Choosing Your Permanent Makeup Color

Permanent makeup colors are as personal as regular makeup choices. Our skilled artists will work with you to find the perfect color for you.

Permanent makeup is art, and, like art, you certainly want to select your color scheme with care. You have many, many choices regarding color with a Premier artist. Not only do we carry over sixty colors, but our artists are skilled color mixologists. If there is a color you have in mind, and we don’t have it, we can make it.

Eyebrow color is usually a choice between your natural hair color and the color you dye it, if you do. We carry most natural hair colors in both our permanent makeup pigments and microblading creams. Even the brightest of redheads and lightest of blondes will find a color in our repertoire.

If you are upgrading from a shadow brow or coming in to camouflage an old brow, we can mix together a near perfect match to your skin tone. It doesn’t matter if you have grey undertones, or you’re a mixture of golden greens, we can create a unique skin color pigment for you.

Thick green eyeliner with a prominent wing. We have hundreds of different eyeliner possibilities.

Eyeliner colors are a more personal choice. We have everything from a charcoal black to a bright purple. Whatever color you normally reach for in your makeup bag is a good place to start. But don’t think you have to pick a conventional color. We’ve had clients come in with a simple black eyeliner in mind, only to decide on a beautiful blue purple. It’s not common, but it does happen. However, a black-brown eyeliner happens to be the most chosen color, and It looks amazing on most skin tones.

Lip colors range from pale pinks to bold reds. Let us know your preferences and we will work with you to find the perfect color.

Lip colors come in many varieties of pinks, reds, and corals. We have translucent tones or opaque ones with far more pigment. Again, its all up to personal choice and the best place to start is what’s in your makeup bag. Even if your natural lip color is dark, or brown, we can find a shade to add pop to your lips. If you’re still unsure, ask for a color closely resembling your natural lip, only one to two shades darker for a natural look.

Keep in mind that whatever colors you chose we will have to tailor them a bit to your skin tone. Permanent makeup pigments are placed underneath the skin, not on top. That means any color you pick will be affected by your natural skin tone. So, don’t be alarmed if we must add a corrective shade to your chosen color. This is done to make sure that the color ends up looking the way you want after your skin has healed on top of it..

So, no matter your preference, no matter your skin tone, a Premier artist can help you pick the perfect colors for you.

The Difference Between Microblading and Micropigmentation

A micropigmentation, or permanent makeup, procedure

A brief overview of the similarities and differences between the popular microblading technique and the more traditional micropigmentation techniques.

Despite the difference in application, both procedures can look quite similar, especially after healing, and can help enhance the appearance of one’s eyebrows.

Here we will go over the details of each type of application.

Microblading:

  • Microblading is applied with a hand tool that is made up of micro pins, that are dragged through the top layers of the skin, leaving tiny scratches that resemble the look if hair. Pigment is then soaked into the scratches to create the look.
  • Microblading does not require batteries or electricity.
  • Microblading is only used on the eyebrows.
  • Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent, especially on thicker, or oilier skin types. Results can last six to twelve months or longer. On thin or dry types of skin, the procedure can last up to three years. However, due to its superficial placement, and the diversity of skin types and textures, microblading is usually only guaranteed for a year.

Permanent Makeup:

  • Permanent makeup is considered “permanent”, because it is more permanent than Microblading, and does not wash off; however, it does not last “forever”. Even Regular Tattoos will fade over time.
  • Permanent makeup It is applied with a type of scaled-down tattoo machine called a Rotary tool. This machine does not go as deep as a regular tattoo machine and utilizes micro needles to implant fine dots of color in the bottom of the Dermis layer of the skin.
  • Permanent makeup can be applied to look like microblading, if applied in tiny hair line strokes, with a single or flat needle configuration. This technique is called Hairstrokes or Feathering.
  • The technical name for Permanent Makeup is Micropigmentation and is sometimes referred to as a Cosmetic Tattoo. Micropigmentation looks softer than a regular tattoo, due to its placement in the bottom of the Dermis, versus a regular tattoo that is placed deeper into the fatty tissues of the skin.  This allows the procedure to reflect more light and lends to a more natural look.

Permanent Makeup (Micropigmentation) is ideal for the detailed work of facial feature replacement and/or enhancements on the face. This procedure can last up to 3 years or longer, depending on the person’s skin type, texture, and how dark the original implanted color was.

  • Permanent makeup can also be used on the eyes, lips, brows, cheek color, eye shadows etc.

More advanced paramedical permanent makeup procedures also include scar revision, camouflage on the body and face, as well as scalp micropigmentation and areola pigmentation. While there are very few artists that do this kind of work, it is possible.  I suggest that you do your homework and find a seasoned artist that specializes in paramedical permanent makeup.

Comparison:

While microblading will look a little more natural immediately following the procedure, due to the implant being more superficial, it does not have the same longevity. Hairstrokes can look slightly thicker than its microblading cousin for a couple of days following the application, due to swelling from a deeper implant, however the final healed result is very similar.

Many of our clients have a hard time deciding which technique is best for them.  I usually tell them to start with microblading if they are not sure what to choose. Since microblading is more temporary, it will give them a chance to wear it and see if it’s something that they want to commit to with a longer lasting technique later. However, if your goal is to get a longer lasting procedure out of the gate, the micropigmentation method is for you. Just be prepared to have darker swollen brows for 4-5 days after the procedure. A small price to wake up to beautiful brows every day.

Why Color Boosts are Necessary

Why Color Boosts are Necessary

Color boost, touch up, freshen up … Different words are all used to describe one thing: an additional application over your permanent makeup procedure. The reasons for needing a color boost are sometimes personal, sometimes not, but all reasons are valid. A color boost is necessary is all permanent makeup procedures, though certain things may accelerate the need for one. 

Here are some of the most common reasons a color boost becomes necessary.

Excessive swelling

Some clients have skin that is more sensitive in nature and swell much more than others. On rare occasions, swelling can cause the pigments to move with the excess fluid in the skin. Excessive swelling may cause even the most carefully placed permanent makeup to move around or run together under the skin. 

Here are a few things that you can do to keep the swelling at bay: Ice the procedure area as much as possible, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for the first 48 hours. Sleeping on a big pillow, with your head above your heart, utilizing Benadryl at night, and another, non-drowsy antihistamine during the day as well as no exercise or getting the heart rate up for the first 3 days after the application, are all super helpful.

Medications

The use of certain medications can cause color loss or rapid color change. Synthetic thyroid medications especially, tend to quickly cause the loss of warm tones in their color. This leaves the color grey, bluish grey, or ashy in appearance. 

Clients on color-loss causing medications will need to have a color boost to warm up the color on a regular basis. sometimes as often as every six months to a year. 

Aggressive skin care

Many skin care products, including anti-aging cleansers, creams, and serums, play a big role in fading. This is especially true if used anywhere on the face or neck during healing, as well as around or directly on the procedure area on a regular basis after its healed. Retin-A and topical laser treatments are big contributors to fading as well.

Excessive sun exposure

Sun breaks down the pigments and causes fading. A hat during healing is recommended. SPF 40 and above sunscreen should be applied directly on the procedure after healing is recommended if you’re going to be in direct sun. Excessive sun exposure or sun damaged skin tends to turn grey faster.

Skin Type

Some artists will cherry pick which skin types they work on. Porcelain European skin and freckled skin, commonly with red hair are traditionally the hardest to work on. These skin types often require multiple applications to get the skin to take color evenly, or, sometimes, even at all. We do not discriminate against these skin types. However, please be advised that multiple applications may be necessary, and/or may be rejected by the skin all together. This is not something that we can control. 

Olive Skin Tones

Olive skin tones are already cool in nature and these clients usually have dark colored hair. Due to the requested darker color, please be advised that the darker the color you choose, the cooler in tone the pigment is. After your cool skin heals on top, most warm tones will be lost resulting in a greyish tone. This is especially true for hairstroke or microblading eyebrow procedures, which must be placed deeper in the skin than a powder brow. For a better chance of having warm tones in the brow, choose a powder brow in a warmer tone. 

However, it is important to note that the warmer the brow, the lighter it will look after healing. The opposite is also true: the darker the brow, the cooler it will look after healing. Micropigmentation is not like traditional makeup that sits on top of the skin. After fully healed, you will be looking at the color after the fading process, and through the color and thickness of your skin, after it heals on top of the color. 

If you are realistic in your expectations and can commit to maintaining your procedure on a regular basis, then permanent makeup is for you. 

Turn back the hands of time with Permanent Makeup

Turn back the hands of time with Permanent Makeup

Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth. While everyone over time has searched, no one has been able to find the magic water to make you appear younger. What we have found, however, is something almost as good☺

Think about what makes faces appear older. A young face has full eyebrows, bigger eyes, thicker lashes, and full pink lips. As we age brow hair and eyelashes begin to thin and lighten. The brow hair turns grey. Eyes appear to sink or shrink, and lips begin to thin and loose color.

So what can we do? Facial feature replacement or enhancement may be your fountain of youth.

Here are a few treatments that can enhance or replace your facial features: 

  • Permanent Brows or Microblading: these procedures bring shape, color and dimension back to the brows by creating a soft powdered look under existing hair or replace missing or patchy brows with hair simulation. This can be done in a very natural or dramatic look depending on your taste.
  • Permanent Eyeliner: Pigment is placed in the skin between the lashes to create the illusion of thicker, more youthful lashes. The eyeliner is then built up from the lash line to meet your desired thickness, and shape.
  • Permanent lip color: Renew your youthful glow with a color that closely resembles your natural lip color. This adds a more defined look and can even be used to add more fullness to your pout. 

What is the Difference between Microblading and Hairstroke Brows?

What is the Difference between Microblading and Hairstroke Brows?

Both procedures resemble the look of eyebrow hair and help enhance the appearance of your eyebrows. Both can look very similar, especially after healing. However, they differ in their applications and longevity. 

Here, we will go over the details of each type of eyebrow application.

Microblading:

  • Microblading is applied using a manual hand tool. The blade is made up of micro pins that are dragged through the top of the Dermis layer of the skin. This leaves tiny scratches. Pigment is then soaked into these scratches, creating the appearance of hair.
  • Microblading is considered semi-permanent, especially on thicker, oilier skin. It lasts 6-12 months on average. On thin, drier skin, it may last up to 3 years in rare cases.
  • However, due to its shallow placement and the diversity of skin types, microblading is usually only guaranteed for one year. 

Hairstroke Brows:

  • Hairstroke brows are applied with a scaled down tattoo machine called a rotary machine. This machine utilizes microneedles to implant fine dots of pigment into the bottom of the dermis layer of the skin. These dots are implanted in tiny lines, creating the appearance of hair.
  • Hairstroke brows are considered permanent, lasting 3-5 years on average on most skin types.
  • Not even regular tattoos are forever. Hairstroke brows will eventually fade, and are only referred to as “permanent” in the Industry, because they last more than a year. 
  • Not even regular tattoos are forever. Hairstroke brows will eventually fade, and are only referred to as “permanent” in the Industry, because they last more than a year.

Comparison:

Due to its shallower implant, microblading will look more natural immediately following the procedure, however, it does not have the same longevity for the same reason. Hairstroke brows may look thicker than its microblading cousin for a few days following the implantation, due to swelling from its deeper implant. However, their final healed results are similar.

Many of our clients have a difficult time determining which technique is best for them. I usually tell them to start with microblading if they aren’t sure which to choose. Since microblading is more temporary, it will give them a chance to wear it and see if permanent eyebrows are something they want to commit to before moving onto the longer lasting hairstroke method. However, if your goal is to have permanent brows for the foreseeable future, the hairstroke method is for you.

With both procedures, be prepared to have darker, swollen brows for four to five days afterwards. A small price to pay to wake up to beautiful brows every day.

Author,

Tammy Bratcher

Master Artist / Tainer

Why choose a Premier Artist?

We offer customized, Micropigmentation as well as Microblading:

Permanent makeup is a big decision. It’s important to choose an artist at has many hours of experience and training, as well as an artistic eye for color and placement. We don’t believe that one style “big black square brows” look good on everyone. We customize every application to your individual style, face shape, coloring, and taste. We also go the extra mile to draw everything on during the complimentary consultation, and go over photographs of our work to get a clear picture of what you want your procedure to look like. During the procedure we will go over colors choices with you, and layer on topical medical grade numbing creams for a comfortable application. We do not use injections. Again, we don’t believe in a one size fits all mentality. We offer 4 types of brows that can be combined to make many custom looks. Everything from soft subtle blonde powder look brows, and multiple hair stroke brows, to Full lip enlargements or reshaping can be achieved.

***Did you know that due of the recent law changes in the industry, that many microblader’s have only taken a two day class? Or even worse, a four hour class online!  Also, the average permanent makeup artist, takes a 1 week class at best, only learning the basics. This is why there are so many new Microbladers, and Permanent Makeup Artists flooding the scene lately.

This is not like buying a designer dress at marshals! This is your face, and Permanent makeup is not without it’s complications for even the most skilled artist. Everyone’s skin takes differently, depending on your skin type, tone and texture, as well as many other factors, like how many chemicals you use on your face, or how much sun exposure you get. Do you wan to trust your face to just anyone off the street with minimal training?Or do you want to go  to an artist who has the training and experience to recognize these hurdles up front, and the skills to make adjustments that may be needed after healing?

Why we are different:

Our Premier artists undergo many weeks of training, just in the basics, then shadow under a  master artist for two years, while taking additional advanced and paramedical classes. 

Specializing in  Natural and Dramatic looks. We utilize over a hundred different colors, with thousands of color combinations. All mineral based and metal free. Our translucent or concentrated natural colors are MRI safe. We even offer highly concentrated pigments for skins that don’t take color very well, or for those wanting more of a makeup look. ie. Red lipstick, dramatic winged eyeliner, or Ombre Brows.

Fully Disposable System: Our digital rotary machines are quiet and precise. All machine, and Microblading parts are pre-sterilized with Ethylene Oxide gas. All machine parts and pigment cups are discarded after every procedure. Machines and all surfaces are cleaned with a disinfectant that kills bacteria, Tuberculosis, viruses, funguses, and herpes viruses, including HIV-1, H1N1, and MRSA, in under a minute. You are assured a safe, and sterile, environment every time.

Fully certified, licensed, and insured

Advanced Procedures: Customized looks, Multiple color Hair simulation, designer eyeliners, lip enlargements, corrective work, scar revision, SMP, Blethoplasty scar camouflage, called a “lid wash,” dry needling, to reduce wrinkles naturally, or revise scars on a deeper level. Utilizing these skills to make any face look five to ten years younger, is our specialty.

Free consultations

We offer our services in clean and comfortable settings. Our many locations across the state allow easy access from multiple areas. We are always striving to offer our clients the most cutting edge experience in permanent makeup.

Our artists work alongside physicians and surgeons. We provide the cleanest, and safest, high quality procedures available today. Like every cosmetic procedure, there are good and bad, expensive and cheap variations available. Don’t trust your face to just anyone. Many of our clients are the doctors and nurses themselves.

Go where the professionals go!