Frequently asked questions

What is Microblading?


Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing. It is performed with a handheld tool with needles configured in the shape of a blade. This tool is used to deposit pigment into the skin by creating fine hair-like strokes. This technique is performed maually without a machine and gives the appearance of natural looking hair strokes. Although it is often referred to as semi-permanent it is unlikely that the ink will fully fade away or that the skin will ever return to its original state before Microblading. Microblading requires annual touch-ups. Clients looking for a more stable option can get similar results with longer lasting effects through cosmetic tattooing. Cosmetic tattoos hold their integrity better over time and require fewer touchups.




What is the difference between Microblading and Cosmetic Tattooing?


Microblading and cosmetic tattooing are both tattoos. Microblading is done by hand with a manual tool and cosmetic tattooing is done with a digitally controlled electric device. Both are considered "permanent" because pigment is implanted into the skin, but the length of retention will vary between individuals with cosmetic tattooing generally looking better longer than microblading and requiring less frequent touch-ups (although both are considered permanent). Many variables such as skin type, skin care routine/products used, sun exposure, hormones, diet and metabolism, application method and color choices will affect the longevity for each client. These variables can be discusses in a personalized consultation or at your appointment before beginning the prodcedure. Cosmetic tattooing is our specialty at Blink Tattoo & Esthetics because we know it delivers the best results over prolonged periods of wear and it is suitable for almost every skin type. In addition to eyebrows, cosmetic tattooing is done for eyeliner, lips, scars, areola, and freckles or beauty marks. Tattooed eyebrows can be done in many natural looking styles including fine hair-like strokes, powder brows for a subtle fullness, ombré for the most subtle and natural look , soft shading to balance the shape, combination brows and more. We know all the tricks, just ask. Microblading is done on eyebrows only and is limited to hairstrokes and micro-shading. The results are much more subtle and will fade quicker than tattooed eyebrows. Due to the way the pigment is placed in the skin, not every skin type is a good candidate for microbladed brows, please call or schedule a consultation to discuss wether this is the right method for you. There is so much to consider before commiting to any semi-permanent makeup procedure. Consultations are always no-cost and with our knowledge and experience of the process we can help guide you and determine the best possible choice for the look you desire.




What is the healing process like for Permanent Makeup and Microblading?


Cosmetic tattoo procedures require no down time once the procedure has been completed. Many clients return to work or regular plans the same day. After care will consist of washing the tattooed area twiced daily until the tattoo has healed. Most clients will feel healed within about 7-10 days although the skin will continue to fully repair itself for about 4-6 weeks. It is very important to keep the tattoo clean, dry (except when washing) and out of the sun during this time. The area should be washed at least 2-3 times a day during the healing process using mild soap and warm water taking care to rinse all soap, ointment, moisturizer and residual ink or fluid away. Pat the area dry with a paper towel and apply the tiniest bit of aftercare product, making sure not to use too much. We recommend After Inked® products. Aftercare is discussed thoroughly at your appointment and written instructions will be sent home with you. Your cosmetic tattoo should not be over moisturized, remain wet or soak while healing and it should be kept clean and out of the sun. Use gentle products when washing the new tattoo and avoid harsh products with anti-aging or acne ingredients like retinols, exfoliants and acids.
Aftercare for your specific procedure and skin-type will be disussed at your appointment. There are some things you need to avoid during the healing process such as swimming, sweating and sun exposure. Ask your cosmetic tattoo artist about specific aftercare instructions for your procedure. Once the tattoo is healed it is recommended to wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to keep your tattoolooking its best the longest.




How do I take care of my Cosmetic Tattoo or Microblading?


Your new cosmetic tattoo should always be kept clean and should be washed then moisturized 2-3 times a day according to the aftercare instructions provided to you by your artist. Use an antibacterial or mild, unscented soap and warm water to gently wash the area, then pat dry with a clean paper towel or tissue. Avoid using washes and lotions containing exfoliants, anti-aging or acne fighting ingredients such as retinols or acids, as they're too harsh for the healing tattoo and can cause skin irritation and premature fading. Moisturize using the thinnest layer of the recommended aftercare product according to the instructions given to you at the time of your service. Be sure no to over apply which could suffocate the new tattoo and slow the healing process. Do not allow anything to come into contact with your new tattoo that could introduce germs to the area. Only touch the tattoo with clean, washed hands. No swimming, soaking, sweating or sun exposure until fully healed. Specific instructions may be given for your unique circumstances.




How do I prepare for my appointment?


Consultations are encouraged. Before scheduling your appointment, talk to the artist about any/all health concerns and medications you're taking. Ask for a list of contraindications. Plan the appointment around any vacations or events that could interfere with proper aftercare (sun exposure/swimming). In the month leading up to your appointment discontinue the use of any harsh or strong skin care products with anti-aging or acne fighting ingredients such as retinol, retin-A, glycolic acid, alphahydroxy acid, activated charcoal, exfoliants, etc. These types of products can cause the skin to be very fragile and sensitive and can interfere with the procedure, impede the ability to properly implant pigment into the skin, cause poor healing and negatively affect final healed results. Stop tanning and do not show up to your appointment sunburned. If you have a sunburn, you will be required to reschedule to a new date at a minimum of 4 weeks further out and will need to pay a rescheduling fee. Your skin must be calm and healthy to get the best results! Eat a light meal or snack before your appointment and avoid caffine and alcohol 24-48 hours before your appointment. We do not tattoo those under 18 years old. We cannot tattoo those who are pregnant or nursing. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please ask. See notes below for instructions specific to your procedure (eyebrows, eyeliner or lips). Eyeliner Cosmetics Tattoo Notes: Discontinue the use of any lash growth serums or products for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your procedure. Eyelash extensions must be removed before the eyeliner tattoo pricedure. It is difficult to access the area to be tattooed when eyelash extensions are worn and lash extensions can hold bacteria and other germs or contaminants. We will not tattoo those with eyelash extensions until they have been removed. For those whoe wear contacts; corrective lenses cannot be worn during the procedure so please wear glasses to your appointment. Avoid wearing contacts for an additional 3-5 days after your eyeliner procedure. The skin around your eyes is very delicate and differs from skin on other parts of the body and bold styles or dramatic winged eyeliner effects may not redcommended. Please speak with the artist before your procedure to talk about your design plan. Eyebrows - Cosmetic Tattoo or Microblaing notes: The skin around your eyebrows must be healthy at the time of your appointment. Skin that is breaking out, sunburnt, has blemishes, moles, or other skin lesions must be cleared up or healed before tattooing. Moles and some other natural lesions cannot be tattooed without written permission from a dermatologist. Some skin types are not candidates for certain styles of cosmetic tattooing such as microblading and a different method will be recommended if that is the case. Exact results cannot be guaranteed because each client is such a unique canvas. Skin type, healing and proper aftercare all play a major role in healed results as well as other factors. Talk to your artsit before your appointment if you have any questions. Lip Liner & Lip Blush Tattoo notes: *Lip procedures are on hold during the pandemic and as long as masks are required by local authorities* The use of Zovirax or other perscription antiviral profylactic wich prevents cold sores is mandatory for all lip procedures. Proof must be provided for 10 days before and 10 days after both the main procedure and any touch-ups. Please consult with the artist for details before scheduling your appointment. Consultations are required before all lip tattoo procedures.




How do I choose the right artist or studio?


These are our tips for selecting the best artist for your face: 1. PROPER LICENSING The artsit you chose should be licensed to tattoo in Oregon and have a current state issued license to prove it. A tattoo license is the only legal license for a permanent makeup or microblading artist in Oregon. Microblading and permanent makeup are tattoos and do not fall under cosmetology, hair, esthetics or any other licensing requirements in Oregon. Certificates from trainings do not mean they are licensed. Its also good to ask about their education and training. 2. SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS In addition to a valid license your permanent makeup or microblading artist should carry insurance and have current blood born pathogens and first aid training certificates. 3. THE ARTIST Go for a consultation to meet the artist and visit the studio. Meet the artist and make sure it's someone you feel comfortable working with, afterall, this is your face. Are you comfortable communicating with them? Look for an artist who answers your questions and is confident discussing the process. They should be willing to talk about their experience and share their knowledge. 4. THE RESULTS Check out the artist's work to be sure you like their style and vibe. Do you like the eyebrows they create? A good artist should have plenty of photos of their own work (not just stock images pulled form the internet) on their website and social media platforms. Most permanent makeup and microblading looks great when newly done, however, healed results are a good indicator of the artist's skill. See Amanda's work on Instagram: @blink.salem 5. THE STUDIO Check out the studio. Does the space feel clean? Because of the nature of tattooing (or microblading) cleanliness should be a top priority in the studio. To avoid spreading diseases equipment and surfaces should be disinfected between each client and needles and tools are discarded after use or sterilized. Any clinic you choose should exclusively use single use needle cartridges and blades. 6. THE DEMAND Understand that generally, the best artists are booked. You may have to wait a few weeks or longer to get in. Do not expect to have an appointment available right away. This also allows for any pre-care instructions to be followed prior to the procedure.




How do I schedule an appointment?


We see clients by appointment only and recommend planning ahead. We are not able to take walk-ins. Schedule a cosmetic tattoo appointment or free consultation through the "services" tab. The schedule tends to fill up in advance and you may have to wait for your appointment. For those who are sure they are ready for an appointment, but still want to come for a consultation before their appointment, it is recommended to schedule both the consultation and the procedure appointment in advance to ensure they get first pick of their desired date without waiting as long. *bookings for new client body art tattoos are currently closed*




What is the COVID-19 protocol?


For your protection, we have new guidelines and extra precautions we are taking to keep everyone as safe as possible. •If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Do not show up with cold like symptoms (this includes sniffles). •One client per artist/esthetician, we cannot accomodate guests and they will be asked to wait elsewhere. •Please wait until the time of your appointment to arrive. Early birds should wait in their car or text us they’re here. •Masks must be worn properly, over the mouth and nose at all times in the studio. •Everyone will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon entering the studio. •Do not bring drinks or food to your appointment. •Please do not touch your phone during your appointment or use it during your tattoo. •We will contact you via email before your appointment to check in and ask a few Covid-19 related screening questions. Please reply to the email as confirmation for your appointment.