Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll hopefully find the answers to any questions you have about permanent makeup and the particular hairstroke technique that I use.  However, if your question isn’t answered below, please contact me and I’ll respond to your questions within 24 hrs.

Questions about Machine Hairstrokes

What is Machine Hairstroke Technique?

Machine Hairstroke technique, uses an electric PMU needle to create hair like strokes on the skin to fill out the brows and make them look fluffier.  It’s like painting a picture of a brow on the skin.  It’s a very safe treatment that doesn’t traumatise the skin.  There is no cutting involved with this technique.  The skin stays intact.  

What skin type ISN'T suitable for Machine Hairstokes?

Oily skin is not recommended for Hairstroke techniques.  A better option would be Powder Brows or Combination brow.

If you have very thick oily skin with large pores I would advise against any form of permanent makeup as sadly it would fade very quickly, a matter of weeks or months.

If you have very mature skin 60+ or very red sensitive skin with visible blood vessels I would also advise against any form of permanent makeup due to the risk of bleeding and pigment migration under the skin.

Is oily skin suitable for Machine Hairstroke technique?

No I don’t recommend this technique for oily skin, as the stokes may fade very quickly.  

It is possible, but it’s important to note that it will look very soft and not defined on your skin.  A better option for oily skin is Powder Brows or Combination which will be more visible and will last longer.

However, if your skin is very thick and oily with large visible pores then I wouldn’t recommend any form of permanent makeup as it would fade very quickly.

The best skin type for permanent makeup is normal to dry.

Questions About Powder Brows

What is Powder Brow?
Powder Brow is a PMU technique that implants pigment into the skin with an electric tattoo device.  The finished result is a full makeup effect.  This is not a hair stroke effect.
What skin type ISN'T suitable for Powder Brows?

If you have very thick oily skin with large pores I would advise against any form of permanent makeup as sadly it would fade very quickly, a matter of weeks or months.

If you have very mature skin 60+ or very red sensitive skin with visible blood vessels I would also advise against any form of permanent makeup due to the risk of bleeding and pigment migration under the skin.

Is oily skin suitable for Powder Brows?

Yes if you have slightly Oily skin, Powder Brows is a good option.  Although it would still fade quicker than on normal to dry skin types.

However, if your skin is very thick and oily with large visible pores then I wouldn’t recommend any form of permanent makeup as it would fade very quickly.

The best skin type for permanent makeup is normal to dry.

Questions About Combination Brows

What is Combination Brow?
Combination Brow is a mix of Machine Hairstrokes and Powder Brows.
We use hairstrokes at the front and top of the brow for a fluffy effect, with powder technique at the bottom and middle of the brow for a clean line and more fullness and definition.
It’s for those who want more definition than hairstrokes can offer, but don’t want the full makeup effect of powder brows.
Is oily skin suitable for Combination Brows?

Yes if you have slightly Oily skin, Combination Brows is a good option.  Although it would still fade quicker than on normal to dry skin types.

However, if your skin is very thick and oily with large visible pores then I wouldn’t recommend any form of permanent makeup as it would fade very quickly.

The best skin type for permanent makeup is normal to dry.

General Questions About The Appointment

Are these PMU techniques permanent?

Unlike traditional tattooing, which is permanent, Machine Hairstrokes and Powder Brows are considered to be semi-permanent, lasting around 1-3 years depending on the skin type and skincare routine.

In some cases, the pigment will never entirely disappear and may leave a faint shadow in the skin. Factors that affect the retention of the pigment are:

  • Oily skin does not retain pigment well. It will fade much quicker than normal to dry skin types
  • Lighter pigments fade faster than dark pigments
  • UV rays over time can fade or discolour the pigment, so it’s essential to use sunscreen
  • Daily use of certain face creams containing Tretinoin, Retin-A, Alpha Hydroxy, Glycolic Acid can cause the pigment to fade faster due to bleaching and increased skin regeneration.
How long does the appointment take?

Typically around 2.5 – 3 hours to:

1) Map the new eyebrow shape and draw the main lines

2) Chose the pigment colours.

3) The tattoo procedure takes around 1.5 – 2 hrs. 

Is it painful?

Everyone has a different pain threshold, but generally, the pain is considered to be mild.

To make the procedure as comfortable as possible, I advise you to purchase some topical anaesthetic cream to numb the area 30 minutes before your appointment. Anaesthetics containing lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine are suitable and can be purchased online, from a local pharmacy or your doctor.

Will I need a top-up and is that included in the price?

Yes, the top-up around 8 weeks later is included in the price and yes it’s advised you attend the top-up.  Everyone has different skin, in differing conditions; therefore, the healing process and outcome vary.

The top-up is to address any healing issues such as filling in any gaps that may have appeared or to go a darker shade if you feel your brows are too light.

The top-up session will ensure that your new eyebrows stick around for longer. 

The appointment will take around 1-1.5 hrs.

 

How long will it take to heal?

The skin will fully heal by 7-14 days. However, you won’t see the exact colour and shape of the strokes until around 4-6 weeks, which is why the top-up is after this point.

For the first couple of days, your brows may seem very dark as they start to scab over. By week two, the scabs will start to fall away, revealing light pigment underneath. Don’t panic. This is all part of the healing process. Your skin would have healed over the pigment giving it a milky look. Over the coming weeks, the skin will regenerate, and the pigment will start to show through in-time for your touch up.

How do I make an appointment?

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Once you’ve booked an appointment I’ll be in touch via Whatsapp to confirm your appointment and to request a €100 deposit to secure the booking.  The remaining balance paid on the treatment day.

How do I prepare for the appointment?
The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
 
Day before:
 
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Ibuprofen (they thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding)
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure
  • Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo 
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure
  • Do not smoke before the procedure
  • Try to avoid booking the appointment if you are on your period.
  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E (they are natural blood thinners)
  • Do not tan or have a sunburned face
  • Do not have any type of facial
  • Do not have botox
  • Discontinue Retin-A at least 4 weeks prior (and avoid on eyebrow area after the procedure).
  • Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area (and avoid on eyebrow area after the procedure). 
 
1 week before:
Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E (they are natural blood thinners)
 
2 weeks before: 
 
  • Do not tan or have a sunburned face
  • Do not have any type of facial
 
3 weeks before:
 
  • Do not have botox
  • Discontinue Retin-A at least 4 weeks prior (and avoid on eyebrow area after the procedure).
  • Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area (and avoid on eyebrow area after the procedure). 
 
If you can follow all the above guidance, your skin should be in the best condition for Permanent Makeup.
What is the aftercare process?

KEEP THEM DRY FOR 2 WEEKS

Avoid touching your brows after the treatment as we need to keep any bacteria away from them. 

You need to keep the area clean and dry for 2 weeks, so no washing or cleansers.  Keep all makeup and cosmetics away from the brows for 2 weeks.

If you need to, wet a cotton pad and give them a gentle wipe.

Your brows may form dry skin and some scabbing.  It’s vital that you do not pick.  Allow the scabs to fall off naturally.


Important reminders – keep the brows as dry as possible.

  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for 1 week.

  • Avoid long, hot showers for 1 week.

  • Avoid swimming and saunas for 2 weeks,

  • Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face.
  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 2 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.

  • DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.

  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.

Healed brows

Around day 7-14 your brows should have completely healed. At this point the pigment may look very faint and some stokes may have disappeared.  If this happens don’t worry.  Give it time and the strokes will start to show again as the skin rejuvenates.

I will see you again in 8 weeks for your touch up to fix any fading or patches that may appear.

Can you guarantee your work?

No, I’m afraid I can’t guarantee my work as there any many variables outside of my control that could affect the results such as skin type, lifestyle and aftercare process.

I can guarantee that I’ll do my very best for you using all my skills and experience.

Will my new PMU brows be perfect?

No, I can’t promise you perfection.

If you’re looking for perfectly symmetrical brows with mirror image strokes then I’m afraid Machine Hairstroke technique isn’t for you.  Powder Brows is better if you’re looking for symmetry.

Hairstroke technique mimics the natural brow and hair growth for a natural-looking brow.  Not a perfect one.

If you’re someone who needs perfectly shaped and symmetrical brows, I would recommend powder brows for you.

Can I be refunded If the results don't stick?

No refunds on work carried out.  

However, if you need a 3rd touch up due to very oily skin then that can be arranged.

Can I get my deposit back if I cancel the appointment?

Yes. If you give me 2 weeks notice of cancellation you can have the deposit back in full.

Questions About Microblading

What is Microblading?
Microblading is a PMU technique that implants pigment into the skin with the use of a hand-held tool similar to a tiny blade.  Tiny cuts are scratched into the upper layers of the skin depositing pigment to achieve hairlike strokes.
Do you offer Microblading?

Microblading isn’t my prefered PMU technique as it causes trauma to the skin and takes many years to fade.  However, if you would still like Microblading and your skin is young (under 35) healthy, normal with no visible pores and you’ve not had Microblading done before then I would consider it for you, just contact me directly.

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