How It Works

Have you ever considered the benefits of permanent make-up, for yourself or for someone else, and wondered, “What does this process entail?  What does it take to achieve the perfection that Carmella is so well recognized for in the tri-state area?”  Let us shed a little light on the subject.

Intradermal pigmentation is a revolutionary method of placing natural mineral based pigments into the dermal layer of skin. This state of the art technique is medically proven to be safe. Intradermal pigmentation is used for a variety of permanent cosmetic enhancements such as eyebrows, eyeliner, eye shadow and lip color. Other permanent cosmetic procedures include scar camouflaging and areola restoration.

Although the industry calls it permanent, the cosmetic pigment is made of all natural minerals and it does fade over time, especially with prolonged sun exposure. Certain products and medications, such as glycolic or Retin-A can also cause premature fading of the tattoos. It is best to avoid these products around your make-up area, and wear SPF (even in the winter!) to protect your skin and your investment in yourself.

Color boosting your make up every 1 to 7 years is the best way to keep your fresh, youthful color.  Every person’s skin is unique, as will be your make up. You don’t have to keep up with the maintenance if you feel you no longer care for the enhanced look. It will not turn blue or black. It will simply fade over time, eventually leaving no trace.

Your Consultation

There is always a free consultation prior to any application of pigment. During this time, together you will pick colors, discuss shapes and lines, and come to an agreement on what is to be expected for the final result. There are no surprises, only possibilities. With Carmella’s decades of skin care and make-up expertise, she often makes suggestions to clients they never even considered, opening up and enhancing facial features to their highest potential. Ultimately the client makes the decision, and Carmella delivers. The consultation is always free, and can be done by itself or along with the first procedure, depending on where you are in your decision making process.

What You Need To Know Before Having Permanent Makeup

When considering permanent cosmetics, keep in mind that 2 visits are crucial to achieving the desired results, and these visits must be 4 weeks apart (6 for lips).  “Meticulous” is an understatement when describing Carmella’s artistry.  She is committed to perfection. The second session allows her to “tweak” the foundation.  So if you’re planning to be finished for a special event, please plan ahead.  You must heal in between sessions.

Pre-Procedure Care

Please review our pre-procedure care in order for your permanent cosmetic process to go as smoothly as possible.

Clients are advised to refrain from alcohol consumption, products containing aspirin (including ibuprofen) and vasodilators for at least 3 days prior to their procedure to prevent excessive bruising or bleeding. This is extremely important in order to avoid increased sensitivity.

Clients who anticipate having a lip procedure and are prone to cold sores are advised to obtain a 10 day anti-viral prescription to prevent flare-ups. The first application of permanent makeup goes in somewhat like a “primer”, and usually need 1 or 2 procedures with 6 weeks of healing for optimal results.

For the long term, protection from the sun is recommended with sun screen or sunglasses as to maintain the integrity of the color and prevent premature fading.

Photo-facials, glycolic, chemical peels, Retin-A and other aggressive skin care will affect the longevity of permanent makeup, especially eyebrows. Use caution to avoid the tattooed area with these types of products to prevent fading.



  • Two visits are crucial in achieving a natural brow enhancement.
  • Don’t wax brows prior to appointment.


  • Eyeliner is an individual and unique as those who wear it. Results vary with each visit.  Two visits are crucial.
  • Contact lens wearers must bring glasses for post procedure use.


  • Two visits are crucial and 6 weeks of healing before the final color will result.
  • Clients who are prone to blisters (even once in your life) must pre-medicate up to 3 days prior and up to 7 days post procedure. The herpes virus will likely be activated by the lip enhancement procedure and it is highly advisable the pre-medication be used. Contact your physician for medication; Zovirax, Valtrex, Famvir.

The Procedure

  • YOU decide how you want your makeup to look.
  • Your make-up will be consulted and drawn before any pigment is placed into the skin.
  • Please advise us if you are using Retin-A, Renova or Accutane.
  • To ensure the highest level of comfort with little or no pain at all, a topical numbing agent is applied prior to and throughout the procedure
  • All implements used in all procedures are new and sterile. Extreme care is taken for your sanitation and safety.
  • On average, brows and liners take about an hour and a half, whereas a full lip takes about 3 hours.
  • All used supplies are disposed after each procedure.
  • Carmella often performs 2 or more procedures at once. This saves time.  When you save her time, she saves you money.

Going Home

  • Procedure areas will appear very vivid in color for the first few days after the procedure.  This will last for 2-5 days while the pigment naturally flakes off.
  • Do not pick or peel at the dried ink.  It has to absorb into the dermal layer.
  • Brows, eye-liner or lips will appear crusty after first week. Pigment will be much lighter, returning during the 4 weeks of healing.
  • Have an ice bag in the freezer to apply to the procedure site when you get home.
  • It is advisable not to make social plans for the same day and day following.
  • You must heal for 4 weeks between visits. (6 weeks for lips)

Homecare Procedure

On the first day…

  • Don’t dust or vacuum.
  • You may wish to relax with ice over your eyes or lips in the evening.
  • If needed use an OTC pain reliever after the numbing agent has worn off.
  • A gentle cleanser is recommended daily.
  • Use provided cotton tipped applicators and TRAUMEEL OINTMENT AM and PM till gone.
  • Lips will be very dry for 2 weeks post procedure. Use Aquaphor and provided lip balm on lips and keep well hydrated.
  • No pool swimming for one week post-procedure.

The first week…

  • Brow, eyeliner, and lip pigment will be very vivid in color!
  • Don’t be alarmed… you will lose at least 50% of color.
  • You will then have concern that the color has now ALL come off.
  • Don’t worry… the color enhancement will be subtle, youthful and natural looking after 4 weeks of healing.

After the first week…

  • Excess sloughing of healed skin and excess pigment is expected.
  • Procedure will appear much light.
  • SPF 15 or 30 is required daily and consistently (winter too!).
  • Color boosts for lips are recommended 1-7 years.
  • Remember… 4 WEEKS of healing is usual before full color can be judged on eyes. Lip procedures require 6 WEEKS of healing before color can be judged.

TWO WEEKS minimum are necessary to achieve a desirable result.

Pricing & Payment

  • Consultations are free. There is a fee for each procedure visit.
  • Call the studio for pricing.

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and Member, Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals

Board Certified by American Academy of Micropigmentation

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and Member, Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals