Cosmetic Tattoos

We’re excited to introduce Renee, the creative force behind “Bear Brows Cosmetic Tattooing,” now proudly offered at Adorn Uptown in Vancouver, Washington. Renee specializes in a variety of services ranging from eyebrow microblading, permanent makeup, gender affirming services to areola restoration. She has a unique set of passions and talents that distinguish her from the rest, while remaining devoted to her clients experience and supporting her community.

Renee started her journey early in the industry with modifying people’s bodies as a piercer beginning in early 2004. During her career Renee fell in love with cosmetic tattooing and earned her certification as a permanent makeup artist from the Permatech Makeup Training Studio in 2008. Renee is also a member of the American Micro-pigmentation Academy and regularly trains in her field with the most up to date techniques and education. On top of it all, Renee does community outreach through her business. She is a firm believer in giving back and donates to organizations such as Tranzmission project and The Humane Society.

When Renee isn’t in the salon, she can be found nerding out over coffee, falling in love with animals, partaking in awkward dad-jokes, bad puns, and enjoying the outdoors. Renee is an understanding practitioner in her craft and looks forwarding to meeting new clients she can help guide towards their goals.

Email us at AdornUptown@gmail.com for inquiries and appointment availability.

FAQs

  • What is cosmetic tattooing?

    Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup (also known as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation) is a technique similar to tattooing, in which a needle is used to place pigmented granules beneath the upper dermis or first layers of skin. Cosmetic tattooing is soft and subtle, and is meant to be a natural-looking beauty enhancement.

  • How long does a cosmetic tattoo last?

    Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-2 years, likely to completely dissipate after 3 years.

    Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure followed by a touch-up procedure 6-8 weeks later. Both visits are included in the initial cost and it is recommend to schedule your touch up during your first session. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second treatment, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.
    Previously tattooed eyebrows may require additional appointments and rarely achieve similar results to those who have no previous tattoo work. Additional services are offered at a lower cost within the first two years of your cosmetic tattoo if you feel that it may need just a little bit of extra love after the 8 week period.
    Permanent makeup is designed to fade over time. All of this can make it sound a little not worth it. But honestly, fading is desired as it allows alterations to color and shape over the years while your natural coloration, facial structure, and fashion trends change.

  • How much does permanent makeup cost?

    The answer depends on the desired procedure(s), as well as the quality of the studio and experience of the artist. When you’re shopping for something as long-lasting as permanent makeup, you want to look at more than just price. Consider how long the studio has been operating, the education and experience level of the artist, client reviews and testimonials, proper sterilization, and good equipment. Remember, you get what you pay for. It can save you a lot of money and embarrassment to do it right the first time. All pricing is listed here.

  • Does it hurt?

    To ensure the most comfortable experience possible, topical anesthetics developed for permanent makeup procedures are applied to the area before and during the procedure. Some people describe a ‘tingling’ feeling, while others describe some discomfort. It all depends on the procedure and your particular tolerance level. We do hear often that there was not as much discomfort as expected.

  • How long does it take?

    The average appointment takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. Numbing and mapping the area takes a majority of this time, while actual tattooing takes about 45 minutes.

  • What are the pigments made of?

    I use the highest grade, pharmaceutical iron-oxide based pigments. While the FDA does not regulate colors, permanent cosmetics are considered generally very safe and adverse reactions are rare.

  • Can you cover "Old school" tattooed brows?

    In some cases, we can revive traditionally tattooed eyebrows. Cover-ups depend on the current color, age of the previous tattoo, and scar tissue. Scar tissue does tend to reject pigment. In a lot of cases, there is a great chance microblading will not hold.

    Previously pink or orange tattooed eyebrows have a better chance for coverage, but still can look pretty solid depending on each individuals skin. Darker, previously tattooed eyebrows are harder to cover because the hair strokes applied disappear into the previous tattoo. Think of this like drawing on black paper with a black pen. You wont see much. If the issue is to adjust the color from blue back to brown, we CAN color correct. We can also make them thicker but they will always be solid where the old tattoo exists.

    If you need cover up work, please email me for a consultation. If you are unable to schedule an in-person consultation, please send photos so I can do my best to assess to your eyebrow.

  • What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

    Sun exposure:
    UV rays fade pigment faster. Sun block may be used to prolong your enhancement, despite the natural deterioration of the pigment.

    Color:
    Some colors fade quicker than others. A blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.
    The area of treatment:
    For example: Enhancements to the face fade more quickly due to constant exposure.

    Natural body functions:
    The longer it takes for your body to regeneration new cells, the longer the pigment holds. Your body will also absorb the pigment over time. The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.

  • What should I do before my procedure?

    For eyebrows: If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please let me know. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. You may fill-in your eyebrows prior to your appointment if you wish so we can get a sense of what your daily makeup routine is like. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. We also request our clients avoid prescription blood thinners (if possible) for 24 hours prior to their appointment. This also includes Vitamin E, aspirin, and alcohol.

  • How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?

    Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and bigger than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Please view my aftercare instructions for details about the healing process.

  • How will my cosmetic tattoo look in the future?

    During your appointment, we will analyze your skin’s undertone to anticipate how pigment colors will fade in the future. We will also mix pigments to ensure color remains in the same tone. The majority of cosmetic tattoos stay true to color. There are some cases, however, where colors may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments. Many factors affect these changes. At your follow up appointment, we will analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Special formula alterations to correct the color and to prevent further color change is made at this time.

  • Future medical procedures and their relevancy:

    If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.
    If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.

Pricing

Brows

We shape and measure your individual anatomy in order to customize your perfect brow. You get to view and approve your final shape and together we work to create the ideal brow for your specific facial features.

Microblading – $500
Powder Brow – $500
Combo (Microblading and Powder) – $600

*Price includes one touch up 6-8 weeks after initial appointment*

Eyeliner

Whether you are looking to subtly enhance your natural lash line or achieve bold sassy liner – we can help.

Top or Bottom – $250
Full Liner (top and bottom) – $450

*Price includes one touchup 6-8 weeks after initial appointment*

Lips

As we age, we tend to loose pigment and definition in our lips. A special shading technique is used to create a soft natural lip color we can make your lips appear fuller and shapelier.

Liner – $250
Blush – $350

*Price includes one touchup 6-8 weeks after initial appointment*

Freckles

Yes, friends! You can get natural looking freckles or enhance freckles you already have or create an adorable face of freckles you’ve always dreamed of.

All freckle sessions – $150

*Price does not include any additional sessions*

Areola Tattoos

Have you had a mastectomy or just want to change the shape of your areola? This service is for you.

One areola – $300
Two areola – $500

Additional Maintenance Sessions

Additional maintenance sessions are not always necessary but may be desired for a bolder look. Maintenance sessions are offered at a low cost for previous clients within 1-2 years of their initial session.

Eyebrows

Microblading and Powder Brow

Within 1st year of initial session – $150
Within 2nd year of initial session – $250

Combo Brows

Within 1 year of initial session – $200
Within 2nd year of initial session – $300

Eyeliner

Top or Bottom

Within 1st year of initial session – $100
Within 2nd year of initial session – $150

Full Liner

Within 1st year of initial session – $200
Within 2nd year of initial session – $300

Lips

Liner

Within 1st year of initial session – $100
Within 2nd year of initial session – $200

Blush

Within 1st year of initial session – $150
Within 2nd year of initial session – $250

Areola Tattoos

One areola

Within 1st year of initial session – $150
Within 2nd year of initial session – $250

Both areola

Within 1st year of initial session – $200
Within 2nd year of initial session – $300

 

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