What is Permanent Makeup?

permanent-makeup by kathy baba

Permanent Makeup, also known as Intradermal Pigmentation, is a process of inserting natural pigments into the dermal layer of skin. This state-of-the-art technique is medically proven and specifically designed to be completely safe.

Permanent makeup is used for a variety of cosmetic enhancements such as permanent eyebrows, eye liner, and lip liner/color. Other permanent makeup procedures include, areola restoration, hairline enhancement, and more. Permanent makeup has also been used to cover-up stretchmarks, birthmarks, freckles/age spots, and uneven skin discolorations.

Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?

  • Busy women with little time to apply makeup
  • People with allergies to conventional makeup
  • Anyone who desires freedom and convenience from daily makeup application
  • Those who are physically incapable of applying makeup
  • Athletic persons and those with oily skin who tend to shed makeup easily
  • Men as well as women
  • Burn survivors and people with flaws in their skin
  • Women and men who seek correction of asymmetrical facial features
  • Entertainers, actresses, and models
  • Men and women who wish to look their best all of the time!

What to Expect


During the consultation we will discuss the procedure you are requesting.  For example, the brows? Do you change your hair color? The undertones of your skin will be established to achieve the desired color.  Correct placement of the brow to get the most natural look for you individually.

My Products

I use Premier Pigments which are organic and mri safe, no metals!  What this means is that my pigments do not contain iron oxide which have a tendency to change colors (pink, purple, grey green, blue) within a year or so.  My pigments will hold their color for around 5 years and will gently fade from it’s original color.

How are my numbing techniques different form others?

No need for injections for numbing with me!  I have a special two stage numbing technique that doesn’t just numb the top layer of the skin but will also allow the second stage to penetrate underneath as well for optimal numbing. My philosophy is,“If your comfortable, it makes it easier for you and me!”

Designing and Choosing Color

During the consult we will talk about lifestyle, color, and design of your ultimate brow shape, liner style, or look you want to achieve of your lips.  I am an expert at color and always choose a more conservative approach. Less is better than too much!  We can always add, is my motto! I am a perfectionist and most my time is spent measuring and penciling our optimal shape and style.  I am a good listener and my ultimate goal is for us to find a shape that enhances your features, not detracts from your natural beauty!

What kind of machine do you use? Is it safe?

I use the Nouveau Contour digital machine which is more precise and gentler on the skin.  It gives me a greater selection of needle types to use for hairline strokes or shading for the lips and areolas.  The needles are disposable for single use only.  For your safety and mine I am OSHA certified and follow all rules as outlined by the CDC and the State Department of Heath and Safety.

Before the procedure

Please do not use and aspirin products including Ibuprofen, Alleve, etc.  Tylenol is the only product allowed.  Please refrain from drinking alcohol the night before the procedure.  For 4-5 days before please do not use vitamin E, fish oils, or flaxseed as it thins the blood. For lips; if you have ever had cold sores or fever blisters you will need to take medicine 4-5 days before and after to prevent an outbreak.

Is this procedure painful?

Topical anesthetic creams/liquids are used to minimize discomfort in addition to my two part numbing technique.

What is involved in recovery?

There will be slight swelling and redness in the skin, which will subside quickly. You may resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Complete healing takes one to six weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches its final color.

Follow up/Aftercare

We will go over your aftercare together and it will be given to you in written form.  It is important to follow it precisely to avoid loss of pigment and infection.  Caring for your permanent makeup is essential for achieving the best results.


Remember that permanent makeup is a process! Everyone heals differently, no two people heal the same.  The procedure will look darker and more sharply defined immediately following.  In 24-48 hrs. the healing process will begin.  It will then recede and have light scabbing which will flake off and expose a much lighter color.  The complete results cannot be determined until 30 days after the procedure. Then if needed you can schedule a follow up appointment.

Long Term Care

Taking care of your permanent makeup is essential to the longevity of the procedure. Over time the color will fade.  Lighter colors will fade quicker.  Using a sunscreen over your brows will help maintain the color longer.  Touch up procedures will be necessary in the future to ensure the best look possible. Once you are my client I never charge you the full amount.