Frequently asked questions about lash
extensions and cosmetic tattoos


Frequently asked questions about lash extensions and cosmetic tattoos

Eyelash F.A.Q

Our most frequent questions regarding eyelash extensions.

How long do they last?

The life of your natural lash. However FabYou recommend getting a refill every 3-4 weeks to keep them looking nice and full.

How do they feel wearing them?

They feel very light, so you can’t feel them. Most clients tell us they are wearing less makeup since having our eyelash extensions applied. 

How long does it take to apply a full set of lash extensions?

Approximately 1-2 hours depending on the amount of lashes required. At FabYouLash we have applied 1000’s of full eyelash extension sets, so we are very efficient. Most of our sets take 60-100 minutes

How many lashes make a full set?

Approximately 50-100+ lashes per eye.

Can I use eye makeup remover?

Only water-based remover or cleanser may be used.

Can I wear makeup when having my eyelashes applied?

The eyelashes must be clean and clear of all makeup and oils. Avoid wearing water proof mascara 2-3 days before your appointment.

Do I need to wear mascara after eyelash extensions?

FabYouLash do not recommend wearing mascara as it reduces the life of your eyelash extensions.

What Maintenance is required?

FabYou recommends that you lightly brush your eyelash extensions after washing your face to ensure they remain straight and in line with your natural lashes. You will be shown how to wash and care for them at your appointment. We recommend refills every 3 weeks.

How long does it take to get refills?

Approximately 60-75 minutes depending on the amount of lashes required.

When can I NOT have eyelash extensions applied?

If you have any eye irritations or infections or experience allergies pertaining to products being applied to your skin or hair.

Eyelash extension after care?

Keep your lashes dry for at least 7 hours (24 hours is ideal)

Other important aftercare tips:

*No swimming, steam rooms or saunas for 48 hours. Use only water based makeup removers and cleansers (Oily/cream based products will shorten the life of your  eyelash extensions). No waterproof mascara.

*No eyelash curlers on your eyelash extensions. Avoid rubbing, touching and playing with your eyelash extensions (This can become addictive, so just don’t even go there!).

*Use a foaming cleanser on your lashes at least every other day (We’ll show you how it’s done).

*Use a tissue to blot dry lashes after washing your face. Don’t forget to pre-book your next eyelash refill at 2 – 4 week intervals in order to maintain the fullness of your eyelash extensions (We recommend 3 weeks for most clients).

*Please remove all eye makeup prior to your appointment, to ensure you receive the most out of your treatment time.

*Avoid using waterproof mascara for at least 3 days prior (that stuff can be like cement to get off).

*Did you know you loose 3-5 natural lashes per day?…7 lashes if you have fast growth.


Lash Retention Troubleshooting:

*A build up of oil/makeup effects lash retention, clean your lashes daily with an approved lash/brow cleanser, if you have oily skin cleanse morning and night. Your eyelids are the oiliest part of your body.

*Do not wear mascara whilst wearing extensions.

*Do not have caffeine or talking during your lash application…this leads to twitchy eyes which makes correct application very difficult.

*No picking or touching your lashes.

Cosmetic tattoo F.A.Q

Our most frequent questions regarding cosmetic tattoos.

What does the Cosmetic Tattooing process involve?

The cosmetic tattoo procedure involves depositing pigment into the skin, using a  pen-style machine which rapidly inserts small quantities of the appropriate colour pigment progressively in the required area with the expertise of a competent and skilled professional. Treatments available are ombré brows, eyeliner and lash enhancement and lip blush technique. The pigment remains in the skin indefinitely although the colour may fade due to ageing of the tattoo, health or environmental factors, eventually retouching may be required.

How long does it last?
There is no definitive answer to this one – it is dependent on many factors, such as:


*The pigment used – darker pigments i.e. black and very dark brown last a lot longer than lighter shades.  A blonde to light brown brow will usually need refreshing around 12 -18 months.
*The method used –   the pigment is implanted with a tattoo machine.
*The density of pigment – i.e. a treatment that has been reinforced with a second adjustment appointment will usually be longer lasting
*Environmental factors such as exposure to UV light. Tanning and not using sun protection will fade cosmetic tattoos faster, and those with oilier skin, the tattoo will not last as long as in someone with a dryer skin.
*After care – regularly tinting over the area, using glycolic acid based products or peels on the area, or regularly exfoliating over the brows can cause them to fade more quickly.
*Your health and overall individual physiology – some people retain pigment extremely well, others do not (however the adjustment appointment gives us an indicator of this and how much darker/how more more pigment needs to be implanted.
*Generally, the treatment is considered semi-permanent; though in many cases (especially eyeliner and very dark brows) you will always have some pigment remaining in the skin. A touch-up treatment is recommended every 12-24 months. 
Who benefits from cosmetic tattoo?

*People who don’t want to spend their time applying makeup

*People who need to look good every day for work and are expected to maintain a certain level of grooming.

*People who enjoy sports, swimming and the beach.

*Those suffering alopecia and hair loss from medical treatment.

*Those who suffer bad eyesight who have trouble applying makeup.

*Those who just don’t like the ‘made-up’ look and want to look great in no time.

*Those who are always in a rush and feel that applying makeup is a luxury they just don’t have time for!

In short, just about everyone! 2 years ago, after deliberating the decision for years, I had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed. It was the best thing I ever did for them – no more fiddling about in the mirror trying to get one just like the other – that frustrating feeling when you’re rushing to get out the door, but you know they aren’t perfect (or, you forget to draw one on in your rush!). 

What is the difference between powder-fill/solid brow and hair-strokes or feathering for eyebrow tattoo?

Powder-fill gives a more defined, solid appearance, and is usually a longer-lasting option, whereas hair stroke, as the name suggests, involves cosmetic tattooing on tiny lines/strokes in a design that gives the appearance of hair. Hair-strokes alone, with no background, do require more re-touching than other methods. A good, longer lasting option can be a combination of these, where a lighter powder-fill will be done at the first appointment, then hair-strokes over the top, to give texture and a realistic, hair like appearance. We can discuss these options and what would give you the best result and your consultation.

What is the difference between Ombré/Powder Brow and Microblading?

An ombré/ powder brow is a more natural softer looking style, as microblading can look good initially, if performed well but they often never heal crisp and will blur over time. Brows can heal blue due to going too deep or even cause scarring when performed incorrectly. Please note: I do not offer microblading.  

How long does the procedure take?

Normally around 2-2.5 hours, depending on the treatment you are having. Often, for eyebrows, the longest part of the appointment can be the consultation and actually drawing on the brow shape – I will always spend time getting them as symmetrical and as close to perfect as possible, with your approval before any cosmetic tattooing begins. The actual tattooing rarely takes longer than 90 minutes. When you make your appointment, we will discuss the time needed and make sure there is plenty of time for you to ask questions and for us to discuss the look you are after.

Does it hurt?

It varies between person to person, most people experience a little discomfort during the first 5-10 minutes of the treatment, but once the area has been numbed effectively, feel very little. I myself have had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed, and found it was like a slightest feeling for the first few minutes, after which I couldn’t feel much – it was a lot more bearable than I had thought! We advise you to purchase a small tube of numbing cream that can be purchased from a compounding pharmacy (I can supply details). This controls any pain significantly.  

Can it be removed if I change my mind?
Technically, most cosmetic tattoos can be removed with specific laser treatments or manually with a saline product called Botched Ink®, which I offer. However it can be quite difficult and many treatments are often needed. As such, I would go into the treatment with the view that it is permanent.
If you are ambivalent and really unsure as to whether it’s something you would want in 2 or 3 years time, maybe take some more time to consider. Or, if you are committed to the idea but unsure of the look, go with something less dramatic and lighter.
Remember, it is quite simple for me to retouch a treatment and make it thicker or darker – but impossible to do the opposite. You can always go darker/more dramatic at your adjustment appointment!
Is it a safe procedure?

Yes, very.

The cosmetic tattoo machine is one of the most hygienic available, a small, pen-like device that uses completely disposable parts.

All needles, tubes, chambers, caps, casings – anything that comes into contact with clients, are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment.

Allergic reactions to the pigments are incredibly rare. The pigments brands used are trusted, long-established USA made brands that have been on the market for decades.

The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body, so highly unlikely to cause a reaction. In regards to patch tests, this can be arranged and is recommended if you are concerned/are a highly allergic individual. However, – as an allergic reaction can sometimes show after 2 weeks, but sometimes 5-10 years later (this can be due to hormones/medications or simply unknown) a patch test can be rather ineffective. Most clients do not request a patch test.

How are beautiful eyebrows created?

There are basic guiding principles for creating the perfect eyebrow – measurements involving the spacing and the relationship between space, angles of the face, and the nose and eyes as to where the brow should begin, end, and where it should arch. However, there is a great variance between difference faces and what brow suits each – there is no one ‘perfect brow’ for all. I will take some basic measurements of your face, look at symmetry (no one is perfectly symmetrical, not even supermodels!) and work out the best way to balance your face. I will usually ask you to come to the appointment with your brows drawn on exactly as you like them. I find this is a good place to start, as it shows me what you are used to, what your personal makeup style is, and your colour preferences. Sometimes some subtle changes are made to the shape and colour, if I think this could achieve a better result. I will always show you the drawn shape before I begin tattooing.

Why is it important to go to your 2nd/adjustment appointment?
Two appointments are necessary to create fantastic, long-lasting cosmetic tattooing.
In the first appointment, a shape is established and colour saturation occurs. The second appointment is to reinforce the pigment (fill any spots where colour did not take as well), often using a slightly darker colour, to give a more realistic, 3D appearance, and a second appointment is needed to make minor shape adjustments to complete the final look.
I am pregnant/breastfeeding – can I have cosmetic tattoo done?

No, it is not recommended.

What will I look like immediately after Eyebrow Cosmetic Tattoo?

Eyebrows will immediately look more prominent, darker and more defined with a little bit of swelling and redness. Swelling and redness will subside within a few hours post tattooing. The colour will appear darker and stronger than the desired result; this will adjust over the healing time with up to 40% pigment loss experienced within the first 6 weeks.

When can I go back to work and how long will it take to heal?

Most clients return to work the very next day, still managing to keep their eyebrow tattoo discreet! Eyebrow tattoos usually start to heal pretty quickly without any complications (within four days), they will completely heal within 6 weeks. It is important to stick to the aftercare instructions to ensure rapid healing.

I would like further information – could I speak to someone?

Yes, of course! I am very happy to arrange a complimentary consultation. Please contact me to make arrangements.