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FAQ'S

Below are frequently asked questions from clients answered from our tested practices that we believe are tried and true. We have many years of first-hand experiences with clients for all procedures we offer. Every service involved in our studio comes with different information. These FAQ's are to fill in the gap, to help clients feel confident and comfortable before committing to an appointment.

Answers provided are for 100% transparency about what to expect during the procedures and what to expect/prepare for when they are complete. Disclaimer: these answers and information are based on our direct knowledge of trial and error and specific performance techniques over the many years of tattooing. 

We are not responsible nor guaranteed to agree with or follow any other information provided elsewhere. 

We recommend our clients refer to our FAQ answers only.

  • I want my eyebrows done for an event, how do I know when to book?"
    The best timeline: The event is on Saturday, do not have your brows done on Monday or Tuesday as you are more than likely going to be beginning the skin flaking phase, this will be noticeable to the eye. Now, you CAN get your brows done on Friday right before the event. They will be darker, but they will look nice and fresh - it's likely you will want to add some make-up to other parts of your face for your event and this is OK, as long as you avoid your brows!
  • How long does the procedure take?
    Initial brow appointments are booked between 2 hours and 3.5 hours depending on the style chosen, method and artist doing the procedure.
  • Do I come to my appointment with makeup on?
    We prefer a fresh, clean face that is free of all oils, dirt and make-up residue. If you are to come with make-up on we will still perform the procedure but we will need to thoroughly clean your skin on and around your brows. Because of this, it effects the aesthetic of your before and after photos [makeup on the bottom half of your face and not the top half]. We want to showcase the most authentic, crisp client photos. If you fill in your eyebrows daily, you may come to your appointment with your brows filled in the way you like them. Again, make-up product will be removed before we begin. Note: be open to suggestions of change.
  • Can I go out in public after?
    Your eyebrows will be completely wearable immediately post-treatment. All remaining pigment residue will be completely cleaned up before you leave. If you have sensitive and easily irritable skin, redness is a common skin response from the needle-work but quickly subsides. Almost every single one of our clients feels comfortable returning back to work or going out in public after.
  • What are the rules with tanning?
    Do not tan a few days leading up to the day of your appointment and also on the day of. Why? To avoid the possibility of a burn. If you are to come to your appointment and your skin looks like it has been over exposed to UV Rays, we will need to rebook your procedure and you will forfeit your deposit. This is in regards to vacations as well, but it is best to wait a minimum of 7 days once you've returned home from a holiday in the sun. Once you have your brows cosmetically done and long term, you must still protect them. It is always best to use an SPF 30 minimum when you know you'll be exposed to the sun. In a tanning bed, lay a towel over your eyes/eyebrows to create a shield over them. If you are vacationing, a cute hat and oversized sunglasses also help to protect your brows, the more protection the better! The results for too much sun exposure on your brow tattoo or a possible sun burn is significant fading and change in colour; they tend to turn ashy. It's best to take necessary precautions and effective practices that will prevent these side effects from happening but if they do, both can be adjusted at your next touch-up appointment so don't panic!
  • After my appointment, can I get them wet?"
    We encourage our clients to avoid aggressive water application the entire healing process which is approx. 7-10 days following your procedure. This means: 1. No scrubbing or rubbing them directly with water 2. No washing your brows during your regular face wash routine 3. Avoid putting your face directly under the shower stream when you shower But; we believe that lightly cleaning them daily is important to avoid infection. With a gentle patting motion to allow the area to be clean of any oils and daily environmental aggressors.
  • How bad will I scab?
    We prefer not to use the word 'scab' and better say, 'flake' or 'peel'. It's hard to predict as every client's skin response is different. This can be measured by first, your skin type [oily vs. dry], but also the style and method of brow you receive. For example: a bolder powder brow will flake more than a soft BORDERLESS EdgeTM brow. Anytime you incorporate more pigment saturation, flaking and peeling will be more. Fortunately our clients don't experience an extremely ugly after-care process because all of our artists are light-handed and chose not to over-work the skin. More trauma to the skin, longer and uglier healing time. You will receive proper after-care specific to your skin type before you leave your appointment.
  • How long will they take to heal?
    This can only be determined by your overall health, age, condition of your brows and the surrounding skin etc. For example, medications and dehydration or an improper diet can have an effect on delayed healing time. On overage, our brow clients are done their initial healing within 7-10 days, but some do take up to 2 weeks. The most important thing is no matter how long you take to heal, to allow your body and skin the time it needs; not to try and speed up the healing process or get impatient. We find that the longer clients take to heal, the better pigment retention they end up with!
  • Can I workout while I'm healing?
    This question is always tough to answer and 8/10 clients who actively and regularly workout will not avoid the gym entirely during their healing process so lets put it this way; taking a few days off is an absolute must - 72 hours minimum after getting your brows done. In a perfect world, we advise that you avoid strenuous exercise for the entire 7-10 days but we have to be realistic. From our experience, it is best that we direct you in what you can do if you are to return to the gym sooner than recommended. 1. Skip the hot yoga studio 2. Avoid intense cardio and replace it with a light weight session 3. No HIIT 4. Cleaning your brows immediately post-workout Note: our sweat contains salt in it and will push the pigment out resulting in unnecessary and avoidable fading. You are also at risk of an infection if you sweat too soon after your tattoo procedure.
  • Do I have to return for my follow-up appointment?
    Yes. Your eyebrows are not complete until you come back for your 1st follow-up appointment. This appointment is to assure you receive full benefits from the procedure. We will be touching up shape, colour and looking over how your skin held to the overall technique that was chosen. Example: If you got microblading in your first session and you didn't grab well to the hairstrokes then a suggested switch to a powder technique or nano hairstrokes will be recommended and completed. A lot of the time clients are sent home at the touch-up appointment because they healed so well after their first session and if we can avoid going into your skin again we will, but please leave that up to us and still come to the studio so we can see your brows in person.
  • What are the contraindications?
    Fortunately all procedures Vanity Touch offers are suitable for most, but there are some things to consider that mean you may need to wait before booking an appointment. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must not be currently pregnant or actively breastfeeding. Must not have been on accutane or any other prescription to treat skin issues within the last year. Must not be on blood thinning medication [unless you can minimize your dosage for 24 hours prior to your tattoo]. Must not be currently going through or have gone through chemo therapy within the last year. Must not be on a detox. Must not be diabetic. Have not had botox or fillers in our around the procedure area in the last 2 weeks minimum.
  • How is the pain?
    There is none! Like all of our procedures performed at our studio, we pride ourselves in being light-handed artists with soft-touch techniques. Our brow tattooing is not like traditional tattooing; we don't go as deep [depositing pigment just underneath the epidermis later into the top of the dermis]. This implantation requires extreme precision and a light hand. Throughout the procedure we do use a high medical-grade secondary numbing agent that can be used on broken skin. So after we complete our first pass and lightly 'scratch' the surface of the skin, we are then able to using our numbing gel and it works instantly! Important Note*: We understand that some clients have had bad experiences involving a lot of pain with brow procedures, but we can only speak for our artists at our studio. Pressure and technique is extremely important and we make it our top priority to award clients with a beautiful, pain-free experience. When asked to rate their pain level, our clients generally rate it at a 3-10 at most. We usually hear "there is no pain". What to expect is a scratching sensation at the beginning or some tenderness towards the end of the procedure. Do not let your fear of pain prevent you from coming in!
  • How long does the eyeliner procedure take?
    Initial procedures are booked for approx. 2-3 hours depending on the style of eyeliner you chose to do and the artist that is performing it.
  • How do I know what style of eyeliner I want?
    It's not necessary for you to know exactly what style of eyeliner you want before coming in, a lot of clients don't. We are here to guide and help you decide what style would best suite you and what you're able to achieve given your skin type/skin thickness. But here's a few questions to ask yourself: 1. Do I already wear eyeliner and if I do, how do I like to put it on? Ex. (Softly with a brown pencil or heavy and crisp with black liquid) 2. Do I like a wing or no? 3. How do I want my eyeliner tattoo'd for an every day look? Please remember we are not trying to fully replace make-up. 4. Do I want people to notice it, or do I want it undetectable? Keep in mind, not all the time can you achieve a style of eyeliner you see on someone else, given every client's skin uniqueness. We want to achieve the best results suitable for you, in a safe and effective way. When in doubt, it is always best to communicate and also trust in your artist. We are sure to educate you along the way so you understand how these procedures are performed and the factors we need to consider when choosing the appropriate style.
  • Do I come to my appointment with makeup on?
    No, it is best that clients do not come to their eyeliner appointment with any eye make-up on. Your eyes need to be completely clean and rid of any oils, germs and make-up residue. We recommend clients give them a good clean at home prior to their appointment but of course, we prep and clean the skin properly before beginning the procedure.
  • Will my eyes swell?
    Swelling is normal from the eyeliner procedure, but some clients do not swell at all. We use a very soft-touch technique with any style of eyeliner performed, this helps to avoid excessive swelling. With that being said, it is not in our full control how a client's skin responds. Swelling, if any, does not last long. Usually by the night of, it will subside 50% if not completely. You are able to lightly ice your eyes post-op to help reduce any swelling and relieve any possible discomfort but again, client's are pleasantly surprised how minimal discomfort they experience and how little swelling they have. *Client's may take Arnica to help reduce chances of swelling.
  • How long will my eyes take to heal?
    Depending on the application is what will determine healing time. A thin lash enhancement eyeliner will heal quick, between 5-7 days A thicker more detailed eyeliner with an added wing or stardust may take up to 10 days to heal. Our eyeliner procedures are known to heal fast, given our soft-touch techniques. The majority of our clients do not experience any heavy flaking or long lengths of healing time but keep in mind, the more work you get done, the longer the skin takes to heal.
  • Can I workout while I'm healing?
    The most important time you should avoid working out is the day of your procedure. We ask that clients go at least 48 hours without, but you don't need to avoid working out for the entire initial healing process like you need to when getting your brows done. Because our eyes don't tend to sweat like the rest of our face/body, you may return back to normal exercise after a few days but be cautious if you are an excessive sweater.
  • I heard you can't use an eyelash curler?
    You can't never use an eyelash curler again, silly. But, it is best to avoid an eyelash curler for up to 2 weeks post-procedure. Why? You don't want to risk: 1. Accidentally pinching your skin 2. Getting an infection from the buildup of product and germs that is found on these tools
  • Do I have to return for my follow-up appointment?
    We strongly, strongly encourage clients to return for their first follow-up appointment. What do we do at this appointment? We check colour, position of the tattoo, symmetry and overall healed results. We ask your thoughts, how you feel about the way it looks and if you want to make any specific changes; this appointment is the important fine-tuning. Your eyeliner will shrink and fade after the first session, it may also change it's shape or heal un-even, depending how your at-home healing process went - every client heals and responds differently. Therefore, your first follow-up appointment is extremely vital in assuring you receive the best possible results. It's an opportunity for us to correct anything if and where needed, and finish the job. We always say, it's like walking around with un-finished work. It is in the best interest of both the artist and the client, for client's to commit to their first follow-up appointment.
  • How do I know if I can even get my eyeliner done?
    Cosmetic tattoo'd eyeliner is suitable, reliable and safe for most people, however, there are certain contraindications that clients must be clear of, before booking an appointment. 1. Must be 18 years of age or older 2. Must not be pregnant or breast feeding 3. Must not have had eyelid or cataract surgery in the last 12 months minimum 4. Must not be on Accutane currently or have taken the prescription within the last 6 months minimum 5. Must not be on any heavy blood thinning medication
  • How long does the procedure take?
    Depending on the artist you see, we schedule anywhere from 2.5-3.5 hours for the initial procedure. Pre-consultation is included in this time frame and generally takes 30-45 minutes so don't expect to be getting tattooed for the entire time.
  • Am I a candidate for the lip tattoo?
    If you are over the age of 18, not on any strong medications or antibiotics, not currently pregnant or breast feeding and lacking colour, symmetry, or feel your lips just need something more, then YOU are a candidate!
  • Is it safe to have my lips injected with filler close to my lip tattoo appointment?
    Lip injections add volume and projection, the lip tattoo enhances overall shape and colour; so the two work beautifully together and really compliment one another. With that being said, you need to be cautious with having both services done too close together. If you have already had your lips freshly injected with filler or have an appointment booked, you must wait a minimum of 6 weeks before you see us for your tattoo. But, if you are interested in having your lips tattooed first, you are safe to get filler 7-10 days after.
  • How long will my lips take to heal?
    Initial healing time, on average, is 5-7 days. This is where healing process is visible and after-care must be followed. All layers of the skin are fully healed in 6 weeks. At this time you can begin to see full pigment retention.
  • Why do the lips swell so much?
    Swelling is normal from any trauma self inflicted and non-self inflicted to the skin. But our lips are so very thin compared to the other skin covering the rest of our bodies. Resulting in immediate and sometimes extreme responses like bruising and swelling. We assure you, swelling is temporary, it subsides FAST. Within 24 hours your swelling should be completely gone, most client's swelling lasts only 4-5 hours post treatment. Once that swelling has subsided, you'll be left with the defined, colourful, sultry and soft lips that you hoped for!
  • Can I workout while I'm healing?
    It is crucial that you don't workout for the first 48 hours post-procedure to prevent a risk of infection. Because our lips don't tend to sweat like the rest of our face/body, you are able to return to the gym sooner than our other services offered, but be cautious that your lips are still in their active healing phase for the first week. It's important to avoid things like saunas [dry or wet], hot tubs and pools for the first week.
  • Do I have to return for my follow-up appointment?
    Yes. We always say if you neglect your first follow-up appointment, you're walking around with unfinished work. Now though we can control our performance, we cannot control the way your body responds to the procedure and how much pigment you retain, therefore; we want to see you back in 6 weeks time so we can correct any visible inconsistency that may have happened during your healing, check your overall lip shape again, and modify the colour [if needed]. After your first session, your lip colour will fade almost 30%-50% lighter depending on your chemistry with the pigment and your overall healing experience. At the second appointment, [first follow-up], which is 6 weeks after your first session, our primary focus is to finish what we started! Please note: if you require colour correcting [dark neutralization of hyper-pigmented lips] it is very likely you will need an additional 2nd touch-up session. 2nd touch-ups are complementary for all clients.
  • Will it look like lipstick?
    That depends on your request. These procedures are customizable for every client. We offer many different looks and styles depending on your wishes! When it comes to a more saturated look, we will purposely build the colour more. Your pre-consultation included in your appointment time is a chance for us to discuss all options and understand your style. All of our pigments are formulated with a "fade-factor" and involve significant amount of fading during the healing process, where colour will soften and lighten up from the first day; with that being said, it is best that you are not afraid of a little colour and understand we need to give you a more opaque look on the day of your tattoo, so that when your lips are healed, you still see a beautiful pigmented colour and it doesn't fade out completely on us. Your artist will use her colour-theory knowledge to help you decide on an appropriate colour(s) that will complement you beautifully and not fade out too light!
  • How do I know what colour to choose?
    Please bring a favourite lipstick or lipgloss of yours, we can match the colour almost perfectly. If you are undecided, no worries, consultations are fit into your initial appointment where we discuss colour, shape etc. Your artist will show you the undertone of the colours and reference photos so you are confident and comfortable before beginning.
  • Does it hurt?
    This is a common question when it comes to the lips, because we know how sensitive this skin is. Your pain will be very mild during the procedure and you'll be at ease to know we are able to numb your lips throughout the entire procedure, something you cannot have when you go for a traditional tattoo. Client's pain never exceeds 5/10, and our artists are so very light-handed working very superficial in the skin which does not cause unbareable pain.
  • Can I pre-numb my own lips?
    We recommend you don't pre-numb your own lips. Topical numbing changes the texture of the skin getting in the way of our performance, it also causes the skin to be stubborn so depositing pigment can be more challenging resulting in prolonged procedure time. Not to worry though, we don't tattoo your lips without any numbing. We have the good stuff! Once we have completed the first pass and slightly scratched the surface of your skin, we then apply our medical grade and highly effective secondary numbing that works under the skin, this is very beneficial to the client - numbing you almost instantly. Pain is manageable as we are able to use our secondary numbing agent throughout the entire procedure. If you chose to pre-numb your lips, please let your artist know and keep in mind your results could be affected.
  • Do I come to my appointment with make-up on?
    No, please do not come to your appointment with face make-up [such as foundations or lipstick] on because your lips and surrounding area need to be clean and free of oils or make-up residue. You will also be much more comfortable having the procedure done with a fresh, clean face. It's a good idea to bring your favourite lipstick/lip gloss to show your desired colour to your artist. Photos also help and if you're completely unsure, not to worry, we will use our expertise to pick the best colour suited for you. [You may wear eye make-up if preferred]
  • What should I expect during the healing process?
    Initially your lips will look very opaque in colour; bright and bold! Not every client swells but if you do, it subsides rather quickly. Clients usually experience swelling completely gone within 12 hours. You may gently ice the area without affecting the results. Come day 3-4 light flaking begins; the top layer of skin will start to shed - by day 6 it should be almost to completely gone. During the shedding process, your lips show a 'chapped' appearance. The after-care ointment provided is extremely hydrating and acts as a quick healing aid throughout the entire first week to speed up that flaking skin. By day 7 lips are done with their 'active' healing. Please note - every client and every case is different. We share general 'what-to-expect' healing processes based on our own experiences with our clients. This will vary depending on individual and their immune system but also the artist's technique.
  • Will my lips swell?
    It's difficult to predict prior to having the procedure done if your lips will swell or not. Swelling is more common in the lips because of their soft tissue and increased nerve endings. We recommend clients take Arnica 1-2 days prior to minimize any possible swelling that can occur. We use an extremely effective numbing agent that also helps reduce swelling.
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