Precision Permanent Makeup Services and PMU Questions Answered for the Snohomish County Area Including Seattle, Everett and Lynnwood

Permanent makeup or PMU is an easy way to enhance your appearance with custom color and makeup application to your brows, eyes and lips. While you may have heard of permanent makeup in the past, today’s pigments and techniques generally offer a softer look that is more readily tailored to the shape, style and shading you prefer. Our frequently asked questions provide additional details, and we are happy to discuss your questions in greater detail with a free consultation.

Am I a good candidate?

There are a variety of reasons you may not be a good candidate for permanent makeup. It is important to note we are not medical professionals, so if you have any questions on whether or not your medication or medical condition interferes with you getting a tattoo, it is best to discuss that with your doctor before moving forward. Your doctor will need to write you a note to receive PMU if you have any of the following conditions in this list. If that is the case, you must let your artist know when booking and bring the original note to your appointment where we will keep it in your file.

PMU contraindications are as follows:
  • Under 18 years-old.
  • Had a previous reaction to a tattoo.
  • Allergic to any of the products we use during the service.
  • Diabetes.
  • Any type of autoimmune disease.
  • Pregnant and lactating women (while nursing).
  • Epilepsy.
  • Vegan (must have normal iron levels).
  • Currently taking blood-thinning medications (e.g., Coumadin, Heparin, Aspirin or related).
  • Currently on Cortisone, Steroids, Accutane, Retin-A, Renova.
  • Have skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, undiagnosed rashes and blisters.
  • Allergic to makeup and colors or easily trigger post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
  • Herpes simplex (cold sores). If you are having an outbreak, lip PMU cannot be done.
  • Any type of blood disorders and heart conditions.
  • Blood disorders such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and platelet disorder.
  • Keloids or hypertrophic scarring.
  • Severe acne on or around the treated area.
  • Chemotherapy: please wait at least 6 months post-chemotherapy.
  • For eyeliner procedures: we cannot perform if you have styes, red eyes, or any eye diseases like glaucoma.
Do you offer in-person consultations?

Yes we do! You can book us for an in-person consultation where we can answer all of your questions and draw in your shape so you can see what your brows could look like. That process can take around an hour and is the same process we would take the day of your appointment. Our in-person consults are $75 and do not go towards the service appointment. If you would just like to speak to us on the phone you can also book a phone consultation.

Is there anyone who should not get permanent makeup?

If any of the following apply to you, you should discuss it with your artist before the procedure. We may also request a doctor’s note confirming semi-permanent makeup or SPMU is ok for your condition.

  • Any skin conditions on or near the treatment areas. This includes rashes, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, etc. Clients may still move forward with brow treatments; however, they must understand that, even if the condition isn’t near the treatment areas, treatment may cause a new breakout (especially with psoriasis and cold sores).
  • Raised or keloid scars. PMU can often successfully cover minimal scars, but the scar must be fully healed and flat; it may require more enhancement sessions to fully deposit the pigment.
  • Recent Juvederm or other fillers in the area. These clients must wait at least 6 weeks and we may request a note from your doctor first.
  • Plans for future fillers or Juvederm in the eyebrow area. We recommend having your Ombre Powder done before these procedures.
  • Eye-lift or brow-lift surgery within the past 90 days.
  • A tendency towards post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation (skin lacks pigmentation or is lighter than the rest of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (patches of skin that become much darker than the rest of the skin).
  • Frequent smoking or sunbathing. The local anesthetics used during the treatment may not last as long. These activities also can lead to poor retention and poor lasting results.
  • Taking blood-thinning medicines, whether prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter aspirin.
  • Any of the following medical conditions: active skin cancer in the eyebrow area; healing disorders; uncontrolled high blood pressure or mitral valve disorder; pregnant or nursing; diabetes; cancer; abnormal heart conditions; epilepsy; high or low blood pressure; hemophilia or any other type of blood disease that prevents blood to clot or that causes you to bleed abnormally; anemia; autoimmune Diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or C, AIDS or any other disease that can affect bleeding and healing; eczema or psoriasis in the brow area.
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation now or in the past 6 months. We will request a doctor’s note before we can perform the procedure on you.
  • Recent eye-lifts or blepharoplasties. Please wait 3 months at least before getting Ombre Powder done.
  • Current or recent shingles/varicella on the face. Please wait several months before getting Ombre Powder done.
  • Using any skin medication like Accutane and/or steroids which thin and make the skin more sensitive. Please wait 6 months after getting off any prescription medication for your skin before scheduling your appointment. If you have used oral Accutane in the past 12 months or topical Accutane in the past 30 days, we ask that you wait before receiving PMU.
  • Using any alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or any over-the-counter creams for exfoliating, anti-aging, tone correcting and fading. These must be stopped 14 days before your appointment as they may discolor your Ombre Powdered eyebrows. Likewise, if you have used any retinol, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy products or had a chemical peel in the past 30 days, we ask that you wait before receiving SPMU.
  • Allergy to metals, especially nickel.
Does it hurt?

Everyone has a different level of sensitivity, so there is no exact answer to this question. However, there are a few specific things that typically increase pain and sensitivity:

  • Being on, about to start or just ending your menstrual cycle. It is advised to schedule your SPMU appointments around this.
  • Fibromyalgia. It is advised to speak with your Doctor and your artist to determine whether this will cause undue sensitivity to procedures.
  • Being a frequent smoker or sunbather. This may cause the local anesthetics used during the treatment to not last as long.
  • A topical anesthetic is typically applied before if needed and during the treatment to alleviate pain and/or discomfort. Lips tend to be the most sensitive area, compared to brows and eyes. Brow PMU clients will usually feel more sensitivity in one brow–that is normal. We play music during the procedure; however, we highly encourage clients to bring their earphones to listen to their music or podcast.
How long does it last?

It will last as long as it’s maintained. Untouched, the ink can last years and may even be permanent. However, it will typically fade and begin to look patchy. Results may vary depending on your medication, supplements, health conditions, dieting and skin conditions (i.e., oily, big pores, sun-damaged, skin elasticity, and natural undertone). Clients that prefer to go with the softer look, lighter color shade or do not properly follow lash and brow care or lip blush care after their sessions may find that their brows fade faster and may require more touch ups. Annual touch ups are recommended so that your tattoo can continue to look rich.

I have heard some clients just do not retain pigment even after a few visits. Could this happen?

Yes, it does happen, and yes, it’s true! Some clients need more than one

perfecting session for lip blush, permanent eyeliner or powder brows. We typically ask that clients contact us 4 weeks post-procedure to let us know if they would like to schedule another. There are a variety of reasons someone may not retain pigment well or fade more quickly. Their skin may be oily or react to the trauma of the tattooing, and the skin may try to push out the foreign body of pigment by producing an extreme scab, so that they eventually fall off taking all the pigment with it. This can be a result of a condition called Pigment Allergy (PPD allergy, a condition known by dermatologists) or of autoimmune disease symptoms (which the client may not even be aware of). These can cause the skin to overreact and become super sensitive to the pigment, rejecting it at any cost.

What is a perfecting session?

Within a week or so after the treatment, the color will fade as your body absorbs some pigment and pushes some out. Over the next 4-8 weeks, this fading can continue to reduce pigment as much as 50%. You may get some patchiness of color and some spots where pigment did not take. This is why we do at least one perfecting session on every client, 6-8 weeks after the initial service. This will let your artist know how your body heals and accepts the pigment, and we will be able to perfect your service. Some clients will need more than one perfecting session. The time before the perfecting session is an ideal time for you to reflect on your shape and color. After this period, your follow-up appointment is carried out. At this appointment, any changes you would like to make are discussed.

Are your artists certified?

Yes, all of our artists are professionally certified in their area of specialty, including permanent makeup, lash extensions and lash lifts. Ashley, the owner of the salon, is a 3-time certified Semi Permanent Makeup Artist by Advance Microblading, providing lash and PMU eyeliner and lip treatments. Emily is a 4-time Semi Permanent Brow Artist by notable trainers such as Phi Brows and ColorMaiWorld. Certified lash artist Amy and PMU apprentice Deanna round out the team. Any guest permanent makeup or lash spa artists are certified as well–please see their artist profile on the website for details.

How often do I need a touch-up?

To keep your eyebrow tattoo results looking fresh, we recommend a touch up every year. However, it’s all up to personal preference: some people with oilier skin or other conditions that impact the retention of the pigments may choose to touch up every 6 months. A touch up or enhancement session after 24 months is considered a new procedure.

How do I extend the life of the procedure?

Your beautiful eyebrows will last longer if you apply sunblock often and avoid abrasive facial treatments or any type of retinol products in the brow area.

What can’t I do after the procedure?

You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry. That means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure. No picking, peeling, scratching or rubbing the tattoo–this may result in a loss of color and scarring. You can still wash your hair and face; once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own. For in-depth aftercare please visit the Prep & Aftercare link in the navigation bar.

Do I need to take a day off work?

No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living.

Can you guarantee your work?

Unfortunately, we cannot. How the skin will react is different for everyone and many factors are to be taken into consideration. Skin type, age, scarring, diet, stress levels, facial products used, etc., all play a key role in how the pigment will hold, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required. We can guarantee that your face is important to us and that we will act in accordance with our experience and expertise to give you our absolute best. We can guarantee that we will strive to make you gratified and content every time, whether you visit us for permanent makeup, lash extension care or microneedling. But there are no guarantees in this industry. Please think long and hard before you decide to go for it.

How long does it take?

Appointments vary depending on service. We schedule three hours for lip blush services, 2.5 hours for brows & stardust eyeliner services and 2 hours for classic eyeliner and lash line enhancement services.

What are powder brows? How is it different from microblading?

Powder brow or ombre powder is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Instead of creating hair-stroke eyebrows like microblading, this technique uses shading. We create a gradient effect from the beginning of the brow to the end starting from light and fading to dark, giving it more of a filled-in look. People sometimes think that this means their brows will be very dark and dramatic; however, this is not the case. It can be very soft and subtle and strategically used to fill in bare spots in your brows. It is done with a digital or rotary pen tattoo machine; however, this is not a traditional tattoo. The needles are much smaller and only go into the upper layer of your dermis, making it a much safer alternative to traditional tattoos, too. With this technique, the artist and client can choose any color that best suits the client, just like you would when picking out a brow pencil to fill your brows. Ombre powder brow is still considered semi-permanent; while it typically lasts a little longer than microblading, it will still need to be touched up. This technique is a good option for almost all clients and skin types.

What is the process like?

Eyebrow tattooing is a 2-step treatment, consisting of an initial procedure and then a touch-up 6-8 weeks after. Here is the agenda that you can expect for your appointment.

  • If given permission before photos will be taken.
  • We will then draw the brow design in pencil so you get an idea of shape and form. Please note that nobody’s face is totally symmetrical and you need to be realistic with your expectations. There is no point in trying to make the eyebrows identical or match a photo of your favorite celebrities’ eyebrows if your face shape looks nothing like theirs.
  • Once we have agreed on a final shape (ultimately it is your decision –but we will always voice my opinion on what we think suits you aesthetically) we will clean the hairs outside of the outline, then decide on the color.
  • Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic may be administered to ensure comfort (Sometimes it will go on after the first pass for retention reasons).
  • The pigment is then deposited. During healing, it’s normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch-up in place.
  • Afterwards, your artist will go over aftercare with you as well as schedule you for your perfecting session, take after photos, then check you out.
I already have permanent makeup and want to change the shape. Can you help?

This varies depending on how faded the previous work is and will require you to send in a consultation with photos. In some cases, you may even need to come in for an in-person consultation. Any work done by another artist (no matter how faded) is considered a correction and is $100 more on top of the initial price ombre powder brows service. This is because it requires more work to reshape and most likely color correct your old work.

Do you have to shave off my eyebrows?

No. Every attempt is made to retain all natural hair and integrate it into the design of the permanent eyebrows. In some cases where shaping of the natural brow is required, a few hairs here and there may need to be removed to create a clean and aesthetically pleasing result.

How do you pick the color?

We customize a blend of several colors to achieve a shade that best suits the client. We also choose your pigment based on your natural brow hair, skin tone and undertone. This way, we can match the pigment to the desired HEALED RESULT, which emerges after the crusts naturally fall off and the skin naturally and gently exfoliates itself to reveal the new brow. This is why we ask you to draw in your brows for your appointment. ALL clients who have the procedure done will be conscious they have brows that are very obvious; please bear in mind, the skin has been broken to allow the pigment to settle and healing has yet to take place. Clients who are used to having sparse brows for a long time, can find the change drastic or startling. We advise these clients to fill in their brows some time before their appointment so they can get used to having a brow!

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How long do they take to heal?

Healing time for powder brows varies depending on the person. Usually, it takes about a week to 14 days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your skin will take 2-4 more weeks to heal fully, even though they’ll appear healed after scabs come off. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. This is why we wait 6-8 weeks before doing the perfecting session. Please visit the Powder Brow Care page under Prep & Aftercare in the navigation for thorough details.

What if I don’t like them?

Because ink is deposited in the very upper layer of skin (dermis) during ombre powder brow, it does allow some flexibility for color or shape change to some extent. This is why we spend a lot of time at our powder brow bar shaping and working with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the proposed shape prior to actually implanting pigment. We will allow you to have as much control over the procedure as possible, so there’s very little room for error. If you do not like the decision you made, the touch-up can be cancelled and the pigmented area naturally fades away over time. If you aren’t 100% sure you would benefit from this procedure, please opt for a more temporary option.

What is a lip blush tattoo?

Lip blush or luscious lips tattoo is a form of semi-permanent makeup where the PMU artist uses a digital or rotary machine to implant pigment into the client’s lips. This technique is used to even out, reshape and even color correct the client’s lips. We can also create a gradient effect for a fuller-looking lip by blending the color in towards the inner lips but not filling the very inner lip. Initially, this tattoo can cause some swelling and may even increase your collagen and elastin production. However, these results are temporary, and any look of fullness typically comes from the gradient effect, which is essentially an optical illusion. Like other forms of permanent makeup, this is nothing like old traditional tattoos with a dark heavy liner; the color heals very softly and will give you just a kiss of color. It will typically need to be touched up at least every 1-2 years.

What is the difference between a lash line enhancement, traditional eyeliner and pixie liner?

We offer several types of permanent eyeliner. Lash line enhancement is darkening of the lash line. Traditional eyeliner gives a similar look to the classic eyeliner applied with a pencil. Pixie liner is a gradient effect, very similar to a smokey eye liner. A consultation is the best way to know what kind of eyeliner services would best match your desires.

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We know you may have more questions about the permanent makeup services we offer, including PMU removal and microneedling, and we are excited to hear from you. At Beauty Elite, we are proud to offer a truly welcoming salon experience for all of our clients, and we invite you to book your free permanent makeup or PMU consultation with one of our caring and attentive professional artists today.

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I just got the powder brows done and I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with how they turned out!!! Ashley & Deanna really took their time making sure that my brows were perfect before the shading process was started. They look natural, yet put-together. I’m looking forward to not having to do my eyebrows anymore in the morning haha

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