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8480 Baltimore National Pike
Suite #418
Ellicott City, MD, 21043
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Permanent Makeup FAQ


  • Does it hurt?

A topical numbing cream is used for all Permanent Makeup procedures. Some people may feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anesthetics. Certain medications and conditions can affect how well a person responds to anesthetics, which is gone over during the consultation to make sure there are no complications. We use topical anesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Most of our clients lay comfortably relaxed during the procedure with no signs of pain. Those with body art comment that the cosmetic tattooing is painless compared to traditional tattooing. Overall, people feel the benefits from the results far outweigh any brief discomfort they might have experienced during the process.


  • Do I get to choose the look and design of my Eyebrows?

Eyebrows are a collaborative effort. The technician takes into account the overall look and shape you're interested in, but still keeps it natural to your face shape and brow structure. We are skilled in knowing what works best with your face shape and eyes. We want to make sure you look your best and that your makeup reflects you as a person. Just because it looks great on someone else doesn't mean it will on you! No outdated shapes and styles. We refuse to do any brows that arch unnaturally above the brow bone, or outlandishly too thick or too thin. You approve the look and design of your brows before the tattooing starts.


  • Is it really permanent? Will I need touch ups?

Pigment is tattooed into the the dermal layer (second layer) of the skin. However, as with any tattoo or colorant in general, fading occurs over time requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing. The average is 3-5 years before a refresher is typically preferred but is different for everyone. Color can fade due to many factors, including over-exposure to the sun and tanning, a person’s own body chemistry, and any process involving the skin such as facials, peels, or certain medications such as accutane, thyroid, and anti-depressant medications can adversely effect color integrity over the years. The pigment never completely fades away but most will want to touch up over the years.


  • How long does each procedure take?

The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 hours; there are forms to fill out; the numbing process; photographs to take; desired design and color to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.


  • Does it swell?

While eyebrows look similar to after waxing, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling.  This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed. As examples; an eyelash enhancement will show very little response to the tattooing procedure compared to a more moderate response when wide eyeliner is performed.  Whereas lips swell the most but it is still moderate. Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others. What is seen more often is that eyebrows rarely if ever produce any bruising; minor bruising during eyeliner procedures is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin.  This also applies to lip procedures in the event the client is more mature.   If bruising does occur, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. Other less often reported side effects are difficult to determine due to the individuality of each person’s biological system.  This is why we do a consultation and require a client history profile be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your experience after the tattooing procedure has been completed.


  • Why is the color so dark right after the procedure? 

The skin underneath the tattoo turns red and “flushed” from blood flow to the area during the process. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance as well as pigment in the epidermis (first layer) of the skin. Once the redness subsides and after the healing process the color appears lighter.


  • What will the final color look like? 

The color selected is to compliment a person’s natural hair color. A conservative approach is best because you can make an existing color darker but not lighter. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing. The final outcome will happen after the healing of the follow up session.


  • What is the healing process like? 

Immediately following a procedure, there will be mild swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days (eyebrows swell less than eyes and lips). The color looks much darker immediately afterward for any procedure. It will lighten a bit within 3 to 7 days. During the first week ointments must be applied to the tattooed area for protection and to minimize scabbing. About 5-7 days in there is light peeling and flaking, similar to a sunburn. It takes 2 weeks to fully heal.


  • Is Permanent Makeup safe? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), permanent makeup and cosmetics are safe when the technician is educated in the control of Blood Borne Pathogens and follows all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. We take this VERY seriously at Rose Red, and follow the guidelines above and beyond to ensure your safety. Everyone is BBP certified to OSHA standards.