Permanent Makeup: What to expect before, during and after your service


You’ve made the decision to go permanent – and you’ve chosen MAYU to shape your experience and your brows! Depending on how much research you’ve done, we’re certain you have lots of questions for us. This post will walk you through the basics of what to expect during your Microblading or Ombré treatment.


We want to know as much about you as possible to make sure you’re thrilled with your results, so we encourage you to come prepared to your consultation. What does that mean?

Bring images of brows you love (even brows you don’t love!). Show us what’s in your makeup bag. Share your brow goals with us. We want to know as much about you as possible so we can customize a look that’s tailored to you, and only you. We’ll answer your questions, take a detailed medical history and tell you what to expect during treatment. Before your treatment, make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not work out on the day of your procedure.

  • Do not tan before your appointment (if you have a sunburn or recent tan we cannot perform the service).

  • Do not take: Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, fish oil or Ibuprofen 24 hours before the procedure.

  • No alcohol or caffeine 2 days before the procedure.

  • No waxing or tinting 3 days before the procedure (electrolysis no less than 5 days before).

  • Let your brow hairs grow out before the procedure – we will trim and shape them during the design phase.


We listen actively to what you hope to achieve from your treatment. The perfect brow complements your unique facial structure and features, so we take great care to create and mark a facial chart that is yours and yours alone. We will guide you every step of the way to build and keep that connection so that you’re thrilled with your results. Just as everyone’s brows are different, everyone’s tolerance to pain differs as well. There are a number of factors that can determine the amount of discomfort you will feel during your treatment:

  • If you are on your menstrual cycle

  • If you have a high/low pain tolerance

  • If you are used to having other procedures done, such as waxing, Botox or laser treatments

  • If you are a redhead (it’s true!)

We’ll use a numbing agent before and during your procedure to minimize any pain, but if at any point you need a break, just let us know.


Your certified practitioner will prepare a post-treatment “care package” for you, including detailed aftercare instructions, cleaning pads and shower visors to keep the water and soap away from the treated area. She will go over the instructions and answer any questions you may have regarding what to expect in the following days. You will book your follow-up appointment before you leave.

All tattoos carry the inherent risk of infection and/or allergic reaction.  Any swelling or bruising that occurs usually subsides within 24 hours of the initial treatment.  If pain or tenderness persists for longer than a few days, consult your doctor and certified practitioner immediately.

Within the first 2-4 days, expect your brow color to darken. This is completely normal as skin begins to heal and the pigment sets in. It will lighten, we promise!

After the first week post-treatment, you should expect some slight scabbing. Do not pick at scabs! Interfering with the healing process can result in scarring and loss of pigment in the area.

Once the scabbing subsides, you will notice that your brows look much lighter. This is also normal! The color should return to normal around the 6-week mark. This is when we recommend that you book your touch-up appointment with your certified practitioner if you have not yet done so, She will assess at that time how your brows have healed and if there are any areas to fill in or color adjust.


Use a good sunscreen after 10 days. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics. Likewise, the use of Retin-A / Tretinoin, chemical peels and acid peels or any other rapid skin exfoliation products use on the forehead area will cause the eyebrow permanent makeup to fade prematurely. To maintain results, try to schedule a “touch-up” of your permanent makeup at least once a year.

Have more questions? Contact us or schedule a consultation today.