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Permanent Makeup

Though it might be difficult to imagine your mother or grandmother getting a tattoo, it’s not as impossible as you might think, when you consider permanent cosmetics! Many women (and more and more men) of all ages are taking advantage of tattoo technology to invest in permanent makeup – essentially, “makeup” that is tattooed onto the face.

There are all kinds of semi-permanent and permanent makeup (aka micropigmentation or dermapigmentation), here's an overview:

The woman in the following before and after pictures has permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and permanent lipstick and lip shading.

Permanent Makeup

The Benefits of Permanent Makeup

Permanent make up is an idea that may take some getting used to, but in fact, it is a very logical application.

Here are some of the benefits:

All in all, there are plenty of reasons why cosmetic tattooing can make practical sense.

Permanent Cosmetics

The Risks and Cons of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is not for every woman (or man) though. Besides benefits, permanent makeup has its cons and some risks:

Permanent Lipstick

Don’t be scared off though, by some extreme examples of eyebrow tattoos or other cosmetic tattooing you might have seen in decades past. In the 1950s and 60s, permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing (like cosmetics in general) tended to be rather dark and obvious-looking.

Nowadays, techniques as well as styles have improved. For example, permanent lipstick tattooing at a reputable studio is subtle and natural looking. By itself, it makes you look like you have naturally rosy lips. You can also enhance the lipstick tattooing by adding another shade of lipstick or a clear or tinted gloss over top.

You will need to determine whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks when making your decision. Do the research to find a highly qualified cosmetic tattoo artist who is licensed and certified with plenty of experience and good reviews not only from customers but from medical practitioners as well. Make sure that he or she has liability insurance. When having your initial consultation, be up front and honest about any medical conditions that may have an effect on your tattoo. This will ensure not only safety but quality results as well. When getting permanent makeup, price should not be one of the primary factors. Your body has to last you the rest of your life so don't sacrifice quality to save a few bucks.

Eyebrow Tattoos

An eyebrow tattoo used to be a rather dramatic affair – usually a thin, arched, line – because that’s how women wanted it. Nowadays styles have changed, and eyebrow tattoos and other permanent eye makeup are softer and more natural. They can enhance or subtly reshape your natural brow line.

Why would you need eyebrow tattoos?

The woman in the following picture has permanent eyebrows and permanent eyeliner on the upper eye lid. The eyebrow tattoo is done with the "powdery fill" technique. She didn't need the hairlines tattooed because she still has her natural eyebrow hair. The eyebrow tattoo is done for shaping purposes and enhancement. The permanent eyeliner is done to add some definition to the eye.

Permanent Eyebrow Tattoo

How is an eyebrow tattoo done? Permanent eye makeup is applied in much the same manner as a traditional tattoo. First your aesthetician draws in the shape with a normal brow pencil, to see if you like the shape and eyebrow tint. Then a topical analgesic numbs your skin before the hollow needle carries the ink to the middle layer of your skin. There may be mild discomfort or a temporary stinging sensation, but typically there is little pain involved. If you carefully follow the instructions you are given for caring for the site, you should heal quickly and not experience any difficulties or pain.

Another method is called "tapping". This method is applied manual, without electricity. A needle is used to softly penetrate the dermis. This method may seem simple, but it may only be done by trained professionals. Don't go looking for permanent makeup supplies and try it out yourself.

How much do eyebrow tattoos cost? Hard to say because it differs from place to place and depends on the technique that you need. Be prepared to pay at least $300 and it can go to $600 or more.

What about eyebrow tattoo removal? Eyebrow tattoos are removed with a laser in pretty much the same way as normal tattoos are removed. There's a risk that the laser damages your hair follicles, which results in loss of eyebrows and/or eye lashes. The price of laser tattoo removal is also pretty high.

Tip: if your eyebrow tattoo came out too dark or heavy, get your eyebrow hairs lightened at your local beauty parlour. It can be that the tattoo + your eyebrows is simply too much.

So, if you do use makeup on a regular basis, consider eye tattoos, permanent lipstick tattooing, or other types of permanent cosmetics, but be aware of the risks and make sure it is what you really want. Like medical tattooing, cosmetic tattooing is yet another modern use for a very ancient art.

Medical Tattoos

Permanent makeup tattooing is a vital part of reconstructive surgery. In these instances, tattooing is used to simulate natural pigmentation of the skin. Here are some examples of medical tattoos:

Regardless of the reason for choosing permanent makeup, you must be aware of both the risks and benefits in order to make the most informed decision.

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