Frequently Asked Questions
Is Microblading right for me?
Factors to consider based on skin type:
- Normal Skin/Dry Skin: Microblading heals best on normal to dry skin types.
- Thick/Oily Skin: Microblading may not work well on clients with oily skin types or large pores. Increased oil production can cause hair strokes to blur and heal lighter and more powdery than you would expect. Oily skin will require touch ups more often. I recommend adding manual shading to your service for optimal results.
- Mature Skin: Tends to be thinner and more delicate which may increase the likelihood of bleeding, loss of pigment, and pigment migration.
- Dark-Complexioned Skin: There may be less contrast and visible detail in the microbladed strokes.
- Thin Skin: Due to the fragility of thin skin, it is not recommended to receive Microblading.
You cannot receive cosmetic tattoo services if you answer yes to any of these:
- Under 18 years old
- Pregnant or Nursing
- Undergoing Chemotherapy
- Currently using Accutane or have used Accutane within the past year
- Freshly tanned/sunburnt on your face
- On blood thinning medications
- Have Rosacea
- Have Eczema or Psoriasis in or around your brow area
- I cannot tattoo over raised moles or acne/blemishes within the brow area. (If you are experiencing an acne breakout in the brow area, you must reschedule your appointment. Failing to reschedule without at least 48 hours notice will result in the forfeiture of your deposit.)
- Prone to keloids
- Allergic to Lidocaine
Anyone receiving a cosmetic tattoo will not be allowed to give blood for 1 year following your procedure (per Red Cross).
You must notify your doctor of any cosmetic tattoo before receiving an MRI.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are currently optional, but that policy is subject to change due to San Diego county guidelines.
Can I bring someone with me?
Space is limited inside the studio, so any friends/family will have to wait outside.
I just received my COVID-19 vaccine, can I come in for my appointment?
It is recommended to wait at least 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine to make sure your immune system is not compromised.
What if I’m previously tattooed?
Previously Tattooed Brows/Laser Tattoo Removal/Saline Removal:
Previously tattooed/microbladed eyebrows must be nearly invisible. Scar tissue associated with previous tattooing/microblading or tattoo removal may affect pigment retention.
I require anyone that is previously tattooed/microbladed by another artist to email me photos of their eyebrows first so I can make sure it's something I feel comfortable working over. I'll need a straight on photo and 1 photo of each eyebrow. Photos must be taken in natural daylight and be clear and in focus. Please email photos to VeraArtistry@gmail.com
After I have reviewed the photos and you have received an approval response from me, the cost will be the new client pricing which includes 2 appointments. (Please refer to Pricing for more info)
If you fail to send photos and book an appointment with me before receiving approval, your appointment will be cancelled and you will forfeit your deposit. No exceptions
What can I expect at my first appointment?
At your appointment we will discuss size, shape, color, etc. and then I will apply a topical lidocaine to numb your eyebrows for 10 minutes while you fill out paperwork.
Once you are numb and finished with paperwork I will bring you back and take before photos of your eyebrows.
I will map and draw on a shape that we think looks best. This shape is an outline and acts as guideline. I will show you the shape and color I have chosen for you before I begin and welcome any feedback you may have.
I will not begin the service until I know that you 100% agree to shape and color.
If you decide to not go through with the service for any reason, you will not owe the balance, but you will forfeit your deposit.
At the end of the service I will go over aftercare, take after photos, schedule your touch up, and collect the balance owed.
What are pigments made of?
The ingredients are a combination of powdered pigments, glycerin, witch hazel, isopropyl alcohol, aqua, rosin, and DMDM hydantoin. It is gamma-ray sterilized, vegan, and cruelty-free.
For more information please visit: https://www.permablend.com
Can I get a cosmetic tattoo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
As a safety precaution, I do not tattoo pregnant or nursing mothers. I look forward to serving you once it is safe to do so.
What if I become pregnant before my appointment?
Please refer to Policies for info on cancelling and rescheduling appointments.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a revolutionary form of cosmetic tattooing. Fine hair strokes are created by depositing pigment into the skin with a manual handheld tool.
Microblading is designed to blend with your natural brow hair, the more hair you have the more realistic your results will be. If you have very little or sparse eyebrow hair, results will appear more 2D, and it is possible that you may need more than two sessions to achieve your desired result.
Microblading is not intended to replace eyebrow makeup. If you are used to a bold, makeup eyebrow, then you may still want to fill them in. Microblading gives you the ability to build on it and make it bold when you want, but on the days when you don’t have makeup on, you will feel like you have a nice, structured brow that compliments your natural features.
What is Shading?
Shading can be done with a handheld tool or a tattoo machine. Shading will provide more coverage than microblading and will give the illusion of fullness to the brow. Shading will make your brows look more filled in, like as if you were using brow powder.
If I book the separate consultation appointment, does the $100 go towards the balance if I decide to book an appointment to have my brows done?
The $100 for the consultation appointment does not go towards the balance because it is a separate appointment. If you decide to book an appointment after the separate consultation appointment, a new deposit will be required to book and that deposit will go towards the balance.
Do you keep a cancellation list?
Please send an email to VeraArtistry@gmail.com if you would like a sooner appointment and we will contact you if something becomes available. Please include your availability.
Do cosmetic tattoos hurt?
Pain tolerance varies from person to person. I use two different topical numbing agents to ensure you remain comfortable during the entire procedure.
The first numbing is a 5% topical Lidocaine cream and the second numbing is a gel that contains 4% Lidocaine and 0.04% Epinephrine.
What is the best way to contact you?
Email is the best way to reach me: VeraArtistry@gmail.com or you can use the contact page
Please do not send me messages through Instagram. If you send a message through Instagram it will most likely get lost and you will not receive a response from me.
Do you offer training or shadowing?
I do not offer training or shadowing.
How long will my cosmetic tattoo last?
Most people come in every 18 months to 3 years to maintain their Microblading. This varies person to person, and some people will need to come in sooner than 18 months.
Some factors that will effect how you retain pigment are:
- Sun exposure
- Oily skin
- Lighter pigment colors (Blondes, Redheads, and Light Brown)
- Skincare/Exfoliants (Retinol, Retin A, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, AHA, Vitamin A)
- Chemical peels
- Not following pre-care and aftercare
Once your cosmetic tattoo is fully healed, I recommend using a daily facial sunscreen to protect from harsh UV rays. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time then I recommend wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect your cosmetic tattoo.
Please note that every person heals and retains pigment differently and final results cannot be guaranteed.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
- Please avoid alcohol, caffeine, Aspirin, Niacin, Ibuprofen, or any blood thinners for 24 hours prior to your procedure.
- I recommend waiting at least 2-3 weeks to get microblading done if you have received Botox injections.
- Avoid Vitamin E and fish oil for at least 24 hours prior to your procedure.
- Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol/Glycolic Acid/Lactic Acid/Salicylic Acid and any exfoliating or skin regenerating products two weeks prior to microblading procedure.
- Any brow shaping using waxing or tinting should be performed at least 72 hours before the procedure.
- Exfoliating treatments such as microdermabrasion should not be performed within 2 weeks prior to procedure.
- Chemical peels and laser facials need at least 4 weeks of healing before you can receive Microblading or other cosmetic tattoos.
- Must be off of Accutane for at least 1 year prior to microblading procedure.
What will my cosmetic tattoo look like in the future?
Most client’s cosmetic tattoos will fade and soften over time while remaining true to the original tone. However, there are cases where colors can shift over time due to a client’s lifestyle, such as iron deficiencies, sun exposure, skincare regimen, etc. During your follow up appointment, I will analyze the original pigment used and make any necessary adjustments to help give you the best long lasting result.
What is the healing process?
The healing process can last anywhere from 7-10 days. During and after treatment, temporary swelling, redness, and/or itching may occur. Eyebrows can look up to 40% darker and 10-15% thicker during the first 3-5 days of healing. Day 4-5 you may experience peeling or flaky skin, do not pick or pull on it. Loss of pigment and change in intensity of color is possible if scabbing occurs. Day 10-14 your microblading will look like it has disappeared, this is completely normal, and the color will start to reappear after 2 weeks. Once the brows are fully healed, you may feel like they look a little patchy or misshapen. During your follow up appointment I will assess how you healed and make any necessary adjustments to the shape and color.
During the healing process you must avoid:
- Brow makeup, face wash, face lotion, etc. on and around your eyebrows
- Sweating of any kind
- Harsh cleansers on your brows
- Bath towels, tissues, or wash cloths on your face
- Harsh scrubbing
- Long, hot, steamy showers
- Direct contact with the shower head
- Swimming, pools, jacuzzis, saunas