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Microblading & Permanent Makeup Chicago

Microblading permanent makeup
Microblading eyebrows is a cosmetic tattoo procedure using a tool made up of ultra-fine needles to apply pigments by scratching the surface of the skin.

Permanent makeup Machine hair strokes
Permanent makeup
Machine Hair Strokes
Machine hair strokes are similar to microblading but last longer. Imagine each hair being drawn to perfection for your face.

Machine hair strokes are less likely to get blurred, better for oily skin and darker skin tones, and no chance of creating scar tissue

Permanent makeup eyeliner tattoo
Powder Brow Permanent Makeup
 Permanent Eyeliner

Permanent eyeliner that stays in place. No smudges or reapplication.


Great for anyone that does not want to fuss putting on makeup or is not able to put on makeup due to vision problems or if your hands are too shaky.

Permanent Makeup
Powder Eyebrow

Powder brow is a semi-permanent makeup method designed to create a soft, powdery eyebrow effect, very similar to powder makeup.

Ready to save hours off your makeup routine with semi-permanent powder brows?

Hi! I am Matthew, your future permanent makeup artist! 

I'm best known for my makeup artistry and esthetic preference. My approach to beauty is to bring out your most natural and beautiful aesthetic. You already are beautiful, so it's usually just a few soft touches, and BOOM, confidence is boosted!

My love for permanent makeup evolved from a passion as a professional makeup artist for YSL and other luxury brands. My experience as a makeup artist spans over 20 years with awards and notoriety. This knowledge and experience allowed the transition to permanent makeup to come very naturally and effortlessly to become well known in the industry. 

Permanent Makeup Artist

5419 N Sheridan road suite 106

Chicago, IL 60640

Wondering if 
Microblading is Right for You?

Have you been late-night googling again?
Searching "microblading near me" or "microblading eyebrows near me"? 


I get it, it can be overwhelming looking for a microblading Chicago esthetician. Permanent makeup in Chicago is popular and you do have a quite lot of options! Luckily, you came here as I am a permanent makeup artist that knows about microblading in Chicago as well as many other forms of permanent makeup techniques.


I am here to help educate and make you feel at ease in your choice of permanent makeup, whether it is brow microblading, eyebrow tattooing, or even lip blushing with a machine. 

Have you been someone who doesn't know how to put on makeup on your eyebrows, eyeliner, or does any sort of makeup very well?

Permanent makeup and microblading in Chicago may be the solution for you!

Imagine waking up every day already with a face that looks fierce. Ready to be reminded of your inner beauty, bursting with glowing confidence?

Permanent makeup and microblading can change the way you see yourself. 

















Are you spending a lot of time doing your makeup? Ready to save countless hours and money with something a bit more permanent, but you are scared to take that first step?


Permanent makeup and microblading can be intimidating, but don't worry, with me you will feel at ease as I am a perfectionist who wants you to look as good as you do!

Simply typing into the Google search bar, "best microblading near me" can be hard to trust or know if you are finding the right person to do the job for you. 

The best way to find someone who knows what they're doing is to ask around in your network or see if your studio offers FREE CONSULTATIONS as mine does! Do you have questions or concerns about microblading or permanent makeup?

Click the button below and scroll to the bottom to find the free consult button and sign up today! 





Techniques and styles of eyebrows and eyeliner change from artist to artist. I personally believe it is important to first make your client happy and truly understand what they want. 


Sometimes, you may think you want a microblading Chicago esthetician, but the truth is you are not as aware of the different techniques and styles of permanent makeup and all the options you can choose. That is why I make sure to have a thorough consultation with everyone that I work with to share the knowledge and make sure you are set up where you feel confident and safe. 

Some of you may not even know that permanent makeup machine hair strokes are different from microblading. You may not know that eyeliner or lip blushing is also possible to do with permanent makeup. 


You could wake up with practically your whole face all done up just by making an appointment with me today! Picture it, years of not having to worry about doing your makeup and looking in the mirror all clean and pristine.

Visualize your thicker eyebrows. See your individual hairs so realistic even you can't tell what's you and what is from microblading or permanent makeup. 

The beauty industry in Chicago and worldwide has blossomed in the last ten years and new techniques are coming up every day. It is normal for you not to be up to date with every latest trend... that is my job!


I learn new techniques and have been doing this for over twenty years so you don't have to worry about AND you can feel safe knowing I got your back. :) 



Machine Hair Stroke Eyebrows are created one hair stroke at a time with a single nano fine needle to push pigment under the skin, which looks identical/similar to Microblading.  The Machine Hair Stroke technique doesn’t require the skin to be cut open to apply the pigment, it’s less traumatic to the skin, heals faster and it lasts 1 to 3 years depending on your skin type and daily routines. The major benefit of machine hair-strokes is that the skin will rarely bleed which aids in the retention of the pigment. 

Microblading is a form of superficial micro-pigmentation, wherein pigment is deposited only till the papillary dermis, with the help of stacked needles that are arranged like a scalpel. It is a machine/blade with many needles that pierces your skin and then ink is transferred into the skin.  The resultant crisp, discrete strokes simulate the eyebrow and this procedure has exclusively been developed and used for this solitary indication.

The Ombre powder technique resembles brow tattooing since it involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment, inserted into the skin. However, unlike traditional tattooing, this procedure is done on the epidermis layer of the skin, thus making it less permanent. The result is solid-looking brows that look fuller and powdered.

Also known as an eyeliner tattoo, permanent eyeliner is a treatment you can receive that replaces the need to wear eyeliner each day. Permanent eyeliner involves using a tattooing technique to apply ink along the lash line to create the appearance of eyeliner. (The ink is permanent, but has to be touched up every 3-5 years.) Upper Eyeliner is a more expensive and longer procedure than lower eyeliner. 

Permanent lip liner can make the lips appear fuller and more defined using a soft touch with a permanent makeup tattoo machine.

Permanent lip liner can improve the color, appearance, and definition of the lips and this is all done without surgery or fillers.

With permanent lip liner, you can have a more symmetrical and defined lip without having to worry about it being rubbed off when you kiss or when you are sleeping, eating, drinking, or using a napkin.

The lips respond very well to the topical numbing creams so most people only experience minor discomfort during the process.

Permanent lip liner lasts from 3 to 5 years however, keep in mind it is likely you will require a touch-up session 4 to 5 weeks after your initial session.


Lash enhancement permanent makeup is a permanent eyeliner technique that is no thicker than your own lash line. Eyelash enhancement has gained popularity in recent years for several reasons, such as creating a fuller lash line or making eyes appear larger.

Lash enhancement is the most natural way to tattoo eyeliner and it is not even noticeable by anyone else, eventually you will be so used to it you won't even notice it there, to your eyes and everyone else it appears that your eyelashes are darker and thicker making your eyes more defined.

With the lash enhancement, there is no need to pre-draw because the tattoo is simply applied throughout your lash line.


Here is an interesting article that you can read about microblading before choosing it over permanent makeup. OR, just chat with me in a free consultation to avoid having to read articles, as I can help navigate your needs as well.


F.A.Q. about Microblading

How long does Microblading last?

6 months to a 1 year

How long does permanent makeup last?

About 3 years. All permanent makeup is technically semi-permanent and will require touch-ups yearly. If no touch-ups are done you can still expect to have something after 3 years. 

What is the after-care of microblading or permanent makeup?

Each salon works differently. From our salon, you receive a specified protocol and given ointment that will instruct your aftercare needs specific to your procedure, whether or not it is microblading, permanent makeup, permanent eyeliner, or lip liner. 


What is the difference between Microblading versus Shading? 

Shading is often considered a powder brow. Microblading uses a nanotool and the pigment is rubbed into it creating a hair-like effect. A powder brow is done with a permanent makeup machine and permanent machine and it creates the illusion that you have used an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder. 

What is the Microblading Healing Process?

For microblading, it will seem like the healing process takes 10 to 12 days but the pigment needs time to settle into the final color because there is still internal happening for a few more weeks. The area is not completely healed until 6 to 8 weeks have past since the initial session and only after that time has passed can you decide if you need a touch-up or not.


Microblading healing process.

Day 1 and 2 - Your brows will feel a bit tender as well as red and swollen. The area is still freshly done and can be infected so never touch them with unwashed hands. The hair strokes will be darker than you wanted but this is just a normal part of the microblading healing process.


Day 3 and 4 - Your brows may begin to feel tight and itchy but do not scratch because at this stage scabs begin to form and if you scratch one off you will also take away the pigment.


Day 5 through 7 - This is not the most attractive phase of the healing process because the scabs start to peel and flake.You must be diligent, do not pull, pick, rub or try to wash off any of this or you will pull away from the color, if you see a flake dangling there you need to leave it alone.


Days 8 through 10 - This is the ghosting phase of the healing process. Your brows will be lighter than you wanted and may even look like they are completely gone but this is only an illusion because there is a new layer of skin that formed and this milky layer is not translucent so the pigment is not visible but once the skin fully heals you will see your color returning.


Days 11 through 14 - During this phase you can expect the peeling to come to an end and you no longer have to follow the aftercare instructions given to you.


Days 15 through 42 - It takes this much time for the color to truly re-appear and it takes 42 days for the internal healing to complete. Now you will know if there are any hair strokes you want to be touched up or not and only at this time since it is completely healed can you get a touch-up.


Microblading versus permanent tattoo?

The goal of both microblading and machine hair strokes are the same, to get a natural hair-like effect to reshape or fill in your brows. With microblading, there are some skin types that should not get it done, if you have oily skin or darker skin tones should avoid having microblading done. Again, the goal is for the hair stroke effect.

 If you have either of those skin types it is very likely the microblading pattern will become blurred away and you can be left with a powder brow effect that is not even looking. Also, many people do not retain any pigment at all from their microblading session.

 So if you do not have oily or combination-oily skin or dark skin then you may like the microblading technique, if not then you are a candidate for machine hair strokes.


Machine hair strokes also have a natural hair pattern effect but it is done with a semi-permanent makeup machine and a single nanoneedle. Instead of a blade cutting into the skin the pigment will instead be injected under the skin with the nanoneedle leaving less trauma to the skin, allowing more pigment to be placed under the skin. 

The hair strokes done with the machine are much less likely to be blurred out or fade and machine hair strokes last longer than microblading so you do not have to have it done as often. Many clients who have had microblading in the past have come to get machine hair strokes and they comment that it is less painful and the healing process is a lot easier.

 After microblading is done and you are not healed yet the skin is open and the pigment can be washed away so you have to be careful not to get them wet. With machine hair strokes this is not a problem while you do want to be careful with your new brows you do wash them gently morning and night. 

Microblading will go through a very dark period where they look very dramatic and crusty for a few days and with the Machine hair strokes it is less dramatic because there is less trauma to the skin.

Similar to the powder brow difference, one uses a permanent machine. 

Does Microblading or Permanent makeup hurt?

Minimal discomfort is a part of it because throughout the process we will use topical numbing agents. Many people fall asleep during the procedure. Microblading can be a bit more painful because it's cutting into the skin a bit deeper. 

Microblading before and after pics?


Permanent Makeup before and after pics?

How to find the best microblading near me?

Easy!  You found it already ;) 

How long do touch-ups take? 

They typically last about an hour and are $150-$200. If you want to change your eyebrow that may cost more as it will take more time. 

Permanent Makeup Guide Benefits and Hazards

So you've been thinking about getting your eyebrows tattooed on? Permanent makeup is a great way to enhance or change your appearance and can be done in just about any area of the face.

If you're still unsure if permanent makeup is right for you, there are many permanent makeup benefits that can enhance your daily life. ​

History and basics of Permanent Makeup and microblading?

Permanent Makeup has been around since the 1980s, but it's only recently become popular for two reasons: it actually lasts a long time, and permanent makeup at home has made permanent cosmetics cheaper. This means you save money and time when choosing permanent makeup or microblading as it takes years for it to fade or have to be retouched. wrote

 “Microblading eyebrows first rose to prominence about 25 years ago throughout Asia. Its history is not well-documented in the US, and it doesn’t help that it’s gone by so many different names: micro stroking, feather tattooing, eyebrow tattooing, “the Japanese Method,” feathering, hair stroking… the list goes on. In Asia, the technique matured as artists experimented with different brow patterns and tools and application techniques.” 

Permanent makeup is applied to the skin via a tattoo machine.

A new needle is used with each client so the risk of infection is minimized. A permanent makeup artist who tattoos you will design your permanent cosmetic look based on your face shape, size, personality, style preference, and the look you want to create. 


What Are Some of the Common ways to use Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup can be located in many places on the face and body. For example, you can have permanent eyebrows, permanent eyeliner, permanent lip liner and/or permanent lips, lip blushing, permanent eye shadow, permanent blush,  and even used as scar camouflage.

Permanent Makeup will last for years on end without having to worry about reapplying your eyebrows or eyeliner every day. For permanent makeup eyebrows, permanent makeup artists typically use permanent hair strokes to mimic the appearance of real hair on your brows.

You can reapply permanent makeup or microblading again if you are unhappy with the way it was done originally. Don’t worry, we can fix it! 

Permanent cosmetics are often used to fill in sparse or thinning permanent makeup eyebrows. Microblading and permanent makeup is best used for those that have difficulty applying makeup or want to see a visual change in their features without having to do all the work every day.  

Permanent eyeliner can make eyes appear larger. Permanent lip liner can make the lips appear more full and you can change the color if you feel your current color is blending into your skin tone too much for your liking- that procedure would be doing permanent makeup as permanent lips and lip color.

For more information feel free to schedule a consultation for questions regarding permanent makeup, microblading, ombre powder brow, lash liner, upper or lower permanent liner, permanent eyeliner, lash enhancement, permanent lip liner, or permanent lips.


What Are Cosmetic Tattoos?

Permanent cosmetic tattoos are very similar to permanent cosmetic make-up and permanent cosmetics used in permanent mascara, permanent scars, and scar camouflage.

Permanent cosmetic tattooing is a process that first involves a consultation with a qualified permanent makeup artist who will give you some insight and advice on permanent cosmetics and permanent lip liner.

They will then perform a permanent tattoo of your eyebrows, permanent eyeliner for the waterline, permanent lip liner or permanent lips, permanent eye shadow, permanent blush, and/or scar camouflage If you're interested in cosmetic tattoos, make sure to get a consultation with a reputable permanent makeup artist. 


What Are The Risks Of Permanent Makeup?


One of the most common concerns about permanent makeup safety is permanent lip liner. Permanent lip liner and permanent lip color are procedures that are most likely to require more than one touch-up session due to the consistency of the lip texture. Even though permanent lipstick is popular, permanent lip lines are not always symmetrical or well done. Permanent makeup tattoos are performed by tattooing the top layer of skin with permanent cosmetic ink color. Because the elasticity of the lips is so different from other parts of the skin it can be a tricky spot to get ink in deep enough. 

Permanent eyeliner on your waterline can cause permanent eye damage if it's applied too close to the eyes. Do your research and make sure the artist knows where it is safe to place the tattoo.

Permanent makeup tattoos are tattooed on the top of your skin with needles that puncture your skin thousands of times per minute. Permanent makeup tattoos like microblading can carry permanent scars and permanent hair strokes leave fewer scars on the face to mimic permanent eyebrows.

As such, permanent cosmetics can carry the risks of permanent scars. Permanent eyeliner on your waterline is dangerous and never should be done. Permanent eyeliner on the waterline can cause permanent eye damage. Lash enhancements are tattooed in the lash line, not the waterline. Permanent eye damage is possible if permanent makeup is not properly applied.

If you're thinking about permanent cosmetic tattoos for permanent lips, permanent eyeliner on the waterline, permanent eyebrows, or permanent mascara, be sure to get a consultation with a reputable permanent makeup artist near you.

Keep in mind that permanent cosmetics carry risks such as permanent scars and permanent hair strokes permanent eye damage permanent lip lines not always symmetrical.

​Safety of permanent makeup according to WebMD

For more information on permanent makeup, please visit the Science of Permanent Makeup website.

Article summary: This article is about the different kinds of permanent makeup. Microblading, permanent eyeliner, and lip colors. It discusses both the uses and risks behind cosmetic tattoos.


Thank you for reading permanent makeup. Please share this article to help me get the information out there that I have spent many hours studying and tattooing skin while practicing permanent makeup, permanent cosmetics, permanent lip liner, machine hair strokes, microblading, lash enhancement,  permanent lash liner, permanent ombre powder brows, permanent tattoos, permanent eyebrows, permanent cosmetic tattoos, permanent hair strokes,  and professional microblading. I am grateful to learn the needle science behind permanent makeup to avoid permanent eye damage from the network science of permanent makeup.

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