The most frequently asked questions about permanent makeup and Cocoon Atelier's services

What is Permanent Makeup? What is Microblading and Feather Brow Tattoo?  What about Henna tattoo?

It’s really confusing isn’t it?!  Let me explain it to you..

Permanent makeup, as it’s referred to at Cocoon Atelier, is also known as cosmetic tattoo.  Both terms refer to the implantation of pigment into the skin. The goal is to mimic conventional makeup. 

Microblading, feather brow tattoo or eyebrow feathering are terms used to describe brow tattoos that mimic individual hairs.  These hair strokes are created by using a manual, bladed tool. 

At Cocoon Atelier rather, I achieve hair strokes using the new machine method. Using ultra-fine nano needles, I draw the hair strokes rather than cut through the skin. This causes less trauma to the skin and eliminates scarring. Another benefit is that the hairstrokes won’t blur as they can with microblading.

Henna brows, also called Henna Tattoo, is only temporary eyebrow tinting that lasts up to 3 weeks. 

Permanent makeup has come a long way in recent years. Although there have been harsh-looking cosmetic tattoos in the past, subtle results are now being achieved.  Artists who are trained in the latest innovative techniques, can create refined, natural looking brows, and smudge-proof eyeliner and lips.

Permanent makeup is also known as semi-permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation, or permanent cosmetics.  All these terms refer to the implantation of pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin using fine needles, to enhance natural beauty and correct asymmetries.  

Permanent makeup has come a long way in recent years.  Although there have been harsh-looking cosmetic tattoos in the past, in these times, refined, subtle and natural looking results can be achieved by artists who are trained in the latest innovative techniques, products and equipment.

I only use the best quality pigments at Cocoon Atelier, optimised for colour density and fastness. The micro needles ensure the correct implantation of the pigment beneath the epidermis layer of the skin.  Correct application causes minimum trauma to the skin and no pain to the client. 

I use the world’s finest needles to ensure precision and a refined, natural looking result. 

Done correctly, using high quality pigments, permanent makeup is safe.

I am trained in cosmetic tattooing and infection control and adhere to the Australian Guidelines for skin penetration procedures. The premises is routinely inspected by the Environmental Health Officers at the City of Ballarat to ensure that the official hygiene standards are being maintained.

Using the latest innovative techniques, products and equipment, permanent makeup should be relatively pain-free. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and some clients may experience slight pain or soreness at some point during the procedure.  In this case, measures are taken to relieve the discomfort.

Permanent makeup generally lasts 1-3 years, however eyeliner can last for many more years. A refresh procedure is required every 12-18 months to keep your permanent makeup looking great.

Basically, permanent makeup pigments, or ink, are designed to break down over time.  This is one of the main differences between the inks used for cosmetic tattoos and body art tattoos.

Permanent makeup should look as natural as possible, and the fact that they fade over time is a good thing.  Over time, our skin sags and our hair colour changes and the brows that looked great on you at 30 might not suit you at 60. Because cosmetic tattoo inks fade and application is more topical than conventional tattoos, we are able to adjust the tattoo as time goes by. 

The reason the term “Permanent” Makeup is used is because although the tattoo might not be visible, traces of the pigment may always remain in the skin.

There may be a little redness or swelling of the treated area post procedure.  These symptoms are minimal and are usually gone within 24 hours. 

The colour will be darkest during the first few days than it will soften.

Most people feel confident to be seen in public right away.

You can bring your foundation along for me to touch-up where it gets wiped away during the procedure, however no makeup can be worn directly on the treated area for 5-7 days post procedure.

Permanent makeup is essentially a lot of microscopic injuries to the skin, much like skin needling.  The skin is punctured with micro holes to be able to implant the pigment beneath the epidermal layer of the skin.  The body registers the pigment as a foreign body that must be removed and during the healing process it works hard to remove the pigment, pushing it to the surface of the skin.

Much of the pigment is naturally sloughed off during the healing process following the initial procedure, and can cause patchy and lighter than desired results. 

The perfection procedure imparts more pigment to the site, and reinforces shape and precision. After the perfection procedure, your permanent makeup should have reached the desired results.  In some rare cases, more likely with lips, a second perfection procedure could be needed.

My prices reflect the time, care, ongoing training and dedication involved in providing permanent makeup techniques that create in flawless results, and cause less trauma to the skin.

I allow 4 hours for each procedure, which is double the time allocated by most providers of permanent makeup.  I can take as much time as needed to complete a perfect pre drawing which can take up to 1.5 hours.  

I personally know how it feels when an artist seems to be rushing through the process of permanent makeup, and I never want my clients to feel that way. I take the responsibility of providing permanent makeup very seriously.

I always use the highest quality pigments and never substitute quality for money-saving measures.

Permanent Makeup is a long-term commitment that you should enjoy every time you look in the mirror and accept a compliment. Low costs should not be a deciding factor when choosing your artist.


A payright payment plan can be arranged prior to your appointment. 

Please contact me prior to your appointment if you need a payment plan. 

The initial procedure at Cocoon Atelier can take up to four hours and the perfection procedure can take between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the healed results and the part of the face which was tattooed.

Cosmetic tattooing done properly takes time and patience from both the artist and the client.

I ensure enough time is taken to provide you with the best service and I will never be rushing you out the door.

I use Permablend and Swiss Color pigments.

Permablend pigments don’t contain any Nickel or any heavy metals.  They are highly concentrated and long lasting. They are made from the highest quality pigments and have the highest lightfastness rating for maximum colour stability and performance.

They are vegan and curelty-free.

Swiss Color use organic synthetic pigments whose raw material is guaranteed on ResAP (2008)1.

The technology used to create organic synthetic pigments is a technology only known to Swiss Color and is the main reason why they are the leading brand in permanent makeup technology and integrity.

Swiss Color pigments do not contain any nickel, Iron Oxides (which contain nickel), dangerous AZO dyes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), forbidden heavy metals, dangerous aromatic amines including NDELA. and only use carbon black free from PAH.  To avoid allergies, the pigments do not contain any preservatives.

Most people have heard of “Microblading” also known as “Feather Brow Tattoo”, but many people don’t know what they are exactly.

Let me explain…

There is a difference between microblading, and permanent makeup performed with a digital device. 

Microblading is performed using a manual hand tool which consists of a row of between 6-14 needles. The needle forms a kind of blade which is dipped in pigment and then passed over the skin to create pigmented, hair-shaped cuts. 

The same “hair stroke” effect can be achieved using a Nano needle in a tattoo machine, to draw the individual hairs.  The Nano needle creates micro holes in the skin and implants the pigment into the upper dermis of the skin.

Hair stroke brows created with a machine take much longer to apply, but it is the method used by me at Cocoon Atelier.

I use this method because it is less traumatic to the skin and doesn’t have the same scar tissue issues as microblading. The hairstrokes are also better retained using the machine method. 

My preferred brow technique is the Ombrè Brow. I believe the end results from the Ombrè brow are the most attractive. Hairstrokes look great to begin with but they blur over time and end up looking less than natural. 

Your natural eyebrow hair will still continue to grow after you get an eyebrow tattoo.  Although you will no longer have to tint or Henna your brows, or fill them in with makeup, you will still need to remove any unwanted hair growth. 

This is made easy with a permanent makeup tattoo as a guide.  No more waxing or eyebrow threading disasters!  

Location & Contact

0 (456) 370 627

Cocoon Atelier is located at: Pranah Body & Beauty
112 Little Bridge Street,
Ballarat VIC 3350