Appointments are offered from 3 deferent locations which include: Crofton, Laurel, and Chester, Md (Kent Island).

 Lady Ink & Co, owned by Michelle since 2019, and this website reflects her business, services provided, policies, hours, pricing, etc.

Fun fact: Lady Ink & Co shares the offices with another artist, Beauty Marked by Kim. The story how we joined with keeping our separate business identity while sharing an open concept office.  We both worked at Robert Andrew Salon Spa but at different times, in 1999 Michelle moved to Georgia leaving her spa room at Robert Andrews, which had a spa photo of herself applying a face mask to a client (not a personal pic but the salon had a photo shoot using the photos throughout the spa of employees),  Kim starting working soon after and worked in the same spa room where my picture hung. My former co-workers/friends became hers as well.  Lots of time goes on and in 2018 both Michelle and Kim ended up in a permanent makeup class together by coincidence, from the photo in the spa room, Kim recognized me.  In 2019 Lady Ink & Co was formed and located in Odenton, Beauty Marked by Kim was formed in 2020 in Crofton.  With Covid I decided to take the opportunity to close my Odenton location and join with Kim at her location in Crofton. We decided to work side by side supporting each others career, business establishments as 2 separate business in one space.  Many want to know if we offer the same services... We both offer Powder Brows, Permanent Eyeliner & Saline Tattoo Removal, Lash Lift & Tint.   Kim additionally  offers Areola Tattooing and I additionally offer Lip Blush, Eyelash Extension, Brow Henna, Dermanplaning and Signature Facial Peels.

Big City Body Art, a tattoo & peircing shop, located in Laurel with an amazing talented group of guys.  They welcomed me in and gave a home (room) specially for (me) my services. I have been working with BCBA since 2018.  I freelance by appointment and you can schedule from there website.  

 

Recently I started working on Thursdays at Bella Rose Medical Aesthetics in Chester, Md (Kent Island) and what an incredible med spa!  Stephanie, the owner, is a power house that is impressive with her knowledge and dedication to her staff, business and clients. You can get more information from their website and call for appointments.

The procedure area must be healthy, strong, non-irritated.  You will get much better results when you properly prep.  It will start with a good canvas!

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

All Permanent Makeup & Microblading:

  • Avoid Sun/Sunburn at least 1 week or more before appointment.

  • Rentin-A, Retinols, Alpha Hydroxy,Anti-Aging Products stop use 4 weeks prior.

  • Chemical peels, Laser treatments wait 4 weeks for an appointment

  • Botox & Cosmetic Fillers wait 2 weeks after for an appointment

  • With Doctor consent stop baby aspirin, and blood thinner (3days)

  • Acutane, Doeycyline (1 year prior).

  • Covid Vaccine or Booster (2 weeks prior)

  • Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy (complete for 6months & with a Doctor approval.

  • Antibiotics wait 4 weeks till appointment.

Brows:

  • Brow Waxing, Threading, Brow Tint wait 1 week befor an appointment.

  • Brow Henna wait 6 weeks before an appointment

Eyeliner:

  • Stop Eyelash serums (Latisse, etc.) ( for 1 year prior).

  • Remove Eyelash Extension and strip lashes ( removed 3 days prior).

  • No eye contacts for 3 days following appointment, wear eye glasses

Lip Blush:

  • Lip Filler (4 weeks before or after).

  • START 1 week prior: Drink water, exfoliate (lip scrub)

  • Hydrate lips daily (use Aquaphor, not chapstick or vaseline)

  • BEGIN prescribed Anti-viral (such as Valacyclovir, Acylovir, Famvir, or Famciclovir) from Doctor (3-4 days prior). No Sun 1 week or more prior.

STOP 24 Hour Prior to appointment:

  • no alcohol

  • no caffeine

  • no exercise 

  • no sun,

  • no Aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen.

  • no sparkle, glitter face powders makeup (brow makeup is ok)

  • Eyeliner NO eye contacts (bring glasses)

  • no eye makeup for eyeliner

  • no lipstick, lip stains etc for lip blush

Never stop taking medication without your Doctors approval

 

Don Francis

There are Many Healing Stages and it's part of the process...

the process goes through many stages...

many stages can be emotional...

Everyone goes through different timing of the stages and amount of loss and peeling... its a "normal"...

All Permanent Makeup methods and Microblading goes though this healing process.  

 

All Permanent Makeup and Microblading needs 2 sessions (6-8 weeks apart)  Sometimes a person may need more then 2 sessions.  

Permanent Makeup and Microblading is a art and is not an exact science...

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PMU Prepare & Aftercare Instructions

 

Small Details Make a BIG Difference 

What to do Before & After your Permanent Makeup Procedure

PMU Prep & Aftercare

* Brow Aftercare Instructions*

Day of Instructions

 -Blot with tissue every 20 minutes till no lymph is produced, approx 1-2 hours. And for the first 6 hours, apply MicroTonic with cotton gauze 1-2 times.  

 

-At the 6 hours window of time, apply a thin layer (roughly the size of a grain of rice) of MicroBalm.

Days 1 -10:

-Continue to use MicroTonic in the AM/PM for minimum of 3 days but may continue to use for 7 days.  

 

-Continue to apply MicroBalm in AM/PM following using the MicroTonic.  For drier skin types (face) MicroBalm should be applied 2-3 times a day, a thin layer (roughly the size of a grain of rice).​

 

Important Instructions

  • Use a fresh pillowcase

  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away.

  • Picking can cause scarring or loss of color

  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks

  • Keep your showers as short as possible for the 10 days

  • Avoid exercise for one week

  • Avoid Sweating for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.

  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days

  • Avoid swimming and hot tubs for the first 10 days

  • Avoid makeup including sunscreen on the area for first 10 days

  • DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area

  • Do not use Anti-aging, Vit-C, Lightening Skin Care Products on or near tattooed areas

 

* Eyeliner Aftercare Instructions *

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  • May apply cool compress as needed (1-3 days)

  • Day of- Rinse eyes with distilled water or saline eyewash, patting around the areas with a wetted cotton pad to remove any excess ink that may remain as necessary.  Aftercare balm is not necessary

  • Keep eyes dry for 4 days, then use a basic gentle cleanser with fingertips.  Avoid pulling, picking, rubbing

  • No eye makeup for 7 -10 days

  • Do not apply other creams and/or makeup to the procedure area until all wounds have healed completely

  •  No sun or tanning beds, SPF 60 is recommended after healed 

  • Do not tint, perm, or apply lash extensions for 3 weeks

  • Avoid exercise, extended hot showers, swimming,  for 7-10 days

  • Do not use Rentin-A, Glycolic Acids, Peroxide, Neoporin, Aquaphor 

  • Use a new mascara after 7-10 days

  • Do not put face under shower head 

  • Anti-Aging, Vit-C, Lightening Products are not recommenced in tattooed areas, will distort the color retention.

 Healing

  • May have swelling, tenderness, redness, bruising may occur

  • Flakiness may occur, Do Not Scratch or Pick!

  • May experience tight, itchy, pinching feelings as you heal​

  • Remember that the colors will appear brighter/darker and will soften as the healing process occurs.

  • Results cannot be determined until healing is complete and it takes at least 2 sessions to perfect.

  • Some area's will fade, lighten, disappear, become spotty, this is part of the healing and it is a process.

  • ​Permanent Makeup requires *two sessions and must be done no sooner than 6 weeks, and no later than 8 weeks.

Approximate Healing Schedule For Brow & Eyeliner

1-3 Days: Your fresh permanent makeup will appear 20-40% darker, bolder and more solid than your healed result due to oxidation of the pigment and the nature of the procedure. The skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the top layers of the skin, giving it a darker appearance. There may be minimal swelling. 

 

3-10 Days: The top layers of skin will begin to shed and you may see a loss of color. This is normal! Your pigmented area may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. 

 

7-10+ Days: The skin is now exfoliating, it very important to not pick, scratch, rub, must heal and exfoliate naturally. . The color may appear light as you are still healing. Don’t critique your  yet

 

4-8 Weeks: Now is the time to critique your brows. Some of the strokes and color may have faded, this is part of the healing process. All cosmetic tattooing is a minimum 2 session procedure, you must have your 2nd session no sooner then 6 weeks and no later then 8 weeks.  

Lip Blush - Lip Neutralization

 

What Lip Blush Service is best for me?

Lip Blush Tattooing-

Lip Blush enhances the color of your natural lips, a soft wash of color or add more color for a bolder lip color.  Lip Blush requires 2 appointments, 6- 8 weeks apart.

Lip Blush Neutralization -

(for deeper melanin lips with blue or purple undertones) often requires 3-4 appointments, 8-10 week apart, in the first year.  It will undergo several color changes and will undergo several color changes and will appear darker, then gradually lighten as it heals.  You must trust the healing process and agree to a minimum of 3 appointments, with an optional 4th if needed.  Each appointment has a fee associated with it.

LIP BLUSH PRE CARE 

additional instructions

Pre-Care ONE WEEK before your appointment - exfoliate and moisturized:

  • Before going to bed for 5 nights prior to the procedure, exfoliate lips with a natural scrub (sugar and coconut oil will work perfectly or use a toothbrush)

  • Apply Bepanthen cream (active ingredient dexpanthenol) after exfoliating lips or Aquaphor

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water because the hydration will dramatically improve the lip surface

Pre-Care 3-2-1 DAYS before your appointment follow below for the best outcome of your service:

  • Please do not work out the day of the procedure because body heat opens pores.

  • Avoid heavy sunlight, especially sunburn 3 days or more before the procedure. The skin should not be going through a healing process!

  • Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of the procedure.

  • Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, and/or Ibuprofen, Omega 3, unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay!)

  • Do NOT take blood thinners (never stop medications without a doctor's approval)

  • Do NOT drink alcohol or energetic drinks 24 hours before the procedure. 

  • Reschedule the treatment if you didn’t sleep well, feel under the weather, have a high temperature, herpes sores, cold or flu, or an exacerbation of any chronic diseases you may have.

COLD SORES & FEVER BLISTERS

LIP BLUSH

 

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND: talking to your health care provider about prescribing you an antiviral medication to prevent an outbreak of cold sores/fever blisters.  Doctors can prescribe an antiviral treatment to start 2-3 days before the PMU procedure using drugs such as: Valtrex (1500mg) Valacyclovir, Acyclovir, Famvir and Famciclovir, and 4 -6 or more days after or as prescribed by your Doctor.    ​

 Lip Blush Tattooing cannot give you HSV-1 but it can cause enough stress on your system to cause the dormant virus to awaken. 

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*Clients who have never had cold sores can take an over-the-counter L-lysine supplement but a prescription from your health care provider is recommended.

LIP BLUSH After Care Instructions

After-Care - keep clean & Moisturized

On the first day, gently remove lymph fluids with dabbing motions, with a wet cotton pad every two hours; this will help avoid thick scabbing.  Follow with Aquaphor or product provided.

First 2 days: do a quick compress to remove lymph fluid, (3 warm in a row, them apply a cool one, using a wet (soaked in water) cotton ball or cotton pad to blot the lips).  This is the time the skin will ooze lymph fluid and crust will form, clean it gently 3 times a day.  Follow with Aquaphor or product provided. 

 

Apply product provided and or Aquaphor, liberally.  Never let your lips dry out. Always apply a non-protroleum product to keep moisturized.

Keep lips moist! the most important, never let lips dry out.  

We do retail an aftercare product that is highly recommended to soothe and moisturize full lip color procedures AND has the added protection  of a herpes inhibitor,  local anesthetic and herbal antioxidants  for healing.  A Real Favorite!

 

After healed and scabbing is done, use SPF to prevent hyperpigmentation.

 

DO’s:

  • *Face Mask* use disposable mask only for 7 days, changing to fresh mask 3 times a day for first 3 days

  • *Use a cool compress as needed and recommend after eating

  •  *Before brushing your teeth, apply a layer of non-petroleum jelly (Aquaphor) to protect the pigmented area

  • *Keep your lips lubricated and protected from UV exposure.

  • *Take prescription antiviral medication for as long as your doctor recommends (suggested: 6 days afterwards and 2-3 days prior).

  • *Drink with a straw

  • *Apply Aquaphor before and after eating to act as a barrier

  • *Eat taking small bites using a fork avoiding touching lips

  • *Rinse mouth with water after eating

 

Restrictions

Restrictions - Do Not!

  • *Avoid spicy foods and drinks for 7 - 10 days

  • *No open mouth movements (like yelling)

  • *Undergo any facial treatments or sauna

  • *Use makeup on tattooed area for 7 -10 days, when completely healed

  • *Avoid exercise for 3 days (prevent sweat into tattooed area)

  • *Touch your lips for the first 2 day, clean hands a must

  • *Do Not pick at or scratch your lips

  • *Avoid Wetting, lick or bite your lips until the lips have fully peeled

  • *Avoid Kissing until lips have fully healed, (including kissing cheeks)

  • *Avoid Use whitening toothpaste until lips have fully healed

  • *Do not use Exfoliate or scrub your lips until week 4.

  • *Do not use strong waterproof liquid Matte lipsticks or lip stains until 6 weeks after your final appointment.  Avoid using the for 2 weeks before any annual touchups as well.