What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetics involving the application of dyes beneath the top layer of skin. By placing the dye beneath the skin, it gives you the appearance of makeup that won’t wash off later or require daily application. It is similar to a tattoo. However, the makeup is applied below the first layer of tissue, whereas tattoos usually delve deeper.
Will permanent makeup last forever?
Permanent is just another way of saying something is long lasting. Permanent makeup will not last forever, and the rate at which it fades will depend on sun-exposure and how rapidly your skin cells shed and replenish.
What does a permanent makeup procedure involve?
Permanent makeup procedures involve the use of needles to permeate the skin. The makeup will be applied using a handheld devise or a machine, depending on the section of your face it is applied to. For larger surface areas, like cheeks and foreheads, a machine is typically used. For more sensitive areas, like eyes and lips, a handheld devise is used.
Will permanent makeup change as I age?
The makeup will gradually fade over time, resulting in lighter shades of makeup and the need for touch-ups. It is recommended to use thinner eyeliners, as thick lines will permeate the creases in your eyes as you age. You can also change the colors of your makeup during each touch up, should your tastes evolve as you grow.
Is permanent makeup appropriate for men?
Permanent makeup is appropriate for any adult looking to have a consistent glow, without the need for daily retouching. Regardless of gender, if you currently wear makeup in your day-to-day life, then permanent makeup is a great option. However, if you only wear makeup on special occasions, then getting a permanent makeup procedure may not be the best option.
Does permanent makeup look natural?
Permanent makeup looks perfectly natural. In fact, it is unlikely that anyone other than you will ever know you have it on. In fact, permanent makeup will look even better than regular makeup, as it won’t cake, smear, or fade throughout the day.
What types of makeup can be applied?
The most common areas to apply permanent makeup are the cheeks, lips, eyes, and eyebrows. You can have permanent eyeliner applied, add tinting to your cheeks, have your eyebrows permanently penciled in, and get permanent lipstick applied. Permanent concealer can also be applied, that will help to cover stretch marks or acne scars. Other options, such as permanent eye shadow, are also available. However, keep in mind that as you age, the permanent eye shadow may crease where your wrinkles appear.
How much do the procedures cost?
Procedures generally cost between $150 and $250 an hour. Certain procedures take longer than others. However, most procedures take between one and two hours.
Does applying permanent makeup hurt?
If you have ever gotten a tattoo, then you should have an idea of what the application process will feel like. Keep in mind, since the makeup isn’t applied as deep as a tattoo, it will hurt less. Overall, it will depend on your threshold for pain. Some clients claim they barely felt it, whereas others experienced a degree of pain.
Are there certain things that could cause the permanent makeup to fade more quickly?
Sun exposure is the main thing that will cause the makeup to fade quickly. As your skin is exposed to the sun, skin cells are killed off more rapidly, causing the top layer of your skin to shed. This, in turn, will cause the makeup to fade over time. Be sure to wear ample sun block to ensure that your makeup lasts as long as possible.
Will I need touch-ups? How often?
Eventually, you will need touch-ups. The frequency of your touch-ups will depend on how rapidly your skin cells shed and replenish. By wearing sunscreen regularly, you can increase the time between touch-ups. However, most people tend to receive touch-ups about once a year.
Can I get an infection from the makeup?
Just like a piercing or tattoo, permanent makeup can result in infections if not cared for properly. You will want to keep your face slightly moist for the first several days. This will prevent flaking and fading as the skin heals. After receiving treatment, you face is basically an open wound. Therefore, it is important to keep it as clean as possible, while refraining from harsh soaps or use of moisturizers. After your treatment, you should receive an after-care packet detailing exactly how to take care of your face. By following all of the instructions thoroughly, you will be able to avoid the risk of infection and keep your skin healthy.
Can it be removed if I change my mind later?
Just like with any tattoo, removal is possible, though not perfect. Sometimes the makeup will be able to be fully removed, whereas other times it may only be possible to fade it. Eventually, the makeup will fade entirely, and there are some things you can do at home to help expedite the process. Applying clays, saline solution, or glycolic acid to your face will allow the colors to fade more rapidly. For professional removal, the use of lasers is often used. You can receive the laser treatments every 30 days, if the first laser treatment isn’t fully effective.
How do I decide on the colors and makeup options available?
There are a variety of color options available, and the colors you choose should depend on your skin type and personal preferences. It is best to go for a more natural look, as this is something you won’t grow tired of later. Your specialist will be able to guide you to colors that match your skin color, hair, and features the best.
Do you reuse needles?
Never! Individual applicators will be used throughout the process and disposed of afterward.
Is permanent makeup safe for my skin?
Permanent makeup is perfectly safe and, like tattoos, only non-toxic dyes are utilized.
Is permanent makeup okay for sensitive skin types?
Permanent makeup is perfectly safe for all skin types, and is the best option for people struggling with sensitive skin. Regular makeup can often times irritate the skin and exacerbate skin conditions. With permanent makeup, you will no longer have to worry about skin allergies, clogged pores, or breakouts.
Are there any side effects of the procedure?
The side effects will depend on the area you have worked on. Eyebrows tend to have little to no side effects. The lips and eyes may experience some swelling, as these areas are very sensitive. Bleeding is common during the procedure, but it will cease shortly after the procedure is complete. Some people report minor bruising. Whether or not you bruise will depend on how sensitive you are. Infections and rashes can also occur after the procedure. However, if you closely follow all post-procedure guidelines, you shouldn’t have to worry.
Is it possible to be allergic to the pigments used?
It is possible to be allergic to just about anything. However, pigment allergies are extremely rare. In fact, people with makeup allergies are often prime candidates for permanent makeup, as it provides a solution to their current allergy problems.
Will the makeup interfere with an MRI scan?
Many studies have been done on the effects of tattoos and MRI’s. It has been shown that, even in cases involving large body tattoos, very little irritation occurred from the MRI scan. Given such a small surface area will be covered with permanent makeup, it is highly unlikely it will pose a problem. However, it is always best to first consult your doctor before following through with the makeup procedure.
Why is the color of the makeup so dark at first?
For the first couple of days after the procedure, the makeup will seem very dark. However, don’t worry, as it will fade up to 40% in just the first couple of days. When the pigment is initially applied, it remains wet, causing the pigment to have a deeper color. However, the coloring will dry out over the first couple of days, gradually fading as a result.
Can I still donate blood after having the procedure?
Tattoos are considered acceptable, provided they were applied by a state-regulated facility. As long as your permanent makeup meets this single qualification, donating blood should never be an issue.