Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Body tattoo artist that also provides Permanent Makeup




Body tattoo and Permanent Makeup artists receive different training, therefore, clients should be aware that just because one artist can create beautiful art on the body does not guarantee that they will provide good permanent makeup artistry.  The art of drawing on your body and face differs significantly.


  • Our skin on our body may be thicker than the skin on our face.  Therefore, different tools are used.
  • Black pigment should only be used on the face for Eyeliner procedures.  Never on the brows.  Black pigment usually fades blue or grey.
  • Body tattoo artists favor bold and striking colors, while permanent makeup is best when applied subtly and natural in color.


I have a client that has numerous body tattoos.  Since her tattoo artist produced beautiful work on her body, she thought it would be ok to let him provide eye brows on her face.  She drew the brows first with a topical brow pencil to provide a template to her artist.  The end result was as expected, black pigment and Mal design.  It gave her a harsh appearance to her face.

After 10 years of covering the brows with powder and pencil, she decided to get them corrected.  The correction process took over a year.  Numerous tattoo lightening treatments had to be applied to the brows to fade the black, now grey,  pigment.  Each lightening session required minimum of six weeks to heal prior to next treatment.  Once the brows were light enough, I was able to provide proper brows for her face.

Remember, once pigment is deposited into the dermal layer of the skin, the pigment may fade in color over time, however, the pigment particles are permanently in your skin.   Therefore, Permanent Makeup is a tattoo, it is not semi -permanent.  Not all tattoo artists are trained the same, so be sure to select a professional that specializes in permanent makeup artistry.  The end result should make you look refreshed and well defined.

prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA


Monday, October 20, 2014

Permanent Makeup, tattoo and MRI



Tattoo and Permanent Makeup pigment have low traces of iron oxide.
In low doses, it is not irritant to most skin.

Prior to an MRI, the technician may ask if you have any tattoos.  Permanent Makeup is a tattoo.  So
your answer would be... yes.

In the simplest term, an MRI machine is a giant magnet that scans through your body.  It will pull/attract metals, including the iron oxide.  If you have a tattoo on your body, the MRI Technician may put a cool, wet towelette to ease the possible warm sensation.

However, the amount of pigment used on Hairstroke brows, liner and lips is minimal.  Therefore, the likelihood of feeling discomfort is not likely.   Remember to ask and be informed.

prettypleasestudio
San Ramon, CA

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Medication and Permanent Makeup



Prior to any Permanent Makeup procedures, clients are asked to complete a Consent Form.
The form is used to document medical history, current and previous use of certain medications and to alert any possible interference for a quick recovery.

When possible, the client should be in optimal health.  If you're feeling under the weather, just wait.  Remember, our body has a better chance of healing and fighting infections when we're well rested and healthy.

Cases with Cancer patients, they don't have that luxury, so be sure to check in with your doctor.
Medications that are particularly of interested are as follows:

  • Cumadin
  • Aspirin (baby or adult dose)
  • Any other blood thinning medications
  • Acutaine (if used in the last 12 months)
  • Excessive use of alcohol or tobacco
  • Latisse
Please check with your doctor prior to stopping any medication.

Permanent Makeup procedures may cause droplets of blood immediately after the procedure, so use a clean tissue and gently blot your brows for 10 minutes.  

Acutaine, used for severe acne, tends to add sensitivity to client's skin.  Therefore, it is recommended that the client wait minimum 12 months.  In addition, when on Acutaine, people should also wait minimum of 12 months prior to getting waxed (face and body).

Latisse is used to enhance, lash growth.  However, it may thin and/or hyper pigment your lash line.  I would recommend stopping use for minimum 2 months prior to the Permanent Makeup Eyeliner procedure.  Use of Latisse will not affect Brow or Lip procedures.


www.prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA

How to look younger without spending any money




My clients often ask me what procedures are out there to help them look younger and fresh.

That's always an easy answer for me.  I tell them that many people don't take advantage of the most inexpensive methods to look and feel younger!

1.  EXERCISE vigorously 3 to 4 hours per week.  It's guaranteed to lift and firm everything, increase circulation, and give you an overall glow.  I know I sound like a commercial but it's the simple truth.  After our 20s, gravity has a way of sagging and deflating our face and body.    We really do need to move our body to pump the blood and strengthen our muscles.

Exercise won't plump our face like Juviderm or Restalyn, however, it does increase blood circulation and as a result, it benefits your skin.

2.  Drink lots of WATER throughout the day.  Not coffee, soda, or tea, but just water.  Our lips are like plants.  Give it some water, and it instantly plumps up.  Try it and see.  When your lips are dry, not only does the color go pale, but it accentuates all the cracks and wrinkles.   And no matter how much you externally moisturize with lip balm, lipstick or gloss, it will still feel dry.

3.  Get a good night SLEEP.  Some of us are night owls, but there's nothing better for brighter eyes than solid night rest.

4.  Makeup- Less is More!!!  Make sure your foundation or press powder isn't too ashy for your complexion.  I have a lot of Asian clients that looks ashy, grey.  There are millions of foundation shades.  Don't buy simply because you are loyal to a Brand.  I love MAC and Origins for various makeup products, but they don't have my foundation shade.  I had to try 20+ different brands, before I found the right shade.  Foundation should really make you glow, not mute or alter your complexion.  Best to take a head shot with your camera indoors, with some natural day light to see accurate color.  Ask yourself, do I look like I glow, or is there a white, grey or simply fuzzy look to your skin.

www.prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dark ring around lips from permanent makeup lip procedure


I have clients that come in to show me their dark blue or black ring around their lips after a permanent makeup procedure.  Why does this happen?

Two possibilities:
1.  The artist used black or dark pigment to first outline the lip, then used lip color pigment to shade inner lips.
This is a NO NO, black or any dark pigment should not be used anywhere around the lips.

2.  We have lots of blood vessels and veins in our lips.  That's why, when we're really cold, our lips turn blue, in some cases, purple.  But for women of color, we especially have more visible blue or brown in our lips.  The artist should use lip color with a lot of Orange to neutralize the blue.  Orange reds and Orange pinks will look red and pink once applied to dark blue lips.  If the artist uses reds and pinks with blue undertones, it will accentual the blue in our lips.

3.  Sometimes, immediately after, there are dark areas on and around lips due to bruising.  Wait 3 weeks for the lips to heal.  If you still see dark areas, apply glycolic serum or glycolic peel agent to the darker areas to lighten.

Corrections are available for women with slight dark areas. However, if your lips were first outlined with black, it's more likely that you will have to wait for it to fade or series of lightening procedures (laser or saline) should be conducted.  Permanent makeup lip pigment colors will not override this color.

Take a look at your lips in day light.  Look up close.  Do you see any blue, brown, dark colors, freckles on your lips?  Women tend to have darker upper lips and outer edge of lower lip.  If you see a lot of it, it will require more than 2 visits to make your lips look lighter and brighter.  However, the good news is, it can be done!!!


www.prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Various Questions You Should Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Booking an Appt.



Basic Questions to Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Scheduling an Appointment:

Q1:   "Are you OSHA Compliant?"

If the Artist is NOT Occupational Safety and Health Authorization (OSHA) compliant, take your business elsewhere.  This is basic requirement for every Permanent Makeup business in the state of California and most other states.   An annual certification testing is necessary to be granted a certificate.

As of July 2012, all Permanent Makeup and Tattoo Artists need a permit issued by the Health Department to conduct business in CA.  The county will not issue a permit without an annual inspection.  Please note, this Permit is different than City Business Registration.  City Business Registration only notifies the City that you are conducting business at that location.

A sink with hot/cold water is required in the workspace in Contra Costa County, CA.  Sinks in the bathroom do not count, since that is a separate room.  Frequent hand washing is necessary to decrease cross contamination.

Q2:  "May I have a Consultation to meet you and ask questions?"

Not mandatory, but it is always a good idea to meet the Artist prior to the procedure.  As a novice client, I would feel more at ease meeting the person that will be tattoo-ing my face.  Most artist will provide a consultation.   They should explain what to expect before, during, and after procedures.  In some case, they will show you the tools used and provide general heal time.  Don't be shy about asking questions.

Q3:  "Can I see some photos of your work in your office?"

VERY IMPORTANT:  There's nothing like seeing their work on printed photos vs. photos online/computer.  You are more likely to see the details on printed photos.   If you see their previous work and you don't like their work, DO NOT proceed.  Even if you describe or show pictures of what you want, they will most likely produce similar work.  To put it simply, our work is like our handwriting, or signature.  Small modifications can be made per client, however, it's not easy changing our signature style.  Just move onto the next permanent makeup artist.

Q4:  "Do you provide a complementary Touch Up appointment after the initial procedure?"

Most Artists include one free Touch Up 4 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure.  But not all, so be sure to clarify.

www.prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Organic pigment vs. Inorganic pigment for permanent makeup



When I first started Permanent Makeup Artistry, I was trying to find a niche market.  How can I be different from every other Permanent Makeup Artist?

I started thinking..."what if I marketed "Organic" pigment that's made from natural plants and extracts?'
I found a trainer who claimed that her pigments are "Organic".

I soon discovered that Organic pigment still contains low amounts of iron oxide otherwise our skin would quickly absorb pure 'Organic' extracts.  As a result, the pigment wouldn't last.

So whether someone tells you they use 'organic' or 'in-organic' pigment, they all have low doses of iron oxide.  The traces are low, therefore, not harmful to your body.

By the way, I soon discovered that every Permanent Makeup Artist is indeed unique.  They put their art on women's faces.  Our clients trust us to make them more beautiful than when they first walked in.  Our job is to make your brows frame and enhance your eyes, while creating an illusion that you have hair.  The point is to make your eyes the focus, not your brows.  It just happens that your brows frame your eyes beautifully.  All I can do for my clients is to show them my work and photos.  I am extremely passionate about my art!!!

Cheryl Doss of Lasting Impressions in Venice, Florida always reminds me...
"It's all about your clients!   It's your responsibility to make them look beautiful. So don't get so fixed on the Ego part of this work."  I Love Her!


Jee Kim
www.prettypleasestudio.com
San Ramon, CA