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Our Frequently Asked Questions

At STUDIO VII, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive information and answers to all your questions about cosmetic tattooing and our exceptional services. Read our frequently asked questions, or contact us for any other questions you may have.

To book a cosmetic tattooing procedure at STUDIO VII, call, email or fill out our appointment form and outline your preferred appointment date. We will respond within 24 hours with a time and date for your appointment. All our procedures are done in our Papamoa studio.

  • Avoid drinking large amounts of coffee, taking ibuprofen, aspirin (unless medically advised) and alcohol the night before your treatment
  • Any waxing, tinting or eyelash perming should be done 48 hours before your treatment
  • At your appointment, we’ll provide you with balm to apply to the area daily
  • Botox/fillers: We recommend waiting 2 weeks before and 6 weeks after your permanent cosmetic procedure
  • Avoid sun exposure, UV tanning beds, retinol and retinoids for 30 days before and 30 days following your procedure
  • Avoid lash/brow growth serums at least 30 days prior to treatment
  • Contact lenses: If receiving eyeliner treatment, we advise you to avoid wearing contacts during the procedure and wear your glasses at home
Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup is a non-surgical, specialised tattooing procedure. In this procedure, coloured pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin through microscopic injections. We use a state-of-art machine that has a one-time use cartridge system, and a fine sterile, disposable needle produces the appearance of hair strokes or make-up, enhancing the natural features of the face and allowing us to customise the outcome. The term permanent makeup is used for tattoo facial features, such as eyebrows or eyeliner, to improve colour and shape. Today’s cosmetic tattooing methods safely enhance your eyebrows or eyes, with results that last, saving time on your daily beauty routine.

Yes, the same as “regular” tattooing, cosmetic tattooing is a technique in which pigment is implanted into the dermis of the skin. Because of this, cosmetic tattooing is considered permanent as it cannot be washed off. However, with any tattoo or pigment, fading can and often does occur. This requires maintenance, referred to as our refresh service, to touch-up or boost the colour.

It is common to experience discomfort when getting cosmetic tattooing. However, we use numbing cream and anaesthetic during the procedure to minimise any discomfort.

Eyebrows: The first procedure generally takes approximately 3-hours. The colour refresher procedure will not take as long.

Eyeliner: typically takes 1 hour 30 minutes. 

Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup can have many benefits. It saves time and money on constant tinting or dyeing. It also gives you the freedom to enjoy activities without having to worry about your appearance, whether you are playing sports, swimming or sleeping, you don’t need to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.
We can complete both ombre brows and eyeliner tattoos on the same day, however, most people choose to have the appointments done on different days as there can be some discomfort. If you’re interested in having all procedures completed on the same day, give us a call or email to discuss with us.
It can take up to 10 days after the initial appointment for the area to fully heal. Some people may experience some swelling, itchiness and tenderness in the days following treatment.
Permanent cosmetic makeup will not wash off; however, it may fade over time and need to be touched up every 1-2 years. To ensure your brows and eyes are looking their best, we suggest booking our refresh service for 12-18 months. If properly maintained, the results will look amazing for years to come.

Depending on your request, we like to take a conservative approach to the colour of our clients’ cosmetic tattooing, as it is easier to darken or add more colour in later appointments. We will guide you through the selection of colour to ensure you get the best results to suit your skin, working with your unique skin qualities.

All STUDIO VII appointments require a $50 deposit to secure your appointment. The remaining sum will be due on the day of your appointment. If you are unable to make your original appointment, your deposit can be transferred to a different day.
In the event of a cancellation, please allow for 48 hours prior to your appointment or you will be invoiced. If you do not show up on the day without letting us know prior, you will not be rebooked in future.

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Our Reviews

Hear From Our PAst CLients

Don’t just take our word for it. We let our clients’ experiences speak for themselves. Our clients have spoken and shared the results of their cosmetic tattooing. Read our client testimonials to hear how STUDIO VII can unlock a whole new level of beauty and confidence.

Morgan Tarawa
Morgan Tarawa
2023-06-16
Ari is amazing and so professional I have had my top and bottom eyeliner done with her and went back and just had my eyebrows done I absolutely love my eyeliner and my new eyebrows. I wouldn't go to anyone else she listened to what I wanted and I 100% trust in all the work that she does she is absolutely brilliant thankyou ari I'm sooo happy your amazing
Katiuscia Prezioso
Katiuscia Prezioso
2023-05-18
I had my eyeliner and eyebrows done by Ari. I am extremely happy! I feel so much confident now! I can't believe how much time I am saving in the morning and they always look perfect. Every time that I look my self in the mirror I smiled because I am so happy with the results. I would recommend Studio VII to everybody! Thank you Ari😊
Tania Donaldson
Tania Donaldson
2023-05-14
Love the results of my eyeliner. Thank you so much for your attention to detail, knowledge and lovely relaxed environment. I will be back for eyebrows.
Natalie Crosby
Natalie Crosby
2023-04-25
I got my eyeliner tattoo done by Ari and I love it! A subtle lash enhancement that makes a huge difference to my eyes. I was a bit nervous, but Ari is so calming and reassuring. She explains each step in detail and the process was painfree. Highly recommend!!
Kire Hendricks
Kire Hendricks
2023-04-19
What a nice experience I had my eye liner tattoo done with Ari she made me feel so comfortable and explained the process to me in a way that I could understand. The environment was warm and chic and definitely felt like I was in a up market spa.... well done Ari I can't wait for it to be healed see you in 6 weeks
Donna Woodhouse
Donna Woodhouse
2023-03-10
All I can say is "Why did I wait so long". I love my eyebrows, they have now left the 70's behind. Ari is professional and passionate about her practice, I will be coming back for my permanent eyelining !!. I cannot believe the difference it has made, thank you Ari.