You can find answers to frequently asked questions here. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact me.
Which brands do you use?
For SPMU, I use Finishing Touches Group and Tina Davies Permablend pigments. I have a Vogue digital machine and purchase my needles, hygiene supplies and PPE directly from Finishing Touches.
For make-up, I use Becca, Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Chantecaille, Revolution and many more. The brand of lashes I use is Academy Lashes. To prep the skin, I use Omoravicza.
Are your products cruelty-free and/or vegan?
All of the pigments and aftercare used for SPMU are vegan and cruelty-free.
I only use cruelty-free make-up brands in my kit and I have plenty of vegan options.
The lash brand I use is Academy Lashes, which is 100% cruelty free. I carry both synthetic and human hair lashes, so please let me know if you have a preference.
If you are interested in vegan and cruelty-free make-up looks, you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more inspiration!
Do you accept card?
Yes! Even for mobile/location appointments. You can also pay by cash, Paypal or bank transfer.
Does SPMU hurt?
I always ask clients to rate the pain between 1 and 5 after the procedure, with 5 being the most painful, and 1 being the least painful. Whilst everyone’s pain threshold is different, most clients have rated the pain a 1 or a 2 out of 5. I have even had some clients fall asleep!
Topical anaesthetic will be applied before we start your procedure, and then once the first pass has been completed, a secondary anaesthetic will be applied, which will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Can you post a patch test to me?
It’s preferable to come in person for your patch test and complimentary consultation at the same time, so that we can discuss the treatment more in depth and assess your suitability. In certain circumstances, I can post out patch tests and consultation forms.
All SPMU clients must have a patch test as a condition of my insurance.
What qualifications do you have, and are you insured?
I am insured by Holistic Services for SPMU and Salon Gold for Make-up. The premises I work from is fully registered and licensed by Bristol City Council.
I completed a full SPMU diploma with Finishing Touches Group in May 2019.
I graduated from London College of Fashion in 2009 with a 1st class BA(Hons) degree in Fashion Specialism: Editorial Make-up.
What days & times are you open?
I am available different days each week, including both week and weekend days. I take evening appointments up until 9pm in order to accommodate clients who are busy during the day. My schedule is usually uploaded to Booksy 4-6 weeks in advance. I can take appointments even if the salon is closed.
I can take wedding bookings up to 2 years in advance.
Can I bring a friend/children/my dog with me to my appointment? Do you have a waiting area?
Unfortunately I am not insured to be able to accommodate children or dogs in the salon. Please do not bring them with you, as it would not be safe for them. I do love to see photos of them though!
Anyone accompanying you to your SPMU appointment is not permitted to enter the treatment room for health & safety reasons, although they are welcome to wait in the waiting area.
Due to Covid-19, the salon I work in may introduce a policy of limiting the amount of people allowed in at one time from July 2020, so please check first.
Please arrive on time for your appointment, rather than early or late, so we can keep everything running smoothly in the salon.
What should I do in preparation for my SPMU appointment?
You should make sure you are in good health before you come to your appointment, so that your body is best equipped to go through the healing process. It is advisable to have something to eat before your procedure.
Please avoid alcohol, caffeine and Ibuprofen for 24 hours before your appointment.
The skin in the area to be treated should be in good condition, so please avoid sunbathing, sunbeds and chemical peels before your appointment. Using lip balm regularly for a few days before a lip procedure is essential. Lash extensions should be removed for eyeliner treatments.
You might be a little swollen and/or red in the area that’s been tattooed, so please bear this in mind before making plans for after your appointment.
As you’ll need to keep the area as dry as possible for 7 days after your procedure, my top tip would be to wash your hair the night before!
How should I look after my new semi-permanent make-up tattoo?
You should keep the treated area as dry as possible for a week after the procedure, and should therefore avoid saunas, jacuzzis, swimming and doing exercise that results in excess sweating as this will affect pigment retention.
Some scabbing and peeling in the area in the days following the procedure is to be expected, so please bear this in mind. It will take 4-6 weeks for your new SPMU to fully heal. During this time, you will need to be very careful with applying and removing make-up on and around the treated area, which will be explained to you in more detail. You will need to refrain from applying make-up on the tattooed area for 2 weeks to minimise risk of infection.
I will provide you with further aftercare information after the procedure, including a leaflet to take away with you (or emailed if you prefer) and a small pot of balm to apply 1-3 times a day.
Once your SPMU has healed, using SPF50 and avoiding acids will help prolong the longevity of your tattoo.
What is the difference between microblading and machine brows?
Microblading uses a hand held tool to manually insert pigment into the skin, whereas the machine method uses a digital machine and very fine needle. With the digital machine, different needle formations and speeds can be used depending on the required results and the skin type of the client. I do not currently offer microblading.
“Had my lip line and blush done and was over the moon with the results and service. Thank you Emma x“
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