Microblading Arkansas by Permanent Cosmetics Studio & Xtreme Lash Designs ??

​Microblading Arkansas by
Permanent Cosmetics Studio
& Xtreme Lash Designs by Karen

Since 2006
PERMANENT MAKE-UP
 NATURAL APPEARANCE

Karen's cosmetic tattoo work is natural in appearance. Her philosophy "Less is More" comes into play when she designs tattoos on the face. That's why two visits will be needed to apply eyebrows and eyeliner, three visits for lips. It is the same experience when applying red fingernail polish. After applying the first coat, "Hmmm. That's going to be a nice color, but I think it's going to need two coats." Two appointments allows Karen to start minimally and then if you want wider, longer or darker, this can be achieved at the second visit.


 
microblading eyebrows
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PERMANENT COSMETICS: Is it for you?

Benefits:
 
  • Natural appearing enhancements 24 hours-a-day.
  • Wake-up with make-up.
  • Summer heat and water activities won’t melt your face.
  • Arthritis and unsteady hands become less of a problem.
  • Avoid allergies caused by conventional make-up.
  • Assist sufferers of Alopecia  
 
 

Microblade Eyebrows

The Golden Ratio

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Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Embroidery

What is Microblading 

Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method. It is considered to be semi-permanent, as compared to the traditional hairstroke technique. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no “spilling” under the skin.

This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present.  People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren't happy with their eyebrows.

The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two week period. It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment.

The results can last anywhere from  1 to 3 years, depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.

How Permanent is Permanent?

Important Note:

Permanent makeup procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they are performed on. If your skin is sun-damaged (even from tanning beds), thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Scars on the lips from fever blisters cause pigment removal. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and age of skin all contribute to fading. Touch-ups are needed 30 days after your initial procedure to ensure the best result and to keep your permanent cosmetics looking the best. Your procedure maintenance, as outlined in your aftercare directions, is very important
Permanent Cosmetics is considered permanent because once the pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin it cannot be washed off like traditional cosmetics. However, fading can and will occur.

Permanent cosmetics is not a carbon-based tattoo. A tattoo stays with the recipient for a lifetime. Permanent cosmetics will last 3 to 5 years. This allows the client the flexibility to modify their color and design as their tasteS and age change.

When the color is freshly applied, it should always look “too dark.” After the healing process is complete there will be an obvious loss of color. After the initial application of color, a follow-up procedure will be needed to achieve the correct level of color saturation.

Sun exposure is the major reason pigment fades. Daily use of a sunscreen and an effort to avoid sun exposure will help. Permanent cosmetics will look best when the original technician maintains it every year, or as needed, depending on the client’s pigment retention.
 
 
 
blonde eyebrows before after
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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
MEDICAL ISSUES
 
Are you pregnant? If so, please schedule your appointment after your delivery.
 
Are you scheduled for or considering vision correction surgery? Please call us immedicately to discuss required medical clearance from your doctor. No procedures can be performed 1 month prior to laser surgery and three monts after.
 
COLD SORES?  If you are having lip procedures and have any history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your doctor to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks. Many physicians prescribe 12 capsules of 500 mg. of Valtrex. These can be taken 2 times a day, two days before micro-pigmentation and four after or as a physician prescribes.
 
DO YOU have a heart valve? Have you ever had an organ transplant? Are you a Diabetic? Do you require anti-biotics prior to dental work due to heart conditions such as Mitral Valve Prolapse?  Medical clearance will be required.
 
MULTI-SESSIONS
 
Most all of the permanent cosmetic procedures are mutli-session processes. You are required to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete.  Touch-up visits are NOT included in the initial fee.  Touch-Up visits are scheduled from four to eight week intervals.
 
COLOR INTENSITY
 
Be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly larger, sharper, brighter or darker than what is expected fore the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates. While these injected tones may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, it will not always remain a perfect match. Injected tones are constant, while your own skin tones will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sur, and circulatory changes. For example, if you tan your skin and had a scar camouflaged, your surrounding skin will be darker in appearance than the treated area. Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it is best not to make any social plans for a day or two following any procedure.
 
WEAR YOUR NORMAL MAKE-UP
 
Wear your normal make-up and bring your lip or eyebrow pencils to the office on the day of the procedure. Any tweezing or waxing of the eyebrow should be done at least 48 hours prior to the proceure; electrolysis no less than 5 days before. Do not resume any method of hair removal for at leaslt two weeks. Any eyelash or eyebrow tinting or eyelash curling should be done no sooner than 48 hours before or two weeks after the procedure.
 
 
CONTACTS & EYELINER PROCEDURE
 
DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES DURING OR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EYELINER PROCEDURE. REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR GLASSES! You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-treated condition.
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WHAT EXACTLY IS PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKE-UP?

"Permanent Make-Up" (often referred to as "micropigmentation") is a state of the art form of cometic tattooing. Karen's technique involves the delicate placement of very small amounts of colored pigments into the dermal layer of the skin.

HOW ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES DONE?

Wile many procedures are performed using the traditional machine method, Karen also specializes in the natural "pen techniwue", which is very gentl and especially precise for certain applications.

WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKE-UP?

Anyone at any age, who desires as fosft, natural enhancement to his or her appearance? The objectivce of Karen's procedures is to raise self-confidnec, self-estee and allow for more activity and personal freedom. They are ideal for:

Busy people who don't have time to spend on their make-up. Imagine having an additional 30 to 45 minutes of sleep each morning!

Woen who want to look their best all of the time, even when they wake-up.

Active people who want to look their best for swimming, biking, tennis, aerobics, etc, and who don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics.

People who can't wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities.

Those with vision problems or unsteady hands who have difficulty applying their cosmetics.

Both men and women with temporary or permanent hair loss, thinning or faded brows and lashes.

WHAT TYPES OF PERMANENT COSMETICS PROCEDURESCAN BE DONE?

Permanent Cosmetic procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on whoate you are looking for.

ARE PERMANENT COSMETICS REALLY PERMANNENT?

Karen's procedures are referred to as "permanent" because the color is implated into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any pigment, fading will occur and color re-enhancement (a "touch-up") is usually helpful periodically.

HOW MUCH DOES PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKE-UP COST?

The average fee for Karen's services varies, but usually averages between $250-$600.

HOW LONG DOES EACH PROCEDURE TAKE?

The initial procedure will generally take apprixmately 1 to 2 hours.  Since we have completed paperwork and answered questions, touch-up procedures usually do not require as much time.

IS IT PAINFUL?

Yes! But, most clients describe the sensation as similar to tweezing or waxing the brow. Eyeliner is the least sensitive and lips are probably off the chart. Remember no pain, no gain!

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, second visits offer flexibility in modifying color and shape to some extent. Colors appear darker immediately following the procedure, but will soften and lightenb durin the first few days. Thge desired look is ensured by carefully listening to the client's desires during the course of consultation.

IS IT SAFE?

Karen's cosmetics have proved to be extremely safe. A thorough medical history helps to minimize the possiblity of an unpleasant reaction. There may be some swellkuing and tenderness of the treated area. In fact, some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to!

I NEED MORE INFORMATION....

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Pre‐Procedure Advice


•    If you are having lips or brows done, please bring your favorite pencils.
•    No Make-up may be worn the day of your actual procedure.
•    If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, i.e. tweezing or waxing, the removal should be done at least 24 hours prior to your procedure.
•    Electrolysis should not be done within five days of the procedure. Avoid any hair removal methods for at least one week following the procedure.
•    Please refrain from having eyelashes or eyebrows tinted at least 24 hours prior to your procedure.
•    You may resume eyelash or eyebrow tinting 10 days after your permanent eyebrow or eyeliner procedure.
•    Eyelash extensions must be removed 48 hours in advance for eyeliner procedures. For all eyeliner procedures, you must be off all lash-growing products such as Latisse, Revitalash etc. for 7 days.
•    If you wear contact lenses and are having eyeliner done, do not wear your lenses to your appointment and do not reinsert them until the day following your permanent cosmetic procedure.
•    Immediately following an eyeliner procedure your eyes may also be sensitive and watery. As a precaution we recommend you arrange to have someone available to drive you home from your appointment.
•    If you are having Lip Liner or Full lips done and have had previous problems with cold sores, fever blisters, or mouth ulcers, permanent cosmetic procedures can re‐activate the problem. To help prevent or minimize an outbreak we strongly recommend you contact your physician for an anti‐viral medication prior to your procedure. No procedures can be done if you have an active break-out.
•    A patch test can be performed on the day of your procedure or during your initial consultation appointment to help rule out possible allergic reactions to the pigments being used.
•    Discontinue use of blood thinners at least 7 days prior to your procedure including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Etc.
•    Avoid any alcohol consumption 24‐48 hours prior to your procedure.
•    Taking 25‐50mg of Benadryl one hour prior to your procedure can help reduce post procedural swelling considerably.
•    Finally, since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell or redden slightly, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day as your procedure.

We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please call Karen Laing at 501-519-5188, or make a note so we can discuss them when you arrive for your appointment.  
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Post-Procedure Care Instructions

 
FOR ALL PROCEDURES
(Eyebrows, Eyeliners, Lip Liner/Full Lips, Areola, and Camouflage)
 
Immediately Following Permanent Cosmetic Procedure:
 
• Apply ice to treated area for 10 ‐ 20 minutes. Ice helps reduce swelling and aids in healing. For 7+ days following application of permanent cosmetics:
• Apply Aquafor for the next seven days with a clean cotton swab, don’t use your fingertips.
• Do not rub or pick at the epithelial crust, allow it to flake off on its own. Absolutely no scrubbing, no chemicals. Gently cleanse the intradermal cosmetic area with a mild antibacterial soap. You may rinse with water and lightly pat the area dry.
• Do not expose treated area to full pressure of the water in the shower. No Sauna or Steam room.
• Do not soak treated area in bath or hot tub or swim in fresh, salt or chlorinated pool water.
• Minimize expose of the treated area to direct sunlight for 2-4 weeks.
• Use a total sun block after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color.
• Do not use mascara or eyelash curler for 7 days post procedure. When you resume, use new mascara.
• Blood donors refrain from donating for 1 year following your procedure. (re: American Red Cross)
• Use sterile bandages and dressings when necessary. Failure to follow post‐treatment instructions may cause loss of pigment, discoloration or infection.
 
Remember, colors appear brighter and more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. As the healing progresses, color will soften.
 
A touch‐up procedure may or may not be necessary. Final results cannot be determined until healing is complete. After required number of visits to complete your permanent make-up, touch‐up procedures must be completed 45‐60 days following the last procedure. If necessary, an appointment for a touch‐up can be made. There is an additional set-up fee of $75 for touch-up procedures within 60 days of initial procedure. Please contact your health care provider at the first sign of infection or if you experience an adverse or allergic reaction to the procedure and report any diagnosed conditions to Permanent Cosmetics Studio and the Arkansas Department of State Health Services.
 
 
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Healing Schedules

 
EYELINER

Day 1 Swollen, like you’ve been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look.
Day 2 Swollen, usually for only a few hours after waking up, with the heavier eye makeup look continuing.
Day 3 Swelling decreases with a tight feeling. The pigment begins to lift away from the skin.
Day 4 There is a “pinching” feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. DO NOT PICK AT IT!

Day 5 Blinking movements of the eye usually removes all pigment by this day. Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color
 
UNLESS INDICATED MULTIPLE VISITS ARE REQUIRED TO ACHEIVE FINAL RESULTS. PERMANENT COSMETICS IS A LAYERING OF COLOR INTO THE SKIN MUCH LIKE APPLICATION OF NAIL POLISH.
EYEBROWS

Day 1 The eyebrows are approximately 20 to 25% darker and bolder in width than they will be when healed. You skin is red under the pigment, which causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some swelling, although difficult to actually see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrow area. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process.
Day 2 Conditions remain the same.
Day 3 Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture.
Day 4 Exfoliation begins. The skin begins to flake peeling from the outside edges first.
Day 5-7 Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until color clarifies. 
 
UNLESS INDICATED MULTIPLE VISITS ARE REQUIRED TO ACHEIVE FINAL RESULTS. PERMANENT COSMETICS IS A LAYERING OF COLOR INTO THE SKIN MUCH LIKE APPLICATION OF NAIL POLISH.
LIPS

Day 1 Swelling, tender, heavy thic lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect.
Day 2 Slight swelling, reddish and tender with a slight metallic flavor.
Day 3 Less swelling, thicker texture, sore hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color effect.
Day 4 Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips.
Day 5 Very chapped but almost finished with first chapping stage.
Day 6 A soft, rich color begins to appear.
Days 7 - 13 Lips color disappears and the “frosty” (2nd chapping stage) stage begins as a whitish/grayish haze on the lips.
Day 14 Color “blooms” from within more and more each day until day 21 (3 weeks post procedure).
Day 21 Healing complete; the color you see is the color you have. Your lips will remain a bit dry for a month or two, use a good lip balm and they will return to normal but with full color! 
 
UNLESS INDICATED MULTIPLE VISITS ARE REQUIRED TO ACHEIVE FINAL RESULTS. PERMANENT COSMETICS IS A LAYERING OF COLOR INTO THE SKIN MUCH LIKE APPLICATION OF NAIL POLISH.
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Choosing the Right Permanent Makeup Artist

 
 
Choose your technician carefully by considering their training, experience, and examples of their previous work. Check for licensing, certifications, and be sure they have liability insurance. Ask for references from previous patients. You should never shop for price in this matter. This is your face and a bargain price isn't a bargain if the end result is less than satisfactory. There are many technicians who have had inadequate training who are performing these services. The regulation is so minimal in most states that consumers need to educate themselves before deciding on where to go.
 
Permanent make-up is truly an art, not just a process. Your goal should be to find a permanent make-up artist, not just a technician. Your results will be only as good as the artist you choose. You want natural soft cosmetics that enhance your face without being too bold or over done. Color knowledge is one of the most important factors to a quality application of permanent cosmetics. Just look at all the regular cosmetic on the market to see how important color is. You want an artist who understands skin tones and colors that will enhance your face.
 
Techniques vary for different results so make sure you ask if the artist is capable of giving you the look you want. You want an artist who can do corrections, alterations and camouflage. It makes a big difference in the talent and experience of who performs the procedure. Look for someone who will give you soft, natural results. Take time to check out the artist you are contemplating for services. It is well worth the extra time spent to be assured of quality permanent make up that you can enjoy for years to come.
 
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