Lynn and Kristin Duncan's World Class Permanent Makeup Artistry | Delafield, WI  (262) 470-0077
Chicagoland/Grayslake, IL (312) 550-1473

Pre/Post Care Instructions

Pre Procedure Instructions

— If you are planning either an eyeliner, eyelash enhancement or eyeshadow procedure and are a contact lens user, please wear or bring your lenses/eye glasses to all appointments.
— Do not wear contact lenses during any procedure involving your eye(s).
— It is recommended to have a driver available or "on-call" to drive you home following a procedure involving your eye(s).
— Do not schedule an appointment prior to major events, such as a vacation, wedding, social outing, etc. as you will have to wear an aftercare ointment on your procedure site(s) for one week following the procedure(s).
— If you use an eyelash enhancement serum, you must not use the serum for at least 3 months prior to having the eyeliner procedure.
— If you wear eyelash extensions, they must be removed one week prior to having the eyeliner procedure.
— If you are planning a lip color procedure and have ever experienced a cold sore, even one time in your life, it is highly recommended you obtain a prescribed anti-viral medication (Valtrex). The medication must be taken two days prior to the procedure. Even if you have never experienced a cold sore during your lifetime, it is recommended that you obtain an anti-viral medication (Valtrex) to be on the safe side.
— We do not do any lip color on women who have had a lip filler injected into their lips.
— If you are required to take antibiotic medication one hour prior to seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning, you will also need to take your same antibiotic medication one hour prior to having your permanent makeup procedure done. (If this paragraph is even remotely confusing, it does not pertain to you.)
— It is necessary to be off of Accutane, or any other medication similar to Accutane, for one year, prior to all permanent makeup procedures.
— It is necessary to not use Retin A or Renova for 30 days around the eyebrow or forehead area, prior to an eyebrow procedure.
— Try to avoid aspirin products for 7 days prior to all permanent makeup procedures.
— Avoid alcohol the night before all permanent makeup procedures.
We do not do any procedures on pregnant or nursing women!

Post-Procedure Instructions

Eyelash Enhancement, Eyeliner or Eyeshadow

Usually, eyes are most swollen the morning after the procedure as gravity takes over during the night. You may wish to sleep with your head elevated higher than your heart, to help minimize swelling the next morning upon waking. (Also, during the evening you may soil your pillow with residual eyeliner pigment.) However, upon waking the morning after the procedure, and with normal activity, eyes become much less swollen within a few hours. It is important to keep your eyes moist at all times with the aftercare ointment. It is best to apply the ointment approximately 2-3 times a day for 5-7 days. Use a fresh Q-tip with each application of ointment. Do not pick at the eyeliner if you notice a little lifting of color. Let it fall off naturally. Do not wear contact lenses for at least 24 hours following the procedure, however, technically, your eye doctor should advise you as to when you may resume contact lens use. Do wear sunglasses when in the sun in order to protect the fresh color for the first two weeks. Do not use any eye makeup for one week, and then please use a fresh tube of mascara.


Generally eyebrows will not appear swollen, however, they will be tender for a few days. The color will be much darker initially and will also soften/lighten during the first two weeks, sometimes up to 50% lighter. You will need to apply an aftercare ointment to your eyebrows approximately 2-3 times a day for 7 days. Use a fresh Q-tip with each application.

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Lip Liner and Full Lip Color

I do NOT do lip color on those who have had any dermal fillers; (Silicone, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane or Gortex, etc).

Permanent Makeup FAQ - Lynn DuncanLips will feel swollen and tender for a few days following the procedure. However, they will only be slightly swollen. In fact, the majority of women enjoy the fuller shape of their lips following the procedure. Although you will feel comfortable with the size of your lips following the procedure, you will question the intensity of color on your lips. Be assured that the color of your lips will lighten significantly in just a few days. It is important to apply aftercare ointment to your lips consistently during the first week, especially. You will notice that on the second day post procedure, your lips will start to slough off the pigment. Do not pick at your lips. Allow your lips to slough off the pigment naturally. Usually, by day 4 or 5 the sloughing is complete. Your lips, at that time, will be quite light in color. However, they will begin to become more colorful with each passing week up to 6 weeks. They will soften into a natural shade. Meanwhile, you may apply an ice pack (which is protected with a wet barrier film of paper toweling) for 10 minute intervals for the first couple of days. Ice may be applied every hour or so, if desired.

During the first two weeks, please follow these guidelines for beautiful lip color:

— Stay out of the sun (even up to 6 weeks) as the sun will quickly fade color.
— Be careful when brushing your teeth as toothpaste will pull out pigment.
— Do not bite into greasy, oily, salty or spicy foods, rather cut them up and place them into your mouth.
— Consistently apply the aftercare ointment to your lips. Use a clean Q-tip with each application.
— Do not pick or pull off the sloughing pigment, let it fall off naturally.
— You may wear lipstick after the first two weeks if the tube of lipstick is new.
— Do not bleach your teeth for 6 weeks following your lip color procedure.
— Make sure you take your anti-herpes medication to help prevent cold sores two days before your next lip appointment, if needed.

Areola Repigmentation

Apply aftercare ointment to the pigmented areola approximately 2-3 times a day for 7 days. Starting on the second day, it is best to sleep at night without a bra so that the air can help heal the procedure site(s). Try to avoid rubbing the area and do not pick at it. Shower with the shower head to your back rather than your front.