What is Permanent Makeup?
Though it is known now primarily as permanent makeup, it is also known as semi permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, microblading and micropigmentation.
Permanent makeup is basically the implanting of semi permanent pigments into the skin. Depending on what the client wants, and what the client’s skin dictates, you can achieve many effects. For instance, pigment can be implanted to mimic brow hair by adding hairstrokes to sparse brows to give the illusion of thicker, more uniformed eyebrows. Powder brows can be achieved to give a soft brow effect. Different effects can be achieved.
The Pigments Used
The highly concentrated pigments used are manufactured to fade naturally over time. Your skin is unique, so the speed at which they fade is also unique to you. Fading of permanent pigment is very important as an enhancement you’d choose in your twenties wouldn’t necessarily be something you’d choose in your 40s, 50s or 60s!
The pigment is tattooed into the skin to a depth of 1mm. Traditional tattoos are implanted to a 3mm depth. So you can see already permanent makeup is superficial and a more subtle enhancement can be achieved that will fade slowly over time. This natural fading allows pigments to be reintroduce at a later date where the colour, shape, look of the enhancement can be readjusted to boost the colour and suit any changes in the effect the client wants taking into account their changing skin tone.
The Benefits of Permanent Makeup
Basically you have wake-up makeup.
Permanent Eyebrows – No longer spending time you don’t have in the morning trying to pencil in two eyebrows that vaguely resemble each other. Not having to worry about swimming, holidaying in hot countries, or losing your pencilled brows when sweating at the gym or them sliding off your face during the menopause! Eyebrows are a nightmare to pencil in if you’re a spectacle wearer. Permanent makeup is a godsend for those that have lost their brow hair through chemotherapy, stress, life-style, alopecia and other auto immune conditions to name a few. The menopause is cruel as it makes the rest of your face hairy, but your eyebrows sparse!
Permanent Eyeliner – Not having to worry about your eyeliner smudging or just wearing off through the day. Eyeliner can enhance your eye colour as now you’ve framed them and made them stand out. Great treatment for those who suffer from hayfever. Great treatment for anyone.
Permanent Lips – As we age our lips seem to fade into the same skin tone as our faces. By adding colour to the lip, makes the lips stand out, more defined. Lip colour can really lift the face.
Will It Hurt?
It’s not painful. It can be uncomfortable initially, until the secondary numbing solution is introduced. Each person is different and each person’s pain threshold is also different.
I will keep checking that you’re OK, as more numbing solution can be applied as is necessary to make the procedure comfortable for you.
How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?
It’s called permanent makeup because it remains in the skin from 6 months to 2 years, if not longer. But it will fade over time.
Skin is unique to each person. Younger skin retains pigment better than older skin. Dry skin retains pigment better than oily skin. There are lots of other factors to take into account. Life-style, stress, skin conditions, medical conditions, if you’re a smoker and/or a sun worshipper all have an effect on your skin and therefore will dictate how long your enhancement lasts.
Secondly, it depends on the type of pigment used and how deep it is implanted into the skin. There is no need these days to implant pigment too deep. Pigment is so concentrated you get a very good effect by implanting superficially, which causes less damage to the skin and thankfully no long term pigment saturation.
Permanent makeup is not an exact science!
A consultation is always advisable. It gives me an opportunity to assess your skin.
Cost of Permanent Makeup?
The cost of permanent makeup is considered expensive, generally because you’re asked to pay the full amount at the first treatment. It’s no more expensive than the annual cost of having your nails manicured, or arcylics applied each month.
The initial payment does cover the consultation and both the initial and re-touch treatment, including aftercare instructions and balm. And if you look after your enhancement it will last you a year to 18 months before you need to consider an annual colour boost. Colour boosts keep your enhancement fresh and defined. Colour boosts are generally half the price of the initial cost.
Each permanent makeup artist charges dependent on their training, their equipment, the products used, location, insurance, waste disposal, advertising, etc.
I know cost can be high-up on your checklist when researching your artist, but please do the research and don’t go cheap. There is truth in the saying “pay cheap, pay twice”. I have a fair number of tattoo removal clients that are testiment to this. Do your due diligence, read the reviews, book a consultation and meet your artist. Consultations are free and face to face meetings are a great starting point!
Medical Tattooing – Areola Micropigmentation
Medical tattooing or medical micropigmentation refers to areola enhancements for those wishing to add colour to their areola, enlarge the areola area or simulate an areola following reconstructive surgery.
Webbed Toe Tattooing
Webbed toe tattooing is a very simple, but effective enhancement. Not all webbed toed clients are happy to reveal their feet, especially in the summer. This simple enhancement gives the illusion of toe separation and clients are very happy that they can then wear open-toed shoes in the summer, on holiday, without their feet becoming a focal point.