GEM Beauty by Lacey Michael

GEM Beauty by Lacey Michael

Permanent Makeup | Lashes | Skin


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Microblading also known as feather strokes, 3D brows, eyebrow embroidery, or micropigmentation, is the process of manually implanting color pigment into the dermis with tools made up of tiny and sterile disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes.

While microblading is strokes/lines, powder brow is made up of pixilated dotting that creates a shading effect. This is good for any type of skin such as oily, aged, or porous skin. The results from this procedure can vary with some results being very natural and others more heavily saturated for those seeking a bolder look. Powder brow technique is NOT older style block tattooing! It is much more natural and looks good on anyone!

Being a cosmetic tattoo, pigment will fade over time and the rate at which it does varies per person. General time frames are:

  • Brows: 1-3 years
  • Eyeliner: 2-5 years
  • Lip Blush: 2-5 years
  • Lash lift and tint: 8-12 weeks

Brows: After the dark phase, the brows start to lighten and flake while they heal. They should be done flaking around the 2-week mark. The color can look very light at this point and takes another week or two for color to bloom and show through again.

  • Eyeliner: Around 1-2 weeks. Color can bloom more in the weeks after
  • Lips: Around 1 week. Color can bloom more in the weeks after.
  • Saline removal: Scabs fall off between 1-2 weeks and should be done every 4-6 weeks

Permanent Makeup is an art. As a permanent makeup artist, I take my job very seriously and want to make my clients happy and it is my number one goal to do so. I have had multiple years of training and continue to attend advanced trainings to stay current with the latest advancements in permanent makeup. An artist’s work speaks for itself and while price can be an important part of your decision process, it certainly shouldn’t be the deciding factor. You may consider saving for a while to go to the artist that has demonstrated their skills with good before and after photos and many examples of their work to view. Having the work done well the first time is much less expensive than having the work done poorly and then having correction work performed. Correction work can take months and involve multiple appointments resulting in fees adding up to $1,000 or more, depending on the number of appointments needed. I am confident in my prices and my work.

It is super important to research your artist and make sure they have a lot of work to show, taken many trainings, and have good reviews because typically you stay with your artist unless you are unhappy. While it is a compliment to have been chosen, I will not work over all previous. I require a consultation to determine the situation before proceeding. If the brows have faded enough, usually I am able to move forward, however, many times removal will be needed for the best results. I am not willing to work on brows completed by another artist without an initial consultation.

For Brows, Eyeliner and lips it is a two step process. The first appointment is to lay down the initial color, shape and foundation to the area we are working on. The 6-8 week touchup completes the process by perfecting the color, saturation and any minor imperfections during healing. In some situations, a third touchup may be necessary to achieve the desired result.

For Removal- it is hard to determine how many sessions will be needed to achieve the desired result. It varies based on the age of the tattoo, ink/pigments used, how saturated the tattoo is with pigment, aftercare and healing in general.

This depends a lot on each person’s pain tolerance in general but for all services I use a topical numbing agent to help manage any discomfort. Most people find that it’s “not as they expected” in terms of pain.

It is my goal to make sure you are happy with your results and we always go over the shape drawn up together to prevent a situation like that. There is always a solution- either modifying the shape, color, technique to attain desired results or in worst case scenario, saline removal.

Absolutely, yes! While the color does oxidize as the day goes on over the next couple days and appear darker, most people find it ok to go out with friends if they wish and to work. That is also varied in opinion depending on the person, so if you are worried or anxious about it, I suggest planning ahead and book when you do not have any special plans or over the weekend so you have time to adjust.

Bleeding during the procedure: Excessive bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol, ibuprofen, aspirin and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should be avoided 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, and may also change the color appearance of the pigment. Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement. Whenever possible I suggest wearing a hat!

The choice of pigment color: Some colors may fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde pigment may fade quicker than a dark brunette pigment.

Lifestyle: smokers, “sun worshippers”, or anyone with skin that is in a state of distress (rosacea, acne, sun damage, etc) may have less desirable results.

If you do skin treatments often, make your esthetician aware of your brows, lips, etc as to avoid acids, chemical peels, etc on those areas.

If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment will fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.

Yes! I am so grateful to each and every one of you for sharing my page, work, and name with your friends and family! To show my appreciation, if you refer a friend by your 6-week touchup, I take off $20 as a referral reward. For every person, you refer after your 6-week appointment you will receive $20 off your yearly maintenance touchup! Thank you all so much!

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