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. 

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