FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Micropigmentation whether utilised for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes is a specialised version of tattooing. The implantation techniques deposit coloured pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. In addition to the difference in techniques, the needles and pigments used for micropigmentation are specific for cosmetic use. When properly applied by an experienced technician, micropigmentation results are subtle and natural in appearance. Cosmetic micropigmentation is the application of permanent makeup (PMU), also known as cosmetic tattooing, where as reconstructive micropigmentation entails but is not limited to camouflaging skin conditions such as scars, burns and the re-pigmentation of areolas post mastectomies.

Yes, it is permanent however subject to fading over time. The degree of permanency varies from client to client because of the uniqueness of each individual’s lifestyle. Factors affecting colour retention include, but are not limited to, degree of sun exposure, UV rays (tanning beds), medical conditions, hormones, skin care products and regimens. Longevity can range from 12 months to several years. However, dependent on the procedure or desired look, clients may choose to have additional touch ups 12 to 18 months later for a fresh new look. Please refer to the Services section for High Brow Beauty and Brow Studio's service options for Ombre Refresher and Maintenance Treatments for Eyeliner and Lips. 

Yes, the procedures are safe, but due diligence on the client’s part is necessary when choosing the right technician. Thorough research of a technician training, experience, portfolio and compliance with state and local laws are necessary to provide safe and beautiful results. Technicians at High Brow Beauty and Brow Studio are government certified and accredited to maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments, fulfilling the training requirements of the law.

All operating High Brow Beauty and Brow Studio technicians hold the government accredited  infection control competency standard – HLTINF005 - Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments, which  is a requirement for all persons performing skin penetration treatments under the above legislation.

The degree of discomfort is client specific and cannot be foreseen with accuracy. However, generally eyebrows produce the least amount of discomfort and can sometimes be painless. Eyeliner can produce more anxiety rather than pain due to the location and lips can be the most uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics are used for the procedures to help minimise discomfort.

No, unfortunately there are certain conditions that hinder the micropigmentation process and in some cases clients may be required to pre medicate or obtain medical clearance prior to undergoing a procedure. Pregnant and nursing women cannot have any micropigmentation procedures at any time until they are done nursing. Clients must be over the age of 18. Clients must not have had Accutane Treatments within the past 12 months prior to the procedure.

Other restrictions:

  • those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation - unfortunately, since the Cosmetic procedure punctures the skin as we add ink, we cannot work with clients with these conditions;

  • ​if you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis - again, Cosmetic artists cut the skin so it is our policy not to work with these conditions;

  • ​patients with Auto-Immune Disorders (Diabetes, Lupus, Celiac's Disease etc) - we require a doctor’s letter in order to perform any Cosmetic procedure for anyone with Auto-Immune disorders, as the compromised immune system can impact your ability to heal properly from the procedure;

  • ​patients undergoing chemotherapy - although Cosmetic Tattooing is great for restoring eyebrows, adding liner or lip blush, we would require a doctor’s letter in order to perform these procedures.  Clients often schedule preventative Cosmetic Tattoo procedures in advance of starting chemotherapy, to ensure that they're prepared even if they do lose their brows/hair while regaining their health;

  • any kind of skin condition on or near the treatable area - this includes eczema, shingles, rashes, acne, sunburn, eczema, or anything else near the treatable area;

  • client who are on Accutane treatment or have been on a course of treatment within three months leading up to their tattoo;

  • clients on blood thinning medication (including aspirin);

  • clients with blood clotting problems;

  • clients exhibiting signs of heart palpitations/problems;

  • clients with high blood pressure;

  • clients who take Fish Oil or Krill Oil;

  • clients with liver disease;

  • clients with haemophilia;

  • clients with certain allergies may be unable to have a Cosmetic Tattoo;

  • clients who permanently need to wear contact lenses and/or have an eye disorder/problems (such as Glaucoma) - this is a contraindication for eyeliner tattoos;

  • clients who have and are using lash enhancement serums should refrain from this prior to a Cosmetic Tattoo;

  • clients who have Cold sores/Herpes/Shingles can not have a Lip Blush Tattoo until healed;

  • clients who have had collagen injections/fillers/Botox recently leading up to their tattoo (it is always the preference for the tattoo procedure to be performed first;

  • clients who are prone to Epilepsy and/or seizures;

  • clients who have had facial surgery leading up to their tattoo.

  • clients who are using Retin A medication and/or topical medication; and/or

  • ​clients who have received a deep tan, laser or chemical peel leading up to their tattoo.

Yes. As at 1 June 2020, under Stage 2 of Queenslands Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, High Brow Beauty and Brow Studio is permitted to open and have up to up to 20 customers at any one time in their business premises. We have a COVID Safe Checklist in place.

Our Studio also complies with the general requirements placed on all industries by the Chief Health Officer under the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction, including that:

  • there is no more than one person per 4 square meter in the salon;

  • the 1.5 meter social distancing rules are observed; and

  • our Studio keeps contact details for all clients and staff for 56 days for tracing purposes.

All High Brow Beauty and Brow Studio technicians have completed the government accredited Micro-credential course 'COVID SAFE Work Training for Beauty, Nails, Tanning, Tattoo Parlours and Spas'.

If you fit into one of the following categories, Cosmetic Tattoo may just be the solution for you:

  • people who don't want to spend time applying their make-up daily,

  • those who have uneven eyebrow hair and shape,

  • those suffering from alopecia and hair loss from medical treatment,

  • those who suffer from bad eyesight and have trouble applying make-up daily.

But it is important to know the details, and the contraindications for cosmetic tattoo procedures!

Brows

Cosmetic Tattoos will give amazing results for someone who ultimately wants beautiful, natural looking brows, perfect eyeliner and/or gorgeous defined lips. Cosmetic Tattoos will suit someone who has dry to normal skin. For some treatments, like microblading, oily skin types may not hold the pigment as well as dry to normal skin types. Powder-filled brows are more suited to oily skin types, with much greater success for pigment retention.​ If you regularly fill your own brows with brow pencil/brow powder, and like a very defined look, powdered brows, or combo brows could be the perfect solution for you. 

If you have previously, permanently tattooed eyebrows, Powder-filled brows will successfully conceal previous Cosmetic Tattoo work.

Eyeliner

Eyeliner tattoos are perfect for those who find it time consuming to apply make-up every morning, for the active lady or anyone who wants a natural enhancement to their eyes – tattoos makes it hassle-free!  Eyeliner tattoos are semi-permanent cosmetic makeup using pigment on the eye line of the lashes. This aesthetic procedure aims to enhance the outlining of the eyes to make it look darker and more prominent.

Thin eyeliners are particularly recommended for hooded eye shapes that have very little visible space on the upper eyelids. This precise, fine line will enhance the natural eye shape and, if necessary, the addition of a slight ‘wing’ or ‘tail extension’ will help to elongate the eyes. A fine eyeliner is a ‘classic’ and a good choice for most eye shapes. 

For the lash line enhancement technique, hypoallergenic, permanent makeup pigments are delicately placed within the lash line only to create an extremely subtle and natural looking effect. This technique creates the appearance of more lashes and is best suited to women who prefer to wear very little makeup. It’s a 'barely-there' approach for natural beauties. Please note- if you have been using lash enhancement serum, please stop using and refrain from booking for at least 2 months. These serums can cause poor results and excessive bruising when tattooing.

Lips

We all want to have gorgeous, youthful and healthy-looking lips. As we age, our lips tend to lose their natural colour and fullness as well as the defined border they one had. Cosmetic lip tattoos helps ladies to create more definition, fullness and colour. Furthermore, most of us have blue tones in our lips, which can also be corrected with lip tattooing.

Having a full lip colour tattoo is perfect for you if you wish to enhance the shape and fullness of your mouth. It’s also useful for correcting asymmetries. You may wish to try this procedure if you’re older and have lost lip definition, colour or shape. A liner tattoo also helps prevent your lipstick from bleeding as well as minimising the appearance of wrinkles. You can either choose a softly lined look or go for a more defined shade for a lip-liner effect.

Semi-permanent lip tattoos last longer, but they can be more expensive than lip plumper or fillers. However, lip tattoos are less invasive on the skin, and they heal faster than lip-fillers too.

If you love to look glamorous 24/7, then lip tattooing might be the thing for you!

Information regarding the differences between the range of Cosmetic Services on offer can be found on our Services page.

The length of time you will be able to go before your touch-up appointment will vary depending on the type of procedure you have done, your skin type, adherence to aftercare/ongoing skin care instructions, medications etc (typically between 3-12 weeks from initial treatment).  For brows, it is important to schedule your touch-up or Refresher Treatment before 50% of your colour has faded (Powdered or Solid Ombre); otherwise a new Initial Appointment will need to be scheduled to allow time for the complete re-design process.

Typically the length clients can go before a Refresher Treatments or Maintenance Touch-up Treatment is required is as follows:

  • Ombre Brows: 1-2 Years

  • Full Lip Blush or Candy Lips: 6 - 12 Months

  • Eyeliner: 6 - 12 Months 

Ultimately, we want your cosmetic tattoo to remain life-proof and fuss-free, so please schedule a a refresher appointment or maintenance touch-up when you notice you're just not quite as in-love with your cosmetic tattoo as you once were, before you feel that urge to pull out the old brow pencil, eye liner pencil or lipstick!

Yes a touch-up is necessary as the full procedure is not complete until the touch-up session (second application). During the initial procedure (first application), the tattooed area(s) will be saturated with as much colour as possible.  Due to swelling there may be some areas where the tissue will no longer allow pigment to be implanted.  Those areas will show less colour after healing and may need another visit to be filled-in (a touch-up). First, the tattooed area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed.  It is best to wait 3 to 12 weeks for complete tissue healing and colour stabilisation.  Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the colour looking fresh with a maintenance visit every 1-2 years.

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MICHELLE BERMINGHAM

Owner & Lead Artist

Elizabeth Sofia

Intermediate Artist

ANNA LEE

ANNA LEE

Administrative Assistant & Intermediate Artist