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How to Prepare for a Permanent Makeup Procedure

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

For the best results it's important to know how to prepare for your permanent makeup procedure, what to avoid and what to expect. This is about: eyebrows, eyeliner and lip blush tattoo.


  • Your permanent tattoo is not final yet after one procedure. For the best results it is recommended to come for a touch up at least one more time 5-8 weeks after your first procedure. The touch up is there to correct all the irregularities.

  • After your first procedure the result might be lighter or uneven, during your second appointment we will add more color to the skin to cover any unevenness and make your permanent makeup more durable.

  • If you have oily skin it is recommended to clean the tattoo area few days before your appointment with lukewarm water. Cleaning the skin of excess oil in the area improves the durability of the color.

  • Feel free to come with your brows drawn on so we have reference.

  • Straight after the procedure your permanent makeup is more intense, brighter, warmer and darker.

  • People who have very sensitive skin can have more tenderness, redness or swelling in the area. If you know that your skin is more on a sensitive side I would recommend putting social plans on hold for few days.

  • Some procedures can take more time than others, do not make plans directly after your treatment as your technician cannot hurry.

  • You might have an allergic reaction to pigment or anesthetic, this happens rarely. If you have allergies that you know of please let us know. A patch test on site can be done 2 weeks prior to your procedure to avoid any complications.

  • Do not have any alcohol 24 h prior your treatment. Avoid tobacco, caffeinated drinks or/and energy drinks. (Alcohol is a blood thinner causing bruising, bleeding and pigment migration and/or lack of retention. Caffeine will increase anxiety and can reduce the effectiveness of the anesthetic )

  • Wait at least 2-3 weeks after your Botox and 6-8 weeks from your filler.

  • Do NOT TAKE ADVIL or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance.

  • AVOID exercising the day of the procedure.

  • Do NOT USE creams in the area that are acidic or contain Retinols/Retina A at least 7 days prior your procedure and 30 days after. Avoid using strong/oily makeup foundation on the tattooed area, as it might make the tattoo appear more dull.

  • Do NOT USE Brow and eyelash growth serums MONTH before your appointment. They cause extra tenderness, bruising and bleeding during your procedure as these products enhance your blood flow to the brow area and create skin sensitivity and redness.

  • Do NOT DYE (tint, henna) your brow area at east 14 days prior your appointment and avoid plucking/waxing at least 7 days prior your appointment. Having brow dye on your brow area (on the skin) when coming to your appointment might compromise brow tattoo. Do not use brow growth serums a month prior your visit.

  • Eyeliner tattoo: Feel free to come with your eyeliner drawn on so we have a reference. Do not use eyelash extensions- they must be removed prior to your visit a week before, you can reapply them 6 weeks after your healing has commenced. Avoid using lash growth serums at least a month prior to your tattoo appointment. Avoid using contact lenses during your appointment. Any eyelash tinting or eyelash curling should be done at least 7-14 days before, or 4 weeks after the procedure.

  • Lip blush tattoo: If you have ANY history of cold sores you must take an anti-viral such as Valtrex, to be taken both before and after the procedure to prevent an outbreak. Services cannot be performed when the client is experiencing an active outbreak. Exfoliate your lips gently 1 per week prior to the appointment. This will also stimulate blood flow and improve collagen in the lips. Apply moisturizer to your lips daily a week prior to appointment to keep them hydrated.

  • AVOID OIL SUPPLEMENTS FOR 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE: Oil supplements soften the skin and are a blood thinner causing bleeding, bruising and pigment migration. We want the skin as firm and strong as possible (Q10, flax, fish, primrose, krill, omega, cod liver etc) or Vitamin E or D.

  • Avoid sunbathing/solarium/sunburn before and after your treatment. If your skin is sunburned your appointment will be postponed as we can't work on a damaged skin.

  • Avoid facials such as: microneedling, acidic peels, chemical peels, IPL, dem-abrasion, cool sculpting or other laser treatments, scrubs etc., minimum 2 weeks before and minimum 4 after your appointment. You might need to postpone your facial treatments and schedule them according to your healing time.

  • If you feel unwell please inform your technician 48h before your appointment and stay home. Also if you are on antibiotics, retinoids, corticosteroids, respiratory disease or anticoagulants.

  • Accutane: Tattooing should not be done within six months to one year of finishing Accutane/isotretinoin because of the increased risk of scarring

  • VACCINE: No permanent makeup procedures should be done between the first and second dose. You should wait at least 2-4 weeks after your last COVID19 vaccination.

Please contact us at info@optibrowpmu.com for any questions


Tiina Linna

OptiBrow Pemanent Makeup Artist

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