Frequently Asked Questions

Is it painful?
The actual sensation varies from person to person. Though topical anesthetics (lidocaine, tetracaine, and benzocaine) are used, some experience minor discomfort and/or minimal pain described as a stinging, burning, or tickling sensation. Only a physician can provide lidocaine injections.

Is it safe?
Pigments used are inert iron oxides, which have been used in traditional tattooing and makeup for many years. Strict OSHA requirements are followed and needle cartridges are individually packaged, sterile, and disposable. Please make sure that the practitioner that you choose is licensed and has ample experience. It is your face and mistakes can be very difficult to repair.

What is the process?
I use a state of the art digital machine. The pigment is deposited between the epidermis and dermis into the thin melanin layer which determines the color of your skin. The process takes from about one to three hours, depending on the procedure.

How long does it last?
Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually and you may want a touch up after a year and perhaps every year at a greatly reduced price. Permanent makeup does not last as long as other tattoos because the pigment qualities are uniquely formulated for facial procedures and the face is more highly exposed to elements and procedures such as sun, cosmetics, washing, etc..

How soon can I go out?
Right away. For the first few days, you may look like you are wearing your makeup a little heavier than usual. Some faint puffiness or redness may occur. Lips will take longer to appear “normal.”

Should I wear makeup to my first appointment?
If you choose to have the permanent makeup applied as you wear your makeup, this is a good idea. With my extensive art and design background, I can also help you with color and design to enhance your individual beauty.

Is it economical?
Just for fun, I decided to run the numbers. If a person spends just three minutes a day applying makeup, that equals 18.5 hours per year. Over a five year period, that's 92.5 hours. How much is your time worth to you? If you add in the cost of traditional cosmetics, the cost is even higher. I have not applied lipstick or liner for two years!

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"I love my permanent brows and eyeliner. The other day someone asked me how I got my eyeliner the same and so even on both eyes. When I said, they’re permanent, she told me that both her Mom and Grandma have had it done and what Ellie did for me looks so natural compared to what they got somewhere else. The experience with Ellie Frost was wonderful. She is an artist, professional, and exacting, I have recommended her to a friend and she loves her brows too."

-Bev Snow
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Classic Permanent Makeup offers an all-inclusive introductory course for those looking to start a career in permanent makeup.
Ellie Frost, MA, LPCT
Portland, OR  1219 SW 18th St., Portland, OR 97205    tel:  971-227-4396