feel that their permanent makeup will age with them. "Color enhancements" are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed.
Do I need to take time off from work?
Most people do not need to take time from their employment and some people have their touchups done on their lunch hour while others prefer to take a day to recover. Sometimes the procedure causes temporary swelling, redness and in rare cases, bruising.
How are permanent cosmetics applied?
The pigment is applied with a hand-held implanter. The depth of the pigment deposit is regulated, making the procedure safe and controlled.
What if styles change?
We never do anything "trendy." If at any time you wish to wear a different color lip liner or lipstick, the color you apply would override your permanent color.
Do I have a choice as far as color or intensity is concerned?
The range of colors available to be implanted is almost endless and can be custom tailored to fit every individual's need. Shape and positioning can be perfected. The color can heal to a soft natural look or it can be very dramatic. The color can also be placed in strokes or lines to emulate hair, such as with a permanent eyebrow procedure. The healed in color can be added to or softened on discretion.
How painful is the application?
We use a topical anesthetic for all procedures which eliminates most of the discomfort. Some clients experience discomfort due to varying pain tolerance and/or resistance to anesthetics. However it is also dependent on how careful your technician is. I am extremely gentle in my application. I commonly hear “This is not bad”, “I thought this would hurt more”, and my favorite, “Are you actually putting the color in right now?”
What if I want to change my hair color?
This is not really a concern when having your eyeliner or lips done. The colors I choose for brows are chosen according to the hues found in skin and hair, so that brows look natural with almost any coloring.
What about changing styles?
Thicker, fuller looking lashes, beautifully arched brows, evenly shaped, natural looking, luscious lips never go out of style. I help my clients figure out the most flattering, natural look for them.
Who uses permanent cosmetics?
The original procedure was designed for people who have experienced hair loss due to Chemotherapy or Alopecia, have poor vision, limited or poor motor skills, vitiligo, in need of scar camouflage, arthritis or other physical challenges. For them, permanent cosmetics are not a "luxury," but a means by which they can enhance their self-esteem.Areolas can be shaped and re-pigmented in breast cancer patients after a mastectomy. Scar camouflage can also be accomplished by the application of permanent cosmetics. Virtually every person who uses an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner is a candidate. No more eyebrow pencils or liner that smudges! People whose brows are sparse or non-existent can enjoy the benefits. Also, people whose brows are blonde or light in color can enjoy permanent brows in individualized shapes and custom blended colors that enhance their facial features. As for eyeliner or eyelash enhancement, a fine soft and natural line can be achieved to create depth and definition to the eyes.
Are there any side-effects?
Sometimes there is swelling of the treated area. This may last from two to seventy two hours. There may be some tenderness for a few days. The color may be darker than you would expect for the first 5-10 days.
Why does permanent makeup fade and body tattoos don’t?
First of all, permanent cosmetics are a form of cosmetic tattooing and should be thought of as being “permanent”, the same as one thinks about traditional tattoos on the body. Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower rate due to several different factors. For instance, body art is generally covered up with clothing most of the year and is not excessively exposed to the UV rays which fade cosmetic tattoos on the face. Also, the skin on the body is much denser as compared to facial skin, which is much thinner and again, influencing the degree of color retention. Listed are some other factors which cause permanent makeup to fade: body chemistry; cellular turnover - rejuvenation, etc.; anti-aging products applied directly over the permanent makeup; choice of color applied (i.e., lighter colors will fade quicker than darker colors); and exposure to sunlight (hence the suggestion of wearing an SPF over your permanent makeup); and also, the technician’s choice of pigment(s) used, as well as her experience in applying permanent makeup.
How does your method differ from a doctor's?
These procedures are ART and not science. Please be aware that while a doctor may provide a "general anesthetic" you, the client, have no control over the position of color. Some MD's are trained in these procedures, but most prefer to stay within their field of expertise. Because Karen Marie has practiced cosmetic artistry for many years, she has the experience helping people with color, design, balance and compatibility.
Can I base my decision for choosing a permanent makeup technician from pictures on her website?
 It is difficult sometimes to get the resolution needed in pictures to show the actual work on the internet. Therefore stock photos may be used. We encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation where Karen Marie will show you her authentic work and discuss with you the type of look you would like to achieve. This way she can show you actual examples of clients she has worked with to accomplish the look you want to attain.

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