FAQ

 

WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING?

Cosmetic Tattooing, also called Semi-Permanent Makeup or Micropigmentation, is the process of implanting pigment into the skin to create longterm cosmetics. Gone are the days of sharpie brow tattoos and harsh lip liner tattoos. Cosmetic tattooing has undergone a complete revolution since 2016. At Beauty and the Blade we specialize in this modern, hyper realistic style to create enhancements that mimic nature so closely most people won't even realize you have undergone a procedure unless you decide to tell them!

 

DOES IT HURT?

A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

 

HOW LONG DO COSMETIC TATTOOS LAST?

The treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, it will fade over time and regular touchups are required to keep color crisp. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.

MICROBLADING / COMBO BROWS 

12  - 18 months*

Suitable for; normal/dry skin with no large pores, no coarse brow hair and client's who do not sweat 4x or more per week. Please understand this technique is not recommended for mature skin in most cases.

OMBRE BROWS

12 - 36 months*

Suitable for oily/normal/dry skin and clients who sweat 4x or more per week. Please understand this technique is customizable and buildable based on your style and desired results. 

LIP BLUSH TATTOOS

2 - 5 years*

We specialize in providing lip blush to all skin tones. If you have melanin rich lips, neutralization of any cooler tones in the lip is required prior to adding the desired color and an extra session may be required to reach your desired results.

*Retention depends on a number of factors outside of our control including but not limited to: the pigment color (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure etc.), sweating more than 4x per week, and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates.

 

CAN YOU COVER UP MICROBLADING OR BROW TATTOOS FROM OTHER ARTISTS?

We are not able to perform microblading or combo brows on anyone with previous microblading and/or tattoo. In some cases we can perform ombre brows (machine shaded brows) on previously tattooed eyebrows but not always. Cover-ups depend on the current shape, color, age of the previous tattoo and health of the skin.

If you need cover up work please email a photo so we can evaluate your brows PRIOR to scheduling an appointment. If you fail to obtain approval of your previous tattoo PRIOR to scheduling you will forfeit your reservation fee. 

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Epilepsy

Liver Disease

Hormone Therapy

Chemotherapy

Pregnant or Nursing- illegal to tattoo anyone pregnant in VA + hormone changes while pregnant or nursing can cause pigments to heal much darker than intended

Major Heart Problems

Viral Infections/ Disease

Accutane in the past year

Psoriasis, Rash or Sunburn on or Around Treated area

An Allergy to Lidocaine, Tetracaine or Epinephrine

Previous Permanent Makeup: MUST email photo for approval prior to booking

CONDITIONS REQUIRING DOCTOR'S NOTE prior to booking: Diabetes (Type 1 + 2), high blood pressure, auto-immune disease, and any disease causing slow healing and/or high risk of infection

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?

DO NOT exercise/sweat heavily the day of the procedure

Discontinue tanning for three weeks prior

DO NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure

No alcohol 24 hours before or caffeine the day of procedure

Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle

Please note that Lip clients with a history of cold sores (even once years ago) MUST obtain an antiviral medication from their physician prior to the procedure

 

HOW WILL MY COSMETIC TATTOO LOOK IN THE FUTURE?

The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to color. There are some cases, however, where colors may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments (like sun exposure and iron deficiencies). Many factors affect these changes. At your touch up appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Any needed formula alterations to correct the color and to prevent further color change is made at that time.  

 

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE?

A broad spectrum sunscreen applied daily AFTER healing on the tattooed area(s) is needed to help keep color true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the color fade faster. Avoid retinoids (within 2 inches of brows), vitamin e and/or chemical peels even after the brows have healed for best results. 

You will need a touch-up every 12 - 18 months. The fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, iron deficiency, and if any chemical peels were done after cosmetic tattooing.  
If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.

I AM NOT SURE WHICH STYLE TO CHOOSE--CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION?

The first hour of the appointment is the full consultation where we pick a color match, talk about the best technique for your skin, the style you want, and shape your brows or lips. 

If you have previous work from another artist and/or would like a virtual consultation please text 703-340-1456 or email us clear, well-lit, forward facing photos of your brows/lips without brow makeup.

We will also ask you to answer a few questions and send over a few examples of styles you like if you have them. 

HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments for new clients can be made directly through our website. Please note that a nonrefundable reservation fee is required to schedule your appointment and is deducted from the total price of your procedure. 

Existing clients please text for a private link to select your touchup slot. 703-340-1456