Microblading: Frequently Asked Questions


What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing also known as micro-pigmentation, derma-pigmentation, and permanent cosmetics. Permanent makeup artists use tattooing techniques to apply designed that would resemble makeup. Eyelining, color enhancement of skin on the face, eyelids, lips, and eyebrows are all areas that permanent makeup is traditionally applied to. It results in enhanced facial features that would typically be done with temporary makeup.

Permanent makeup is the virtually the same thing as getting a typical tattoo. A permanent makeup artist will use tattoo machines to implant ink into the dermis, just getting shy of how deep a regular tattoo will penetrate. Complications with permanent makeup include allergies to pigments, scars, skin cracking/peeling, infection, blistering, granulomas, and keloids.

Many permanent makeup artists use regular tattoo ink which can change color over time and have dangerous minerals like cobalt and mercury in them. A well informed and experienced permanent makeup artist will always use safe inks and techniques. With permanent makeup that involves the brows, usually a powder fill like technique is used to make the brows look denser and fuller. The issue with permanent makeup for brows is its inability to create the natural and full look that microblading successfully achieves. In the worst case scenario, unknowing clients will go to a traditional tattoo artist that will outline brows and fill them with color, making a solid eyebrow look that is very unnatural and usually regrettable. These tattoos are usually much more permanent lasting decades.


Microblading is a technique performed by manually depositing cosmetic pigment under the top layer of the skin using a microblade. This microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that create beautiful, natural, subtle looking brows that accurately replicate hair.

This semi-permanent tattoo method is perfectly suitable if the client wants to correct current eyebrow shape, add volume to brows or fill in sparse areas. It is also suitable for clients with no eyebrow hairs, as I will create new beautiful, naturally looking brows. My goal is to create eyebrows that no one would be able to tell has undergone the semi-permanent treatment.


You should NOT have this procedure if:

• You are under 18

• You get Keloid scars

• You are pregnant or breastfeeding

• You have been on Accutane within 1 year

• You have irritation of the skin of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriosis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn on the area of procedure.

• You are on Retin-A or Retinols. Be off 7 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure

• Diabetic (consult your doctor)

• Have HIV or Hepatitus or any other viral infections and/or diseases

• Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)

• Epilepsy

• A Pacemaker or major heart problems

• Had an Organ transplant

• You generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily

• If your old tattoo is too dark (please contact me to send a picture so I can see how faded your old tattoo is)


Results can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on a variety of factors such as skin type, age, color of pigment and lifestyle and skincare.


This varies and is different for everyone because each person has a different pain tolerance. A strong anesthetic gel with 4% Lidocaine and 2% Tetricaine is used to assist in the discomfort. Other factors such as menstrual cycles can also affect the level of sensitivity.


Typically the appointment takes 3 hours and most of the time is spent measuring and going over the shape and color before the actual procedure begins.


My clients health and safety come first, and that’s why I only use the highest quality and highest standard pigment available. They are 100% vegan, never tested on animals and FREE of heavy metals that are used in most semi-permanent brands.

All of the pigments used are cosmetic grade, meaning that they are sterilized and purified for cosmetic use. The pigments used are exclusively made for microblading and allow for an easy application with excellent color retention. All hand tools are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client.

How long does it take?

For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.

The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.


There is no downtime, however the brow will take about 10 days to fully heal. You are able to walk right out the door, ready to show off your new brows. Initially stronger in color your new brows will soften in 2-3 weeks.


The procedure is done using a hand tool, with a prepackaged, sterile, single use “blade” made up of a grouping of needles that are 3x smaller than the needles that would be used in a tattoo machine. With the appropriate amount of pressure, the skin is scored and the pigment is deposited into the epidermis (outermost layer of skin). Think paper-cuts!


• Do NOT drink alcohol or coffee or any caffeinated drinks before the procedure (at least 24hrs for alcohol)

• Do NOT take Advil or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance.

• If you have recently tanned this will affect the outcome of the healed color.

• If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result. More treatments may be necessary to have the skin take the color.

• Botox should be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.

• Avoid exercising the day of procedure as this will open up the pores.

• Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

• No waxing, threading or tinting 3 days before

• Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. Over the next 2 days it will appear even darker and thicker as scabs begin to form. You must let the scabs naturally flake off bit by bit. It will take up to 14 days for scabbing to be over.

• You may NOT get the area wet for too long or apply any kind of products (except what I provide for your aftercare) for at least 10 days after. NO makeup on the area for 2 weeks.


We choose the shape of your new brows together. Whether you are just looking to enhance the fullness of your natural brow, or create a whole new shape, we will take it one step at a time. Your new shape will be applied with a cosmetic pencil first so that you can see how it will look your face. We will not start the procedure until you are happy with what we have created.


No, not with the Brow Building method. Because individual strokes are made to closely mimic natural brow hair, most of the time the results are hardly distinguishable.


Yes, because the pigments used in the service are natural, plant based pigments, they are semi-permanent.. But, unlike tattoo ink, they will fade true to color. As your brows fade, they will look soft and natural. And because the pigment is only placed in the outermost layer of skin, the pigment will not bleed outside of the exact place that it was deposited. This means no blurry blue/grey/green/orange brows. Factors such as sun exposure and certain skincare products and services can also speed up the fading process.


Keep in mind that your brows will appear darker for the first couple of weeks than they will once they have healed. Once they have healed, we can fix any minor imperfections during your 4 week touch up appointment. There is a removal process, there is no guarantee, but it does generally give great results.

As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists’ work and portfolio when making their decisions. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure.

Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.


Absolutely, this is a great option for those who suffer from Alopecia, Trichotillomania, or have been through Chemotherapy. Microblading can even correct past wax catastrophe, over tweezing, or the normal hair thinning that occurs post menopause.


No, this service is not for those who are pregnant and or breastfeeding.

How much does it cost?

The average across the US ranges from $450-$850 with some areas reaching as high as $1,200. Our cost is $350 – $499 and this includes the 6 week touch up. If you wait longer than 12 weeks to book your complimentary touch up, our touch up fees will apply.

*up to 6 months ($125)
*up to 12 months ($215)
*up to 18 months ($315)
*full price after 18 months

if you cancel your complimentary touch up with less than 24 hours notice, you will forfeit your “free” touch up.

AFTERCARE - Taking Care of Your Eyebrows

It is essential that you follow these instructions after your microblading session:

Day 1-7: Read the aftercare instructions carefully. We insist on dry healing. For oily skin, gently blot your eyebrows with tissue every hour for 24H to remove excess sebum. on Day-3 when it gets really itchy, gently apply the ointment (Aquaphor or grapeseed oil) with a cotton swab to relieve itchiness and make sure your hands are washed.

Please avoid the following during 7 days healing process;

Increased sweating

Practicing sports


Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi

Sun tanning or salon tanning

30 days afterfor any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck

Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micropigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

Sleeping on your side- pigment will rub off your pillow and usually the brow tail will disappear.

Spicy foods


Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

Driving in open air vehicles such a convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab

Before showering apply a layer of post-care cream to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the showerhead.

Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

The healing of deeper wounds might last between 14-21 days. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape-design is recommended only after this period.

If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please call your artist immediately to discuss further instructions. Consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the artist and to the WA State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group.

How often do I need a touch up?

Touch ups are recommended once a year, to keep the color fresh and the strokes crisp. Some clients like to keep them fresh looking and come in before their 12 month mark while others wait 12-18 months in between.

In Asia, this treatment is also known as eyebrow embroidery also known as feather strokes in Europe and allows anyone to improve the appearance of their brows. Using a specially designed blade, we implant pigment underneath the epidermis to create the most natural finish to your eyebrows.

This process uses the highest quality colour, methods and service to ensure that you leave with the perfect frame to your face. Before we begin, we will consult with you about what you envision your eyebrows to look like, giving you the freedom to choose whether you would like thick and dark brows or a lighter and finer finish. This cutting edge treatment is used to give realistic hair stroke effects to eyebrows, enabling a thicker and fuller appearance without the need to apply make-up on a daily basis. Some of the most common reasons why people turn to microblading are to change the shape of their brows, to improve definition, to add colour and density, as well as to replace brows that have been lost through medical treatment or over plucking. Furthermore, since results can last for up to 24 months, it enables you to experience a high quality finish without the need for much maintenance.

How long does it take to heal?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals.

No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

Is it painful?

The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.

After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary.

To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

What are the pre and post care procedures?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.

Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
- Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
- Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:

- Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.
- Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.
- Do not over apply healing balm.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
- Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
- Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
- Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.

Who is not suitable for the procedure?

Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:

- Using Accutane
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note.
- Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.

* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *

Risks and complications?

We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications . Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals.

We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
- Topical makeup products
- Gold, silver and nickel
- Hair dyes
- Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior

What are your cancellation or missed appointment policies?


Appointments take considerable time to book and prepare for. Cancelling your appointment for any reason will result in losing the $150 deposit.

If you need to reschedule, please notify Nina 72 hours prior to your appointment. If a rescheduling is required within 72 hours a 50% fee will be incurred on all services requested.

If you fail to show up to your FREE TOUCHUP APPOINTMENT, or cancel within 72 hours of appointment time, the free touch up appointment will be void. There will be a $150 fee for the touch up and your appointment will be rescheduled at the next available appointment time.

Please understand that when you forget, cancel, or change your appointment without giving enough notice, Nina will miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time, and clients on her wait list will miss the opportunity to receive services. The 72 hour cancellation policy gives her time to inform wait list clients of any availability. Nina treats her clients as per the "Golden Rule" and asks her clients to do the same. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: Nina will no longer be offering a free touch up appointment starting September 1, 2018. Please take advantage of a free touch up and book your appointment before September 1, 2018.


Nina understand unforeseen circumstances happen and she will do her best to accommodate you. Being 15 minutes late may result in a forfeit of your deposit and re-scheduling of your appointment.

Payment Policy

Your remaining balance is due in CASH at your appointment or 3% additional fee if paid with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. No Checks Please.

All sales are subject to RETAIL SALES TAX will be added to the final service cost.
A Non-Refundable deposit of $150 + sales tax is required to book all appointments.

Prices may be changed at any time without notice.
Nina’s Touch Beauty reserves the right to change services prices at any time without notice.

Wedding Makeup: Frequently Asked Questions


How many people can you accommodate for weddings and other special events?

We cater to any number. Rest assured that I will employ expert assistants if large numbers are involved.

How long does it take for the hair & makeup to get done?

The makeup takes a minimum of thirty minutes per person to get done.
Hairstyling can take about forty minutes per person depending on the style chosen. All in all, set aside at least 90 mins. to 2 hours for hair & makeup. Keep this in mind, especially, if you are a bride so you can proceed with your dress change, photo session and go to the ceremony without the rush.

What do I need to prepare for the trial makeup session?

- Please bring photos of your preferred hair and makeup
- Hair should be washed WITHOUT a conditioner
- Come in bare faced with plenty of time to spare
- No rush. No texting/calling while on session

How soon before the wedding should we book the trial makeup?

At least three to six months or a year. Good makeup artists are difficult to book during wedding peak season.

Is it a must to do a trial makeup?

Yes, it’s best that you do this as you get to test out your look on your big day. You also get to discuss your concerns and how you want to look, and you get to see how your skin will react to the makeup products. Trial makeup is not only for brides, anyone can have their trial makeup session prior to a special event.

What are airbrush makeup and traditional makeup? What is the difference between the two?

Traditional makeup is the conventional way of applying foundation. It comes in a liquid, cream, pressed powder and cake form and applied with the use of sponges or brushes. Traditional foundation has more opaque and richer coverage. Shu Uemura, MAC, Makeup For Ever, Bobbi Brown, Benefit Cosmetics, Laura Mercier and Revlon are some of the makeup products that I use.
Airbrush makeup is a liquid makeup that is sprayed on the face using an airbrush kit. It delivers full coverage but it is more lightweight, natural and flawless looking. It is long-lasting, and rub- and water-resistant, yet easy to remove. The brands I use for airbrush are Temptu, Makeup For Ever, MAC Pro and Mehron.