Located inside Ludlow Bay Massage and Wellness Spa

By appointment only.

91 Village Way

Port Ludlow, WA 98368

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360.437.3798​

marinaporterpmu@gmail.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Microblading &

permanent makeup

What is Microblading?
Microblading is a manual method of cosmetic tattooing that is used to create natural looking hairstrokes that shape and fill in thin brows, brows with bald spots, or can be used for a total brow reconstruction. Unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, microblading is considered semi-permanent  because it requires a touch up every year to maintain the shape and saturation of pigment. Semi-permanent does not mean temporary, pigment will remain in the skin indefinitely and there is no guarantee of it ever fading completely. Annual touch ups are required, the benefit to this is flexibility to adjust the shape and color of your eyebrows as makeup trends change, and you won't be left with the dreaded blue/grey eyebrows that are typical of old school brow tattoos.

Microblading is best for clients with normal-dry skin who want the most subtle/natural result.

Microblading may not be suitible for clients with oily skin.

What is blade & shade?

Blade & shade is my most popular style for eyebrow tattooing, I combine microblading with manual shading to give the illusion of fuller more defined brows. While microblading alone gives an extremely natural, subtle effect that is almost undetectable, shading gives the illusion of density and a more "filled in look".

If you are unsure if you would like to add shading you can book for microblading and decide too add shading at your microblading appointment or touchup. 

Blade and shade is best for clients who want more filled in brows, but still want an overall natural effect.

Works well for most skin types.

What is a powder brow?

Powder brows are created using only shading, for clients who fill in their brows daily and want a "made up" look.

Powder brows work for most skin types, for clients with oily skin this is the best option.

how long does it last?

After 1-2 years without any touch-ups, your eyebrow tattoo should be fairly light. Touch ups are recommended every 12-18 months to retain shape and saturation. Pigment retention depends on skin type, age, aftercare, sun exposure, use of certain skin products, immune system, medications and many other factors. Although microblading is considered "semi-permanent" it is still a permanent change to your appearance, while most of the pigment will eventually fade there is no guarantee that it will completely disappear without tattoo removal. 

does it hurT?

I use a very effective numbing agent before and during your procedure, so you should be comfortable during your appointment, experiences vary depending on the customer and their pain tolerance. Most of my clients say that they feel no pain during this procedure, this has been my personal experience as well. After the procedure, and during the healing process, your eyebrows may feel tight or itchy (almost like a sunburn).

what happens in an appointment?

Before we begin the procedure, I will work with you to outline the desired shape of your brows with a pencil and together we will agree on the best color and shape to fit your face and natural features. Microblading does not require your entire eyebrow to be shaved and does not damage your natural hair. Microblading will not eliminate the need to wax/pluck your eyebrows if you already do so as unwanted hair will still grow normally. To keep discomfort to a minimum, anesthetic creams are used before and during the procedure. Additional touch ups may be necessary 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment to achieve your desired results, these additional appointments are not included in the initial cost.

 

is microbLADING FOR EVERYONE?

No. Please be advised that there are some medical conditions and medications that prevent clients from getting this service. Occasionally, a doctor's note may be accepted on a case by case basis please contact me about this prior to booking.  You must be at least 18 years old WITH ID.

Permanent cosmetics services cannot be performed if:

You are under the age of 18, or cannot provide government issued photo ID

You are pregnant or breastfeeding

You are taking immunosuppression medication

You are taking blood thinning medication (including aspirin)

You have taken accutane within the last 12 months

You are prone to keloids/scarring

You have had peels/laser/microneedling within the past two months

You have had laser resurfacing in the past year

You have had botox injections within the last 2 months

You undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy 

Clearance from your doctor will be required if:

You have been diagnosed with an immune disorder

You are diabetic

You are someone who is at a higher risk for infection

If you're still not sure if this service is right for you, or have any questions at all...

please feel free to email me at marinaporterpmu@gmail.com

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

Do not take any blood thinners, pain killers/relievers, aspirin, ibuprofen, niacin, fish oil, or Vitamin E prior to your appointment. If you are unsure about medication you are taking, please consult your doctor before booking an appointment. 

Do not consume any alcoholic beverages the night before or day of your appointment.

I will refuse service and you will forfeit your deposit if you arrive to your appointment intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Avoid caffeine the day of your appointment, a cup of tea or coffee in the morning should be fine if you normally drink it. 

Avoid waxing within 2 weeks of your appointment.

Wear something comfortable as you will be laying down during your procedure.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Your brows will take 10-14 days to heal. During that time they will become flaky, we encourage you to allow them naturally exfoliate off as picking will result in patchiness and loss of pigment. You will need to avoid getting them wet, this includes sweat, steam, swimming, etc. Once the scabbing phase passes, your brows will appear a lot lighter due to new skin healing over the tattoo, don't worry, their true color should come out after 4 weeks! A follow-up session is required 4-6 weeks after the initial appointment, as long as the follow up takes place within 6 weeks of the initial appointment it is complimentary.

CAN MY MOM/CHILD/FRIEND/DOG/ETC COME WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?

No. While I understand your friends or family may be interested in coming to your appointment, my space is limited and in order to maintain a sanitary environment and minimize distraction I will not allow anyone other than myself and the my client to be in the treatment room. There is a small waiting area available but as this space is shared and many of the services provided at the spa require a quiet and peaceful environment we ask that no children be left unattended during your appointment.

 

CAN'T FIND THE ANSWER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

If you still have any questions, please feel free to email me at marinaporterpmu@gmail.com prior to booking your appointment. If you book a microblading appointment and it is determined during your pre-procedure consultation that you are not an eligible client for any reason listed above, I will unfortunately be unable to refund your $100 booking fee.