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Permanent Makeup. What to expect during your appointment plus Aftercare

📚Permanent Makeup is a Process

A new set permanent makeup procedure takes two appointments to complete - Initial Session and Touch up Session. In some cases, it could be a multiple-session process.

✏️Permanent Makeup Step-By-Step: What to expect during your appointment

Permanent Makeup is the implantation of cosmetic pigments into the dermis layer of the skin, also known as Microblading, Micro-Pigmentation, and Cosmetic Tattooing. We offer a fully customized machine permanent makeup service for your unique facial features skin type and color. Finally, advanced powder techniques of tiny pixels to create a soft look with minimal downtime.

We specialize in permanent makeup on lips, eyebrows, and eyeliner. Please read a little step-by-step guide, so you know what to expect before the permanent makeup treatment.

Permanent Powder Brows

Permanent Powder Brows
Permanent Powder Brows

Permanent Makeup Procedure

1. Consultation

We believe consultation is the most important step of the procedure. During the consultation, we will explain the permanent makeup process and answer any questions. Your medical history will be checked to assess your suitability for the treatment. You will be asked to read and fill in the consent form.

We will check what you like and how you normally do your makeup to get an idea of your style. We will chat with you about your desired result, whether you want a natural look or a more intense finish. We will discuss your expectations and advise how permanent makeup can be used to enhance your features. On the day of your permanent makeup treatment, please allow 2-3 hours from start to finish.

2. Shape & Color

Our artist will design the enhancement, first by drawing the shape on your skin with a traditional cosmetic pencil and using measuring tools to ensure symmetry and precision. This gives you the opportunity to visualize a new look.

Eyebrows shaping with pencil

3. Pre-drawing eyebrows design

Artist uses a dark brown pencil first to ensure that the shape can be adjusted if needed. This won’t be representative of the final look, since the color won’t be right, and also the pencil gives solid look. It is just to get an idea of the shape and positioning before we start tattooing.

Eyebrows outline with white pencil

4. Outline with white pencil

Checking symmetry. The artist outlines the shape with a skin-colored pencil. Once our client approves the shape drawn, a pigment color is selected among the artist and client. Our artist will swatch colors on the forehead based on the clients’ natural eyebrow and hair color. We practice color swatch also for lips to compare with natural shade and undertones of your lips. Your chosen color which should match your natural tones will be mixed and agreed upon before we start.

5. The Initial Session of Permanent Makeup

If you are worried about pain, don’t be too concerned, everyone obviously has a different pain tolerance. The Permanent Makeup Artist will open sterile cartridgeswith a full safety membrane in front of the client and apply the pigment into the top layers of the skin.

You will feel a slight stinging or scratching sensation in the pigmented area. Usually, clients feel little vibration from the permanent makeup machine. We will use a topical anesthetic cream ensuring you remain as comfortable as possible through the treatment.

We believe in the machine method with an airbrushed look that involves pin-dot pigment application that is a better way to build up additional color with less trauma to the skin.

6. Permanent makeup Touch-up

All permanent makeup and microblading is a multisession process, meaning, touch-ups are necessary. Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us after 4-8 weeks post-procedure to schedule your Touch Up Session. Even if you have good retention after the initial procedure, it is important to have your first touch-up to help prolong the results. Client and artist will go over any concerns they may have had during the healing, fill in any areas that may have faded, or simply go thicker or darker than the first time!

Please remember that like any cosmetic procedure this is a process. Do not expect immediate results and please be patient. It will be a few weeks before you can fully appreciate the final results. On rare occasions, some clients may need a second Touch up session. You must wait 4-8 weeks from your first Touch-up session to determine and schedule if you will need a second Touch-up session.

permanent eyeliner
permanent eyeliner

Maintaining Permanent makeup


Once pigment the layers are finished, your pigmented area will be quite red. This redness and swelling will go down after a few hours. Every skin reacts differently, you will be informed about aftercare for permanent makeup, receive instructions, and aftercare ointment.

At first, the pigmented area will look quite pronounced but be prepared for it to fade. The skin restoration process is started and lasts about a month. A crust of blood and lymph is formed on the surface, to protect the wound from damage. After 5-7 days the pigmented area may start to itch and peel as the skin is healing, which is perfectly normal – please do not touch!

The outer healing process completes in 7-10 days. As the pigment fade more you may get disappointed but stay patient – it is normal for the pigmented area to go a bit lighter as part of the healing process, but then the color will come back again.

After the complimentary appointment, we recommend a Yearly Touch-up to maintain the crispness and freshness of your cosmetic tattoo.

Permanent Lip Blush
Permanent Lip Blush

📍Step by step permanent makeup aftercare instructions:

Absorb (Day of)

  • After the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid.

  • Do this every 5 minutes until the oozing has stopped.

  • Removing this fluid prevents the hardening of the lymphatic fluids.

Wash (Days 1-7)

  • Wash daily to remove bacteria, build-up of product and oils, and dead skin. (Don't worry, THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)

  • Gently wash the area each morning and night with water and gentle soap or an unscented cleanser like Dial Soap, Cetaphil, or baby shampoo. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the area.

  • Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away.

  • To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or exfoliants.

Moisturize and hydrate (Days 1-7)

  • Apply a tiny, rice grain amount of aftercare healing gel 3 times a day with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area.

  • Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The product should be barely noticeable on the skin.

  • NEVER put the product on a wet or damp tattoo.

Important Reminders

  • Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.

  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.

  • Avoid long, hot showers for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 10 days,

  • Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the area.

  • DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.

  • Important Instructions for Showering

  • Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair.

  • Your face should only be getting wet only at the end of the shower.

  • Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

Aphrodite Beauty is based in West London, Ashford Surrey. We are fully licensed Permanent Makeup Artists, inspected and approved by Spelthorne Borough Council, meaning that you have complete peace of mind that you are in very safe hands and that the environment that you are having your treatment(s) in and the equipment being used is clean, hygienic and sterile.

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