Frequently Asked Questions

BROWS

Q. Are you certified?
A. Yes, I am a Certified Permanent Makeup Artist, I have been certified by 15 PMU masters and continue to achieve more certifications bi-yearly.

Q. What other services do you offer?
A. I offer Ombre Powder Brows, Microblading, Combination Brows, Nano Brows, Eyeliner, Lip Brush, Microneedling and Keratin Lash Lift.

Q. What is Microblading?
A. Microblading is a procedure done with a hand held tool that applies pigment in the upper layer of dermis, mimicking hair like strokes.. Clients who want a hairlike natural effect usually opt for this procedure. Good Candidates for Microblading are people with dry skin types. People with sensitive skin, large pores and heavily oily skin should avoid this service.

Q. What is Ombre Powder Brows?
A. Ombre Powder Brows, AKA shading/powder/Soft Powder Brows, is another technique, using a stippling technique to push the blade directly against the skin. The result is a soft, fuller, powdered eyebrow giving a subtle effect. This procedure produces wake up and go results and is great for all skin types.

Q. What is Edge Combo Brows?
A. This technique combines the microblading method to create hair like strokes with the shading method for more density. With Edge Combo Brows the head of the brows are feathered with hair like strokes while the tails are powdered for that perfect definition- this is considered the ultimate brow treatment.

Q. What is Microneedling?
A. This Procedure involves using a microneedling pen that produces micro-punctures in skin that can enhance the absorption of skincare products and causes an increase in collagen production, which can minimize fine lines and scarring from causes like acne over time. People with Keloid scars, Scleroderma, collagen vascular disease or fungal infection, immunosuppressed, pregnant or nursing, history of severe eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions should avoid this procedure.

Q. What is Keratin Lash Lift?
This procedure is a cosmetic treatment for lifting and straightening eyelashes for a thicker and longer look. The treatment involves coating eyelashes in a protein composed of amino acids. This strengthens and fills any gaps among your lashes. We recommend this if you want an affordable, more durable and healthier alternative to eyelash extensions and mascara.

Q. Do I need a touchup?
A. Yes, touch ups should be done 6-8 weeks after the initial appointment. Color may fade as much as 30%-40% within the first 4 weeks of the initial procedure. The touchup procedure usually takes less time than the initial procedure.

Q. How long does it take to heal?
A. Healing time is different for every client. Usually it takes about 7-10 days for the epithelial crust to form and flake off. ( In cases where clients heal slower, it may take up to 15 days to heal). The pigment will then take some time to settle into the skin, a good month should pass before the procedure is considered complete.

Q. What is the process like?
The consent form is emailed to you and should be returned before you arrive at your appointment. When you arrive please address any questions to me. A before photo must be taken of your existing brows. I will precisely shape and design according to your bone structure. I will create your design based on my expertise and experience on what suits you aesthetically. Once you are satisfied with the shape I will have you initial your “let’s move on card” to start the procedure. After the procedure is finished, I will explain the aftercare instructions to you.

Q. Is it possible for my skin not to retain the pigment?
A. Yes, it is possible! In some cases a third appointment is often set up so the artist can see what is going on with the skin and see if a different technique can be used. The skin may react in a way to push out the pigment by producing an extreme scab, which will eventually fall off taking the pigment along with it. In some cases pigment allergy or Paraphenylenediamine or any Autoimmune Disease can cause an adverse reaction towards the pigment. The skin may become extremely sensitive to the pigment and reject it as well.

Q. What is the procedure if I had previous work done before or want to change the shape?
A. Every coverup and correction is different. 1) We require picture of your previous work before an appointment is booked. 2) Please text us a picture without any makeup on or photoshop filters. 3) Please use the back of your phone, the reason is because the camera on the back will produce a higher resolution picture, and allows us to zoom in and examine the situation. 4) We will let you know if we can work on you or if you have to wait for your old pigment to fade. Cover Ups or corrections can be very complicated, very time consuming and perfect results CANNOT be guaranteed. Contributing factors such as remaining pigment, scarring from the previous artist must be taken into consideration. On average coverups or corrections usually require two or three sessions as well as it takes more time than working on virgin brows. Patience, understanding and dedication by the client is important to achieve the best results. The cost and number of sessions can not be predetermined. If you book an appointment without disclosing previous cosmetic tattoo work, your deposit will be forfeited and your appointment will be cancelled.

Q. Can you guarantee your work to create perfectly even brows?
A. Unfortunately no one is able to create perfectly symmetrical brows, there are many factors such as bone structure, scarring, age, natural facial symmetry, and facial muscles that will make it impossible to create perfectly even brows. We use our expertise and experience to provide the best design and try to get them as even as possible but we CAN NOT guarantee them to be perfectly even and symmetrical.

Q. What if I don’t like it?
A. Semi permanent makeup will fade over time, in some cases quickly and sometimes slowly. We will never start the procedure until you are ok and initial your “let’s proceed form.” If you are unhappy with your original decision, the touch up may be canceled and the pigmented area will naturally fade away over time. If you are not 100% sure you would benefit from this procedure, please use your own judgment and look for a more temporary option.

Q. I have an idea or picture of the type of brows I want can you replicate it on me?
A. Some clients fall in love with brows they see on an ad or social media picture. Unfortunately movie stars or models you see on media have different bone structures as yourself and putting their brows on you DOES NOT mean you will look like them. We shape brows according to bone structure, we reserve the right to refuse service to these types of requests.


EYELINER

Q. What is Eyeliner?
A. This technique is done by applying pigment to either above the eye or below the eye. We can create the makeup effect without actually putting the skin for a durable makeup effect without actually putting makeup on. We can design the shape and style of the eyeliner depending on your own style. The benefit of this procedure is it’s smudge proof and waterproof. Imagine all the time you save in the morning without having to draw in your eyeliner!

Q. What is lash-line enhancement?
A. It is a simple, soft line placed along the lashes that creates the eye’s definition. It does not have a not i winged tail like decorative winged eyeliner

Q. What are the benefits of Permanent Eyeliner?
A.
• Saves Time in the morning and evening
• Smear proof, water and cry proof
• Great for people with allergies to cosmetic products
• Great for people with shaky hands or vision problems
• You’ll look great at the gym
• Fills in thin or light colored eyelashes
• Creates confidence with eyelash loss due to trichotillomania

Q. When should the next touchup be?
A. To obtain best results, a 6-8 week touchup is needed. After the first touchup is done, eyeliner tattoo typically lasts between 2-4 years. The color retention is dependent on the individual’s skin type, lifestyle, and sun exposure. The fading process is less gradual for eyeliner tattoo and a touchup is recommended every 2-3 years.

Q. What is Winged or Designed eyeliner?
A. Winged eyeliner is a more pronounced looking liner for those who wear eye makeup on a regular basis. It produces a more professional makeup look with a wing tail. You should always start less and add on as you go when receiving touch-ups.

Q. Will I be swollen?
A. Typically people find their eyelids to be swollen for about 1-2 days, but the eyeliner does heal quickly! Please use a clean or disposable cold pack to help ease the swelling.

Q. How will I look immediately after?
A. Depending on the person, there may be swelling. The eyeliner color will appear darker the first week. During the second week it lightens as it completes the healing process.

Q. If I am using an eyelash enhancing serum, similar to Lash Boost or Latisse. Can I still have my permanent eyeliner done?
A. Please stop using any serums for a minimum of 2 months prior to your permanent eyeliner procedure. The reason is that those types of serums are stimulants. They will make your eyelids fragile and the pigment does not last. After your eyeliner procedure is completed, you should wait 4 weeks before starting eyelash serum.

Q. How long is the healing process?
A. The first week following your treatment, depending on the person the healing process should take 7-10 days, the pigment will appear much darker than how it will appear once it has healed. Around the 2nd week, the skin naturally exfoliates and sheds. During weeks 4-8 when the skin completes healing, you will see the pigment become more visible. A touch up visit approximately 8-10 weeks after your first initial appointment is necessary in order to achieve that richness of color, achieve symmetry, and density in the shape.

Q. How long does Permanent Eyeliner last?
A. Typically this procedure should last 2-4 years. The pigment will fade over time and we recommend touch ups to keep them looking fresh. There is no guarantee on how long it lasts as each individual has very different skin and lifestyle.

Please note that final results cannot be guaranteed as each person’s skin type is unique and holds pigments differently.

Q. What factors will affect Permanent Eyeliner?
A.
• Bleeding during the procedure: Usually caused by blood thinners and certain medications. Bleeding will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Please stop any blood-thinners 3 days prior to your appointment and 3 days after.
• Sun exposure: The sun does soften the look of your cosmetic tattoo, and does change the color of the pigment. Whenever possible, we encourage our clients to wear sunglasses and a nice hat to protect their beautiful eyeliner.
• Lifestyle: smokers, sun bathers or anyone with skin that is in a state of distress may have less desirable results.

Q. What should I know about long term care?
A. The color will fade over time. Fading is dependent on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure and pigment color.

• Wear protective sunglasses and hats when in the sun, please use tanning bed goggles over eyes while tanning to prevent premature fading of your eyeliner.
• If you are planning an MRI, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.
• If you are planning to have laser treatments, let your laser specialist know to avoid the pigmented area and also provide you with necessary eye protection.

Q. How often do I need eyeliner touchup?
A. Depending on the person, it typically lasts 2-4 years.

Q. IS IT THE SAME AS A TATTOO?
A. It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. Anytime color is implanted into the dermis of the skin, it is technically a tattoo, however semi permanent pigment is deposited in the upper dermis.

Q. IS THE PROCEDURE SAFE?
A. We use all pre-packaged, sterile and disposable needles and needle casings. With the advanced digital implantation system used at Edge Brows, we use medical-grade needles that are encased in a specified unique permanent cartridge. This cartridge system contains an internal diaphragm that prevents any bodily fluids and airborne contaminants from entering into the system. In turn this ensures that you will receive a sterile and safe procedure.

In addition, Edge Brows has been established since 2018 by the San Francisco health Department, whose job is to create and enforce proper and safe body art practices.

Q. ARE THERE OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS?
A. There may be some situations where you would need medical clearance first. A thorough health history will be taken prior to your procedure. Any contraindications or medical alerts will be discussed prior to receiving the procedures. These situations are few and rare. It is advised that a doctor’s release be provided if you are under a physician’s care for certain ongoing medical conditions. There are a few skin disorders that prevent the application of permanent makeup.

Q. DOES IT HURT?
A. A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help numb the procedure area. This alleviates any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Everyone has their own level of pain tolerance, emphasis is put on making the client as comfortable as possible.

Q. I HAVE GLAUCOMA. CAN I GET PERMANENT EYELINER?
A. You must have the form of glaucoma that does not require medication. If you use prescription medication for any eye condition, you must consult with your physician and have a written release from them.


LIP BRUSH

Q. How do you pick the color?
A. We will look through a selection of pigments together to see what colors you are drawn to, and then mix a color that works well with your lips' undertones.

Q. How swollen will my lips be?
A. Some clients swell just a little, and some swell a lot. There is really no way to predict, unless you know you're very prone to swelling. Swelling typically subsides after 2 days, but in some cases has lasted longer. Sleeping in an elevated position can help!

Q. I'm prone to cold sores. Can I still get lip blush?
A. Yes! We recommend taking it 3 days before the procedure, for a 7 day period.
• We suggest you continue to take an antiviral medication for the week while healing

Q. What can I do to achieve great lip brush results?
A. Excellent question!! Lips must be hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, a few weeks before the procedure please use lip balm to moisturize the lips. We tend to see better pigment retention when the lips are hydrated rather than dry. We do see that dry dead skin does have a negative effect on pigment retention.

Q. What can I do to achieve great results?
A. Coming in with healthy, hydrated skin. Dead skin must be exfoliated at least 7 days prior to your procedure. The reason is dead skin prevents the skin from fully accepting the pigment. This prevents the client from reaching maximum results.