Wouldn’t it be great to say goodbye to your lip liner? Or put away your eye liner forever?
Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, has become more and more popular among those who want to forget about reapplying each morning. The process is very similar to getting a tattoo. A needle is used to penetrate the skin and releases pigment. For some, convenience is what motivates them to go under the needle. For others, discoloration or cosmetic skin flaws may cause someone to look into the permanent procedure, such as improving the color of a nipple after a breast surgery. If you’re thinking about having your eyebrows permanently darkened, or your lips forever lined, here is the information you need to know.
When you start to research permanent makeup artists, be sure to ask the following:
• How long have they been in business?
• Do they have referrals, or before & after photos of actual clients?
• Are they a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals, or the American Academy of Micro-pigmentation?
• How much will it cost?
• How many sessions will it take?
• Will I need any touch ups?
• Will the artist do a patch test?
Of course with any medical procedure, there are always risks. Be sure that you know what these risks are before making your appointment. They may include infections to the treated area, allergic skin reactions, reactions to the needle or pigment, scarring and scar tissue. It is also a good idea to bring these risks up during your consultation with the artist.
If you’re looking for an area salon that offers permanent makeup, check out the Permanent Makeup and Hair Studio in Englewood, Colorado.
Here is an interview with a permanent make up client who had had a permanent lip liner procedure done 8 years ago.
Is the makeup really permanent? Do you have to get touch ups?
“Oh yes, it’s permanent. After 8 years it is fading, but I can still see the outline. I haven’t gotten a touch up; I have a very thin line left, almost nothing. The makeup artist told me that the skin on the lips sheds quicker than on your arm or back, where people get tattoos, so it would need to be redone.”
How painful was it?
“It really wasn’t painful, I only had the outline of the lips done, it took about 20 minutes. The permanent makeup artist said my lips would start to swell quickly after so many needle pokes, so she worked quickly in order to avoid any unevenness. My lips were swollen and beet red when I got home, but by the next day the swelling went down and my lips looked great.”
How did you decide on a color?
“She selected a color that she thought would go well with my skin tone, and I agreed it was a good match.”
What made you decide to have permanent makeup done?
“I had it done so I wouldn’t have to reapply my lipstick several times a day, it’s much easier now applying lipstick when you can stay in the lines.”