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We love all of our clients at Toolbox Studio, and we want to make sure everyone feels at home in our friendly Studio. That’s why we’ve set a few basic policies to make sure everyone who walks through our doors has an experience that leaves them wanting to return time and again. Take a quick read. If you have any questions, just get in touch.

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If you are coming for permanent makeup, please consider printing this packet prior to your arrival. This is needed paperwork for your visit. All PMU clients must be over 18 and have a valid form of ID with photo, Passport, Driver's License or State ID.




What is Cosmetic or Permanent Makeup?

Permanent or cosmetic makeup us a semi-permanent way to enhance your facial features with the look of makeup. The specialized pigment is designed for the face and should fade out after 1-5 years when placed into the upper layer of skin, the dermis. This can also be called micropigmentation, and can include scalp procedures and scar camouflage. Permanent makeup procedures include eyebrows, lash liner and eyeliner, lip blushing, scalp micropigmentation and scar camouflage, although there are also other advanced techniques available on the market.   By adding small amount of translucent color to the skin you can avoid traditional allergic reactions to cosmetics and reduce the amount of time spent apply daily makeup.


I'm ready to book..

Once you are ready to book you want to find a trusted professional who can answer all of your questions, a consultation is recommended to ensure we can successfully provide you with the services you desire.  Become aware of all possible contradictions and if you have concerns or doubts contact your primary medical provider.  


How old do I need to be?

Due to the nature of the service Toolbox Studio will only provide these treatments to adults, so you must be 18 or over and have a valid ID.


Can permanent makeup be performed on any skin type or complexion?

Although the lightest completion Fitzpatrick scale 1 is likely the most sensitive and thinnest we will opt for only a light touch powder brows or liner, avoiding excessive bleeding and loss of color.  Dark oily complexions may also only want machine powder as the color will be more likely to fade quickly and micro blading can migrate and lose shape and color quicker.

Nearly everyone can have some form of PMU, however not everyone can or should have micro blading. Be sure to follow all aftercare and preparation prior to your visit.


Is it really permanent, why is it called semi-permanent then?

The term permanent or semi-permanent will vary based on each individual. The PMU of the past did often last a lifetime and likely turned blue, gray, red or even pink. This is not ideal clearly and should be avoided. With modern technology, better supplies and equipment as well as artist who are taking a better approach to how the pigment is inserted we are now seeing the results as a semi-permanent procedure.  What you must remember is although that we hope the pigment lasts for 1-5 years the true reality is that it can be with you’re for lifetime, however it should fade over the years and become less noticeable.  


Will it fade? And how often do I need to come back?

Over time it will fade, this fading should be a lighter version of the initial color. This is not always the case however.  The Fitzpatrick scale of your skin, color used and depth of insertion of color will be the strongest factor in how your color performs over time. Color should be slightly translucent and airy, never solid or harsh. The placement of color should only be just below the dermal tissue, when it goes beyond that you will likely have the color for your lifetime and need regular touch ups to keep the color from turning blue, gray or other non-flattering colors.  

Tough ups, color refreshers, maintenance appointments should not always be done annually, this is also a term of the past, especially when microblading.  If your provider is expecting you bake each year you may want to look elsewhere. Only get touch ups as needed, it could be 2-3 years before you need to add more color.





Are there any risks

There can always be risks, each procedure is different and can have risks of infection, migration of color, and even colors that don’t heal as they expected. Although these are very rare it is important to be informed and follow all aftercare instructions fully. As with all procedures we will take every necessary step and precaution to minimize the risks associated with permanent makeup.


Does it hurt?

Each person is different, you can and should expect a small amount of discomfort however I have had many who experience no pain and some who would describe it as painful. We will take all necessary steps to ensure you are comfortable for the procedure. Topical creams and gels are used before and during the makeup application so the average person often only feels minor scratching and dull pain while the application is being performed.


I have permanent makeup from another provider, am I a candidate?

This will mostly depend on the current state of your past PMU, please send a clear, well lit photo to , Please include your full name, how old the PMU is and what you would like to have performed. We will evaluate this and give you an estimate work to be performed as well as possibly schedule an in person consultation.  If the color has faded naturally and does not need color correction you can expect a typical color refresher, however if your color has faded to blue, black, green, red, pink or other non-natural tone you may need multiple sessions to neutralize the tone before new color can be added.




Am I a good candidate?

Unfortunately, not all people are good candidates, we will evaluate your skin, history, pigment and texture as well as other contributing factors, and you can see a detailed list of possible contradictions below.



“What are the contraindicated skin conditions?

The following skin conditions compromise the outcome of a procedure:

  • Ingrown hairs and open bumps on eyebrow-injured skin cannot be tattooed

  • Eczema (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Psoriasis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Dermatitis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Rosacea (chronic acne-like skin indicated by redness)

  • Severely oily skin on eyebrows (microblading hair strokes will appear more blended, solid, or not retain at all)

  • Large pores on your forehead & in the eyebrow area (colour will blur/blend in large pores resulting in a powdered look)

  • Have moles/raised areas/piercings in or around the brow/eye area (anything raised or indented will not retain colour)

  • Deep wrinkles in the brow area (the hair strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look)

  • Hair transplant for your eyebrows (colour will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)

  • Shingles (permanent makeup should not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare-up)


What are the contraindicated medical conditions?

The following medical conditions preclude you from having a procedure:

  • Pregnancy or nursing 

  • Hemophilia 

  • Heart Conditions/Pacemaker/Defibrillator 

  • Body runs hot (increased bleeding)

  • Bleeding disorders 

  • Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition (Hypo, Hyperthyroidism, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s)

  • Autoimmune Disorder such as LUPUS or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (MS, RA, Lupus or the like)

  • Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair) 

  • Upper or lower eyelid surgery


Can the use of any products or medications impact my results?

Use of the following products may compromise the outcome of a procedure and are contraindicated:

  • Accutane or Retin-A (acne medication) - Wait 1 year before procedure.

  • Retinol or Vitamin A- Use must be discontinued for 1 month prior to procedure.

  • Use of Latisse or any eyelash/eyebrow growth conditioner - Use must be discontinued for 6 months prior to procedure.

  • Glaucoma Eye Drops

  • Triflusal (Disgren)

  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)

  • Prasugrel (Effient)

  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)

  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)

  • Cilostazol (Pletal)

  • Vorapaxar (Zontivity)

  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)

  • Coumadin”


I love to tan, can I get PMU?

The tanner you get the more your color will fade, distort in shade and not heal correctly. Melanin is the source of your color in your skin, if you are forcing it to be darker you will alter the end result in your final color results.

My color went away what do I do?

Color can look like it is gone from the skin and later reemerge, this is a normal that occurrence does happen to some people. If you are in the first 6 weeks of healing try not to worry, fading is normal and this is why you have a touch up. If it is after 6-8 weeks you can often see this, and the color will come back most likely, if it doesn’t then reach out to your provider and let them know, this could be that the color was placed too high on the skin and the skin flaked it away. You may need another visit to add additional color a bit deeper into your dermis.

How to I care for my new PMU?

You just got our new permanent makeup or scar coverage now how do you take care of it? Great question!  Every artist has an idea of how to do this, so a basic and general rule of thumb is care for it like a wound.  If you have a cut or injury, how would you treat it?


  • Keep it clean, a gentle washing for the first few days is a good thing, use a light, neutral soap, no harsh chemicals or fragrance. Use a light touch and disposable tissue, cotton round or paper towel to wipe, blot this area gently and do not rub, pick or scratch the area.

  • Blotting, using a moistened cotton round or paper towel and blot the area, keeping blood or clear lymph off the skin will help prevent heavy scabs.

  • No cross contamination, avoid towels, washcloths, makeup, hair products or any other items that can seep into your new PMU.

  • Avoid heavy sweating for 5-7 days, sweat has bacterial and can affect your PMU, light workouts are recommended for the first week.

  • Use a barrier cream or unscented lotion on the areas, like aquaphor or a natural unscented lotion or cream.

  • Protect it from the sun, do not sunbath, spray tan or swim for 7-10 days.

  • No harsh chemical skin products, discontinue until your PMU is healed.


How do I cancel if needed?


Because our salon stay very busy we ask for 24 hours’ notice or more should you need to cancel. If you no show your appointment or not cancel within 24 hours you may forfeit your deposit if one was paid.  Contact Heather Cooper see email below.

How do I pay for my services?

We accept cash, Venmo, Cash APP as our preferred methods, if you need to use a credit card a fee for the service will be added, 3.5%.





 What location can I receive my services?


We now have two locations for you to visit:


  • Eastside, Toolbox Studio -3345 Whitfield Ave. PMU is only offered at the westside location

  • Westside, Blush Beauty Bar and Spa- 7569 Bridgetown Rd. Cincinnati Ohio 45248 call 513-742-5111



Have other questions contact us for more details. 

Online booking available for Toolbox Studio or call 513-364-2497 

For appointments at the westside location call 513-742-5111, Blush Beauty Bar

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