At this point, you might have a few questions about cosmetic tattooing, so let’s go through some of the most commonly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. The feather-touch brow tattooing technique is designed to look completely natural when blended amongst existing hair or none at all. The feathering motion mimics the appearance of real brow hairs and each service is individually customised to suit your preferences and features.

Everyone experiences different levels of pain, some may feel nothing while others may feel some discomfort. Most people describe it as a scratching feeling or similar to eyebrow threading. Numbing cream is applied to minimise discomfort before and during the treatment.

Although the treatment takes approximately 2hours, only 45minutes of this is the actual procedure. This includes time for the consultation, brow mapping (designing the brows) and numbing!

The colour will appear very rich for 48 hours immediately after the treatment as the colour oxidizes.  They will then begin to fade and go patchy during the days following as they flake and heal.  Initially they will get lighter around day 10 as new skin heals over the top.  The pigment will then begin to even out and push back through giving a more accurate colour around week 3-4. Week 4-6 you will be required to come back for your perfection visit.  You should avoid getting the area wet for 7 days following treatment and your artist will guide you through a post-care treatment plan.

After a consultation, there is one main appointment where the tattooing is performed, followed by a perfection touch up appointment 4 – 6 weeks later, during which any touch-ups can be made. Follow-up colour boost appointments every 12-18 months are recommended to keep the brows in optimum condition.

The effects of feather brows lasts anywhere between 12 and 24 months. The longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type. People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12 month mark before needing a top up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months. It also depends how you continue to care for your brows.  Wearing SPF, avoiding retinol & AHAs on the area and keeping them hydrated will all help with the longevity of your brows retention.

Precare / Aftercare

The Prep: It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated.  Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:

Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure

Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face

Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure

Do not work out the day of the procedure

Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure

Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E at least 3 days prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)

Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor colour deposit:

Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo

Do not consume coffee 24 hours before your procedure

Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)

Do wash your hair before your procedure as it is part of the aftercare not to get your brows wet afterwards

Remember, the outcome of your new brows is dependant on following the correct prep and aftercare. To enable them to heal to their full potential you must follow these instructions.


The healing process following an Eyebrow Tattoo procedure is one amazing Scientific journey. This eyebrow tattoo healing chart sums up what to expect in the days to come, sometimes less, other times, slightly more dramatic. This all depends on your skin type, sweat factor, skincare products used, and if the aftercare instructions are correctly followed.

Our Aftercare instructions have been studied, tried, tested and approved, and are found to give the best healed results for our clients. Cosmetic Tattoo procedures are expensive investments, and should be treated correctly through post care.

Amazing changes will take place, the healing process can take up to 4 weeks for the final healed result to show, at which time, further improvement and refining can be added at the perfection visit.


The 3 most common “freak-outs” a new client experiences following brow feathering, or other forms of eyebrow tattoo treatments are consistently:

  • My eyebrow tattoo is dark or thick
  • My eyebrow tattoos are flaking and peeling
  • I can’t see my eyebrow tattoo any more they are faded and patchy

The day of, and a couple of days following an eyebrow feathering or brow tattoo procedure, your brows may appear a lot thicker and darker to you. There are a number of factors which make them appear this way, mainly due to the build-up and drying process of the lymph nodes post procedure. Rest assured both the thickness and darkness of your brow tattoos will subside in the coming days.

The fading, and loss of tattooed hair strokes during the healing process is not just common, it is expected. Don’t be alarmed, your tattoos are still there, beneath the transparent new skin forming following the procedure. They will appear once again during week 2 or a later part of your healing process.


  • Stay away from any Caffeine or Alcoholic drinks for the next 24 hours if possible
  • Day 1 (day of treatment) – If there is any excess fluid coming from the area, gently & firmly blot the eyebrow tattoos with a dry, clean tissue as needed until bed time
  • Day 1-7- NO makeup or skincare product directly on or around your eyebrow areas
  • Day 1-5 NO work out or activities that involve excessive sweating
  • Day 1-10 – DO NOT wash your eyebrow tattoos, showers are fine (not too hot) but don’t make a point to wash them and always blot dry when wet
  • Ensure showers are not overly warm as this would open the pores and drain your pigments
  • Day 1-10 – NO skincare products above the cheekbones
  • Avoid any skincare product containing retinol, AHA, vitamins A, C and E agents
  • Day 1-14 – Sleep with a clean pillow case, on your back rather than stomach or sides
  • Avoid touching the eyebrow tattoos with unclean hands or at all
  • DO NOT pick, pull, scratch your eyebrow tattoos at all. Allow the scabs to form and fall off naturally
  • If they get too dry, stretched, or itchy, blot them dry and apply a rice grain sized of the healing cream 
  • From day 10 and beyond, you can now wash your eyebrows gently with warm water and cotton rounds twice daily then blot dry

See you in 4-8 weeks for your perfection visit!

💋Come to your appointment prepared:💋

The procedure should involve very minimal pin-point bleeding. Therefore, during your procedure you want to avoid any excessive bleeding, which can drastically effect your ability to numb and the overall results. Therefore DO not drink alcohol or caffeine the day you are to have your procedure. Do not take any blood thinning medications (unless prescribed by a doctor for medial reasons) one week before your appointment (aka: Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ibuprofen, etc)

No tanning/excessive sun exposure 2 weeks before procedure (and 2 weeks after).

No Lip Filler/treatments 3 weeks before procedure (or 4 weeks after)

Plan your procedure with your schedule/vacations/events! DO NOT schedule when you have an incoming event that conflicts with healing. You will need 5-7 days heal. Expect an additional “perfecting” touch-up 6 weeks after the first appointment.

Please eat before the procedure, since you want normal blood sugar levels for any tattooing procedure. You will not feel like eating after (And you have to wait 3 hours for any food)


You will want to start a lip scrub once a day for 3 days before your procedure so that your lips are prepped and don’t have a rough texture, which will prevent proper pigment saturation and a poor healed result. Use the morning of your appointment. Do not over scrub to the point that you have raw or compromised skin.
You may buy a lip scrub from any local drug store or make a sugar lip scrub at home (google sugar lip scrub) in order to exfoliate off dead layers of skin.
Use moisturiser often on you lips in the days prior to the procedure to maintain smooth texture.

⚠️⚠️⚠️VERY IMPORTANT: ⚠️⚠️⚠️


If you have a history of cold sores you’ll need to start taking an anti-viral prescription (Valacyclovir, Denavir (penciclovir), Valtrex, Virex or acyclovir (Zovirax)), the day BEFORE your proposed procedure and also after the procedure.

Cold sore outbreaks are often triggered by stress or trauma to the lips and skin. Therefore if you are a carrier, lip blush will likely cause an outbreak if you do not take an anti-viral medication prior. Your appointment WILL be cancelled if you have had a history of cold sores and do not follow this instruction (with cancellation fees). This is because cold sores will effect the healing/results and can even lead to scarring. So please do not skip this step, you will be happy you didn’t and have better results.

If you are nervous, consider bringing headphones and music. Numbing will be used during the whole procedure.

You CANNOT get permanent makeup if any of the following apply to you (indicated with Red):

Pregnancy/breast feeding- NO EXCEPTIONS

Use of Accutane (acne medication)-  must discontinued 3months before getting any permanent makeup procedures.

Hemophilia- Bleeding Disorder

Trichotillomania- Compulsive pulling of body hair or scabs on body


Keloid Scarring history- If you’ve ever had a diagnosed keloid scar, you need to supply a Doctors approval note at your appointment

Have Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator/Stint

Cold Sores- You can get the Lip Blush procedure IF you take a prescription anti-viral medication for cold sores PRIOR to you appointment

If you are Hemophiliac

Recent lip fillers (in the past 5 weeks)

Any active skin disease/condition on the face (cold sores, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, severe acne in the brow area, actinic keratosis, rosacea, contact dermatitis, shingles, etc,) any other skin conditions that are not listed please ask about before booking


Epilepsy- Must get a doctors note for approval


Uncontrolled Diabetic OR Uncontrolled High blood pressure


Minors cannot get lip blush, even with parental approval


Chemotherapy or Radiation treatments 


The following conditions (indicated with blue) do not prevent you from getting permanent makeup, but should be considered when deciding if it is right for you.


Cirrhosis of the Liver: Susceptible to infection


Scar tissue: Scars can be tattooed over, however be aware that scar tissue can prevent proper healing; pigment may not take to the skin at all. This can happens if you’ve had microblading or permanent makeup in the past.

Platelet Disorders- Causes more bleeding to occur, and therefore lower pigment retention.

Moles/raised areas in or around the area: Pigment will not be put into moles or anything raised but you can be tattooed around them

Thyroid medications: Potential for faster fading and need for more touch-ups

Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (MS, RA, Lupus etc): Due to the medicines to treat these disorders, pigment will not retain well


Anemia: Will require more touch-ups


Tanning: May alter color over time


Taking certain medications can effect your skin and the way it heals. Taking a lot of different medications at once will also make it harder to predict how well the permanent makeup will heal on you (no its not the same as a regular tattoo).

The following medications will prevent proper pigment retention and if you take any of these regularly you should not get permanent makeup:

Triflusal (Disgren)

Clopidogrel (Plavix)

Prasugrel (Effient)

Ticagrelor (Brilinta)

Ticlopidine (Ticlid)

Cilostazol (Pletal)

Vorapaxar (Zontivity)

Dipyridamole (Persantine)



Pradaxia (Dabigatran)

Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)

Eliquis (Apixaban)

Savaysa (Edoxaban)

Time spent in the sun and overall health play a factor in fading/healing.

These instructions and requirements are for your safety and are recommended for the best results possible. If you show up to your appointment/book your appointment without following any/all of the above requirements including pre care or you have any of the conditions indicated in red above, you will be turned away and charged a cancellation fee. If you experience any of the conditions above indicated in blue, then by scheduling you except the possible outcomes explained.


You may want to plan around work for the dark/swelling/scabbing stage of the healing (usually done within 3-4 days).

Please apply moisturiser (provided free at the appointment) often, do not let you lips dry out for the first 7-10 days.

Do not eat or drink (except water), for the first 3 hours following procedure. Do not drink hot beverages for the first 2-3 days (or use a straw, so that the drink isn’t hot on the lips). After eating rinse mouth with mouth wash for the first couple days

DO NOT RUB lips or try to exfoliate dead/shedding skin in ANY WAY.

If the area starts to get itchy, this is normal, don’t itch the area. This can cause scars and poor healing.

NO exercising for first 24 hours.

Do not touch the newly tattooed areas with your uncleaned fingers. Wash your hands every time you apply the moisturiser

Try and sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side or stomach could increase the risk of pulling off healing skin, causing pigment to come out with the scabs.

Do not pick or itch the flaking, scabbing skin. This could pull the pigment out and cause scarring (flaking and scabs are natural reactions and should fall off on their own COMPLETELY). Even small amounts of picking, or “helping” a scab fall off can drastically change how much fading occurs and cause a very patchy and undesirable result

No sun/tanning beds for at least 2 weeks.  Understand that any tanning/sun exposure will fade the pigment and possibly change its color over time, even after the healing is completed. Consider purchasing SPF lip balm and start using 7 days post procedure, to protect the lips and extend the best color possible.

You can use lip makeup/gloss on lips after 14 days.

No HOT showers, exercising, or saunas directly after the procedure. Shower pressure should not go directly on the tattooed area for 10-14 days. Wait 2 weeks to submerge face in a swimming pool/hot tub.

Color changes occur during the healing and are completely normal. During the healing you may also experience the colour disappearing and then coming back during the following 4 to 6 weeks. The final color is seen 4 to 6 weeks post. 

Touch-ups happen between 4 to 8 weeks post appointment. Touch-ups are for any necessary areas and depth/finishing desired colour and the healing tends to be easier this time, but involves the same process.

There are contraindications to this service (some of these include but are not limited to use of particular medications/illnesses/skin conditions, some of these are listed below, please check this list and contact me prior to booking your appointment to discuss all current medications/conditions.  Please be aware supplements including vitamins/minerals can also impact and should be discussed prior to your appointment.

  • Pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • On keloid scars or if you have tendency to keloid, birthmarks or moles.
  • Diabetic.
  • Dermititis/psosaris.
  • Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor’s note is required).
  • Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required).
  • Any bleeding disorders (doctor’s note is required).
  • Blood thinning medication (including antiobiodics / aspirin / panadol / vitamin/mineral supplements).
  • Vitamins / minerals (FISH OIL, OMEGA 3’s, COD LIVER OIL, TUMERIC, ROOT TYPE HERBS (GARLIC, HORSERADISH etc in larger doses)
  • Antidepressants (some of these – call to discuss).
  • Currently on Accutane or other strong retinoids.
  • If any skin diseases symptoms or irritation appears on the area.
  • Botox / Disport treatment in the area (waiting period applies).
  • Old cosmetic tattoo (semi-permanent makeup) – Must be told prior to appointment to discuss.
  • Broken capillaries in the eyebrows area.
  • Sunburn.
  • After waxing (must wait 3 days).
  • After chemical peels (must wait two weeks).

For best results, please be sure to follow the below directions in preparation for your upcoming Eyeliner Tattoo treatment:

  • No alcohol or caffeine for 24 hours before the treatment
  • No eyelash extension on the day – please have them professionally removed at least 2 days before treatment
  • No skincare product containing retinal, AHA, vitamin A agents for 1-2 weeks before treatment
  • Stop taking fish oil tablets (if you do) the moment you schedule your eyebrow tattoo appointment or at least 3 days prior
  • No cosmetic injections around the eyes, temple or forehead areas for at least 2 weeks before treatment
  • N0 heavy workout or excessive sweat 24 hours before treatment

The area on your eyelids and around your eyes may feel a little tender within the first 48 hours. Some may experience a little redness on the eyelids too, which generally will disappear within a few hours or so.

It is extremely important that you remember not touch, scrub, scratch or pick at your eyes for 24 hours post eyeliner tattooing. This is because the inside of your eyes may still be numb from the Anaesthetics, which means that you won’t be able to feel if you have torn the delicate corneal areas within.

Fresh eyeliner tattoo will appear a lot darker and thicker than the final healed results, which takes place at between 4-8 weeks time. This is due to a 3 main reasons, the slight post treatment swelling, the Anaesthetics used during the treatment, and the fact that all cosmetic tattoo will shrink in size and fade in colour during the healing process.

  • Stay away from any Caffeine or Alcoholic drinks for the next 24 hours if possible
  • Day 1-2 – DO NOT touch your eyes under any circumstances
  • Day 1-7 – NO makeup directly on your eyeliner tattoos
  • Day 1-5 – Avoid work out or activities that involve excessive sweating
  • Day 1-7 – DO NOT directly wash your eyeliner, showers are fine but don’t make a point to wash them and always blot dry when wet
  • Ensure showers are not overly warm as this would open the pores and drain your pigments
  • Day 1-7 – NO skincare products on the eye areas
  • Avoid any skincare product containing retinal, AHA, vitamins A, C and E agents
  • Day 1-7 – Sleep with a clean pillow case, on your back rather than stomach or sides
  • Avoid touching the eye areas with unclean hands or at all
  • DO NOT pick, pull, scratch your eyeliner tattoos. Allow to flake and fall off naturally
  • If the eyeliner tattoos get too dry, stretched, or itchy, apply a rice grain sized of the healing cream

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