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Moisture on any tattooed area is applied 2 reasons only.  1) To keep bacteria out of the open injury while your skin seals itself back over.  2) To comfort soreness from the application if needed.  That’s it. The real work your body does. Ointment over use will defiantly give you really bad color retention, or no color at all.  So, that being said, on any of your permanent makeup discontinue any ointments after the 1st 24 hours. Only ever wash the area  1-2 times in a 24 hour period and leave it alone. Cup hands and splash water on- do not let the shower spray on your face- too strong. Do Not use anymore, anything, on the area once it has started to exfoliate.  (Normally about day 3-5)
Do not force/or pick dead skin off in this stage because this is going to pull deeper color out. Don’t expose to direct sunlight now. Wear a hat if you have to go out in it. Sweating is very bad when the make up is exfoliating or getting ready to. If you sweat or have oily skin- blot do not wipe, frequently. This mostly pretains to brows.  But eyelids too can get too damp. Any kind of mositure is not good and can cause a wet scab. 
And most of all, do not use regular make up here for at least 72 hours. Preferably, until it exfoliates.
Wash the area at least 1 time a day but not more than 2. 

Brows: Wash within 4 hours after they are done with a mild cleanser. Pat dry. Then apply a slight amount of healing ointment, which could be Aquaphor, A&D, or bacitracin- Don’t use Neosporin.  Apply with a Q-tip, flip to dry side and remove excess. REMEMBER- TOO MUCH WILL MAKE YOUR COLOR COME OUT. Do no more than twice in the first 24 hours. Then please discontinue.

Eyeliner: same as above. But at bedtime on the first night, use the eye drop I gave you.  If you use an icepack, please rewrap in a clean paper towel each time.
No mascara, shadow, or contacts for at least 72 hours, preferably after exfoliation for mascara.  Don’t risk infection. No lash extension until your last session is at least 3 weeks old. Do not use waterproof mascara for a couple months. Too hard to remove- will disturb your make up

Lip color: same as brows, but on this one, you can actually use aquaphor or a lip balm longer. Healing the lip area takes a little longer. And for most people the color will disappear about 6 weeks. As lymph fluid heals the inner lip, it will mask the color. It reemerges like a pretty surprise when your body is thru healing it.

Cosmetic colors used on your face are very different from a regular tattoo. So it has to be cared for differently. They are not as stable, so being patient and really following these care instructions is important. If you are having color done over old permanent makeup, which can make color retention more difficult as well as if you have oily skin, have damage from the sun, are taking certain medications or have been through Chemo unfortunately. The life of the makeup will depend on your lifestyle, sun exposure, and products you use. Ones with anti-aging properties, having chemical peels, not wearing sunscreen, will take the color out prematurely. Smokers don’t get as much time out of their makeup either.  So, please be mindful and protect the work accordingly so you get as much time out of the process as possible. Eyeliner & lip colors can last up to 10 years. Brows normally last about 3-5 years.

If you have any unusual redness, swelling or discomfort, my cell is 704-292-0214 for emergencies.

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Charlotte's Original Woman Owned & Operated Tattoo Studio

Nikki's Tattoo Studio
Charlotte's Premire Woman Owned Tattoo Studio

1905#110 Rice Rd Extension Matthews NC 28105
In the East Village Shopping Center
Phone:  704-845-1533

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