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FAQ

  • Do you offer other services?
    Yes, I offer many Aesthetic services such as facials, microdermabrasion, brow lamination, lash extension, brow shaping with or without wax, lip wax, & brow tinting. Microblading services coming soon! You can find up to date offerings on my booking site found by clicking "BOOK NOW" on the home page. If you do not see the service listed, please reach out! I am always learning new services, so fast that my website cannot keep up. Please click the link on the “Book Now” page to schedule. Cosmetic tattoos offered at the West Chester location and Aesthetic services only offered at the Downingtown location.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    The initial procedure will generally take approximately three hours; this process involves: photographs, mapping of procedure area, approval of final design, color selection, implantation of pigment/tattoo, and aftercare instructions. This is a collaborative process and I want you comfortable and secure in your design before we proceed. Your second session will require less time.
  • How safe are the procedures?
    Permanent Cosmetic Artists are required to take annual Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to stay compliant. All needles are one time use, sterile, and individually packaged for each client and new disposable products are used during each procedure. Any surfaces touched/used are disinfected with a hospital grade EPA – registered surface disinfectant; effective against 42 pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
  • What are Powder Brows?
    This tattoo service uses a Cosmetic tattoo pen specifically designed for Cosmetic Tattoos to deposit pigment/ink into the upper layer of the dermis which creates a powdery effect that blends in with your natural hair to give fullness, shape, definition and symmetry. Completely or greatly minimizing the daily time and effort it takes applying eyebrow pencil or brow powder! Want natural and powdery or big and bold; the versatility is limitless!
  • Are you certified?
    Yes, I am a Certified Insured Permanent Cosmetics Artist as well as a Licensed Esthetician. My training was completed at Dermagrafix Permanent Cosmetics Training Academy and also The Beauty Institute. Please check out my work and follow me on Instagram @musebeautyink & @musebeautybarllc
  • Will I still need to use brow pencil or powder?
    This will depend on factors such as how much natural hair you already have and how light or bold you want your brows. Think of Permanent Cosmetics as “lingerie” for your face! For an everyday look most will not need to use anything! But for those occasions when your “steppin’ out” you may want to add pencil or powder for a more dramatic effect. Remember to follow your aftercare instructions as your commitment to proper healing and your skin care regimen will greatly impact the longevity of your results.
  • Is it painful?
    Most people don’t experience any discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s threshold. However, I apply both a pre-numbing topical anesthetic and a secondary anesthetic after the procedure has begun. My goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible!
  • Do I need Lip Blush neutralization?
    ***You must schedule a consultation first if you need neutralization*** Neutralization is needed for lip blushing on lips darker due to trauma, hormone imbalance, too much caffeine, melanin richness, and smoking. First process is to neutralize cool tones and lift the darkness of lips with the help of warm-based pigment. Afterwards, a target color can be added if you want it. Dark lips neutralization is not an easy task to do. It should be done by an artist who has experience in lip blushing on dark lips. Regardless some people are still not good candidates for dark lip neutralization. Those who have excessive lip hyperpigmentation can end up getting even darker lips after the treatment.
  • Will I have swelling?
    A little swelling is normal for the procedure but there’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within a couple of hours if you have any at all. The lips and eye area will swell more than brows traditionally. Possibly lasting 1-3 days. Ice packs are applied if swelling occurs before you leave the studio.
  • Do I qualify for permanent makeup?
    -Muse be 18 years or older -Must not be pregnant or breastfeeding -Must not be sick (cold, flu, COVID-19, etc.) -Must not have active cancer ***Must wait 1 year after completion of Chemotherapy -Must not have allergies to tattoo ink -Must not be on blood thinners ***-May require a physicians note -Must not be on antibiotics -Must not have active eczema or psoriasis in treatment area -Must not have hemophilia -Must not be epileptic -Must not be on Accutane or steroids which thin the blood -Certain Skincare (Used Accutane in the past year.). -Must not have a history of scarring or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation ***Due to many factors, sometimes tattoo removal is needed before more color is added. Sometimes additional color correction sessions are needed. I reserve the right to refuse service to any potential client for any reason.
  • What is Lip Blushing?
    This tattoo service when healed will give a watercolor or lip tint effect. Just apply clear gloss for an everyday Effortless look. Or take your blush to an evening look by applying lipstick overtop. The subtle beauty of lip blush allows you to change up your color whenever you’d like.
  • Will I need a touch-up/color boost?
    Most likely because your color may fade significantly after the initial session. This is a normal part of the healing process, and a second session is almost always needed.
  • What is Lash Line Enhancement?
    Lash Line Enhancement also known as invisible eyeliner involves tattooing an ultra-thin line through the lash line to create the illusion of fuller darker lashes (similar to tightlining) creating a natural open-eye effect. This procedure does not include eyeliner or wing.
  • Do you have to shave my eyebrow hair?
    No. Every attempt is made to retain all natural hair and integrate it into the design of the permanent eyebrows. In some cases, where shaping of the natural brow is required, a few hairs here and there may need to be removed to create a clean and aesthetically pleasing result.
  • Can you guarantee my results?
    Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in this industry. It is an art, not a science. I cannot predict how the pigment will hold. And how the skin reacts is different for each person. Many factors are to be taken into consideration. Skin type, age, scarring, diet, stress levels, facial products used, etc. all play a key role in how the pigment will hold, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required. However, I can guarantee that your face is important to me and that I will act in accordance with my training to give you my absolute best. I can guarantee that I will strive to make you happy every time.
  • What is the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?
    The primary difference is how pigment/ink is implanted into the skin. Powder Brows uses a machine to implant hundreds of tiny dots giving a tint or powder makeup effect whereas Microblading uses a handheld tool to create tiny scratches or cuts in the skin to mimic hair which pigment/ink is then pushed into. Muse will offer a combination of Microblading and Powder Brows later this year!
  • Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
    They are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo or pigment in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic color boosts/refreshes every 1-3 years depending on your lifestyle.
  • What is Microdermabrasion?
    Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation procedure that is performed with a diamond tip allowing removal of the superficial layer of dead skin cells. Immediate improvement in skin’s texture is seen however it is advised to book multiple sessions (normally 2 weeks apart) in order to achieve the best results. A customized mask and finishing products complete this service.
  • How to prepare for my facial appointment
    -Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to change in and out of -You can come with or without makeup but either way it will be removed during the double cleanse -Knowing the names of your skincare products is helpful to your esthetician -Let your esthetician know any medications, medical conditions and past or present skin conditions you have had. -Arrive early to your appointment to fill out paperwork & discuss skin concerns
  • Do I qualify for a facial?
    Before scheduling facial please be advised that you are not a candidate if: -Muse not have received Botox or fillers within 1 week of this appointment. -Must not have active sunburn. -Must stop AHA's, BHA's & Retinol 5 days before & after this service. -Must avoid waxing of face 24 hours prior to a facial. -Must avoid laser hair removal for 6 weeks. -Must discontinue Accutane 12 months prior to scheduling -Must not have a history of keloid scarring, diabetes, or any autoimmune disease. -Must not have active herpes blisters or cold sores. -Must avoid self-tanning 2 weeks before a facial to avoid irregular skin tone -Must not have any other peel treatment within 14 days of this appointment. -Must not have severe cystic acne (if you are unsure, please schedule a consultation) -Peels: Must not have an allergy to: Aspirin or sensitivity to salicylic acid (Alpha-Beta Peel) Citric fruits (oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons) Cocoa, chocolate, and/or raspberry Pineapplie and / or papaya **Please be advised there may be additional contraindications once your Esthetician reviews your medication history
  • What is a Jelly Mask?
    Jelly masks start off in powdered form and are activated with purified water. As the water mixes with the powder, it forms a liquid "jelly" that is applied to the area. After about 15 minutes, the jelly mask solidifies, creating a vacuum seal that pushes all the beneficial ingredients into your skin's pores. After the time is up the mask is removed. Jelly masks are customized to your skin concern. These masks can cover your eyes and lips for maximum benefit.
  • Who is not a good candidate for Dermaplane and a Peel?
    Before scheduling your Dermaplane and Peel facial please be advised that you are not a candidate if: -Muse not have received Botox or fillers within 1 week of this appointment. -Must not have active sunburn. -Must stop AHA's, BHA's & Retinol 5 days before & after this service. -Must avoid waxing of face 24 hours prior to a facial. -Must avoid laser hair removal for 6 weeks. -Must discontinue Accutane 12 months prior to scheduling -Must not have a history of keloid scarring, diabetes, or any autoimmune disease. -Must not have active herpes blisters or cold sores. -Must avoid self-tanning 2 weeks before a facial to avoid irregular skin tone -Must not have any other peel treatment within 14 days of this appointment. -Must not have severe cystic acne (if you are unsure, please schedule a consultation) -Must not have an allergy to: Aspirin or sensitivity to salicylic acid (Alpha-Beta Peel) Citric fruits (oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons) Cocoa, chocolate, and/or raspberry Pineapplie and / or papaya **Please be advised there may be additional contraindications once your Esthetician reviews your medication history
  • What is Hydrodermabrasion?
    Hydrodermabrasion is a skin treatment that uses liquid to exfoliate the top layers of skin. The provider uses a handheld tool to infuse ingredients into the skin as well as suction away dead skin cells, dirt, and debris. Benefits of hydrodermabrasion include improved skin texture and reduced appearance of fine lines.
  • How do I care for my skin after a facial?
    -Avoid taking a hot shower right after your facial or a sauna -Avoid direct sunlight (Wear SPF!) -Avoid irritating products like Retin A & AHA's -Don't exfoliate your skin (no waxing or laser hair treatments) -Avoid picking at your skin even if you purge after a facial -Drink plenty of water
  • What are hybrid lashes?
    Hybrid lashes are a combination of individual lashes and fans (more than 1 lash to a natural lash). This combination will result in more volume and a wispy textured look.
  • How to care for my lashes?
    -Keep your lashes as dry as possible for the first 24 hours by avoiding showers, saunas, swimming and humidity. -Avoid oil-based facial cleansers -Use a special eyelash extension cleanser called lash bath daily -Do not apply mascara on top of your lashes -Brush your lashes daily -If you are using eyeliner opt for a water-based non-waterproof version -Don't use an eyelash curler with extensions
  • What are Classic Lashes?
    Individual extensions are attached to natural lashes to give dimension and texture for a longer and fuller appearance.
  • How to arrive to your lash appointment.
    -Avoid caffeine/stimulants up to 4 hours before your appointment -Arrive with a clean face and clean lashes -Avoid using oil-based products on & around your eyes prior to appointment -Dress comfortably -Bring headphones -Arrive early to fill out paperwork and discuss design -Bring pictures of designs you like to show your lash artist
  • Who should not get lash extensions?
    -Alopecia -Chemotherapy hair loss -Trichotillomania -Poor natural lash health -Allergies to adhesives (Cyanoacrylate) -Active eye infections (conjunctivitis, blepharitis, any eye infection) -Recent eye procedure (LASIK, cataract, brow lift, eye surgery) -Clients who still want to use mascara everyday
  • How often do I need lash fills?
    This will depend on your natural lash cycle, the fullness you're going for and how well you maintain your lashes. On average a person can typically shed between 1-4 natural lashes every day. With that in mind most people with get lash fills every 2-3 weeks.
  • What is brow mapping?
    Brow mapping is a shaping technique that uses measurements to determine the start, arch and end of the brow to help achieve a more symmetrical look. It is often performed using calipers, pre-inked string and a brow pencil.
  • What is brow lamination?
    Brow Lamination softens the hair follicle using a reverse perm-like solution and then re-shapes, or sets, it into a more refined, lifted, smoother shape. Gives the appearance of fuller brows. Lasts 4-6 weeks.
  • What is brow henna?
    Henna is used as a brow tint that dyes the skin in addition to the actual hair follicles. It can last up to 2 weeks on the skin and up to 6 weeks on the hair.
  • What is a lash lift?
    A lash lift is a perm for your eyelashes. Your lashes are fixed into place on a lash rod that helps boost your lashes from the base to the tip so you can see the full length giving them a more lifted, lengthened appearance. In general, a lash lift lasts 4-6 weeks.
  • Who should avoid waxing
    -Those on antibiotics (makes the skin more sensitive) -Used Accutane in the past year -Have Lupus or HIV -Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation -Sunburned skin -Tanning in the past 24 hours -Avoid on areas you use alpha hydroxy acids over 8% -Over or around body piercings ***Other situations such as pregnancy, Rosacea, blood thinners, diabetes, phlebitis, use of white willow bark, and other medications may require a patch test and/or physicians note***
  • What is hard wax?
    Hard wax is a thicker wax that hardens onto hair follicles without adhering to your skin. It does not require waxing strips. This wax can be less painful for some.
  • How to prepare for your waxing appointment
    -Treat your skin to a good exfoliating scrub 24 hours before your appointment -Take ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment - this will help to reduce inflammation and help with discomfort (This may help, but don't feel you have to if you'd rather avoid taking painkillers).
  • Post-waxing Care
    -Wear loose fitting clothing -Avoid exercise for 24 hours -Avoid sun exposure for 48 hours -Avoid skin exfoliation for 48 hours -Apply aloe vera as needed
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