Saline Lightening

We often have clients come in for consultations who are unhappy with a previous cosmetic and are looking for our help.

Sometimes we are unable to help these clients because they are dissatisfied with the overall shape, placement, symmetry, and color.

In these cases we reccomend laser removal. If a pigment was used that contains titanium dioxide, the laser cannot identify it as a color and will turn the cosmetic black or grey. There is no way to know how the laser will react to each individual and a test session is usually performed to see how it will react.

To break it down a little bit further, cosmetic pigments are made with different colors, these colors all have different size particles. Titanium dioxide (white, light colors, flesh tones) being the biggest particle and the hardest to remove, Carbon (black) pigment being the smallest and easiest to break down, and then all the colors in between. Think of it as titanium being a big boulder rock and carbon being a small rock, which one will be easier to carry up a hill? Carbon, of course.  

There are a few different methods of removal, Laser being one and saline removal being another, both very popular. However these two removal techniques work very differently. Laser pulsates a light to the pigment, it breaks up the particle and then pushes it back into the body where it is removed by the body’s lymph and waste system.

One benefit of Saline, is that it lifts the pigment up to the surface of the skin and out of the body. Saline does not recognize color, it recognizes pigment uniformly, therefore can remove ANY pigment. Still take into consideration the size of the pigment particle, the bigger the particle the harder it is to remove, however, another benefit of saline is there is NEVER a risk of turning black or grey. It may take longer sessions to remove, but it can be done with patience and time.

Q: How many sessions will it take?

A: How many session will depend on many different variables. It’s determined by, the pigment(s) used, how many times the pigment was implanted into the skin, how deep it was implanted into the skin, if there are layers of pigment over top of one another, if it was done multiple times over years by different artists, if it is deeply saturated in color, the clients own skin and healing process, and how well the client follows the aftercare regimen. An 8 week healing time in between each session is required.

Q: How do I know if I’m a candidate for removal?

A: An in person consultation is required where we will discuss what you currently don’t like about your permanent cosmetic, what your goals are, and what the realistic expectations are based off of you individually.


Q: Who isn’t a good candidate?

A: Anyone who is prone to Hyper/Hypopigmentation, Keloids, Pregnant or Nursing- No Exceptions. Lasers or Facial Peels- Must wait 1 month or longer depending on how strong the treatment, Sunburn, Moles, Skin Tags, or Open Wounds (In the area to be treated), Accutane- Must be off 1 year prior to appointment, Retin A- Must stop 7 days prior to appointment, and wait 30 days after treatment (completely avoiding treated area from then on after), Blood Thinners- 24/48 hours prior to appointment, Any ongoing medical conditions that may affect the healing of removal.

We’re excited to introduce this service to our clients that weren’t successful with laser removal, and will be launching February of 2019!

Please email all inquires to BrowArtistryByDanielle@gmail.com

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BLUSH lIPS

Blush Lips is a form of cosmetic tattooing done by a machine. As with Microblading, Combo Brows, and Powder Brows Blush Lips are a two step process.

Numbing cream is applied to the area for 20 minutes like any other service we offer.  The lips will then be outlined with makeup around your natural shape. Small symmetry adjustments can be made, but this form of tattooing cannot be done outside of the the natural lip line. The skin differs from the lip line to the outside of your lip and will not heal consistently. 

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Lips are done in quarter sections and will work from one side of the lip inward. For clients who are looking for a more defined lip line a liner needle is used to outline the lips. Once the liner is complete we will move onto shading the entire lip with a shader needle. A second numb is applied to the area during the process.

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Progress pictures are taken to compare results from before your cosmetic tattoo, to your following appointments.

Lips heal 40-60% lighter then the initial tattoo and will look like a sheer wash of color or a stain to enhance your natural lip tone. These will not look like an opaque lipstick. 

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The healing process is super quick and the aftercare is very minimal. 

You cannot eat or drink salty or spicy foods for the first 48 hours and will apply Vaseline or a non tinted chapstick to the area as needed. 

They start to peel within the first few days and are healed within the first week. Color may subside the first week after peeling and will resurface as your skin naturally regenerates.  Touch ups are scheduled 4 weeks after your first appointment. 

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Everyone’s skin is different and touch ups can be anywhere from 1-3 years. Depending on how saturated the pigment is, what the color choice is, and the clients personal needs, would determine when to schedule your touch up. 

Clients love this service for summer as it’s fast healing with minimal aftercare.

Anyone who is looking to get their lips tattooed and have ever had a cold sore, will need to consult with your Dr about a preventative medication. This will need to be taken two weeks prior to your scheduled appointment and following your procedure.

Tattooing the lips to anyone who has had a cold sore could result in an outbreak and necessary precautions need to be taken prior to your appointment. 

Danielle is running a promo for July and August of $295. This service full price will be $550. You can book online or call the studio to book your appointment. 

Lash Line Enhancement vs Eyeliner

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We get many questions about what the difference is between a lash line enhancement and a cosmetic eyeliner.

A lash Line Enhancement is a thin line that sits at the root of your lashes and gives the illusion of a fuller lash line. When your eye is shut there is minimal trace of the eyeliner as there is with a typical cosmetic eyeliner. This technique may not replace the look of a fuller eyeliner, but for most, will give just enough at the base of your lashes to where women feel eyeliner is not needed. Though the end results are subtle, they are just as permanent as a typical cosmetic eyeliner. Yay for waking up without having to do your makeup! 

Q: What do I need to know prior to booking a lash line enhancement appointment.                                                                                                          A: No lash lifts, lash tints, lash extensions or growth serums for 6 weeks prior to your scheduled appointment.

Q: What is the healing for a lash Line Enhancement?                                                                                                                                                             A: Keep area clean and free of makeup for about five days. Minimal swelling. No mascara for 7 days, at that time you will need to use a brand new tube of mascara.

Q: When can I use a lash serum or get lash extensions?                                                                                                                                                       A: 5-6 weeks after your appointment. At this time you will be completely healed and can pick back up on normal routines.

Q: Can I get the line thicker?                                                                                                                                                                                                    A: Yes we can do it a little thicker but will not do cat eyes or anything that we feel will not wear well with time. You can always add makeup to your permanent cosmetic, but you can’t take it away!

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Is Microblading a Tattoo?

Is microblading a tattoo?

The answer is yes. Microblading implants pigment into the skin, therefore it is in fact actually a tattoo. This process is done in a way that sits shallow in the skin to create realistic, fine hair strokes. The reason it has inherited the description of being "semi permanent," is because of the frequency touch ups may be needed due to where the pigment sits in the skin vs. a traditional permanent cosmetic or tattoo. However, ALL permanent cosmetics fade with due time and will need touch ups and freshening of color. 

Although the term "semi permanent," gets used a lot when describing microblading, it is important for consumers to remember that the effects of this procedure can actually last for an extended amount of time. Choose an artist the same way you would when going to get a tattoo. Choose an artist the same way you would when looking for a wedding makeup artist. You research these individuals because you will have to look at a tattoo forever, or your wedding pictures forever. Although permanent cosmetics soften and fade with time, you will be wearing the results of your procedure on your face for an extended time frame. Look at portfolios and choose your artist based on talent, not convenience. 

Lastly, tattoos need to be done in a sterile environment. Typically getting a tattoo out of someones home is frowned upon for this reason. Tattooing is not done in salons and spas because it is not considered to fall under cosmetology or esthetics. There are chemicals, hairsprays, acrylics, hair, all circulating through the air in salons that could also make the environment unsterile. Microblading also does not fall under cosmetology or esthetics. It is a form of permanent cosmetic, or tattooing and should be treated the same as such.

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Intro to Microblading

Microblading is a two step process. We get a lot of questions about the process and understanding that it can be an intimidating appointment to commit to. We documented this young lady's two appointments from beginning to end to give a better idea of what you can expect, and to also show exactly why microblading is a two step process. 

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First things first, MUGSHOTS! These pictures are taken for us to utilize during your consultation and to track your progress from appointment to the next. We can look at your eyebrows together, and determine what we like about your existing eyebrows, and what we would change about them. We incorporate as much of your natural eyebrow as possible to reach a more natural result. 

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Consultation time. Your first appointment is scheduled for two and a half hours. A large portion of your appointment will be the consultation. This part of the process you have to use your imagination a bit. We make an outline of a desired eyebrow shape based off of what we discuss in your consultation as well as some measurements. You'll need to picture that the negative space is filled in with hair strokes, and not solid filled in. This outline can look intimidating! Any stray hairs that are outside the desired shape are removed with a small eyebrow razor. It is also ok to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded four days before your microblade appointment.

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Microblading is done with a small sterile blade. Each blade is disposed of appropriately after every procedure. Any supplies that touch your skin during the procedure are disposable, and all necessary precautions are taken against cross contamination.

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After sitting with a topical numbing agent for twenty minutes it is time to actually microblade. The blade is dipped into pigment and hair strokes are manually placed into the skin. Here it is after one pass. Hairstrokes are placed next to each other but not overlapping. There is very minimal bleeding, as microblading does not go as deep as a real tattoo. We would then apply a mask of this pigment and let it sit for a few minutes. After wiping down the eyebrow a second liquid numb is applied to ease any discomfort while more hair strokes are added to finish the eyebrows.

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Finished eyebrows after first appointment! What an improvement! This is a good amount of hair strokes for one visit so we can assess how she heals at the touch up. Compare micro blading to painting a wall. You have to let one coat of paint dry before you can add a second coat. We need to let your one layer of hair strokes heal, before you can add more.

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Healed after six weeks! She retained her shape and most hair strokes. During this appointment existing hair strokes are crisped up, and more are added to achieve a little more density to the eyebrows. This appointment is scheduled for just an hour and a half with twenty minutes built in again to numb.

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Finished! She will get a hold of us when her brows have faded, but not completely lost their shape. As long as she comes in for touch ups she will never have to do the whole two step process again. Touch ups can be anywhere from 6-18 months.