Microblading – Semi Permanent Make Up

Microblading is a less invasive form of permanent makeup that uses a technique without using a machine, we use a disposable manual hand tool called a ‘microblade’. During this unique technique the pigment is implanted into the superficial dermis of the skin. Here at Karma Beauty, we use this method to enhance your eyebrows, eyes and lips.

Microblading is a two-step process, usually four to six weeks apart. It is important to complete both the initial procedure and touch-up.

Step One
The initial procedure takes approximately two hours. We will complete a consultation together in which we will reach a desired look, we will choose a colour tone and draw the initial outline of the procedure area for your approval. Once you are satisfied with the shape and symmetry, numbing cream is applied to the area and the procedure begins using semi-permanent pigment.

Step Two
The second stage of the treatment is a touch up appointment. The touch up takes approximately one hour and is included in the price. Touch ups are done no earlier than four weeks of your initial procedure and no later than eight weeks after initial procedure.

It is very important that you return to Karma Beauty for the touch up treatment. Without it, the results will not be optimal. Colour will fade significantly within four weeks as the skin heals, peels and fades. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed strokes, colour tones and finishes the process.

Why microblading instead of tattooing?

The procedure is less painful and is done faster than with a machine. The main reason the clients find it less painful is because we use a manual tool in which we only draw once, unlike a machine where the area is gone over several times.
A very natural result is achieved.
It does not look like a normal tattoo as hairs and lines are ‘drawn’ in a natural direction.
A machine is not used in the procedure.
Thicker, medical pigment is used, that does not change colour, but slowly fades instead.
Less trauma to the skin.

Booking Policy 

Deposit & Payment
A £100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking in order to secure your appointment. This deposit is payable over the phone or in the salon. Your deposit will be applied toward your final balance which is due on the day of your appointment. Final balance must be paid in full. We accept cash or card.

Cancellations
Should you need to cancel or reschedule your microblading appointment or touchup, we kindly ask for 7 days notice in order to fill your appointment. If 7 days notice is not provided, your deposit may be forfeited.

If you do not show up to your appointment, you will forfeit your deposit and any rescheduled appointment will need to be paid in full.

Frequently asked questions

Preparation

24 hours prior to your appointment, do not drink alcohol or caffeine
72 hours prior to your appointment, do not take blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E unless medically necessary.
Botox should be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle as it can increase your pain.
No waxing, tanning or tinting 3 days before.
Arrive with no makeup for your appointment. A lot of wiping of pigment takes place.
Be prepared for your brows, eyes or lips to look a little red and really dark! – don’t worry, they will fade in colour by about 30-50%.

Unfortunately you are not suitable if...

You are pregnant
You have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
You are diabetic (require doctor’s clearance)
You are undergoing chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
You have any viral infections and/or diseases
You have epilepsy
You have a pacemaker or have had major heart problems
You have had an organ transplant
You suffer from skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
You are sick (cold, flu, etc.)
You have taken Accutane in the past year
You have any heart conditions, uncontrolled high blood pressure or poor general health
You are on any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system/healing.

How long can I expect it to last?

The pigment used in microblading is semi-permanent and can last between one to three years. The pigment will begin to fade within 12 months. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touch up is recommended every 12 months to 24 months maximum. After two years, full price for microblading will apply. For clients that choose a softer look and lighter colour shade initially or those who did not follow the after care instructions properly may require more frequent touch ups.

Factors that will cause your microbladed brow tattoo fade faster:

Iron deficiency
Sun exposure
Exfoliants
Strong immune systems
Exposure to salt water
Smoking

Is semi-permanent make up deemed permanent?

Technically, semi-permanent micro-pigmentation is considered permanent because the colour is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, the pigment is implanted more superficially than a traditional tattoo, so it naturally fades over time.

Does the application hurt?

We take every precaution necessary to ensure the microblading procedure is as pain free as possible. A strong topical anaesthetic cream is used prior to and during the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable while others report no discomfort at all.

How long is the recovery or healing time?

Immediately after your microblading procedure and in the first 10 days, your brows, eyes or lips will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. It may continue to get darker over the next few days as scabs begin to form, however this is not an accurate indication of the finished and healed result. 30-50% of your brow colour will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. In some cases, the scabs may take longer to heal and fall off. Under no circumstances pick at the scabs. The pigment is within the scab and you do not want to pull any pigment out of your skin prematurely. We all heal differently and what works on one client may not be effective on another so please do not compare your results.

The complete healing process takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

How do you choose a colour?

We choose a colour together by applying small amounts of different coloured pigments to the skin near to your eyebrows, eyes or lips and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. As a rule of thumb, we closely match the colour of your brow hair and your lips for the most natural results.

What types of pigments do you use?

We use iron oxide pigments that will fade over time and are naturally absorbed by the skin. Iron oxides are innocuous, harmless and perfectly safe for your skin.

Can you micro blade over an existing tattoo?

Microblading can be done over an existing tattoo, however the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the strokes to show through and look natural. Please advise if you have an existing tattoo and submit a picture to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Will it look fake?

No, Microblading is one of the most natural semi-permanent makeup, it is done using a cosmetic tattooing process and our pigmentation artistry guarantees soft, natural looking results. When we implant semi-permanent makeup pigment in the skin, it appears more natural looking than topically applied cosmetics.

Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?

During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This depends on the client. If you take blood thinners on a daily basis, then some slight bleeding may occur. Bruising is rare but can occur. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.