Frequently Ask Questions

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup, also known as micropigmentation, is a method of inserting small amounts of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin in order to enhance facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, lips, and provide scar camouflage. It helps to replenish what time has taken away, gives back precious time you normally spend “putting on your face". It is also helpful to those who are allergic to conventional cosmetics, those with visual impairment, watery eyes, and those with unsteady or arthritic hands that have difficulty applying makeup.

I'm interested! What happens when I make a booking?

We will require a non-refundable $100 deposit to hold your appointment. This deposit will be added to your final invoice. If you do not show up for your appointment, this deposit will be forfeited in lieu of the time that is reserved for your booked appointment. During the consultation (which is included at the time of your booked appointment), we will determine the color and shape of the permanent makeup you desire. Factors such as your bone structure, skin type, makeup style, skin tone, hair color, and desired outcome will be considered to determine the design of the permanent makeup that will be most flattering and suitable for you.

Can permanent makeup be performed on any skin type or complexion?

Thick oily skin with large pores, tends to bleed easily. The skin texture and constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a thicker diffused, softer look. Super-thin, soft, hypersensitive, skin with barely any upper skin layer typically suffers from hypersensitivity and thinness of this skin type, it generally does not hold the color well and can bleed quite easily.

How "permanent" is it, anyway?

Permanent makeup is long lasting and can remain in the skin for 1 to 5 years depending on the color, placement, and your skin type. The most effective and safe removal option is laser tattoo removal, offered by specialist. If you have existing permanent makeup and need corrective work, you will be advised of your best options. Urban Bliss Wellness & Spa does not perform laser, or any other variety of tattoo removal service.

Does it fade or require any maintenance?

Over time, your permanent makeup will fade due to many factors such as: natural skin exfoliation, sun exposure, medications and the use of creams/chemicals. To maintain the color and shape it is advisable to touch up the treated area every 1 to 2 years. A good indication of needing maintenance is when you start having to add to your permanent makeup with pencil or other cosmetics.

Are there any risks?

Every cosmetic skin procedure involves a very small degree of risk and, although exceedingly uncommon, it is important that you understand and accept the rare risks involved with Permanent Cosmetic Makeup. This could include possible infection, allergic reaction, improper placement, dissatisfaction with the result, permanency and difficulty of removal. An individual’s informed decision to undergo any cosmetic procedure is based upon a comparison of the risks to potential benefits, alternatives, and cost. We take every necessary step and precaution to minimize the risks associated with permanent makeup.

Is the procedure painful?

You may experience a minor and tolerable degree of scratching/pricking during the procedure. A topical anesthetic is used to reduce discomfort and promote relaxation. The treated area may be slightly tender immediately following the procedure. Tenderness will diminish within a few days post-treatment.

I already have permanent makeup from a prior procedure. Can it be improved or updated?

This will depend on the appearance and design of the previous permanent makeup and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You can send clear pictures to for analysis and we can give you a clear answer based on the pictures we receive, and follow up with a consultation if necessary.

Am I a good candidate?

Unfortunately, not all clients are good candidates for permanent makeup due to the existence of certain contraindicated skin conditions or pre-existing medical conditions. If you have a contraindicated skin condition you may not retain color well and thus may not be entirely satisfied with your outcome.

What are the contraindicated skin conditions?

The following skin conditions compromise the outcome of a procedure:

  • Ingrown hairs and open bumps on eyebrow-injured skin cannot be tattooed
  • Eczema (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)
  • Psoriasis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)
  • Dermatitis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)
  • Rosacea (chronic acne-like skin indicated by redness)
  • Severely oily skin on eyebrows (microblading hair strokes will appear more blended, solid, or not retain at all)
  • Large pores on your forehead & in the eyebrow area (color will blur/blend in large pores resulting in a powdered look)
  • Have moles/raised areas/piercings in or around the brow/eye area (anything raised or indented will not retain color)
  • Deep wrinkles in the brow area (the hair strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look)
  • Hair transplant for your eyebrows (color will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)
  • Shingles (permanent makeup should not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare-up)

What are the contraindicated medical conditions?

The following medical conditions preclude you from having a procedure:

  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • Hemophilia
  • Heart Conditions/Pacemaker/Defibrillator
  • Body runs hot (increased bleeding)
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition (Hypo, Hyperthyroidism, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s)
  • Autoimmune Disorder such as LUPUS or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (MS, RA, Lupus or the like)
  • Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair)
  • Upper or lower eyelid surgery

Can the use of any products or medications impact my results?

Use of the following products may compromise the outcome of a procedure and are contraindicated:

  • Accutane or Retin-A (acne medication) - Wait 1 year before procedure.
  • Retinol or Vitamin A- Use must be discontinued for 1 month prior to procedure.
  • Use of Latisse or any eyelash/eyebrow growth conditioner - Use must be discontinued for 6 months prior to procedure.
  • Glaucoma Eye Drops
  • Triflusal (Disgren)
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Prasugrel (Effient)
  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
  • Cilostazol (Pletal)
  • Vorapaxar (Zontivity)
  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)
  • Coumadin

I have an amazing tan right now - can I still have a procedure?

If your are excessively tanned or you have a sunburn, this procedure is not recommended. Wait for the skin to fully heal and return to your natural complexion before going ahead.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to demand and out of respect for our artists, please provide no less than 24 hours notice if you wish to make a cancellation without penalties. Please note, if you do not give this notice, your deposit will be forfeited.

What payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit card and debit card payments during your appointment. We do not accept cheques or American Express. To pay a deposit you must provide a credit card over the phone.

Where are you located?

We are located at 459B East Columbia Street in Sapperton, New Westminster, BC. We are right beside Fratelli's Italian Bakery at Braid and E. Columbia Street.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is street pay parking or behind the building at the end of the alley, is a lane-way gravel lot where you can park for up to 2 hours free. Parking directly behind the building is strictly allocated for the residents of 459 E. Columbia and are marked with NO PARKING signs. Please familiarize yourself with any parking regulations implemented by the City of New Westminster.

If I have a pacemaker, can I get my eyebrows Microbladed?

If you have a pacemaker, this manual method can be used, but any machine use is not allowed.

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