What is the aftercare for Permanent Makeup? This is probably one of the most asked questions and a good one it is. It is important that the after care for your permanent makeup is followed correctly to allow the best results to be achieved. Also bear in mind that your new permanent eyebrows, lips or eyeliner will require some perfecting at your follow up appointment.
You may also find these FAQS of interest if you have more questions about permanent makeup. What I will say is do not let the aftercare for permanent makeup put you off having the procedure after all, there is no reason why you cannot go about your daily life immediately after. When I have my full face of permanent cosmetics done I still go out and about, despite my makeup looking a little stronger than normal. I will explain more about how to look after your permanent lips, eyebrows and eyeliner but be assured you can call me at any time after your procedure if you still need clarification.
Day one of your permanent makeup procedure:-
The colour of your permanent makeup procedure will be 50% darker immediately after the treatment. Do not worry it will start to get lighter between 4-10 days this is perfectly normal and the true healed colour will take about 4-6 weeks to come through. In some cases, it can look like the permanent makeup pigment colour has disappeared which is due to the healing layers of the skin obscuring the colour temporarily. At this point you just have to let it develop and certainly do not have any further permanent cosmetics work carried out during the 4- 6 weeks period.
I always recommend applying an ice pack covered in a protected clean cloth to the area to reduce swelling. Only 15 minutes needed but if you do not feel as if you need it then there is no need to apply to the area. If you are having a lip procedure I would have given you pre instructions about using a cold sore medication, only if you suffer with cold sores. This can be bought from your local chemist or you can visit your GP for anti-herpes medication. This will prevent an outbreak which could throw the permanent pigment out of the lips.
I recommend you follow this routine for at least 7 days following the procedure.
You will be given a healing balm to apply 2-4 times daily. You should wash your hands before applying this and use a clean cotton bud for each application. This will prevent any cross contamination.
To wash your face use a gentle facial cleanser to clean your face but work around the area you have had permanent makeup procedure.
Keep your hair away from your face, so no putting your fringe over the brows as this could cause infection – for at least 7 days.
How do I keep my permanent makeup from getting wet? Its not that difficult. I recommend using some healing balm over the area and try to keep the shower water from getting on the brows, eyes or lips. If you do get it wet just pat it dry using a clean lint free tissue. NEVER rub or you will disturb the skin from healing.
So that is nearly about it to looking after your permanent makeup. Just a few more ‘Do Nots’ and then you are ready to go!
It can itch so no picking, peeling or scratching the treated area. This could affect the colour healing evenly and risk scarring and infection. Just let the area flake off on its own.
No makeup on the area for 72 hours after the procedure. Some natural mineral makeup can be applied and I will cover the best brands at your consultation.
If you have had an eyeliner procedure please buy a new mascara as the old one will harbor bacteria. Do not expose the area to extreme heat, cold or moisture for two weeks after the treatment. To give you specifics, I would say direct sun, tanning beds, Jacuzzi, saunas, salt water, swimming pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams or ointments other than what I would have given you.
You can still apply makeup, moisturiser but not over or too near the area you have had the permanent makeup.
Finally, if you have the lip treatment you should avoid eating spicy and salty foods, drink liquids through a straw and refrain from kissing – only during this healing period 🙂
Do not be overwhelmed by all this aftercare it really is simple and you have invested good money for your procedure so a little time caring of the permanent makeup will result in good healed brows, eyes or lips.
I hope this has answered all or at least some of your questions. I do recommend a consultation whether in clinic or a thorough telephone consultation.
You may find this list of permanent makeup clinics helpful. Any further questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email.