As an Oregon Licensed Tattoo Artist, Kristen specializes in creating a lasting look designed to highlight your most impressive features. She's a master at helping you achieve a look that resembles everyday make up and enhances your natural beauty. Kristen takes extreme attention to detail creating the right look for each clients facial structure and personal style. After 20 years in the beauty industry, her passion for helping people look and feel beautiful has only grown.
Q/A with Kristen
How did you get interested in tattooing?
"Adding permanent makeup to my services allows me to give clients a complete look. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and helping women complete their reconstruction means so much to me."
What do you love most about tattooing?
"The instant results that can completely change your look making you look younger."
What is the most important thing about having a good tattoo?
"Having a look that will stand the test of time and work with the fashion/beauty trends that are current."
What is the most difficult thing about cosmetic tattooing?
"Correction work is difficult. Making sure that clients understand that permanent make up usually requires a process to achieve a fabulous result. It's not a one and done event."
Q: What is Permanent Makeup?
A: Permanent Makeup is also known as cosmetic tattoo. A Tattoo machine deposits pigment into the dermal layer of skin. The result is Permanent Makeup, a desired cosmetic effect that last for years. Areas typically enhanced are eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.
Q: What are some reasons why people get Permanent Makeup?
A: People choose permanent makeup for a many reasons. Cosmetic tattooing will save you time everyday. It accommodates those who lack the skill of penciling-in their own brows, eyeliner or lip liner/lipstick or for those who are sensitive or allergic to makeup products. Athletic and active people enjoy permanent makeup that won’t smudge or come off when they exercise or swim. Also, for many who have light or sparse eyebrows, some who have sensitive eyes or sparse eyelashes and for persons with poorly defined lips. People who have experienced hair loss due to Alopecia or Chemotherapy can also benefit from permanent makeup.
Q: How long do the procedures last?
A: Procedures length varies from person to person. Eyebrow and Eyeliner usually take 1 1/2 to 2 hour. Full Lip enhancement can take 2 to 3 hours. Ample time is allowed for numbing of the area to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure.
Q: What is the recovery time?
A: There is very little downtime with permanent makeup procedures. Most people can go back to work after the procedure. You will have some swelling in the area that has been enhanced. The cosmetic tattoo color will look 30 - 40% darker and bolder until the pigment heals in the skin producing the final result. It takes about 5 to 7 days for the skin to heal and about 6 weeks for the pigment to settle into the skin producing the final result.
Q: Does it hurt to have Permanent Makeup applied?
A: A combination of numbing solutions allow you to be comfortable during the procedure. You can expect minimal discomfort during the procedure and some soreness after the procedure. Eyebrows swell minimally and will be red for a day or two. After an Eyeliner enhancement, your eyelids might be swollen and red for 3 to 5 days. Icing the area canl alleviate much of the discomfort. Icing is also recommended after Lip procedure, which tend to swell 3 to 5 days. You will also have to use care when eating and drinking during the first few days of healing.
Q: Does Permanent Make-Up stay on forever?
A. Permanent makeup is long-lasting and will slowly fade over time. Unique factors like body chemistry, medications and your exposure to the sun all contribute to gentle fading. You will be given aftercare instrustructions to help increase the longevity of your new permanent makeup. Most permanent makeup will need to be refreshed every 3 to 6 years.
Q: What will my Permanent Make-Up look like?
A: Initially all pigments look darker, bolder and more dramatic in the first week or two. As your body goes through the healing process, scabs will form along the areas treated with pigments. As your body continues to heal, the irritated skin begins to slough off. Once your skin is completely healed, usually about 6 weeks, you will see and enjoy your true result.
Q: Can I wear make-up after the procedure?
A: You will be sent home with the correct topical to use on that area. Nothing else should be applied during the scab process, usually the first 5 days. Keeping that area clean and free of bacteria is an important part of the process.
Q: Are there any safety issues?
A: Your safety and comfort is my highest priority. Yourl procedure will be performed in a relaxing suite, and we adhere to strict OSHA standards for safety and sterilization. Only single-use needles and supplies are used and needles are never reused.
Q: What is microblading?
A: The Microblading tool consists of a row of fine needles that penetrate the skin simultaneously when pressed to the skin’s surface. While pressing down, the pen is dragged along the skin, essentially creating a column of light incisions. For these reasons, Microblading is not the right method for every skin type. It o produces a much shallower placement of pigment resulting in much quicker fading of pigment. Microblade clients will need a re-enhancement much sooner than other procedures- every 12-18 months.
Q: Can I have more than one procedure done during one appointment
A: Absolutely! More than one area can be done during your appointment. Many people choose to do both eyebrows and eyeliner at one appointment. Package prices are available for bundling services.