Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Permanent Makeup?

I offer several Permanent Makeup procedures! Permanent Makeup is the act of depositing pigment into the upper dermis of the skin to create the illusion of makeup. Most permanent makeup procedures will last 1-3 years depending on the service, skin type of client, and their lifestyle. Although it is considered permanent, the pigments that are used as well as the techniques are designed to fade gradually over time. Despite being designed to fade, some people will have slight remnants of pigment (usually not noticeable) after the three year mark. Microblading is a form of permanent makeup that refers to the process of creating hair-like strokes to mimic and enhance the natural look of your eyebrows. This is done by implanting pigment under the skin using a small, sterile, disposable needle which results in the look of fuller brows. 

Ombre, similarly to microblading, is a form of cosmetic tattoo. However, ombre is a fully shaded brow typically lighter towards the fronts and more concentrated towards the tails. 

Remember, all permanent makeup is low maintenance not no maintenance! You may still feel it necessary to fill in areas of your brows and will still need to manage the hair growth. Permanent makeup sits underneath of the skin, once healed it will always look lighter than when fresh and will not change the color of your actual hair. 

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

Microblading is considered to be permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-2 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: Pigment color used(lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle, sun exposure, iron deficiency, and if any chemicals come into contact with the treated areas. 

Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. I will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touchup appointment and make any changes necessary. Touchups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2+ visits.  The inital procedure is followed by a touchup procedure 6-8 weeks later. Please note that the client is responsible for booking their own follow up appointment and can book those appointments anytime within the 6-8 week timeframe. Touchups booked outside of the 6-8 week time frame may be subject to additional charges. 

Ombre typically lasts longer than microblading, most clients will come for a touchup every 2 years or so after their initial 6-8 week touchup. All permanent makeup is done in multiple sessions and will require a touchup. 

Am I  A Good Candidate For Permanent Makeup?

You are NOT a good candidate for microblading if you have very thin, aged or mature skin, extremely oily skin, or very large pores. These clients will have less than ideal healed results and are more suited for an Ombre brow. 

You are NOT a good candidate for permanent makeup if:

- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. Per the San Diego Health Dept. we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing/breastfeeding people. The hormones released while pregnant and nursing can cause poor retention, excessive bleeding, and increased pain levels.

-You are under 18. You must be 18 years of age or older to receive cosmetic tattooing. 

-Health conditions that may DISQUALIFY you include: diabetes, keloid scarring, herpes, HIV/AIDS, or other infectious diseases, active psoriasis or rosacea, acne in the brow area, auto immune diseases or health conditions where you are prone to easy bleeding. 

-If you are on any steroid medications, Accutane, Retin-A or other strong retinols, blood thinners (including aspirin regimens), currently receiving chemotherapy, have had any intense chemical peels, lasers, facials, or botox, using latisse or lash growth serums, other facial treatments, or are currently sunburned you will need to wait a certain period of time before receiving permanent makeup services. 

-I do not do touchups of other artists work; if you have previous cosmetic tattooing please send me a photo prior to booking, I will need to evaluate and approve before you book an appointment.

-Please let is know of any medical conditions or allergies you have BEFORE booking an appointment, as this may disqualify you from the procedure or we may need to source different products or change the procedure for your service. This includes all allergies food, environmental and otherwise and MUST be stated on your intake paperwork.

-You must wait at least 2 weeks after receiving botox or filler in the brow area before having cosmetic tattooing done.

-Permanent Makeup may not be performed if you have received the Covid 19 Vaccination or booster within 2 weeks of your appointment or plan to receive the vaccine up to 14 days after your appointment. 


Is There A Cancellation Fee?

Yes! A $50 deposit is collected for all appointments. A $25 deposit is required for all Tooth Gem Appointments. Your deposit is nonrefundable. However, it is transferrable to a different date or time if at least 24 hour notice is given. If less than 24 hour notice is given, a new deposit will be required to book another appointment. In light of Covid 19, if you are displaying any symptoms, have been exposed to Covid or someone within your household tests positive for Covid 19 I will allow you to reschedule your appointment at no penalty. However, a negative Covid test will be required to rebook. 

Please arrive on time to your appointment, if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, it will be considered a no show and a new deposit will be required to book another appointment. 

Can I Bring Someone With Me To My Appointment?

Yes! You are able to bring one person with you to your appointment. However, these appointments are lengthy and often not very fun for bystanders. Because we are a tattoo studio, no persons under the age of 18 are allowed. Meaning no children in the studio. 

Tooth Gem FAQ

-Are they safe?

yes. Our selection of gems are made for long term wear in the mouth without breaking down. We don't use hot-fix crystals or gold plated charms, only the best materials!

-How long does the procedure take?

Typically about 15 minutes.

-Can I get a Tooth Gem if I have veneers?

Unfortunately tooth gems can only be applied to real, healthy teeth.

-How do i remove the gem if I don't want it anymore?

If you want the gem removed, simply make an appointment at your regular dentist. Unfortunately I cannot remove them for you. 

-What if I swallow a gem? 

No biggie! all gems and gold used have no sharp edges, they will do no internal damage. If swallowed they will simply pass through the natural way. 

-Can I get them if I wear Invisalign?

Invisalign and other tooth formed retainers are not compatible with tooth gems. If you wear a wire retainer, you can bring it with you to your appointment and we can work around the wires to place your gems.

-Can I still have my teeth cleaned?

Yes, it is recommended to go to your semi annual dentist appointments for teeth cleaning. The hygienist can easily clean around the gem. It is important to keep up with your regular dental hygiene. 


Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. If you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid or shown any Covid Symptoms, please reschedule your appointment until you can present a negative Covid Test. If you feel sick at all, please reschedule your appointment! If you come to your appointment and show any sign of illness, you will be asked to reschedule and may forfeit your deposit.