Permanent Eyeliner turns blue grey

Before Permanent Makeup Brows and Liner
After Permanent Makeup Hairstroke Brows and Eyeliner

Common question asked by my clients:

I had permanent eyeliner done in the past.  The original artist used Black pigment.  It looked great at first, but as the pigment faded, it turned Blue Grey.  Why does this happen and what can I do?

As mentioned before, all pigment fades over time.  Carbon Black pigment has a lot of the primary Blue color.  Therefore, as the other colors in the Black fade, the blue color remains.

Touch ups are essential to keeping permanent eyeliner looking fresh and crisp.  If you have blue grey liner, ask the artist to add Orange Pigment to the Black Pigment to counter balance the Blue.  The Orange pigment will turn the blue into a soft brown, and with the added black pigment, the blue will not be noticeable.

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Jee Kim
Pretty Please Studio
San Ramon, CA

Tweeze, Wax, or Thread Brows?


Tweeze, Wax, or Thread Brows?

The benefits of having your brows waxed or threaded by a professional are that they shape and clean up the brows for you.  It takes the guess work out of tweezing.

However, I find waxing to be painful.  Afterwards, my eyelids are pink and the skin stings for a few minutes afterwards.   Not only does the wax remove unwanted hair, but it also removes layers of the epidermis, leaving skin with a burning sensation.

Threading is my preferred choice of brow hair removal.  The thread pulls out the targeted hair and leaves the skin intact.  Initially, it can be painful, but over time, we become less sensitive.  Most malls now have Threading Salons.

Clients ask me if they should continue to wax or thread after permanent makeup brows.  My answer is, “No”.  Since the shape is already there, just tweeze hair growth below the permanent makeup each month.   Permanent Makeup Brows also takes the guess work out of tweezing.
San Ramon, CA

The term “Permanent Makeup Touch Up” can be used in many ways.

Before Permanent Makeup Brows
After Permanent Makeup Hairstroke Brows

The term “Touch Up” is used in few ways.  In general, it means you’ve had previous Permanent Makeup procedure(s).

If you’ve never had procedure(s) done, most Permanent Makeup Artists provide a complimentary “touch up” visit 4 weeks after the initial procedure.  This is to allow modifications to the design and color, if needed.

Another common way to use the phrase “touch up”:
Permanent Makeup Touch Ups are procedures for when you notice that the original pigment color is fading.  Typically, it is done annually on brows, and every 15 to 20 months on eyeliner and lips.  An alternative term is “annual color boost”.

Typically it is a one time application where the permanent makeup artist may add more of the  original pigment because it’s faded, or use additional colors to warm or cool down the fading pigment.

Most artists charge per Touch Up Session.  Depending on how much the original pigment has faded, multiple touch ups may be needed.  To keep your makeup looking fresh, annual color boosts are recommended.

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Jee Kim
San Ramon, CA

Making your lips look fuller with Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup lip procedures are favored by women who are losing lip color around the Oral Commissure area.  As we age, collagen production and blood circulation slows down which causes our lip color to pale in color.  Over time, this area may turn into skin color causing the lips ‘shrink’ or look thinner.  Many clients ask me if permanent makeup can give them a fuller looking lips.

The answer is Yes and No.

The Vermillion border is where the your skin and lips meet.  It borders the lips and forms a slight ridge.  The artist should stay either directly ‘on’ the vermillion border  or slightly ‘above’, when lining lips.  They should not tattoo noticeably above the natural lip line.  In doing so, the pigment color will draw attention to the Vermillion border and will not look natural. 

However, by tattooing natural lip color pigment in the lips and by keeping them moist, it will create an allusion of fuller, plumper lips.

If you have uneven lips, where one side is slightly higher than the other, small adjustments can be made when tattooing to even out the lips.  The artist should tattoo directly ‘on’ the vermillion border on the higher side of the lip, and tattoo slightly above for the side that’s lower.  Again, when referring to tattooing slightly above, the measurement should be un-noticeable to the naked eye.

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Jee Kim
San Ramon, CA

Dutch Braid with Ribbon Corset {Video}

Maybe not the best name in the world for this hairstyle, but I don’t want to call it a ribbon braid. We have one of those and this is 100% different. Maybe we could have names it ribbon sewing hair design or something, but it is what it is. It will forever be in every search engine as what it is now listed as.

So this is an old one. Its actually one of our very first tutorials. When we

Week 2 {Days 6-9}

What a week. This week started out fine, but ended a bit chaotic. I didn’t even get my new video uploaded this week, but some weeks are like that. Hopefully that means next week you will get two new tutorials so I can stay on track. My little Beans got sick this week, so we spent part of our week visiting the hospital. No worries though, she is fine.

It looks like we took the easy way for

Flash Back Friday

Here is a good simple one that is an oldy—- check out the tutorial here. I’ve also seen this one while being out-and-about. This one will always be a favorite of mine. I hope you like it as much as we do.

The Peerless Show (day two)

Day two was much harder than my day one. I think having my boys there was fun, but challenging. I did go watch more up-do classes. One of which was in the Big Sexy Hair classroom. They teach up do styling as a five step system. I loved that concept. I’d love to take classes through there program.

I did try out those cute hair flowers I told you about on my last post. Super cute. I will shoot a