The Benefits of Permanent Cosmetics are being discovered by a wide range of people including professional women, older women with poor eyesight and unsteady hands, those with allergies to traditional makeup and athletic women whose exercise program precludes wearing makeup.
After surgical procedures, women can use permanent color techniques to camouflage scars or to create the illusion of areolas and nipples after breast cancer and reconstructive surgery. Men may want permanent color to give the look of fuller eyebrows, camouflage scars, or to mask the effects of slight balding.
Prices include your first touch-up (usually 2-4 weeks after your first visit) and any necessary touch-ups for six months following your initial visit unless otherwise noted.
Top & Bottom – $550
Top Only – $350
Bottom Only – $250
Top & Bottom – $400
Top Only – $225
Bottom Only – $175
Lip Liner with Full Lips
$100 per hour(free consultation required)
$100 per hour
Top & Bottom – $450
Top Only – $300
Bottom Only – $200
Top & Bottom – $350
Top Only – $200
Bottom Only – $150
$75 per hour
Correction/Repair of Substandard Permanent Cosmetics
Any procedure or “touch-up” where we have to work over someone else’s work will be considered a correction/repair.
$400 for the first visit per procedure. One touch-up is included within the first six months after your initial procedure. Any touch-ups thereafter are priced under the touch-up fee schedule.
At Allure, we guarantee your permanent cosmetics for your lifetime. However, permanent cosmetics may fade over time and require periodic touch-ups. These will be performed at a reasonable cost to you. Permanent cosmetics procedures are multi-session processes. You are required to return for at least one follow-up visit before your work is considered complete (for some procedures you may need to return more than once to get the desired look). Follow-up visits are usually scheduled at 2 to 4 week intervals.
For new permanent makeup applied at Allure (besides microblading), the area treated will be retouched to establish the color and shape you desire at no additional charge to the patron for a period of 6 months.
For corrections/repairs, one touch-up will be provided to the patron for free within the first 6 months. All other touch-ups will be charged as follows:
$95 per visit
Top & Bottom – $125 per visit
Top Only – $75 per visit
Bottom Only – $65 per visit
$125 per visit
$95 per visit
Lip Liner with Full Lips
$190 per visit
$20 per visit
How Safe is Cosmetic Tattooing?
Very safe, according to the Center for Disease Control. There has not been any incidence of HIV attributable to tattooing nor has there been any increase of Hepatitis B in the past 20 years. When the tattoo or permanent cosmetic work is done under proper conditions, there is no opportunity for disease transmission. If the technician is using an autoclave on their instruments, not reusing needles and has a clean, sanitary environment, the chances of developing any type of communicable disease are remote if not impossible.
What is included in the cost of Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading?
In the Permanent Cosmetic industry there is a lot of confusion about why prices vary so much from Salon to Salon and Technician to Technician. Depending on where you live, prices can range from $250 to $1,500 per procedure. With this in mind, women spend between $150 and $2,000 a year on makeup and maintenance for their brows.
If you have seen prices on Facebook, Instagram, etc. boasting $100-$150 price tags, understand that the majority of these are not including the touch-up price or they don’t plan on doing a touch-up at all. A lot of them are doing these procedures from their home, or other unfit and unsanitary environment that could dramatically raise your risk of infection. Other factors are, they are not experienced in design, color theory, or proper application and can cause major problems including tremendous pain, migration of color, depth issues, and even severe infection.
I will try to break this down so you can better understand what you are getting with the cost involved.
The first consultation is free, to answer any questions you have and to make you
feel comfortable in the decision that you are making. We want to make sure you are a candidate for the procedure as well and ensuring that we can perform the right custom procedure for you.
- Second Consultation:
When you come in for you first appointment, we will sit with you again to
walk you through the process, let you know what to expect, and answer any other questions that may have come up, or if you did not have an initial consultation we will answer the remainder of your questions here.
- Design Appointment:
After your numbing in complete we will start with your design appointment. Most women that come to us have been doing their brows one way for their whole lives, not realizing that they are doing it wrong. They are not complimenting their face shape or considering thickness, color, length or arch. During this part of your appointment we are using our expertise to show you brow shapes that compliment your face shape and taking in to account all the above.
- Custom Color:
If we determine that a single color from the manufacturer will not work just right
for your skin tone, hair color, etc. then we will custom mix a color just for you. This is done through our years of experience and expertise in color theory.
- Experienced Technicians:
Between the two Technicians at Allure: Infinite Beauty, we have a combined 36+ years of experience in Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading. We have the training and the expertise to design, choose the right pigment, and professionally apply your brows with fine, proficient hair strokes.
- Touch up included:
Your follow up touch-up in included the initial price you pay. Most salons will offer a cheaper price for the first appointment and then charge for the follow up touch-up.
When your appointment is complete you will be leaving with a packet of aftercare instructions as well as your own A&D Ointment and an Ice Pack if needed. You will always be encouraged to call us at any time if there are questions or concerns about your procedure and aftercare.
Given all the information above there are also the supplies needed for your procedure, and for your comfort, both on the initial appointment and on the included touch-up.
- Topical numbing cream
- Epinephrine / Lidocaine numbing solution
- Various “blades” and needles
- Sterilization and packaging of tools being used.
- Cotton swabs, paper towels, and soaps.
- Pigment / Ink, and glycerin
- Latex and/or nitrile gloves
- Clean pillow and table covers
- Technicians time, experience and expertise
Hopefully this gives a better idea of why permanent cosmetics and microblading carry the price-tag that they do. Given the product and time we believe we have a very fair price point.
Are Permanent Cosmetics For You?
Thanks to the art of tattooing, many women in all stages of life and even some men are having their eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips colored permanently, and loving it!
The earliest evidence of tattooing dates back to the ice age. While some cosmetic tattooing was done thousands of years ago, it really came into its own as an industry in the late 1970’s. At that time, various tattoo artists around the country began offering permanent makeup / cosmetic tattooing and reconstructive pigmentation. In the 1980’s aestheticians, electrologists, nurses, and cosmetologists became interested in performing these procedures. Training programs were established throughout the country and the industry has grown rapidly since then.
Tattooing, whether it be for decorating the body or applying permanent cosmetics, should be considered thoughtfully before going ahead with the permanent color work.
What type of person seeks this procedure? What are the benefits? Anyone desiring to save time applying makeup, allergies to traditional cosmetics, active in sports, and manually, physically, or visually impaired can benefit from permanent cosmetics. For the woman that has little or no eyebrows, permanent cosmetics frees them from constantly drawing them on. Permanent cosmetics do not sweat, cry or wear off. Properly applied, the colors should appear natural and subtle. The most common applications are for the eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and full lips. Although this is not considered a medical procedure, many physicians employ technicians to aid their patients with skin camouflage such as: areola coloration after mastectomies, scarring, and other corrections.
Deciding to have permanent cosmetics applied may be easy. Finding a technician may not be as easy. Because there is presently no group or agency that oversees this industry, it is up to the consumer to be the detective. Most potential clients assume that the training and application techniques are standard, but that is not the case. There are no certifications or licensing required. If a person has a machine, pigment, and a chair, they can go into business.
What does the consumer look for? What questions do they ask? How does one decide? First, ask where and how long they trained. A few hours or a few days is not enough time to achieve proper training. Most good technicians have received weeks, if not months of training and participate in continuing education.
Ask how long they have been doing permanent cosmetics. Do they belong to any organizations such as, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) or other special groups.
Ask if they will furnish pictures and references. Do they keep detailed records? Ask to see where the procedures are performed. Does the area look clean and comfortable?
Find out if the technician uses sterile needles and equipment for each client. There are some machines on the market that cannot be heat sterilized or are not fully disposable. Do not go to anyone that does not use an autoclave for sterilization and walk away if the needles are not taken from a sterile package.
Ask price. What can you expect for that price? Ask about their guarantee and touch-up policy. Permanent cosmetic prices are set by each technician and can vary greatly from $200 to $1,200 for the same procedure; however, price should not be your main concern. Do not select a technician based on price alone. Make sure the technician is competent.
For the most part, permanent cosmetics are just that… permanent. Over the years some individuals experience more fading than others, but this is nothing that a proper touch-up can’t cure. There is a place in today’s busy lifestyle for permanent cosmetics, so if you decide this type of procedure is what you want, have it done. Ask questions, get references, and look at pictures. Permanent cosmetics is here to stay, so take advantage of the many benefits and enjoy the freedom of looking your best all day, every day!