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.


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. 

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!