Anew You Studio LLC - Advanced Permanent Cosmetics
Master Artist, State Certified Instructor & Tattoo School Owner
Permanent Cosmetics - What You Need to Know
The importance of learning as much as possible about your potential service provider cannot be overstated. If like most, you may not know what questions to ask or which are the most important for the result you are hoping for. The following is a compilation of questions (and answers) which are both pertinent and critical in your assessment analysis. My goal is to share knowledge that can help you make the wisest, safest decision and the best choice for you. Otherwise, I may hear from you in the future to correct a tattoo disaster - so let's avoid that! To this end, please feel free to email or call if you have additional questions at (503) 409-8491 or AnewYouStudio@gmail.com.
Oftentimes the first question I'm asked is about price. While an important aspect of the procedure, cost should not be the driving force or most important factor. The old adage “you get what you pay for” usually holds true, but is also not always the case. Interestingly, you can pay top dollar and receive poor results. Why does this happen? Low cost providers typically perform services as quickly as possible at the lowest possible cost. This usually translates into little or no use of anesthetics, limited or poor color selection, lack of skill, ability or experience (or all 3), use of inexpensive tools and implements, low quality pigments, and most importantly - not spending enough time to effect a good outcome. Fast and cheap never equates to excellent results. All this said, you may find yourself in the exact same boat with a high cost provider. Simply because a providers charges more does not translate into better skills, expertise, technique, supplies or equipment used, or time spent working with you.
Experience is a very important piece of the puzzle. Body arts is a learned skill which requires extensive practice and repetition spanning years of work. This is an absolute necessity in order to achieve average results, if the technician has talent and artistic skills. I’m frequently asked how long I've been practicing, but rarely asked how many procedures I perform in a day, week, or month. A committed, full time artist with a robust schedule (like me) continues to refine and broaden their skills throughout their entire career, whereas part timers are challenged to just maintain basic skills. It's also important consider the type of work the technician spends the majority of their time doing. For instance, a technician who specializes in brow tattooing may not be the right person for lip liner. Find out what procedures the provider does most often in their practice and ask how many of each procedure is done in a day/week/month.
Skills & Abilities
An artistically skilled expert cares about color, shape, dimension, placement, and overall aesthetic results. Conversely, someone with many years of experience may or may not have artistic ability or be driven for perfection - so results could be good or bad. Just as in other professions – someone performing a job for a long while doesn’t necessarily equate to superior ability or best results.
Each technician has their own timing, process and delivery style for their work. Knowing more about how services are provided will help shed light on what the final result may be. For example, asking the simple question “can you describe your process?” should provide good information for you to consider. Alternatively, you may learn there is no process (bad!) or the process may or may not lend well to your goal.
Professional Equipment & Supplies
Technicians use a broad spectrum of tools and supplies, but as a consumer it’s good to know what will be used on you. Like with other professions – great results require great tools. Would you want a dentist to drill your teeth with a hand drill? Of course not, and this concept holds true for tattoo arts - good artists use excellent, reliable equipment that deliver consist results. Further, using top quality supplies that are best suited to the job is also critical for a good outcome. In particular, high quality pigments are necessary for achieving best results, and an assortment of colors for good variety is needed. Another critical aspect is needle selection, particularly as it relates to brow tattooing. Tattoo needles are numbered – the higher the number, the more needles are in the needle set. Larger needle sets/larger needle number means that more skin can be covered/colored faster, and can also damage the skin more easily. Larger needle sets create thicker lines, and can quickly “fill in” solid color onto an outlined shape for a brow. This creates bold, solid color that looks unnatural. Smaller is usually better, particularly for detailed, find work that won't tear the skin.
Taking time for an in-person consultations is advisable to do, whenever possible. Meeting with potential service providers will give significantly more information than emails, texts, social media, or even a phone call. During your consultation or reading through material provided you should be on the alert for clues that provide insight into the person under consideration. For instance, information received may be riddled with grammatical or spelling errors or the technician gives scattered, incomplete or inadequate responses to questions asked. Red flags should go up - someone without focus or attention to detail may not be the best fit to perform a finely executed, detailed tattoo on your face or body..
Proof of Work
Ask for photos, references, and testimonials. Someone with skills, a good reputation, and good work product can easily provide volumes of all 3.
Licensed In Oregon & In Good Standing
The State of Oregon requires that Body Art Practitioners display their BAP license and Facility license in plain view. It would be prudent to verify licensing on any technician being considered as a service provider. At this following link you can look up Oregon licensees, and also check for consumer complaints filed. Just like any other professional service provider - it is not in your best interest to retain someone without proper credentials and training. Here is the OHLA link:
What is the “perfect profile” for best results? The artist would likely be:
~Artistically skilled with an inherent sense and ability for color, proportion and symmetry
~Performing permanent cosmetics on a full time basis
~Experienced with no less than 2 years of cosmetic tattooing - more is preferable
~Detail oriented, patient, and spends ample time on each procedure
~Interested in your goals and intent on meeting your wants and needs
~Prompt to respond, addresses all questions and concerns
~Able to give ample references, testimonials, and photographs of work upon request
~A provider of thorough and well written materials including pre care and post care instructions (as required by State of Oregon)
~A user of top quality supplies, professional equipment, and tools best suited for the job
Frequently Asked Questions
Why consider permanent cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics will save you time and frustration, with the added benefit of always looking your best! You can swim, sleep, perspire, shower – whatever your active lifestyle requires and look great 24/7. Permanent cosmetic tattoos don't wash or sweat off, and can last for years.
Who can benefit from permanent procedures?
Permanent cosmetics provide significant benefits to allergy sufferers, individuals with skin sensitivities to traditional cosmetics, those with a busy and active lifestyle, poor vision or dexterity issues, and for anyone who always want to look their best. Similarly, paramedical restoration work, such as scar camouflage and hair simulation, offer excellent solutions that improve the appearance of many dermal issues.
How long does each procedure take?
Initial procedures generally take anywhere from 2-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, depending on the service, numbing time, and the amount of work to be done. Touch-ups may require less time, but enough time must be allowed to properly numb the tissue and perform the procedure. We never comprise comfort or results by rushing your visit.
Following a procedure, will I be able to drive myself home?
Yes, unless eyeliner is being applied. For eyeliner we suggest considering assistance with transportation as the eyes can become more sensitive and/or dilated from the topical anesthetics.
Can I wear contact lenses immediately following an eyeliner procedure?
We recommend that contact lens wearers use eye glasses for 24 hours following an eyeliner procedure. Contacts may be worn after that, and wearing sunglasses may help relieve sight stress post-procedure.
What after-care do I need immediately following the procedure?
After-care is easy, and we provide detailed instructions to assist in the overall success of your procedure.
How long is the healing process?
Recovery time is minimal and initial healing is typically from 5-7 days. The layers of underlying skin need approximately 4 weeks to completely heal. There may be temporary swelling, light bruising, and redness which quickly subsides typically within a few days. Normal activities may be resumed immediately following the procedure.
How long will permanent cosmetics last?
Although permanent cosmetics are long lasting, many factors affect how quickly the color fades. Dark pigments, such as black, last longer than lighter, more delicate colors that are vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming, and breakdown by the body. In addition, certain health conditions, your metabolism, medications, anti-aging products, natural skin exfoliation, and facial products with bleaching agents can all hasten fading. Periodic touch-ups will be needed and an average range is 2-3 years.
Are permanent cosmetics appropriate if I'm allergic to regular makeup?
Anyone with allergies to traditional makeup is a perfect candidate for permanent cosmetics. Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic pigments are extremely rare.
Are permanent cosmetic procedures painful?
In most cases WITH US - no. Some experience a short period of mild discomfort - but this is not the norm. We use numerous topical anesthetics which are very effective, and we apply them liberally throughout the process, and it's common for our clients to fall asleep during their procedure.
When can Corrective Pigment Camouflaging (CPC) be done on scar tissue?
Once skin has properly healed, which usually occurs approximately 12 months after the initial scar (when it is no longer red or pink). Fully healed, white scar tissue retains color the best.
What is Microblading and how is it the same/different than 3D Eyebrow Tattooing?
Microblading is a method of implanting color into the skin using hand tools that either create/slices cuts into the skin, or pokes holes which is then followed by rubbing pigment into the skin. This is considered a form of tattooing and requires an Oregon Body Arts Practitioner license and a Facilities license in order to legally perform the procedure. In our opinion, microblading with scalpel-like hand tools is too high risk with significant potential for harm as a result of going too deep. Procedures done with hand tools that poke holes into the skin are known to have a shorter longevity than services provided using commercial tattooing equipment which offers a significantly higher level of color implantation consistency and color pack. At Anew You Studio LLC we use top of the line commercial tattooing equipment for controlled impact with superior consistency each and every time.