Permanent Makeup

Permanent Cosmetics, Permanent Makeup, or Permanent Makeup Tattoo is the revolutionary method of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. Our Eyeliner Permanent Makeup procedures is performed using Nouveau Contour devices: “state of the art”, fully computerized, digital machines that provide less trauma and excellent results.  Permanent Eyebrows are done using a feathering hair stroke technique that utilizes a blade to add beautiful, natural looking hair strokes that complement your existing hairs, or can be used to create natural hair strokes if you have little or no eyebrows.

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Why permanent cosmetics? The objective of these procedures is to raise self-esteem, self-confidence, allow for a more active lifestyle, personal freedom, as well as saving time. Both men and women who need, or are experiencing the following, realize the positive results of permanent makeup:

  • Scar Camouflage

  • Alopecia

  • Allergies to cosmetics

  • Unsteady Hands

  • Contact lens sensitivities

  • Visual impairments

  • Before and after Chemotherapy

The process of permanent cosmetics has been used and endorsed for years by Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, and Dermatologists. They embrace these procedures as non-surgical “cures”.

Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Available For Men and Women:

Eyebrows: Sparse, or nonexistent eyebrows
Eyeliner and eyelash enhancements


Whether you are getting your eyebrows or eyes enhanced, there are various treatment options depending on how natural, subtle or striking you want the end result to look.

Feathered, 3D, Hair Stroke Permanent Eyebrows    

Feathered Permanent Eyebrows

So what is the difference between 3D, 6D, Feathered, Solid, Powered, Hair Stroke permanent eyebrows??

Well, these names are all different techniques used by permanent makeup artists to describe the application of pigments to shape the eyebrow using either a manual blade or machine. This article will focus on the feathered or feathering name and technique.

Feathering vs Solid or Powdered Permanent Eyebrow Technique

The solid or powered technique is, or was, the standard of applying pigment to the eyebrow which would completely fill in the brows. The permanent makeup artist uses a machine, either a traditional coil tattoo machine or a Rotary pen, with a sharp needle on the end that constantly moves up and down, piercing the skin and applying the pigment of choice in the high dermal layer of the skin. This method uses one solid color to fill in or shade the brow to give it shape and thickness to the brows.

The feathering or feathered eyebrows technique uses a the same machines, and is application of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin as above, however, the artist creates very fine hair strokes, one by one, to give the client the appearance of real, natural looking feathered hair stroked eyebrows.

Feathered Eyebrows

Although this technique has been around for many years, especially in Asia, it is just starting to get big recognition North America. Permanent makeup artists are now starting to learn the techniques from their Asian counterparts and learning to complete this technique using a hand held blade, this technique is call micro blading or microblading. Micro blading uses a hand held pen with a very sharp blade at the tip. The artist dips the blade in the chosen color and proceeds to make incisions into the skin and creating hair strokes that look natural and realistic.

This technique can be used for clients that have thinning eyebrows, scarce eyebrows or no eyebrows at all. The permanent makeup artist can create the feathered eyebrow look from scratch and create realistic, natural looking, hair stroke eyebrows.

Feathering Technique

As mentioned above, permanent makeup is the application of pigment into the top dermal layer of the skin. The feathering technique creates natural looking, hair stroked eyebrows. This technique utilizes a machine or more commonly a hand held pen or hand tool that uses a blade for more realistic hair stroked eyebrows. The technique of feathering utilizes the same process and procedures as other application methods. Firstly, you should have a consultation with the artist to ensure a color match is completed and that you are happy with the shape of the eyebrows to be completed. The artist will shape your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil to allow you to see the shape and look of the brows before starting the procedure. Numbing cream is applied to the area to make the procedure more comfortable. The artist will then begin the treatment to apply the pigment to the skin and create the hair strokes. The treatment should only take 20-40 min to complete, depending on the complexity of the eyebrows and the experience of the artist. After the treatment your eyebrows may be red and swollen and it is important to listen to the artist regarding after care of your eyebrows to ensure the best results possible. Usually and after care sheet and kit are given to the client with steps to follow up to 7-10 days after your initial treatment.

More often than not, a touch up may be required for your brows to correct shape, or add a few more hair strokes to ensure proper shape of the brows. This is normal and follows proper protocols. Sometimes, even a third touch up may be needed to get the perfect shape and dimension of the brows.

Everyday Makeup    

If you want to save time applying make-up every morning, then you could ask our permanent cosmetics artist to imitate your favorite eyeliner, brow pencil or powder.

Eyes: our artist will be able to closely imitate your eyeliner – whether it is pencil, liquid or shaded.
Brows: Permanent Eyebrows can applied using a solid powder technique or natural hair strokes using a feathering technique which will provide you with a fantastic brow definition.

Natural look    

If you want a result that imitates your natural features, then this could be a good choice for you. Here, our Permanent Makeup Artist will select extremely natural colors or blends, which will enhance your face rather than change your looks dramatically.

If you want realistic looking hairstroke brows, a youthful blush of natural color for your lips, or a little extra definition for your eyes, then this is a good option for you. The results will be less dramatic than some other options, and with the use of natural color blends, the results will blend into your natural features.

Reshape or Improve Symmetry    

Permanent cosmetics can also be used to dramatically change how you look.

Our experienced artist will be able to redesign certain elements of your brow shape, or lash line. Our Permanent Makeup Artist will be capable of redesigning your brow shape to better suit your appearance.

Professional. Experienced. Certified. Insured.

Would you have your car looked at by a Doctor?  Would you use a coupon for Botox injections? Would you let your waiter diagnose your pain?  Don’t just let anyone apply your Permanent Makeup!  “Trust Your Eyes” to our Permanent Makeup Artist.

Professional. Certified. Permanent Makeup Artist.

Rose is Certified in the application of Permanent Cosmetics and has trained at the Micropigmentation Centre.  Rose is also a member, in good standing, of the SPCP – Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals.  Rose constantly attends ongoing courses and seminars in the latest techniques and applications of Permanent Cosmetic Makeup.  As with any medical professional, medical estheticians need to constantly keep their skills sharp and up to date, and by constantly increasing her knowledge in medical esthetics and permanent cosmetics, Rose is becoming one of the leaders in the industry in Toronto, Ontario.


Rose is fully insured in the application of Permanent Cosmetics.  Why is this important? With any medical grade procedures, there are always risks and possible complications involved with any treatment (from Laser Hair Removal to Permanent Makeup), it is very important that your service provider be insured in case there are any complications so that the proper care can be given.  Your health and safety is our main priority, however, knowing that your are fully covered in case of complications adds an extra layer of comfort and security.


Rose has many years and hours of experience in the application of Permanent Makeup.  Currently she specializes in Permanent Eyebrows, Permanent Upper and Lower Eyeliner.  You are welcome and encouraged to come in for a FREE consultation with Rose prior to any commitment to have any Permanent Makeup procedure done.  You will be able to ask any questions or concerns you may have, view real before and after pictures of clients Rose has worked on, and have the ability to conduct a color match for your eyebrows, shaping of the eyebrows with a cosmetic pen to view what your brows will look like prior to the procedure, and if you are happy with what you hear and see, you can then book your appointment to have the procedure completed.  You will receive an after care packet which explains the do’s and don’t s  after the procedure, creams, etc.  You can then book your follow up appointment 4 weeks after the procedure for your touch up treatment (if necessary) and/or follow up to ensure that you are happy with the results.

Frequently Asked Permanent Makeup Questions

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup has a variety of names as this industry strives to become autonomous and regulated.  You will hear different names to describe the same procedure, such as: Permanent Makeup, Permanent Tattoo, Permanent Eyebrows, Permanent Eyeliner, Semi Permanent Makeup, Permanent Cosmetics, Feathering, Hair Stroke Eyebrows, 3D Eyebrows, and a combination of the above.  The fact is that Permanent Makeup is the art and science of implanting pigment or color into your skin. Specialized machines or hand held devices, or even blades are used to implant color into the dermis layer of your skin.

What types of Permanent Cosmetics can be done?

Permanent Cosmetics or Permanent Makeup can be used on the Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Lips, Areolas, Scars, etc.  Second Skin Medspa specializes in Eyebrows and Upper and Lower Eyeliner.  We want, and expect to be the best at what we do, and thus specializing in these procedures is what makes us the Best in Toronto for Permanent Eyebrows and Permanent Eyeliner.

We currently specialize in:

Permanent Eyebrows

Permanent Upper and Lower Eyeliner

How is Pigment or Color Implanted into the Skin?

Because the outermost layer of skin, known as your epidermis, is constantly exfoliating and shedding off, it is important that your technician place the pigment or color into the dermis layer of your skin.  Hair stroke techniques vary by technician, however, feathering or hair strokes for eyebrows, using a blade is the most effective technique to instill the pigment or color in the skin, while giving a very natural look to eyebrows.  A machine is used to outline your eyelid(s) with pigment, giving a very straight line to your eyeliner, and emphasizing your eyes.  After your procedure, both techniques and procedures will appear much darker than the final result.  This is because the pigment or color is in the dermis and epidermis (top layer).  Once the epidermis heals and sheds off some skin, the color will appear much more natural.

Will Permanent Makeup help with my Self Esteem?

We like to think so. Many men and women lack some self-esteem and confidence because they feel that everybody is looking at their eyebrows penciled in, or lack of eyebrows.  A lot of people have to check in the mirror many times a day to make sure their penciled in brows are still there and even.  A lot of people do not have the time to “put their face on”.  A lot of women don’t know how to pencil in or shade their eyebrows and get a clown look, McDonald eyebrow or hockey stick look. Other pencil or shade the brow in a way that makes them look angry or unapproachable.  A simple 1-2 hour treatment of Permanent Makeup for permanent eyebrows or permanent eyeliner will help resolve these issues, and self-esteem and confidence levels have shown to improve dramatically, not to mention the time you save by not having to put your eyeliner on or pencil in your eyebrows constantly.

Are Permanent Eyebrows and Permanent Eyeliner really Permanent?

As with most procedures on the body, nothing is ever truly permanent.  With time your permanent makeup eyeliner or eyebrows will fade, and will need to be touched up.  Most people come once every 2-3 years to have a touch up for their eyebrows or eyeliner, and this is perfectly acceptable.  It is called permanent because the pigment does stay in the skin, however, it does fade, and most people like the dark, fresh look, rather than faded eyebrows.  Some women don’t mind the faded look, and the results can last for years.  This procedure, as with any cosmetic procedure, is very subjective and individualized.

Does the Permanent Eyebrows or Permanent Eyeliner procedure hurt?

Again, everybody is different and pain is very subjective.  Some people have very high pain thresholds and others do not.  At Second Skin Medspa we use a very strong lidocaine numbing cream which really helps to diminish any pain.  As well, for permanent eyebrows only, our medical technician can also inject lidocaine in the eyebrows which makes the procedure almost painless.  Most clients tolerate the procedure well and have gone on to do other areas, as well as touch ups.

Why do I need a Touch-Up?

Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent cosmetic procedures are a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled.It is recommended that any required detail work to the original procedure be performed no sooner than four weeks after the original procedure.The minimum standard for follow-up detail work for lip procedures is six weeks.

What will the Final Color Look Like?

Permanent makeup colors should be selected to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye color. A conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing color darker versus lighter. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing. Second Skin Medspa keeps detailed records about your procedure, pigments used, etc.

What if I don’t Like the Final Results?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.It’s very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times color where there was no color at all or very little.  It takes time to become acclimated to a new look (very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the permanent cosmetic brow procedure.) Eyeliner color is more evident due to the contrast to the skin color.  We ask that you be patient and wait a couple of weeks after your procedure, so you can become used to your new look.

What if I need an MRI?

By all means get the needed MRI. Temporary tingling, redness and swelling and a transient burning sensation have been reported for some with eyeliner tattoos. Advise your physician that you have a cosmetic tattoo. He or she may wish to place a wet cotton round over your eyes during the MRI.

I want to have Permanent Makeup, but your prices are too expensive!

“You get what you pay for!”  If you are thinking of using an online dealsite coupon or voucher, or using a non-certified Permanent Makeup technician to do your permanent makeup, permanent eyebrows and /or permanent eyeliner, than you are risking saving “lots” of money today and spending lots more later to get the issue fixed.  We’ve seen the results of bad permanent makeup jobs and we’ve been asked to correct them, however, because of insurance and liability issues, we rarely correct other peoples work.  The best thing to do is to visit the clinic you are thinking of having your procedure done, talk to the person who will be doing your procedure and look at their past work.

At Second Skin Medspa we take permanent makeup seriously and we’ve been voted one of the Best Medical Spas in Toronto for our treatments, services, customer service, cleanliness and strong hygienic standards.  We welcome all clients to come in for a FREE consultation for their permanent eyebrows or permanent eyeliner procedure.