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Permanent Makeup Facts

Everything you need to know about permanent makeup eyeliner, lipliner and eyebrow tattoo

Permanent makeup (e.g., permanent eyebrow makeup, permanent eyeliner, permanent lipliner) has been gaining popularity. However, going through the procedure is quite a commitment and you want to make sure it’s right for you.

Here’s what you need to know about permanent makeup, what can be done, the cost, and whether it can be removed: 


Q: What’s Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing. Technicians use specialized techniques often referred to as “micropigmentation,” “micropigment implantation,” or “dermagraphics” to deposit color pigments into the upper layer of the skin to create effects similar to makeup that won’t wear off.

The process typically involves an initial consultation, the procedure of applying the pigments, and one or more follow-up visit to evaluate the result after the area is healed. Permanent makeup can be applied using different devices, such as traditional tattoo coil machines, pen or rotary machine, and hand devices. The tattoos generally take 6-8 weeks to heal and fade to their intended pigment. 


Q: Who Is Permanent Makeup For?

To get permanent makeup, you need to meet the minimum age requirement — anyone under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. While there’s no upper age limit, keep in mind that the older you are, the longer it takes to heal.

You also need the ability to heal properly from minor wounds as the technique involves puncturing the upper layer of the skin with a needle so pigments can be deposited. 

Permanent makeup, such as permanent lipliner, permanent eyeliner, and permanent eyebrow makeup, is particularly helpful for people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to skin sensitivities or allergic reactions. 

It’s also popular with among women who want to look good when performing activities during which makeups can get smudged or washed away, such as swimming, running, hiking, cycling, and more — without having to worry about reapplying cosmetics.

In addition, permanent makeup benefits those who have difficulties applying cosmetics on their own, such as the visually impaired or those with medical conditions that affect dexterity, such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.


Q: What Types Of Permanent Makeup Can Be Applied?

Permanent makeup can be applied to different areas on the face and body to achieve effects from very subtle to dramatic. Here are some examples:

  • Eyebrow tattoo — one of the most popular permanent makeup options, eyebrow tattoo solves challenges such as having little or no eyebrow hair, difficulty drawing eyebrow without glasses, penciled eyebrow wearing off during the day, or uneven eyebrow pencil application. Experienced technicians can create eyebrow tattoos that range from a few hair strokes (i.e., microblading) to dramatic fully-colored brows.
  • Permanent eyeliner — applied as upper and/or bottom eyeliner, it’s particularly useful for those who often have their eyeliner smudged or wore off during the day, have trouble applying makeup evenly, or are allergic to cosmetic products. Permanent eyeliner can be done in a variety of styles and colors, ranging from soft and natural-looking lash enhancement to a more dramatically defined line.
  • Permanent lipliner and lip color — used to give better definition, correct uneven lips, create a fuller appearance, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles while preventing the undesirable look of bleeding lipstick or the drying effects of many “all-day” lipsticks.
  • Other areas on the face and body — permanent cosmetic can be used for camouflaging scars, masking discoloration or beauty marks, hair imitation, lash enhancement, areola repigmentation, and more.


Q: Who Does the Procedure? Is It Safe? Does It Hurt?

It’s important to find a qualified technician for permanent cosmetic — after all, it’s a face tattoo! 

When looking for the right service professional for these advanced procedures, make sure you feel comfortable with the technician’s skill level. Find out about their experience, ask for pictures of their finished work, and look for professionals who have taken advanced continuing education courses and have the right certification.

The procedures are typically quite safe if you work with technicians who routinely attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes so they’re trained in key safety principles. Look for a clean treatment environment and make sure the technician is using sterilized one-time use machine parts (e.g., needles.)

While most people experience some level of discomfort, the procedures are well-tolerated by most. You can apply a variety of methods such as topical anesthetics developed specifically for the industry after the technician has cleaned your skin with an appropriate cleanser.


Q: How Much Does Permanent Makeup Cost?

The average cost varies depending on the procedure and typically averages around $400 to $800. Advanced work may be charged on an hourly basis, from $150 to $250 per hour.

Don’t engage the service of a provider just because it offers the lowest price — those who invest in the proper equipment and sterilization procedure aren’t likely to be the cheapest on the block. Do your due diligence to find a technician who has the right qualification and offers a sanitary treatment environment.


Q: Are “Permanent Cosmetics” Really Permanent?

The procedures are considered permanent since color pigments are deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin and can’t be washed off. However, just like any tattoo, fading can occur. You may need periodic maintenance or touch up to refresh the colors.

The longevity of permanent makeup varies from person to person, depending on lifestyle (e.g., sun exposure,) the color pigments used, and the topical products applied to the skin.

Q: What if I don’t like my permanent makeup?

If you don’t like your permanent makeup after it’s healed, if the style is no longer in, or if the color has changed over time, you can explore using laser tattoo removal to correct mistakes or remove the permanent makeup altogether. 

At The Finery we have performed many safe and effective permanent cosmetic removals.

Keep in mind that color often appears darker right after a procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process — e.g., lip color can take as much as six weeks to settle into the final shade. Also, it’ll take time for you to get used to the new look, so be patient.


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