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Frequently asked questions

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a manual method that uses a fine blade to create hair strokes that mimics natural brow hairs. This procedure is semi-permanent and pigment is only deposit into the epidermis layer of the skin. This technique used to enhance the apperance of the eyebrows.

How long does Microblading last?

On average microblading typically last 1-2 years. This varies on each client depending on their lifstyle and skin conditions.

Am I a good candidate for Microblading?

If you have normal to dry skin, you are a great candidate for this procedure. People suffering from alopecia or any other condition that causes hair loss, benefit greatly from microblading. If you have OILY/ACNE PRONE skin microblading is NOT recommend!

What is Powder Brows?

Powder brows, also known as ombre brows, is a form of semi-permanent makeup.This technique uses a sterlized disposable needle to shade and blend pigment to create a soft powdery makeup effect. This procedure is less invasive than microblading and healed results are more predictable as well. Powder brows is suitable for all.

Will it hurt?

Everyone has a different level of sensitivity. Pain tolerance varies client to client, but topical anesthetics is applied throughout each procedure to help with discomfort.

What is the healing process like?

Each client heals differently. Usually it takes 7-10 days for epithelial crust to form, slough off, and for pigment to settle into the skin. Expect brows to apper darker and bolder. Some clients may experience slight swellen and reddness. There is no down time at all.

What do I need to do prep for treatment ?

1. Do not workout before appointment 2. No alcohol or caffeine within 24hr of your appointment 3. Do not tan before procedure 4. Avoid waxing or tinting before brow services 5. Do not consume blood thinner such as aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, or Ibuprofen with in 24hr before your appoinment

What do I after my treatment?

1. Please follow aftercare instructions giving. 2. Avoid water for 24hrs 3. Avoid swimming, sauna, hot showers, and heavy exercising 4. No facials or chemical treatment for 3-4 weeks 5. Please avoid rubbing, picking or scratch the treated area

What other permanent makeup services do you offer?

I also specialize in eyeliner and lip tattooing as well.

How long does powder brows last?

This service usually last 1-3 years. But depending on different factors of the inidividual's lifestyle, it can affect the procedure. A touch up is highly recommend annually to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.

Can I recieve service if I recently got Botox?

It is best to wait 3-4 weeks after your Botox treatment to get microblading or powder brows done.


301 - 1621 Dufferin Crescent 
Nanaimo, BC V9S 5T4


Tel: 250-591-0701

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8:30 - 6:00

Tuesday: 8:30 - 4:30

Wednesday: 8:30 - 4:30

Thursday: 8:30 - 8:00

Friday: 8:30 - 6:00

​​Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


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