Alicia Shapira’s Favorite Permanent Makeup Treatment

In today's blog post we want to discuss Alicia Shapira's very favorite permanent makeup procedure, Lip Shading! Lip Shading is a permanent makeup treatment that leaves your lips with a permanent lip shade.   "Lip shading is a really amazing and fun procedure, because the clients are also involved," says Alicia. For this treatment, Alicia and her clients work together to choose the perfect lip shade! Different factors go into place, when choosing a lip shade. First, Alicia has her clients bring in their favorite lipstick, or photo of their favorite lip color. Then Alicia will give a few different options based on the clients hair color, eye color and skin color. It's a really fun process that really gives the client some creativity control as well! Alicia really loves lip shading because she finds it very relaxing and fulfilling. A lot of permanent makeup artist do not like to perform lip shading, because it is time consuming and a difficult procedure to master. After years and years of experience in the permanent makeup industry, Alicia has mastered lip shading and finds it to be so rewarding. "People are always happy knowing they can wakeup with no makeup on their lips, they can go shower, swim and they have something that makes them feel vibrant and beautiful all the time," said Alicia Shapira.  

A Bit About Lip Shading

Lip shading has become one of the most popular forms of permanent makeup and we know why! Results with an experienced permanent makeup artist can be beautiful and leave people feeling more confident and in love with their lips. The process takes a couple of hours, but results can last 5 years or more!

  For more information, feel free to call us (954) 774-5087 or email alicia.newimagebeautybar@gmail.com. Follow our socials at @newimagebeautybar  
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Permanent Lip Color: Unanswered Questions

Who wouldn’t want full luscious lips and a youthful healthy pop of color? After your permanent lip procedure at New Image Beauty Bar, you never have to worry about smearing lipstick, color bleeding past the edges of your mouth or reapplying throughout your work day. Instead you can be confident that your pout will always be on point. Treatment will begin with a consultation regarding the shape and color of your choice. A top of the line topical anesthetic is used to reduce and practically eliminate any discomfort. As the client, you are in control of your procedure. Expert Alicia Shapira will only proceed once the shape and color is approved by both the technician as well as the client. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions, to help answer some of the most important things you would need to know before making the commitment to permanent makeup What does it cost? Permanent makeup is not inexpensive, but it can be priceless.  It has been estimated that the savings in daily makeup is about $400 per year, and in time that you may save 380 hours per year. Most people don't get permanent makeup to save money, they do it for convenience and to know that they always look their best. If you compare other non-surgical procedures such as Botox or wrinkle filler it gives you a good idea of the value of permanent makeup. For about the same cost as some Botox or filler, which may last only 3-4 months, you will get permanent makeup that lasts for years and saves you time every day. How long does a procedure take? Usually, each procedure appointment is one to two hours.  The majority of the time is spent in adequately consulting and selecting the appropriate color for your skin; in measuring and artistically drawing on the planned procedure prior to actually implanting the color; and allowing for the application of topical anesthetics. Complete after-care instructions will be reviewed verbally and then sent home in written copy form. Is it the same as a tattoo? It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. Anytime color is implanted into the dermis of the skin, it is technically a tattoo, regardless of the manner in which it is performed. What is micropigmentation? This is the name of the process used to implant color in permanent makeup. Many people refer to permanent makeup by fancy names such as micropigmentaton, dermal pigmentation etc. It is all correct, however, it truly is a tattoo process. Is the procedure safe? Unlike many technicians that re-use or sterilize via an autoclave the various components of their equipment, we use all pre-packaged, sterile and disposable needles and needle casings. We use medical-grade needles that are encased in a special permanent cartridge. In addition, all of your procedures are done under Federal OSHA standards that regulate the sterile, safe and healthy practices for prevention of cross-contamination from person to person. Are there other health concerns? Cold sores may be set off by the lip procedure, you should take cold-sore medication in advance. This is true if you have EVER had a cold sore or “fever blister” even if it has been years. Any disturbance of the lip area, from aggressive dental work to too much sun exposure can cause the Herpes Simplex virus to come out of its dormant state and react in a blister-like sore. It can negatively impact the successful healing of the lip color. You must contact your doctor, dermatologist or dentist to get a prescription for an anti-viral medication as a preventative for this condition. Diabetics may have slower healing times. There may be some situations where you would need medical clearance first. A thorough health history will be taken prior to your procedure. Any contraindications or medical alerts will be discussed prior to receiving the procedures.  Does it hurt? A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help numb the areas to be treated.  This helps to alleviate any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Everyone has their own unique level of pain tolerance. Some people feel that certain areas of the face are more sensitive than others; a special emphasis is put on making the client as comfortable as possible.  How will I look immediately after the procedure?  You may experience minor to moderate swelling on the procedure day that may last for up to 3 days. The application of ice packs as home will assist in quickly reducing any inflammation and may be used for 24 hours for effective reduction of swelling. The lips are unique in their healing process from any other permanent makeup.  The lip tissue does not have a true dermal layer like the rest of the facial and body skin. Immediately after the lip color procedure the color will look like a medium to dark lipstick even if the healed outcome is super natural. This will resolve in about 3-4 days post procedure after a surface layer “peels” and the natural color tone is revealed underneath. Can I have lip liner only, and leave the lips natural? This is not stylistically recommended. It is recommended that the lip liner and lip fill-in color be the same. At New Image Beauty Bar, Alicia performs a Blended Lip Liner.  This means that the liner is done in the select color tone and then the color is lightly blended in to look like it becomes a part of your own natural lip tone, ombre style. It avoids that look of lip liner only but gives beautiful definition, fullness and color-enhancement to a natural lip tone. Can I still wear regular lipstick if I want to change the color sometimes? Absolutely!  Since the permanent lip color is implanted within the lip tissue, you can wear any color you wish over the top and still get variety in your look. The lipstick will “cancel” out the color of the permanent lip makeup. How long will it take to see the healed results? Lip color is unique.  For all other areas of permanent makeup, you will heal in approximately 5-10 days with the final result visible at that point.  Due to the nature of the lip tissue which is not the same physiological makeup of the rest of the facial or body skin, you can expect that it will be much darker for 3-4 days, you will have a “peeling” process (much like having chapped lips) for a day or so, and then the color will actually appear too light.  The initial reaction will be wishing you had chosen a darker, brighter or less natural color.  Not to worry – the color is sharing the same space as the blood flow in the lip membrane. It takes 3-4 weeks for the color to find a permanent “home” in that lip tissue and develop into the true healed intensity desired.  After 4-6 weeks you will return for a follow-up visit to check the results and it is sometimes necessary to have a minor touch up to perfect the results. I have lip filler injections already. Can I still get permanent lip color? Yes, but it is important to share this information with your permanent makeup technician.  The filler and the color will be sharing the same space within the lip tissue.  Color selection can need adjustments to ensure that the long-term color results don’t change.  It is recommended that the color be implanted first, and after it is healed get the lip augmentation.  This ensures proper placement and symmetry of the lip filler that nicely compliments the shape and symmetry of the permanent color. I am planning a cosmetic facial procedure. Should I wait until after that for my permanent makeup? It is often advised that you have your permanent makeup first. You will have great guidelines to ensure symmetry and placement when adjusting facial structure as is done in a face or brow-lift. When having lip augmentation with temporary or more permanent fillers, I like to do the lip color first.  This gives the doctor beautiful guidelines to follow for symmetry and fullness.  The other bonus is that you look better when you are healing from surgery while you are not allowed to wear traditional makeup. If you have surgery first, you need to wait until your doctor clears you to have any procedures done, usually 6-12 weeks. I am planning on some laser facial rejuvenation treatments. Can I do this after having permanent makeup? You may have laser treatments such as IPL for photodamage, fraxel-type lasers for skin tightening and skin restoration but you need to inform the medical professional that you have permanent makeup. Certain colors can turn to an undesirable shade or get lightened or removed. It is simply avoiding direct contact between the laser and the permanent makeup areas. I heard that you can’t have an MRI if you have permanent makeup. Is this true? No.  You can safely have an MRI even if you have permanent makeup. In rare, isolated cases of facial/head MRI scans, a warm sensation can manifest in the makeup areas.  Statistical data indicates this is rare and usually related to heavy dark eyeliner. Simply tell the MRI technician that you have had permanent makeup (or any form of tattooing) so they know to watch for any unusual reactions.    
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Choosing the Best Lip Shade for your Skin Tone

Most of us have a bunch of lipsticks in our beauty bag, some that we wear all the time, some that never get touched. There's a reason for that. You may have fallen in love with a lipstick in the store or on J.LO’s face, but when you put it on yourself? It just doesn't work. That's likely because the lipstick color clashes with your skin tone. Especially seen in permanent lip shading and permanent lip liner practice, it is crucial to test and try on the shades ahead of time, to ensure complete satisfaction with the color. After all, it's a commitment! Alicia Shapira is an expert permanent makeup artist, and here are the top 3 things she considers important when choosing the right shade for your lips, for both a permanent procedure or simple daily buy and wear:
  1. Identifying Your Undertone
First, the basics. Everyone’s skin has undertones of either yellow or pink. Yellow is warmer, pink is cooler. Knowing your undertone is enormously helpful when you're trying to figure out which shades look best on you. A quick way to identify your skin's undertone is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they are blue, and you also tend to gravitate towards wearing blues, whites, and grays, you’ve got pink undertones. If your veins appear greener, you have a warmer yellow undertone. If they appear to be both blue and green, you are the lucky owner of a neutral skin tone (meaning equal pink and yellow tones), and you can wear any color. Still unsure? Hold a piece of gold jewelry and a piece of silver jewelry up to your face. Ignoring your personal preference, assess which looks better with your skin — cooler (pink) tones go better with silver jewelry, whereas warm (yellow) skin tones work better with gold.
  1. Try Matching your Undertone
You want to focus on shades similar to your undertone when choosing a shade, says Alicia. “For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colors and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them.” And everyone should avoid lip colors with a gray, ashy or overly pale feel, Alicia says. These can often make the skin look sickly or unhealthy and are unflattering.
  1. Skin Tone can’t steer you wrong
To simplify the process, you can also stick to shades that typically suit olive, fair and darker skin tones. Olive skin tones are generally neutral, so it's hard for you to go wrong. “Most nude, pink, orange, and red shades are going to look good on you,” Alicia says. The great thing about really fair skin is that you can typically go for darker, bolder colors to really play up your look, explains Alicia. But be careful, avoiding anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone so you don’t look washed out. Lastly for darker skin tones, Deep plums, berries and reds look fantastic! Alicia suggests also avoiding anything too light or pale on the lips — deeper shades look more naturally flattering for this kind of complexion. Regardless of your tone and undertone, it’s up to you to decide what looks best and most flattering on yourself, and during your permanent lip shading appointment with Alicia, she will also suggest which shade is most suitable for you and your daily wear!
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