Permanent Makeup: Once and Done?

by Marisa Amorasak

Permanent Makeup: Once and Done?

If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and felt like you had had to put on makeup just to look presentable—even if you really weren’t in the mood—permanent makeup may be a good choice for you. Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique that uses facial tattooing to resemble the look of makeup. Just as a woman may line their eyes, fill in their eyebrows, or apply lipstick, permanent makeup can offer the same affects that you never have to reapply or wash off.

Using Permanent Makeup to Conceal

Permanent makeup uses the same technology as body tattooing. A needle gun inserts permanent color into the dermis, the layer of skin just below the top. Since permanent makeup’s function is to add color to the face, it’s ideal for covering skin imperfections. Hyperpigmentation and discolored scarring respond well to permanent makeup, because they are simply covered with a color that’s specially formulated to match the rest of your skin. Some women choose permanent makeup to reshape their nipples after breast reconstruction. A skin-colored color is tattooed over the areola. In addition to concealing, permanent makeup is also used to enhance.

Using Permanent to Enhance

Permanent makeup of the eyebrows is particularly popular because of the drastic aesthetic improvement it can have on the face. Eyebrows act as the frames for your face, and well-defined ones can make you look polished and more attractive. Many people who opt to have their eyebrows filled in with permanent makeup are people who have very light, nearly invisible eyebrows. Very light eyebrows can happen gradually due to aging, be a part of a person’s natural pigmentation, or occur due to chemotherapy or alopecia. Most people that choose permanent makeup want natural-looking results, so the expert tattooing your skin will mimic the natural hairs of your eyebrows. You can even opt for eyebrows that arch higher than your natural shape, mimicking the raised look like in a brow lift. By having the look of eyebrows tattooed to your skin, you never have to worry about filling in your eyebrows with an eye pencil or powder again.

Permanent makeup can also be applied to the lips and eyelids. It’s considered a helpful cosmetic procedure for asymmetrical lips or lips that have uneven borders. Of course, adding color to the lips can also help them appear more full and youthful. On the eyelids, permanent makeup is applied like eyeliner. It defines the eyes and make the lash line look more lush without mascara.

Permanent Makeup Risks and Side Effects

Permanent makeup doesn’t have a lot of risks or side effects. The biggest risk of permanent makeup is the possibility that you don’t like the way the practitioner applied the color. It might appear too harsh, too light, or be the wrong color. Makeup is a particularly subjective aesthetic. And just like all tattoos, permanent makeup does fade over time.

Taking the Next Step Towards Permanent Makeup

The reasons women choose permanent makeup are variable. It can be of use to women looking for cosmetic help due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or breast reconstruction. On the other hand, permanent makeup is incredibly useful to women who just want to enhance their features without having to apply makeup everyday or have it come off when swimming. For some women, the thought of waking up every morning and seeing makeup as a choice rather than a necessity is appealing. If you’d like to further discuss permanent makeup or other non-surgical procedures, we can schedule a free consultation with a specialist in your area.

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