What is a Lip Tattoo?

What is a Lip Tattoo?

Lip tattoos are designed specifically for the lips; they’re done in a particular way and are classed as permanent makeup. Different lip tattoos include lip blush, lip liner, and lipstick. Depending on the design and the placement of the lip tattoo, it can enhance your lip color and shape or make them appear fuller.

Lip tattoos are applied using a specific cosmetic tattoo machine; this machine implants cosmetic pigment into the papillary layer of the skin, leaving the lips looking naturally brighter in color. The cosmetic pigment used is mainly natural, making an allergic reaction highly unlikely. There is always some risk of infection or allergic reaction though with any permanent makeup procedure. Choosing an artist with ample training and experience who creates their work in a sterile environment is essential. Many people tend to swell after lip blushing, but it tends to be mild. If swelling is severe, you should contact your practitioner immediately. Although rarer than swelling, bruising can occur after this procedure; however, it will heal in time while the pigment settles into your skin. As with most tattoo procedures, there may be grittiness or flaking during healing as well as oozing of lymph fluids; these are all completely normal parts of the healing process for this kind of tattoo!

Tattoos have been around for a long time, and although lip tattoos were not done correctly for a long time, they were still around for many years before they became a fashion trend.

Over time, our lips tend to lose their plumpness and color. This is the result of both genetics and aging. Some of us are born with pale or thin lips. In contrast, others develop sensitivities to lipsticks and lip glosses that contain a range of ingredients that can either keep our lips looking healthy as we age or make them even more prominent signs of age appearance-wise.

A retouch session is always scheduled to amplify the color and address any imperfections following healing, but as with eyeliner, very little, if any, added adjustments may be required. With tattooed lips, everything depends on your lifestyle! If you don’t protect them from the sun and environmental damage, they will look tired and worn out. They’ll start producing a lot less of their natural oil that comes with getting older. In these new times of face masks, a lip treatment really does make sense!

Is Microblading safe?

Is Microblading safe?

Microblading is one of the fastest-growing trends in the cosmetic world today. When using a specific blade with 10 to 12 needles attached, the strokes are scratched into the clients’ skin. The pigment is then directly deposited within these fine lines so that it ends up looking natural and hair-like after healing.

The procedure can be up to two hours long, and many people report feeling little pressure and discomfort (though your tolerance may vary). The technician might tell you to feel free to ask for a break if you feel uncomfortable or need assistance with any steps. Having so many tiny cuts on your body may sound scary, but don’t worry – numbing cream can help minimise pain as much as possible. Every client says the worst part is the sound, but it’s no big deal! The fine hand-held tool sounds like it’s scratching into the skin and making crunching and scratching sounds, but it’s no cause for alarm: these instruments have been used for a while now and cause no damage.

Having the microblading procedure done by a professional will lower the risk of infection and make you feel more comfortable. It’s a safe treatment unless your artist is not qualified or licensed in your area and doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Here are a few of the risks of microblading

  • Infection – This is probably the most potential risk for these procedures and by far the one that can be prevented with the most ease when contacting a licensed professional when you require this type of work. Not only should you do your due diligence in finding a qualified technician, but also checking their reviews and testimonials will help you find someone reliable. Additionally, checking records and asking questions about their sterilization habits would be a great idea even before going into get the microblading done so you know exactly what you’d be getting into.
  • Allergy – Although rare, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the pigment. These reactions are most commonly due to certain ingredients rather than the actual pigment itself.
  • Keloids – Scars may grow more significant than usual after having permanent makeup done. However, if this has happened before and you are prone to scarring, you do not get permanent makeup or microblading done.
  • Granulomas – These are inflammatory knots that appear around the treated area; this is the body’s way of fighting the pigment because it is a foreign substance in the body. Sarcoidosis is when you have more than one granuloma at a time, which causes some bigger bumps and more swelling. The bumps can happen immediately or take years while also presenting up to a decade after undergoing treatment.

So to answer the questions, yes, permanent makeup is a very safe procedure that, like anything that pierces the skin, has very minimal risks as long as it is performed by a professional such as us here at Rebecca Morey or Looks By Liyah

How do I Choose the Right Colour for Microblading?

How do I Choose the Right Colour for Microblading?

Microblading eyebrows add colour, definition, and fullness to your brows, and it is essential to choose the optimal microblading pigment. Microblading is commonly used to correct problems like thinning or over-plucked brows and is a contemporary solution to eyebrow tattooing. However, it is also a practical option for people who don’t want to deal with the hassle of filling in or shaping eyebrows on a daily basis. As with hair and nails, you can choose any colour or pigment to make your brows as subtle or dramatic in appearance as you wish.

The Fitzpatrick Scale

One of the most popular methods of selecting the right eyebrow colour is the Fitzpatrick scale. This chart uses a combination of skin colour, hair colour, and eye colour to determine the best shade for your microblading pigment. These features then determine what skin type you have (ranging from type one, the lightest, to type six, the darkest).

Type One

  • Light skin
  • Red hair
  • Green eyes

Type Two

  • Light skin
  • Blond hair
  • Blue eyes

Type Three

  • Medium skin
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

Type Four

  • Medium-dark skin
  • Brown-black hair
  • Brown-black eyes

Type Five

  • Dark skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Type Six

  • Black skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Using this colour chart, your personal preferences, and the natural shade of your existing eyebrows, a microblading artist, selects an ideal colour match.

Colour Palettes

The colour for eyebrow microblading pigment can also be determined based on the warmth (tone) of a client’s skin. The three main categories are: pale and rosy, olive and tan, or deep-hued and dark.

Depending on these warmth levels, your ideal eyebrow colour can be determined by a colour palette. They are essentially divided between light, medium, and dark skin types.

Cool Palette

The cool palette contains eyebrow colours that are ideal for people with fair skin and rosy complexions. The colours in this palette can have subtle ash-grey or even green to ultramarine blue undertones. However, they don’t contain any red pigmentation. Once applied, the undertones in your skin will affect the colour of the brows. Colours in a cool palette look soft blonde or light brown once applied.

Neutral Palette

Colours in the neutral palette can still be used for people with fair skin. However, they are better for individuals who have darker undertones (such as blue and brown). The colours in the neutral range contain some red pigmentation. The red undertones, such as alizarin crimson or cadmium red, blend nicely with darker fair skin, but they are too pronounced on the fairest skin tones.

Warm Palette

Eyebrow colours in this category are reserved for people who have darker skin with either olive, umber colour, or chocolate-coloured undertones. Many people with brown and black hair fall into this category. Skin that tans quickly tends also to be a good candidate for eyebrow shades in this range.

Keep in mind that while your eyebrow colour can generally be matched to your skin tone, eye colour, and hair colour, it can also be determined by the end result that you want. For instance, a more solid brow design might use colours in the neutral or warm palette range. But if you want lighter individual hair strokes, a microblading artist might choose a colour in the cool palette range instead.

Before you go ahead with any microblading, your practitioner will do a match test to make sure the colour is one that you want. Also, be aware that it takes eyebrows about 25-30 days to heal from microblading. They will look different virtually every day. Newly bladed brows are darker to start, but they gradually lighten as they heal. You may need one or two sessions to get perfect end results and the best microblading pigment.

Introducing HD Brows

Introducing HD Brows

I’m delighted to announce that I am now offering HD Brow treatments at the salon in addition to my usual permanent makeup services.  HD Brows are ideal for those looking for a quick, amazing brow upgrade this holiday season. HD Brows are completely unique and bespoke to you, giving you the perfect brows to compliment your natural features.

Contact me today through FaceBook or Instagram today to become the #browboss you deserve to be!


Amazing Savings on your Christmas Brows

Amazing Savings on your Christmas Brows

I recently ran an offer throughout October, with a huge saving of up to £120 on all microblading, powder and combination brow services. The deal was very popular, but I have had several messages in the past week or so from people who missed out on this amazing deal. With Christmas on the horizon, I decided to give those people an early Christmas present and honour the October offer prices. As such, I’d like to extend the offer throughout the festive period for all my new customers. That means there is still time to book in for your perfect Christmas or New Years brows! There is still limited availability in November and December but these appointments are filling up fast. Any bookings made during this period will be charged at the special offer price,meaning you can book well into 2020 if you want to buy for a Christmas present (or a present to yourself!) Click Here for all available booking dates and times.

Gift vouchers are also now available. Please contact me directly via Facebook or Instagram and I will happily post them out to you or they can be picked up directly from the salon. All vouchers purchased before the end of 2019 will also be honoured at the offer price. Give somebody you love the gift of amazing brows this Christmas!


The Right Brows For You

The Right Brows For You

At Emporium Beauty Specialists, I offer a variety of eyebrow treatments to suit every taste. The differences between these treatments can sometimes be confusing when deciding on which is best for you. Each offers it’s own advantages and each has it’s own unique look and style. Which one is right for you? Read on to find out.


Microblading is the most natural looking eyebrow treatment I offer. This is due to the way each individual hair stroke is applied to the skin. As you can see from the image above, every hair stroke is drawn by hand. Pigment is applied in a way that mimics natural hair growth and makes for a realistic brow. I use a method that creates a unique brow for each client, based on the individual structure of their face, meaning that your brows will always look right for you.

Microblading is perfect for people with thin, patchy or non-existent eyebrows. The finished effect is less dramatic and defined than other treatments but offers a full, natural brow to those who desire the most realistic brow possible. Microblading is available to everybody but skin type can have an effect on the levels of retention. Particularly oily skin will retain less of the pigment than drier skin and may need more regular top ups. Most skin types will have at least a twelve month retention but this can increase anywhere up to 24 months with the correct aftercare.

Ombre or Powder Brows

Ombre Brows offer a more dramatic look than microblading, providing a more powdered physical appearance. This is due to the machine applied technique which inserts many more tiny dots of pigment rather than the hairstroke application of microblading. The result is a thicker appearance and more defined outline. Ombre brows are perfect for those looking for a more filled-in brow without the need to apply any further makeup. Ombre brows follows the same initial structure as microblading, meaning that the brow shape is still drawn using your faces unique structure. The brow shape will remain as natural as possible.

Again, Ombre brows are suitable for anybody, but this treatment retains much better on oily skin than microblading. Ombre brows are also perfect for clients who have had previous microblading and are looking to redefine their brows. When clients come to me with microblading from other artists, I always recommend Ombre as this is the best method for covering existing PMU, so if you are unhappy with your current treatment and do not want to go down the route of removal, Ombre brows are the brows for you. It’s also ideal for those who spend hours filling in their eyebrows daily!

Combination Brows

My signature combination brows offer the best of both techniques. You get the natural, individual hair strokes of microblading combined with the fuller, defined effect of Ombre. Combination brows also have the added benefit of retaining for longer on oily skin than microblading. So if you want the hyper-realistic microblading look with longer retention and a touch of drama without the full on definition of Ombre brows, Combination brows are the way to go.

You can find more info and prices for my treatments in our pricing section or if you have any further questions, feel free to contact me directly through Facebook.


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