Frequently asked questions, preparation & aftercare

Your comfort is a top priority at Eyes n’ Shine Beauty. This includes feeling prepared before your treatment.

Here are the most frequently asked questions and information about preparation and aftercare. If you have any questions about Eyes n’ Shine Beauty, please contact Jennifer.

Cosmetic tattoos

The preparation and aftercare treatment of cosmetic tattoos is imperative to a desirable final result.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What’s the difference between microblading, feathering, powder brows, ombre and nano strokes?

A: Microblading, feathering and nano strokes are strokes that drawn to mimic individual hairs. Pigment is implanted into the epidermis and fades faster because it is closer to the surface of the skin. Nano strokes are the finest width, usually 0.18mm and typically drawn using a machine.

Powder brows and ombre are shading techniques.

All of these can be done manually or using a machine. Manual brows insert pigment using a row of fine needles to create a shallow scratch to the skin’s surface, which is why a manual technique can fade faster. Machine brows insert pigment slightly deeper into the skin using a needle cartridge that moves in an up and downwards motion, increasing the life span of your cosmetic tattoo.

Q: What techniques do you use? Which technique will suit me?

A: A suitable technique will be recommended based on your skin and desired results. Microblading or manual techniques aren’t suitable for fragile or oily skin. Machine brows are suitable for all skin types.

Q: Can you go over my old tattoo?

A: Faded tattoos can be covered and colour-corrected after a minimum of six weeks. If your existing tattoo is too saturated, it will absorb any new ink and removal will be required. The number of sessions required for either colour-correction or removal will depend on the existing tattoo.

Q: Can everyone have cosmetic tattoos?

A: If you have a bleeding disorder (haemophilia) or auto-immune disease, cosmetic tattoos generally won’t heal well and aren’t recommended. Henna brows is the recommended alternative. Cosmetic tattoos also cannot be done on pregnant or breastfeeding women. Fillers take 14 days to settle before a cosmetic tattoo should be done.

Q: How long does an appointment take?

A: Cosmetic tattoo appointments are scheduled for 2 hours and can take up to 3 hours depending on the type of tattoo you’d like done. This includes consultation, mapping and numbing. The cosmetic tattoo itself takes approximately 1-2 hours.

Q: How long will it last?

A: Microblading lasts approximately 12-18 months. Machine brows last longer because the pigment is inserted deeper and can last between 2-4 years. Touch ups are recommended 12-18 months apart to keep the colour looking fresh.

Q: Why do I need to arrange my own numbing gel and how do I order it?

A: Numbing gel is applied throughout cosmetic tattoos to ensure your maximum comfort. Under the Controlled Substance Act 1984, local anaesthetic for cosmetic tattoos in Australia must be supplied by a compounding pharmacist. This applies nationally and each state provides further guidance, such as SA Health.

Eyes n’ Shine Beauty has partnered with local compounding pharmacist, Jeff Ramsey Compounding Pharmacy in North Adelaide. Once you’ve booked your appointment, arrange your numbing gel by following the steps below:

  1. Call Jeff Ramsey Compounding Pharmacy on 8267 5457
  2. Request a $15 numbing gel for a cosmetic tattoo by Jennifer from Eyes n’ Shine Beauty
  3. Collect your numbing gel prior to your appointment

Simply bring your numbing gel with you on the day of your appointment. The numbing gel must be prescribed to the client.

Q: What is the downtime?

A: You’ll be able to resume your usual routine straight after your appointment. Your tattoo will be darker than their final result for approximately a week and you may feel tender for up to two days after your appointment, but there’s no need to take time off unless that is your preference. Some swelling is expected for eyeliner.

Q: How is a colour and shape chosen?

A: A brow shape is recommended to suit your brows using a measured mapping method and preferences to suit your lifestyle. Colour is selected to match your natural colour. Eyeliner colours are natural only, with varying options available from light to mid brown, charcoal and black. A custom lip colour is mixed for you based on your lip colour and preferences.

Q: What products do you use?

A: Softap mineral pigments for brows and lips, Will Anthony pigments (Li Pigments Signature Series) for eyeliner and Li-FT for saline removal.


Products or medications that make your skin peel, thinner or bleed must be stopped for the best results. This includes:

  • Roaccutane (or equivalent), retinol, vitamin A, fish oil and lash serums containing glaucoma should be stopped 30 days before your appointment
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, aspirin and other blood thinners at least 24 hours before your appointment
  • Avoid exercising directly before your appointment

Lash extensions and contact lenses must be removed for eyeliner tattoos.

Lip tattoos don’t cause cold sores but can bring them out if you have a history or have herpes simplex antibodies in your bloodstream. Start applying cord sore cream a week prior to your treatment to avoid and minimise symptoms.


Your cosmetic tattoo will be darkest during the first week of healing. After this, you may resume washing and applying makeup per your usual routine. Your cosmetic tattoo will gradually settle over 4 – 6 weeks. Cosmetic tattoos are always a two-step process for the best results.

Within the first 24 hours of your appointment, continue dabbing any excess lymph (clear fluid) every hour for 3 hours to prevent the formation of scabs.

Detailed aftercare will be provided during your appointment and an overview for each type of cosmetic tattoo following the first 24 hours is outlined below.

  • Keep the area clean and dry for 7 – 10 days (avoid water, steam, sauna, swimming, makeup etc)
  • Gently wipe your brows with the recommended wipes and apply healing balm with a cotton bud three times a day for the first 7 – 10 days for protection and comfort
  • Mild itchiness is a sign of healing; do not pick, scratch or pull
  • The colour will look darker at first, lighten within a week, change slightly as it heals and the true colour will come through 4 weeks after the initial treatment
  • A touch-up appointment is scheduled 6 weeks after your initial appointment to fill any pigmentation gaps
  • Eyelids may be lightly bathed in tepid water
  • Apply healing balm with a cotton bud if required
  • Lips may be bathed in tepid water
  • Do not apply oils to treated area
  • Apply healing balm to keep lips moist and to assist healing
  • Do not touch the treated area; allow healing to occur naturally

Facial treatments

Facial treatments have minimal preparation and aftercare required. The frequently asked questions provide guidance about treatments.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Which treatment will suit me?

A: There’s a treatment to suit all skin types at Eyes n’ Shine Beauty. A combination of techniques and technology will be used to address your skin concerns. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs following a consultation. The facial matrix is a tool to guide your selection.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: You’ll see an improvement in your skin immediately. The number of treatments to achieve and maintain your desired results will depend on your skin’s current condition. 5 – 10 sessions are recommended to reboot your skin with monthly sessions to maintain results.

Q: How long will the results last?

A: Regular sessions help to maintain results. The longevity of results depends on the treated condition. Improving skin texture and balancing oil production will last years. Testing of ongoing Lift and Sculpt treatments by the manufacturers have proven results that last at least five years.

Q: What products do you use?

A: Natural products by the creators of Diamond technology are used for harmonious, effective results.

Q: What is the LED face mask and how does it work?

Q: Can I book a facial with henna brows or a lash lift?

Facials can be booked with a lash lift and waxing. The treatments should be booked separately for best results as the serums and creams may affect lash and brow treatments.


Please arrive without makeup to maximise your treatment time.


Avoid touching your face to minimise transfer of bacteria. Skincare is available for purchase so you can continue the benefits at home.

Lash lift

Lash lifts are the easiest lash enhancements to maintain. Follow the guidance for preparation and aftercare for the best results.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is a lash lift?

A: A lash lift results in curled lashes that hold for 6-8 weeks and don’t require any maintenance. It opens up the eyes and looks best with a tint or semi-permanent mascara.

Lash lifts include an protein treatment to restore lash health, regenerate and strengthen lashes.

  • Curls and defines each lash for 6-8 weeks
  • No maintenance required
  • Vegan friendly

Q: Do the lashes lose their curl or grow out at an angle?

A: A lash lift doesn’t lose its curl, which is why sometimes lashes can grow out at an angle. Lifted lashes will fall as part of the natural lash life cycle, which lasts between 60 – 90 days. To minimise damage, lash lift solutions are applied for the least amount of time possible and conditioned with a protein treatment and serum. Kinks are almost unnoticeable and can be smoothed out with recurring treatments spaced 8 weeks apart as the curl takes shape based on the lash’s stage of the life cycle.

Q: Do I need refills?

A: No maintenance is required for lash lifts. Appointments are rescheduled every 8 weeks to maintain a beautiful curl as new natural lashes grow.

Q: Can I have lash extensions on top?

A: Extensions and lash lifts are standalone treatments and don’t need to be used in conjunction. Extensions add length and thickness by adhering an extension to individual lashes. A lash lift curls lashes for a more natural result that is easier to maintain.

Q: What products do you use?

A: Australian brand elleebana is used from start to finish.

Q: What is the process?

A: A lash lift treatment includes consultation, lifting lotions, protein treatment and lash serum. Available add-ons include tint and semi-permanent mascara.


Please arrive without eye makeup. Oils in makeup remover affect the solutions and the best results are achieved on clean lashes.


Looking after your newly curled lashes is easy. Keep them dry and away from direct heat for at least 24 hours. If you must get them wet, use cool water only. After the first 24 hours. you can apply skincare and makeup as per your usual routine.

Lash lifts at Eyes n’ Shine Beauty are spaced 8 weeks apart to maintain optimal lash health and a beautiful curl.

Henna brows

Henna brows require minimal preparation and aftercare. Follow the guidance below for the best results.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What are henna brows?

A: Henna brows is the natural, longer-lasting alternative to a traditional brow tint that stains both skin and hair. The treatment includes brow mapping, a natural stain and brow wax. The colour lasts up to 2 weeks on skin and 4 weeks on hair.

  • Temporary stain that lasts up to 2 weeks on skin and 4 weeks on hair
  • 99.5% natural (plant-derived)and vegan friendly
  • Encourages hair growth
  • Ombre, powder brow effect with no pain or down time
  • Variety of colours to suit blondes and brunettes

Perfect for colouring hair (including greys), brow reconstructions, blending brows with cosmetic tattoos or preparing for a cosmetic tattoo.

Q: How long do henna brows last?

A: Henna is a temporary stain that lasts up to 2 weeks on skin and 4 weeks on hair. Aftercare and skin type will affect the longevity- the oilier your skin, the faster it will fade from your skin, but will remain on your hair

Q: What products do you use?

A: BrowXenna UK and Lycon hot wax

Q: Is brow henna suitable for all skin types?

A: A patch test is conducted to test for allergic reactions. Henna brows are not recommended if you:

  • Previously had an allergic reaction to henna or dark hair dye
  • Are allergic to grass or seeds
  • Have skin conditions or irritations including eczema, infection or open skin, scabbing
  • Have a G6PD deficiency

Q: What is the process?

A: Henna brow treatment includes consultation, brow mapping, a gentle hot wax and precision tweezing.


No preparation is required for henna brows.


Looking after henna brows is easy. Keep them dry for at least 24 hours. Any cleanser, exfoliant or cream will speed up the fading process.

Henna brows will naturally fade from skin and hair. Refresh the colour every four weeks in line with your waxing appointment.

Hair & makeup

Hair and makeup requires minimal preparation and aftercare. Follow the guidance below for the best results.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Do you only do weddings?

A: Bridal parties are my most popular hair and makeup service. It’s what I’ve been doing the longest, so if you want hair and makeup that is long-lasting, looks beautiful in person and in photographs, I’d love to be part of your next event, whether or not it’s a wedding. I’ve also done makeup for professional photo shoots and fashion parades.

Q: What products do you use?

A: I use a variety of professional and high end cosmetic brands including Shu Uemura, MAC, Cover FX, Nars, Tarte and Too Faced.

Q: Can you come to my location?

A: Absolutely. A travel fee applies depending on location and number of people. Trials and events other than weddings (such as school formals) are located in Oakden.

Q: Do you have another stylist to work with?

A: I style both hair and makeup and can arrange for an additional makeup artist depending on your schedule upon request.

Q: How many can you do in a bridal party?

A: The time required depends on your schedule and complexity of styles. In general, I mostly do four hair and makeups in a bridal party.


Facials leading up to your big day will optimise skin health so that your natural glow shines through. The better your skin, the better the makeup will adhere and last. Makeup adds colour but improving skin texture starts with facials.

Henna brows and a lash lift will shape your brows and lashes in preparation. Brows will be mapped, tidy and the wash of colour speeds up makeup application. Lash lifts remove the need for an eyelash curler so that your lashes open up the eyes more, hold their curl and blend in more beautifully with false lashes.

Avoid drinking too much before bed to reduce puffiness in eyes and straighten hair the night before to minimise frizz and aid in styling the next day. Ensure your hair is thoroughly dry.


No aftercare is required for hair and makeup. Thorough facial cleansing and deep hair conditioning treatments are recommended.

Let’s create beauty together.