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Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Permanent Makeup
The Ins and Outs of What You Need to Know
February 17, 2023
Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, has become increasingly popular among those seeking a more hassle-free daily makeup routine or a way to enhance their natural beauty. It involves using a specialized tool to apply pigments to the skin to create the look of makeup that won't smudge or fade away.
If you're tired of having to apply makeup every day or want to enhance your natural features, permanent makeup may be the solution you've been looking for.
Here are the top 5 things you need to know about this increasingly popular beauty procedure:
It's not really "permanent". Despite its name, permanent makeup is not truly permanent. While the pigments used in cosmetic tattooing are longer-lasting than traditional makeup, they will eventually fade over time. Depending on the technique used, touch-ups may be required every 1-3 years to maintain the desired look.
It's not just for eyebrows. Although eyebrows are one of the most popular areas to get permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing can be used on other areas of the face, including eyeliner, lip liner, and even full lip color. Each of these techniques can help enhance your features and simplify your daily makeup routine.
It's not as painful as you might think. While everyone's pain tolerance is different, most people find that the discomfort of permanent makeup is minimal. Numbing creams are often used to minimize any discomfort, making the procedure more comfortable and less painful.
It's important to choose a qualified technician. Because permanent makeup involves tattooing the skin, it's crucial to choose a qualified technician who has been trained in the proper techniques and safety measures. Look for someone who is licensed and certified by a reputable organization. This will ensure that the procedure is done safely and effectively, and that you achieve the desired results.
It's customizable, Just like traditional makeup, permanent makeup can be tailored to your specific preferences and desired look. You can choose the color, shape, and intensity of the pigment to create a look that is uniquely yours. This makes it a versatile option for anyone who wants to enhance their natural beauty while simplifying their daily routine.
Overall, permanent makeup can be an effective and convenient way to enhance your natural features and simplify your makeup routine. It's important to do your research and choose a qualified technician to ensure the best possible results. With the right technician, permanent makeup can help you achieve the look you desire and boost your confidence in your own skin.
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BRENDA WATERS Licensed Professional Permanent Makeup Artist Brenda Waters, founder of KQ Bawi LLC, is an experienced Surgical Registered Nurse and Certified International Makeup Artist. She specializes in Permanent Makeup services such as Microblading, Nano Brows, Powder Brows, Combo Brows, Air Lamination, Henna Brows, as well as Permanent Makeup and Body Tattoo Removal, Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions, Airbrush, and Traditional Makeup. With over three decades of nursing experience, including serving in the U.S. Air Force, Brenda combines her passion for health and beauty to deliver a complete experience that enhances beauty and boosts confidence. Born and raised in Barbados, she migrated to the U.S. and worked hard to earn her nursing degree. With a passion for beauty since childhood, she used her spare time to perfect her makeup techniques and became a Certified International Makeup Artist and Beauty Educator. Her business, KQ Bawi LLC, was born from a desire to help underprivileged girls and battered women rebuild their self-esteem through makeup techniques. At KQ Bawi, safety is always the top priority. Brenda's message is simple: "Let me help you design the look of your dreams!"
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is PMU /Permanent Makeup?
It is a cosmetic technique that uses tattoos as a medium to produce makeup-like designs, such as eyeliner and other permanent colors to enhance facial skin, lips, eyebrows and eyelids.
Microblading is a semi-permanent technique and requires maintenance every 2-3 years. This method is not for oily, combination (oily forehead), chapped (forehead) or sensitive skin. We use local numbing throughout the service for your comfort.
Nano Brows are similar to microblading but the difference is nanoblading is longer-lasting. Nano brows are viable options for those in pursuit of a fuller, darker-colored, or more precisely shaped eyebrows. This semi-permanent technique results in fine, natural-looking hair strokes that stand up to water and sweat.
Combo Brows is a combination of two forms of semi-permanent techniques: microblading and powder brows (shading). As microblading is involved in this method, it is not ideal for oily, chapped or sensitive clients. We use local numbing throughout the service for your comfort.
Powder brows, also known as ombre powder brows or shaded brows, are a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique that creates a soft, powdered effect on the eyebrows. The technique involves using a machine to deposit tiny dots of pigment into the skin, gradually building up a gradient effect that is lighter at the front of the brow and darker towards the tail. The result is a natural-looking, defined brow that can last for up to two years with proper aftercare and touch-ups. Powder brows are a popular choice for those looking for a more defined and long-lasting eyebrow shape.
Ombre brows are a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique that uses a shading method to create a natural-looking gradient effect. The color is lighter at the front and gradually darkens towards the tail, mimicking natural hair growth. The technique involves depositing pigment into the skin using a manual hand tool or machine, and the results can last up to two years with proper aftercare and touch-ups. Ombre brows are popular for enhancing or reshaping sparse or patchy eyebrows.
What are the benefits of PMU?
✔️Brows will look fuller, defined and natural
✔️Permanent eyebrow makeup
✔️Custom shape and color
✔️Results usually last for 2-3 years
✔️Almost painless session
✔️Save time in the morning
✔️Say goodbye to eyebrow pencil and dye.
Our special brow packages include: In-person consultation discussing my process and answering any questions you may have before we begin. Customized brow mapping to design the brows of your dreams. Topical brow numbing gel for comfort. Quiet 3-hour relaxing brow session. Aftercare package with lotions & supplies for your new brows. Up to 2 years of waking up with your makeup smudge-free.
How much are your services?
Our prices vary because we offer many different styles depending on your makeup preference, skin type, and brow goals. Our services are fully customizable by shape, size, and color. I recommend to book a consultation for us to chat about your brow goals so I can determine if your skin type is a good candidate.
What if I have existing PMU work?
Please send me a clear well-lit photo of your brow area so I can evaluate if you are a good candidate for PMU.
The session takes anywhere from 2 - 3+ hours, give or take. Please allow a solid 4-hour window for your appointment. Most likely we won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something we want to rush when designing the brows of your dreams.
Yes, in order to keep your eyebrow tattoo results looking fresh, a yearly touch-up is recommended. It is a two-step process, the first step is the initial appointment and the second step is a touch-up appointment 6-12 weeks after. Within a week of your first treatment, the color will fade as much as 30% or more lighter in shade and will heal to more of a natural makeup look. To achieve the desired look, a touch-up is recommended.
For most clients, permanent makeup will need maintenance every 1 - 3 years. Clients with oily skin or frequent sun exposure will need refreshing more often. In order to keep your permanent makeup results looking fresh, a yearly touch-up is highly recommended. It definitely beats putting on makeup for the next 730 - 1,095 days.
I use a quality topical numbing gel throughout the entire service to keep you nice and comfortable. Most of my clients say the pain level is 2-3 on a pain scale of 1-10 and describe the process as less painful than a mild sunburn. Having years of waking up with smudge-proof makeup is almost worth 2 mild sunburns.
Your health and safety are my top priority. So, if you have one of the conditions listed below, I’m sorry, but I will not be able to perform my service. (If so, please do not book an appointment because your deposit will be forfeited.)
✔️Sick (cold, cough, flu, etc.)
✔️Under 18 years of age
✔️Pregnant or nursing
✔️Anyone who is allergic to pigmentation and makeup
✔️Anyone with glaucoma and/or taking blood-thinning medicines
✔️Anyone with keloids, eczema, or psoriasis
✔️Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
✔️Viral infections and/or diseases
✔️Major heart problems
✔️Skin irritations near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
✔️Had Botox or fillers in the past 4 weeks
✔️Used Accutane in the past year
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