What is cosmetic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing is semi permanent makeup. The coloured pigment is implanted beneath the surface of the skin with tiny, sterile, disposable needles. This can produce hair like strokes or a powdered makeup look.

What is the difference between cosmetic tattooing and standard body tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing enhances your natural features. It is softer and more subtle and it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time.
Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to colour and shape over the years as the client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur. Body tattoo needles also go a lot deeper in the skin compared to needles used for cosmetic tattoos

Does Cosmetic Tattooing hurt?

A highly-effective, topical anaesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your microblading procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this Semi- permanent performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure.

How old do I need to be to be tattooed?

You must be 18 years or older receive cosmetic tattooing in England

Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

As a precaution, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing women.

How long does my cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off. They will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas.
Please note that final results CANNOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary.
Multiple sessions are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 4 weeks after the initial appointment. Additional sessions will be charged according to our current pricing.

How many treatments are needed?

For most clients, a minimum of two treatments is usually needed, at least 6 weeks apart. With most procedures, the colour looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, we will assess the colour retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density during your next appointment.

What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement.
Regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.
The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.
Choice of colour: Some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour.
Area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.
Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.

What should I do before my procedure?

If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind for combinations brows or microblading, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.

If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them.

If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. We require our clients to avoid any blood-thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen.

Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.

It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.

How will I look immediately after the procedure? What is the healing process?

Your brows will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling are minimal. Please view our detailed aftercare instructions above.

What should I do after the procedure?

We have detailed aftercare instructions listed above. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results from your new brows.

How will my cosmetic tattoo look in the future?

During your combination brows appointment, we will analyze your skin's undertone to anticipate how pigment colours will fade in the future. We will also mix pigments to ensure colour blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair colour.
The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to colour and lighten naturally over time. There are some cases where colours may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments (like lifestyle and iron deficiencies). Many factors affect these changes.
At your next appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial colour. Special formula alteration to correct the colour and to prevent further colour change is made at this time.
Your eyebrow tattoo will eventually look softer and have more of a "powdered" look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client.

What should I know about long term care?

A good sunscreen should be applied daily 10 days AFTER healing and is required to help keep colour true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the colour soften faster.
Fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure.
If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.

Will cosmetic tattooing work well for me?

If you have extremely oily skin, the hair stroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect.
If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally.
If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.
If you are iron deficient or anaemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.
In some instances where the previous work is too dark, dense, discoloured, or large, tattoo removal will be highly recommended before our services will be considered. Previously tattooed areas will almost always require additional sessions and will be charged accordingly. Some special cases may be considered. Please contact us with any further questions.

Is the studio and equipment safe?

Absolutely! We pride ourselves on having an immaculate and sterile studio space. We only use single-use, disposable needles and supplies. This means that each set-up for each new client is discarded safely afterwards. Each of our stations is thoroughly disinfected before opening and after each procedure throughout the day. We also hold business licenses and personal licenses for Semi- Permanent makeup.

How do I book an appointment?

Appointments can only be made via our online booking system or by calling the studio. Please note that a £50 deposit is required to schedule and secure your appointment and is deducted from the total price. Please download the “Fresha App” Search Yorkshire Hair & Makeup and book your brows.

What method of payments do you take?

We accept all cards, cash and BACS.

Where are we?

The Brow Vault can be found within Yorkshire Hair & Makeup.

6 Regent Street Pocklington YO42 2QL



Cosmetic tattoo aftercare

Semi- Permanent post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first seven days after your procedure.


1 hour after treatment, gently clean the area with a very small amount of warm water on a cotton pad. This should be just barely damp, not wet. Also, apply a very thin breathable layer of tattoo ointment (given after appointment). This is a gentle antiseptic cream which assists in the skin’s natural healing process. It will prevent infections and scabbing and will hydrate and soothe the tattooed area. Do this every two hours today to avoid build-up of blood/lymph on the area.

DAY 2 & 3

You can stop wiping your brows with sterile water now. Continue to apply the ointment twice a day for 7 days.
You may apply a very small amount of the aftercare ointment to your brows using a cotton swab. This should be a very small amount; half the size of a grain of rice for both brows. This is just to add a small amount of moisture. Brows should not appear greasy, glossy or shiny. If they do, you have used too much.
Do not use aggressive movement/manipulation of the skin – be gentle. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your brows.

Week 1

Brows will appear slightly dark

Week 2

Brows will start to go translucent and pale as you have washed away lymph to prevent huge scabbing. This will lose 30-40% of intensity.

Week 3

Brows will start to return and be patchy

Week 4

Brows are due the top-up and any changes will be made.


  • Increased sweating

  • Practising sports

  • Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi

  • Sun tanning or salon tanning

  • UV/UVA Rays or chemicals are known to cause a shift in colour and premature fading

  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck

  • Picking, peeling or scratching of the micro-pigmented area. This avoids scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning, where there is a lot of airborne debris. This includes garage or basement cleaning

  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab

  • Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.

  • Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

  • If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin following your microblading, please contact Brow Vault immediately, to discuss further instructions.