You have thought about cosmetic tattoo for a long time now. Or you’ve been looking at someone else’s flawless makeup day after day and now it’s your turn, right? I hear this all the time! My clients often say to me, “I have wanted to do this for so long”….and later, “why didnt I do this years ago?” 

The following pre-care notes are valuable in helping with your decision to go ahead with semi-permanent tattoo as it is known in Australia.

First I’d like to say that  there are certain young people under 18yrs old out there who would like this specialised makeup, but unless there are special circumstances and you have your physician’s advice this is a no, no. For most other individuals, if you have a confident sense of self, are mentally and emotionally prepared, and really want this for you, then step right up!

Always prior to treatment, keep your skin free of skin medications. Skip Retin A, Glycolic Acid or other treatments prior to this work. Wait 48hrs before waxing, tinting lashes and brows, electrolysis or lash perming. Although I have eyelined a lovely client who is never without her eyelash extensions, I have asked her to come to her second appointment with bare eyelids, for maximum colour implantation close to the lash line. Clients sometimes prefer a good tattooed eye-liner or lash enhancement to continuing with lashes every few days or weeks.

Contact lenses are shelved for a couple of days or more  if possible…..bring along your specs for your first appointment. 

Need antibiotics prior to going off to the dentist? Chances are you may need them before these procedures too.  Be cleared by your doctor first please.

Are you regularly taking Vitamin E, Niacin, St. John’s Wort, Ginko biloba? It is advised to halt those for 3 or 4 days as well, if you can. Let me be aware of supplemented foods or if your diet is rich in certain fruits, vegetables or beverages.

It’s an idea to schedule your procedures after your menstrual period, that’s if you’re prone to extra sensitivity.  When you feel your best and are in good health that’s always the right time for colour implants.

An easy bruiser? Arnica tablets before eyeliner treatments are often swear-bys. Blood thinners are also not designed to make cosmetic tattooing easy. Again, talk to your doctor – it may be you are not  a suitable candidate. Asprin or Ibuprofen can promote bleeding, so choose Panadol or similar an hour before, if you feel you’d  like to. Remember we are able to advise.  Alcohol and any strong stimulants are hopelessly effective blood thinners

Medical conditions such as hepatitis, type1 diabetes, heart concerns, psoriasis or any blood borne communicable diseases – please advise, you may or may not be suitable for these treatments.

Wait until pregnancy and breast feeding are over. Believe me, the convenience is worth the waiting!

Lip blushing, lip-line and blending, or any lip tattoo can mean cold sores, fever or sun blisters. They will surely be activated by trauma or stress to the skin if you are prone to outbreaks. There are ani-viral medications such as L-Lysine which are taken for 2 wks before treatment, a double dose on the day and the following 7days. Alternatively there is Zovirax ointment or Vectavir cream which again counteract or minimise the occurrence of the above. 

Cosmetic tattoo is very safe and allergic reactions are rare. If you do suffer allergies however, we are able to perform a  test well prior to treatment.

As you read through the above, you’ll see the advice is common sense, but do take it seriously to be prepared.

See you soon!

It’s an interesting one, and in regards to cosmetic tattoo, I have had different thoughts about it over the years. It’s important to know how you are thinking when you come in for your consultation over this too. The first part of the usual two hour micropigmentation appointment may be full of questions/answers and sketching.

Many of you come in because you wish for natural hair like strokes to fill brows, a whisper of extra colour on your lips, defined lower lashes… or just a beauty spot!

I see so much work from various places that need correction. Skin is not an easy medium to beautify with tattoo, unless one has had many years experience and all too often a lovely face shouts ‘too much!’ However here, with patience, there is usually a way to rectify.

This brings me back to the original query “When is less more?” When you look and feel special with a just fine liner on your upper lashes. Ditto on your lower lash line or partly across your lower lashes as well. Less can give you so much more.

Brows are stunning when symmetrical but still natural with hair-strokes and powdery to finish the process a few weeks later. Here, less is more.

Lip shading, blushing, tattooing, can take your confidence much further when they are defined and colour blended to soften the whole look. What I like to see now are lips that are fully enhanced with shade and shape. An example of more really is more.

Be ready for Christmas. Nil checking if the wine glass has more lipstick than you, or if the Xmas pud has whipped away the very last of the lip line you took ages to get right!



To start planning your cosmetic tattoo makeup, look at what seems the least enhanced on your face.

Some of you are blessed with super colour already in the lips, although I would choose to emphasise their shape and volume by a little extra careful and subtle lining and lip blushing.

Micropigmented brows are here to stay, but again the over dramatic look that may have looked OK once are being replaced by non-exacting and softer effect.

Tattoo makeup eyeliner? Always and truly always makes a worthy difference. Lash enhancement enhances the base of the lashes by cosmetic tattooing a fine through the lashes, one side to the other and top lids only or ‘full eyes’.

Life just gets easier with these small but effective additions.

Have a very good November. It’s almost Xmas!!