How to look after your cosmetic tattoo

Immediately after a cosmetic tattooing procedure the area treated will look about 50% darker than the final results. This is temporary, the colour will lighten and soften over 3 to 14 days. It is normal for the area to feel slightly tender or dry. Here are some instructions and tips to follow to look after your cosmetic tattoo.

Home care instructions

Purchase a small tube of Bepanthen Cream. This is a gentle antiseptic cream which assists in the skin’s natural healing process. It will prevent infections and scabbing and will hydrate and soothe the tattooed area. Apply every few hours for the first week, then twice a day for the second week, and always after showering (do not use soap on the treated area).

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid direct sun exposure on the treated area for the first 2 weeks. Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and may cause the colour to change. If you are going out into the sun apply sunscreen to protect the area. You can cover the area with vaseline when swimming in chlorine water to prevent bleaching.
  • No make-up is to be applied on the treated area at least 48 hours. This can lead to infection and the colour to change. If you do use it, use brand new make-up to minimise infection. This is especially important with mascara.
  • No soap or cleansers on the treated area for one day.
  • Don’t scrub the treated area, crusting will fall off naturally please don’t force it.
  • Avoid using teeth whitening tooth paste if you have had a lip tattoo. Chemicals of any kind can interfere with healing and the colour.
  • Skin topicals that contain acids or retinol may lighten the colour prematurely with continuous use.
  • Don’t sit in a heated spa, sauna or steam room 2 weeks. Steam will open pores and may make the colour bleed out.
  • Do not wax, pluck or bleach the hair for at least 3 weeks after the treatment. If you are having laser hair removal or resurfacing, please inform the cosmetic tattooist prior to your procedure.
  • Do not use prescription Retin-A or Roaccutane for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and 4 weeks after the treatment
  • No fillers or anti-wrinkle injections such as Restylane or Botox on or near the treated areas 2 weeks before or after treatment

Eyebrow Care

Immediately after and for next 24 hours continue to wipe the eyebrows. They will weep a clear fluid which is normal and part of the healing process. Wipe them gently to remove the fluid otherwise a crusting or scab will build up which is not what we want. As the eyebrow skin heals, the area can often form a slight crusting which will be flaking off naturally. Do not scrub off the flaking. After 5-6 days the brow tattooing will dramatically soften and lighten approximately 50%.

Apply Bepanthen Cream a minimum of three times a day for the first week. Then twice a day for the following two weeks until the skin healed and smooth. For maximum results cream must be applied every 2-3 hours for the first day and about every 4 hours for the next 5 days.

professional tattooist making permanent make up. beautiful girl

Eyeliner Care

Expect the eye to be slightly tender 1-3 days. Swelling is minimal and with most clients it will subside within 24 hours. It is not necessary to apply any after care cream. If needed, apply a small amount of Bepanthen, less is better. Cold pads can be applied to minimise swelling. Do not use eye liner and mascara.

Lip Care

This area will take the longest to heal. The colour will be much brighter than the final colour for 7-8 days. It will then fade to no colour and re-appears after 3-6 weeks. Bepanthen Cream must be applied constantly as your lips will be very dry. Keep them moist with the Bepanthen cream and if you suffer cold sore use cold sore cream like Zovirax with the Bepanthen cream.

beautiful young girl getting tattoo. professional tattooist maki

Depending on your needs hair stroke eyebrow tattooing can create fullness, correct an arch or fill out over thinned brows. Each individual’s face and requirements are different and so each design is unique too.

A brow tattoo will last 2 to 4 years depending on the skin, colour of the pigment and aftercare. It’s important you go to a cosmetic tattooist specialist. The inks, machine and technique used are not the same as body tattooing. Cosmetic pigments will not fade blue like body inks can and the depth of the pigment into the skin is not as deep.

Once you get the initial brow tattooing done, follow up appointments for a Refresh, which is recommend every year or so, are significantly cheaper.

And the result? Beautiful brows without the daily maintenance.

The details:

  • Hair stroke brow tattooing is also known as brow feathering.
  • We offer free consultations at our Sydney salons in Bondi Junction and Parramatta with no obligation to book afterwards. During the consultation our cosmetic tattooist will explain the technique and answer any questions you have. She will draw the brow design on with make up so you can see what it will look like if you choose to go ahead and book.
  • Please be advised you cannot get cosmetic tattooing if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You must also wait 2 weeks either side of your appointment if you are planning to have injectables around the eye area like Botox or Restalyne and we recommend getting your cosmetic tattoo

All face shapes can use the following tips for the perfect brows whether you have a heart, square, round, long, or diamond shaped face.

  • Begin the brow at the bridge of the nose.
  • Have the arch approximately two-thirds along the brow. Round faces – more arch, long faces – less arch.
  • Avoid shortening eyebrows; length is better. Imagine a line from the edge of your nose extending along past the corner of your eye. Your brows should reach this line. You can extend the end of the brows past this if you like, however keep it above the beginning of the brow otherwise it could make the eyes appear droopy.
  • Go to a professional. Avoid over grooming, permanent brow loss from over-plucking, uneven brows or the wrong shape for your face by going to a lash and brow specialist. Rainbow brows and commas are not flattering! A brow technician will be able to enhance your natural beauty by creating the right shape and style for you.
  • Eyebrow trends for 2015 and 2016 are about fullness, length and soft, natural-looking lines.

Need help?

  • Going grey? Getting your eyebrows tinted professionally will shave years off your appearance. This is one of the easiest, quickest and least expensive ways to appear more youthful. Blondes, this includes you too. We have a range of cool and warm tints and shades to suit all tones. Eyebrows grow out faster than lashes and need to be tinted every 2 weeks.
  • Need fullness?
    • Get a professional eyebrow tint.
    • For a more permanent solution consider hair stroke eyebrow tattooing (see image below). It will last 2 – 4 years depending on the depth of the colour. We provide free cosmetic tattooing consultations at our salons and you are under no obligation to book afterwards.
    • Use a lash and brow growth serum. Used twice a day results can be seen in as little as 3 weeks.
  • Have a scar gap, asymmetry or permanent brow loss from over-grooming? You could consider corrective cosmetic brow tattooing. Eyebrows are created by fine hair strokes and the tattoo is undetectable.
Fine Hair Stroke brow tattooing

Hair stroke eyebrow tattoo before and after


Need refreshing but short of time? These services can all be done in 30 minutes or less and are perfect lunchtime beauty treatments.

Mini Makeover

Look young, vibrant and transformed in less than 30 minutes with a brow shape, lash tint, brow tint and collagen eye treatment.

Demi Lash Extensions

Natural and beauty enhancing, a Demi Set of lashes can be star scattered along the lash line or placed on the outer half of the lash line for a winged effect. Beautiful.

Cosmetic Tattoo Consultation

Find out how natural looking undetectable cosmetic tattooing can accentuate your beauty with a no obligation FREE 25 minute consultation.

Spray Tan

Only the best – Black Magic spray tan is certified DHA and will not leave you feeling sticky so you can return to work. 8 Hour and 2 Hour are both available.

Buff and Polish

In Bio Sculpture or Shellac. Includes a luxurious hand massage.

Brow Shape and Brow Tidy

Need a reshape or just a tidy? Hot wax and strip wax are both available. A clean and correct brow line is one of the easiest beauty pick me ups.

Selena Lotto is a specialist in corrective Semi-Permanent Tattoos for the eyes and eyebrows. Selena has been providing this service for over 10 years. Lotto has an extensive background in make up in Italy for catwalk, fashion editorial and film and television in Italy. She is an expert in creating discreet tattoos for the eyes and brows for correction and cosmetic enhancement. Each client receives a thorough consultation and is tailored a solution for their individual needs.

cosmetic and corrective tattooing

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