Here are some commonly asked questions.
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have by emailing email@example.com. You can also call the studio daily from 12-9pm PST at 604-788-3223.
I charge a flat rate of $600 plus GST for eyebrows, which includes a touch-up within 6-12 weeks. Additional sessions within 1 year of your last appointment are $150.
- $250 after 12-24 months.
- $400 after 24-36 months.
- Current full price minus 20% after 3 years.
Freckles are $225+ plus GST including one touch-up within 3 months. Additional sessions begin at $100.
- Beauty marks begin at $100, which is our studio's minimum charge for tattooing.
- If brows and freckles are combined in one appointment a $50 discount is applied.
How can I book an appointment?
You can book online by visiting the BOOKING page here or on www.arcanebodyarts.ca. You can also book an appointment by visiting the studio or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are booking a touch-up you cannot use the online booking form at this time. The studio can be reached at 604-254-5111.
Do I need to book a consultation first?
A separate consultation is free but it is not required! I have limited availability for in-person consultations so please call the studio to book. If your brows have previously been tattooed I do recommend that you email me with images or book a consultation first.
How is this different from a 'regular' tattoo?
Cosmetic tattooing is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement of the facial features, rather than creating distinct artwork on the body. Usually we're trying to create the appearance of something you would expect to be there already such as hair, makeup, freckles, beauty marks etc.
The colour pigments used for cosmetic tattoos differ in that they are meant to fade over time. This allows changes to be made to the tattoo, and the colour and shape can be adjusted over the years as your preferences and features change. Most of the pigments used are iron-oxide based.
Tools and technique
A rotary tattoo machine is used for freckles, beauty marks, shading, and some other techniques. I tattoo eyebrows with fine hair-like strokes using a manual tool. This tattooing technique is often called microblading because the lines are created with a tiny 'blade' which is actually a very tight, flat, angled needle configuration. This tool is used to cut or scratch fine lines into the dermis and deposit the pigment into the skin. This technique allows for a lot of control and fine, crisp healed lines.
Does it hurt?
Effective, topical anesthetics are used for numbing before and during the procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entire process. Ideally you should feel little to no pain, only pressure. It can sometimes feel like scratching or threading.
Preparing for your tattoo in advance really does make a big difference in how much pain and swelling you may experience. Make sure that you are well rested, sober, hydrated, and have had something to eat prior to your appointment.
For most clients, redness and swelling is minimal.
What is the first appointment like?
All of our clients will first sign-in and fill out a waiver. Most initial appointments take between 2.5-3.5 hours, and a large part of it is the most important part where we talk about the process and discuss and design the ideal shape and colour for your brows. We will design the shape on your face using brow makeup, which we will then trace around to create our stencil. A numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes, and the tattooing part of the procedure usually takes about an hour. Aftercare will be discussed in detail!
For freckles we will draw them and lay them out on your face with the same ink we will use to tattoo them once we're happy with our design. Appointment times usually vary between 1-2 hours. Numbing cream is not usually used but it is optional.
How long will my cosmetic tattoo last?
The tattoo is permanent in that it will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and will likely need to be refreshed on a regular basis to maintain its appearance. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including the pigment color used (lighter, warmer colors fade faster), your lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any aggressive chemical or laser treatments come into contact with the tattoo. Everybody will be different and it will largely come down to your personal preference. Our faces get a lot of exposure from everything, and we tend to look at them a lot. Many clients come back for a touch-up every 10-14 months on average.
Touch-ups are normal for Permanent Makeup procedures, with each new procedure usually requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure is followed by a free touch-up session within 6-12 weeks to assess the results and perfect. Some clients may require additional sessions to achieve the desired outcome. Future touch-ups are discounted to keep your brows looking their best! (See pricing)
What should I do before my procedure?
For eyebrows: If you have an idea about the shape and color you like, you can bring or send me reference photos. It is okay to wear eye makeup but it may be disturbed or removed during the procedure.
If you usually get your eyebrows tinted, waxed, threaded or shaped make sure to do so at least 3 days prior to your appointment. It's not necessary to shape your brows first unless you prefer to do so. If we decide we need to remove hairs to reshape your brows, I use a face razor to remove them.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan this trip a minimum 2 weeks after a procedure or touch up.
We also request that clients avoid prescription blood thinners (if possible) for 24 hours prior to their appointment. This also includes Vitamin E, Aspirin and Alcohol.
Your skin must be fully healed from any chemical, laser or other treatments or injuries to be tattooed.
How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
Redness and swelling are normal and will be significantly reduced within a few hours. Brows may be tender for the next day or so. The healing process is similar to a small tattoo, scrape or sunburn.
Your cosmetic tattoo will appear slightly darker, sharper and bigger than expected for the first few days. It may feel dry, tight or itchy as a light scab forms and flakes off to reveal a new layer of skin underneath. This process is the superficial healing and usually takes 7-10 days. It may appear lighter immediately after this stage and the colour will settle in over the next few weeks after the skin has completely healed. Healing times and experiences will vary from person to person. Small gaps and uneven areas are common after one session. You can wear makeup on your brows after they are superficially healed.)
It is extremely important to follow our aftercare instructions for good results.
What should I do after the procedure?
- During the healing process, please carefully follow the aftercare instructions provided. Take good care of yourself and your healing tattoo.
- Once healed, limit exposure of the tattooed area to sun. Avoid chemical or laser treatments directly on the tattooed areas.
- Keeping your skin moisturized helps your tattoo (and your skin!) look more vibrant.