What You Need to Know about Permanent Makeup
By Joe Murphy
Tattoos aren’t just a way to let your mother know how much you love her forever. The same ink and science used in tattoo application can also be used as permanent makeup. Think about how much time you spend every morning applying your makeup, and then taking it off at night. If you’re the kind of person who has to have your “face” on every day to feel your best, a permanent makeup solution might save you time and energy. Plus, how nice would it be to just fall into bed after a night of dancing and fun with friends instead of taking time to remove your makeup when you’re completely exhausted? Here’s what you need to know about permanent make up – how it works, who it’s good for, and how much it can cost.
What exactly is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedurethat uses tattoos to create designs and enhancements that resemble some of the most common makeup techniques. These include things like eyeliner, blush, eyeshadow, and lip color. Permanent makeup procedures can also include eyebrow color. Permanent makeup also goes by other names:
- Permanent Cosmetics
- Cosmetic Tattooing
Who can benefit from permanent makeup?
People who love the look of makeup but want a more permanent solution can benefit from this procedure. Also, people who have lost their eyebrows due to disease, chemotherapy, genetics, or aging may enjoy the effects of permanent makeup. Permanent makeupcan also cover up scars, and discoloration of the skin. Those who’ve had surgery for breast cancer can use permanent makeup to restore the look of the areola after surgery. People with allergies to regular cosmetics and people with health conditions that make regular cosmetics hard to apply may like the results of permanent makeup.
When did people first start using permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup has been around for more than 100 years. The procedure was first used in the early 1900s as a way to permanently add blush to the cheeks. From there, it has evolved to include all different types of makeup.
What are the results of getting permanent cosmetics applied to the face?
It depends on what you want. You can go for a more subtle look, or create a more defined look with permanent makeup. The results can look just like regularly applied makeup, or the procedure can be used to cover up imperfections like scars or discoloration. Soon after application, the results will look pretty dark or highly pigmented. But over the course of several days, the colors will soften as the skin heals.
Once the permanent makeup initially fades after a few days, it will last for up to many years before fading again with time and sun exposure. However, the length of time the pigmentation lasts depends on the person and their environment. People who get subtle permanent makeup may require several touch ups to keep the pigment from fading too much.
What are the most common complaints about permanent makeup?
Surveys conducted on people who’ve had permanent makeup applied found the most common complaints:
- The pigment was too dark
- The tattoo artist used the wrong color
- The application was uneven
- The application was too big
If you’re interested in getting permanent makeup applied, it’s critical that you do your research on the tattoo artist before you let them near your face. A skilled professional with years of experience should be able to give you a look you want. Always check their references and reviews from third-party sites. Ask to see before and after samples of their work too so you know what you can expect with the end result. A skilled professional should also be able to change the color and evenness of the makeup.
Can you get permanent makeup removed if you don’t like the final result?
Permanent makeup is just that – permanent. It’s the same ink that’s used in a tattoo. While you can get tattoo ink removed, it is a costly, painful procedure and you may not be able to completely erase the tattoo, more like fade it so that it is barely noticeable. Doctors will often use lasers to remove tattoo ink, including permanent makeup. It’s always important that you do a lot of research into the tattoo artist you’ll be using, and thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of getting permanent makeup applied to your skin.
How much does permanent makeup cost?
It can cost anywhere from $50 to 800 dollars to get permanent makeupapplied. The cost and number of procedures you get will depend on several factors, most notably the amount of makeup you want and how dark you want it to be.
Are there any side effects to getting permanent makeup?
The side effects of permanent makeup are similar to those in a tattoo application. The site may be red or itchy after the ink is applied. But that should fade after several days. Serious side effects are rare, but they do happen. Getting permanent makeup applied by a skilled, trained, and licensed professional should help you minimize the risks involved with the procedure.
Infections from unsanitary equipment and needles can happen, and it’s possible to contract staph or hepatitis infections from unsterile equipment. You can also get a granuloma, which is a nodule that forms below the surface of the skin when a foreign particle enters the body. If you are prone to scarring, permanent makeup might not be a good idea for you. It can lead to the formation of keloids, which are large, bumpy scars. Some people may also be allergic to the ink. If you’re getting permanent makeup applied to your eyelids, consult with your eye doctor before you go through with the procedure.
With any permanent procedure like permanent makeup, it’s crucial that you do your research first. Be sure to weigh all of the pros and cons before you have ink permanent injected into the skin on your face. Makeup trends change frequently, so it’s best to go with something that will enhance your best features and look natural. Check to make sure that the person who you want to do the procedure is trained, licensed and experienced with permanent makeup applications.
Author – Joe Murphy