Cosmetic Tattoo Requirements

Wake Up with Makeup!

To get a cosmetic tattoo at one of our studios, you need to be at least 18 years old and provide government issued photo ID. Pricing varies depending on the type of permanent makeup procedure you are receiving.

Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare

The First Two Weeks

Immediately after your cosmetic tattoo/micro-blading procedure, you may experience slight skin sensitivity, redness and swelling; this shouldn’t last more than 1-2 days.

We recommend lightly applying a topical ointment, coconut oil, or an unscented lotion 2-3 times a day with a Q-tip or with clean fingertips (if you have oily skin, aftercare should not be applied more than once daily). Do not over-apply, simply keep the skin moist.

Avoid exposing the pigmented area to direct pressure in the shower, keep it out of the sun, do not apply ANY cosmetics to the tattoo, and avoid sweating for AT LEAST 10-14 days following the procedure.

Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare

What to Expect

The tattooed area will be darkest right after the procedure. This can last up to a week. The colour will soften as it heals. There may be swelling, especially with eyeliner and lip tattoo, but discomfort should be minimal and feel like a sunburn.

An epithelial crust of dried pigment and fluid may form over the area in the first few days – don’t rub or pick it! This will result in a loss or distortion of colour, as will scrubbing or harsh cleansers. When this scabbing falls off naturally, there will be a period where the tattoo will look lighter. But you’ll soon see the true colour of the tattoo – within 6-8 weeks.

Protect Your Tattoo

What To Avoid

No cosmetics should be applied to the tattooed area for at least 2 weeks. Do not use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing. Stick to topical ointments or unscented lotions. Do not apply anti-aging, anti-acne, or other facial products to the treated area.

No swimming pools, jacuzzis, or other bodies of water for at least 2 weeks following your procedure.

Avoid exposure to the sun. Over time, sun exposure can cause fading and colour change. So once your cosmetic tattoo is completely healed, you should always wear a sunscreen on the treated area, or products containing UVA/UVB shield, and sunglasses to protect eyeliner

Cosmetic Tattoo FAQs

These are some of the common questions we get asked about cosmetic tattoos. If you don’t see the info you need, you can always call your nearest Adrenaline shop and ask one of our experts.

What is permanent cosmetic makeup?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing, a technique often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micro-pigment implantation” or “derma-graphics”. This procedure is achieved using a machine which rapidly deposits colour pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis of the required area.

How long does a cosmetic tattoo last?

There is no definitive answer to the longevity of a cosmetic tattoo, as it depends on many factors:

  • colour pigments used
  • environmental factors such as exposure to UV light, tanning and not using proper sun protectants
  • your health and overall individual physiology

As with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance every 2-5 years. This is something that we recommend, but that is not always necessary. Every individual and individual skin type will heal the tattoo differently. To receive a free touch-up, you must come back within 3 months of your original appointment.

Do cosmetic tattoos hurt?

Most people will experience some discomfort, although it varies depending on each person’s pain threshold. A highly-effective topical anesthetic cream and gel are used before and during your procedure, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable throughout.

Are cosmetic tattoos safe?

YES. Each permanent cosmetic procedure done at our Vancouver and Toronto studios is done under strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines. A certified technician administers new procedures using disposable needles, tubes, caps, and casings. Anything that comes into contact with clients is brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. Pigments used are iron oxide based and contain FDA approved ingredients for permanent cosmetic use.

Will my tattooed eyebrows look natural?

Yes! During this procedure, hair strokes are re-created to give the illusion of real hair and are tattooed using soft, natural tones that will complement the individual client.