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Am I A Good Candidate for Permanent Makeup?

So, now that permanent makeup (PMU) has piqued your interest, you’re probably wondering, “Is PMU right for me?”


The process goes far beyond finding the right artist. It’s just as important to determine whether your skin is fit and ready to be tattooed. From your age, sensitivity to the condition and quality of your skin, a lot goes into the safety and effectiveness of the PMU process.


As an artist, my goal is always to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment. This is heavily reliant on your skin being healthy, strong, and calm.


Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of microblading, lip blushing or eyeliner tattoo leaving both you and I in an unfavorable situation. So, before you go ahead and book your consult appointment, read the pointers below to find out the contraindications to the PMU treatment you are interested in and take the precautionary action that applies.  I like to cut to the chase and not waist your time. So here goes.

You are not a good candidate for PMU If one of the following applies:

    • You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to breast feed.

    • You are under 18 years old.

    • You have open wounds or sores in or around the treatment area. As well as any issues with wound healing

    • You are on Accutane currently or within 6 months to 1 year; Have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure.

    • You are actively on chemotherapy.

    • You are Diabetic (unless well managed and doctor provides written release).

    • You have severe allergies or multiple allergic reactions (unless doctor provides written release).

    • You have scars in your brow area please note depending on severity of scar tissue, cosmetic pigment may not retain well.

    • You are prone to keloid scarring.

    • You are currently on pain medication or antibiotic use.

  • Latisse – Eyelash and eyebrow growth serum bring extra circulation (aka blood flow) to the area resulting in more growth of hair/lashes.  Do not underestimate the power of these products!  If you have been using Latisse or any other eyelash or eyebrow growth conditioners, the skin in that area is in a hypersensitive state and will bleed easily. Be mindful to discontinue using these at least 3-6 months before going in for a session otherwise you will instantly bleed profusely

  • Previous Permanent Makeup – People who have previously had permanent makeup may want to change or fix what they have previously had done. Clients may have to consider laser removal prior to a procedure or ask the artist if they can work with their existing permanent makeup to incorporate the old design and colors into the new one.  Always disclose if you’ve had previous permanent makeup so the artist can treat you accordingly.


    • Skin Complications – If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.

    • Chronic Conditions – The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.

  • Other Conditions – have hemophilia, a heart condition, , it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position.  People who have heart issues often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding and a poor result with microblading.

  • Botox - Get your desired PMU treatment done BEFORE you get botox so your muscles will be in a normal state of movement.  Alternatively, if you regularly use botox, you will need to wait at 3 weeks after botox before doing microblading or lip blushing in order to allow the botox to settle in at its full effect.

  • Vacationing - getting permanent makeup is a tattoo and therefore is a mild injury to the skin which takes time to heal.  If you are planning to go on a hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming then make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post treatment before showing off your newly microbladed brows, blushed lips or permanent winged eyeliner on the beach and always protect with SPF.​

Some of these contraindications may be temporary or need a written clearance from your medical doctor.

So, if you are seriously thinking about getting a PMU procedure, it is important to know that the your results will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person, and if you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications, you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation.  Like any procedure, every person is unique and will react differently. If all checks out and your skin is in good physical condition then we can move forward with your PMU procedure that is customized for you.

***We reserve the right to withhold this service from anyone we feel is not a good candidate for their protection and ours. If you have a specific concern please do not hesitate to reach out to us PRIOR to booking your appointment. Contact us here.

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