5 Questions To Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist

Written by: john Date of published: .

The idolization of women’s beauty and the empowering sense of femininity has been revolving and embraced by different cultures of humanity for centuries, and will be for many more centuries to come. The cosmetic use of mixtures made from organic compounds to enhance the face, skin, and hair have been documented and dated by women and men all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century. Fast forward to modern day times and the chaotic level of beautifying treatments, shades, techniques, and trends is enough to send any ancient Egyptian’s head spinning. Make up is an easy and fun way to outrageously or slightly express creative personality, beautifully define your facial features, and exponentially boosts self confidence. On top of being used for cosmetic reasons, make up is also used to cover deformations, scarring, or unwanted facial markings. Every woman loves feeling beautiful, and though some may argue the power of natural beauty trumps the effects of make up, the use of cosmetics can undoubtedly bring out any woman (or man’s) natural beauty to its fullest extent.

Micro-pigmentation, dermo-graphics, or permanent make up, has been a popular cosmetic procedure used over centuries. The permanent makeup is applied to maintain an enhanced natural, bare face with a semi-permanent part of your makeup regimen (lips, eyes, cheeks) that will not wash away, and need not to be applied regularly. It is a highly useful investment to consider for women whom regularly apply a full range of makeup, perhaps daily. It is applied at one time, with the possibility of a small reapplication touch up, for a reasonably set amount of money, and lasts 3-5 years, sometimes reportedly longer. For instance, permanent make up is excellent for a woman whom usually corrects her own eyebrows on a daily basis but is tired of the application fading due to sweat or oily skin. Paying for a permanent application may save a large amount of money and time spent on something that is necessary daily. Permanent make up provides a large number of savings on eyeliner, blush, lip liner, or eye shadow over the course of a 5 year period.

The process of micro-pigmentation entails the use of a motorized handheld device, very similar to a tattoo gun, that makes several hundred punctures per minute, just below the top dermal layer, and deposits the desired shade of color onto various parts of the face. The pain level is often similar to that of receiving a tattoo, but it is advised to avoid all blood-thinning medications for a full 48 hours before the procedure, to prevent excessive bleeding. This application process is typically used to place a permanent stroke of eyeliner, a favorite shade of blush, coloration to imperfect eyebrows, or a set of lined lips that are sure to never smudge. Like a tattoo, the pigmentation is placed underneath the first layer of skin, and after the skin has healed around and over the application site, it will leave an appearance of freshly-applied make up, for up to 3-5 years. Imagine waking up every single day with a perfect face of make up, without ever touching a brush, for up to 5 years straight.

As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, regardless of how short, non-abrasive or simple, there is always a chance of complication or reaction, and precautions should always be taken before carrying on with this semi-permanent procedure. There are quite a few different angles to look from when considering any sort of permanent make up or tattoo. There is always room for, and small chance of, allergic reaction, unfortunate scarring, and even a blistering infection if not applied and cared for correctly. If it is something that spikes your interest as a thrifty and resourceful makeup lover, here are several helpful questions to consider bringing up to your plastic surgeon or cosmetologist before making any final decisions pertaining to the permanent makeup process.

1) How long have you been doing this and how many clients have you completed this procedure for?

First and foremost, doctor reputability and a portfolio of previous procedures is key to a successful experience. Even before you have made the final decision to undergo micro-pigmentation, it is wise to research and ask around for advice, opinions and reviews on local doctors or cosmetologists whom perform permanent make up application. You would not make an appointment with a dentist to get a mole removed, would you? It is completely standard in the process of finding the right doctor to perform this permanent procedure. Ask the specialists how long they have been applying the make up and how many clients, happy or not, they have successfully completed. The longer they have been specializing in micro-pigmentation with the higher rate of satisfied clients, the better ratio they show for giving you the same outcome. Also, some permanent make up technicians will seem to offer a crazy deal for the application process. Beware, just because it may seem like a great deal on the treatment, it is usually a bad sign of business. Remember that they would not be charging so inexpensively if they had enough repeating clientele to support their practice. Low prices very well equate to a lack of experience or quality. Even if it takes going to several different medical offices or salons, take the time to shop around until you are confident you have found the right person for this job.

2) Can I see Before and After pictures?

Considering that the make up tattooed to your face will boldly be there for at least 3 to 5 years, ask for a professional portfolio complete with photographs, assessments and ratings, and any pertaining certifications to ensure you are making the right choice for a doctor. Before and after assessments are very important to the pre-procedure process because it provides tangible, visual evidence of what you should expect when you undergo your own permanent makeup procedure. Just like looking at a portfolio for a wedding photographer, a plastic surgeon or a hairdresser, permanent make up artists show reputability through photographs, too. If a specialist does not offer a well-assembled or detailed portfolio, or does not offer one at all, skip them. Professionalization is highly important with all medical and cosmetic procedures, and there will be a better choice out there.

3) How do you keep everything clean?

On top of reputation and professionalism, cleanliness and sanitation is a must have. There is a vast array of health and safety certifications any specialist, doctor, or cosmetologist must undergo and complete before successfully, safely, and legally performing any derma-pigmentation procedures. Instruments compromised by bacteria or infected residual fluids left from a previous client can cause a serious infection or even life threatening diseases such as HIV (the leading cause of AIDs) or Hepatitis. During the process of permanent make up application, skin fragments and fluids from the body are transferred through the tiny needles and cannot be removed or cleaned thoroughly unless sterilized by either replacement or a professional cleaning system. Non-sterilized used permanent make up instruments can lead to deformation, and very possibly a lifelong physical effect. Ask them what kind of sterilization process they use on their instruments. If they do not use prepackaged tattooing needle components, ask them what kind of sterilization equipment and process they use. Some technicians will try to save costs by re-using equipment, or using cheaper stock of supplies, so make sure to ask in as much detail about supplies and safety precautions as you can.

4) How long, on average, will it take for someone my age to heal?

The average healing time after a permanent make up treatment is between 4 and 6 weeks. Although as you beginning aging, the permanent make up application process will take a little longer to heal. As aging occurs, the skin begins to slowly thin out and becomes somewhat transparent. Also, the fat cushion layer beneath the skin lessens in amount, eventually becoming nearly nonexistent. In combination to the less fat cushioning under your skin and the thinness of the outermost layer, the healing process after micro-pigmenatation can be a bit lengthier than that on a younger face. On top of the general 4-6 week healing time, another week per decade after the age of 40 is added on. Regardless of age, after the initial healing time, it is typically necessary for a touch up, since it is common to lose some initial coloration. During the healing process, small scabs form on top of the site of application and as they heal and fall off, some of the pigment falls away with it. Sometimes slightly larger scabbing may cause an uneven shading effect of applications areas and lines on lips or eyes, which are not completely noticeable until after the face is fully healed. On occasion, if you find a well qualified, experienced and talented technician, a touch up treatment may not even be necessary. That will be decided upon a follow up appointment and of course, your level of overall satisfaction with the process and outcome. Ask your specialist, considering your age and skin condition, how long they would give you for an estimated healing time so you will have a slight idea of what to expect afterwards.

5) When it fades, how will you offer to help me? If I need a touch up afterwards, will the reapplication be cheaper?

It is inevitable that there will be some slight loss of coloration as time goes on. The average “beauty” time (how long the make up will boldly last) of the treatment is anywhere from 3-5 years, with some people reportedly still flaunting their permanent eye liner 8-10 years after their first application. An important topic to bring up to your cosmetologist or doctor, is the reapplication process. If you are not happy with the outcome, how will they offer to mend the imperfection or fix the dissatisfaction of an unfortunate mistake on their part? Asking your potential specialist these questions will ensure and prove their quality of patient care. You don’t want to let a stranger puncture your face with hundreds of needles unless you know they are willing to own up to their quality of work and stay dedicated to your satisfaction even after the process has been paid for. Ask that if a possible reapplication may be necessary, what they can possibly offer financially to help you. In combination to their portfolio and rate or reapplication, you can know what to expect to end up paying when all is said and done with the dermo-graphic treatment.

The process of making the decision whether or not permanent make up is right for you, there could not ever be any excess of preparation, research, and questioning, considering that permanent make up is, well… Permanent. As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, there are many precautions advised to be taken. If you are a regular make up user and avid lover, it would be worth it for you to weigh out all costs end effects of the treatment over time. If the slight pain of a needle outweighs the cost of cosmetic supplies and hours of make up application, micro-pigmentation could be perfect for you. If you find yourself highly interested in receiving such treatment, all five of these questions will be a great starting point when deciding on the right specialist for the procedure. After getting all the details of the process, you will be given a fantastic insight on what to expect before, during, and after the permanent make up application.

 

Is Permanent Makeup Safe?

Written by: john Date of published: .

Many people in today’s world have undergone permanent makeup treatments. In most cases, these treatments are successful. However, there are some potential complications that can sometimes make these procedures unsafe. This will take a look at whether permanent makeup is a safe solution.

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattoo that simulates the ordinary application of consumer makeup products. In theory, permanent makeup is supposed to replace the need for eyeshadow, lipstick, and general makeup. However, most patients who undergo these treatments will still need to use ordinary cosmetics to look their best. The advantage of permanent makeup is that it can make a person more naturally beautiful. This procedure is designed to permanently change the color of a patient’s skin. The skin color is changed by injecting a colored dye deep into the skin pores. In many ways, permanent makeup is very similar to getting a permanent tattoo. Like permanent tattoos, permanent makeup can last for several decades. Depending on how satisfied the patient is with their treatment, the permanent nature of this treatment can have advantages or disadvantages.

Potential Benefits

Patients often seek permanent makeup procedures to simulate eyeliner, enhance facial colors, or correct bodily irregularities. Permanent makeup can be used on a person’s eyelids and lips to give them a more desirable appearance. This procedure can also disguise scars and cover up white spots known as vitiligo. Some women even use permanent makeup to correct breasts that are not lined up correctly. The results of permanent makeup can be very long-term. Some patients can experience positive benefits that can last for the rest of their lives.

Procedure Limitations

Permanent makeup has some limitations that prevent it from working perfectly. Since everyone’s skin tone is different, doctors must carefully select the ideal dye color for a person’s skin. Unfortunately, colors that are slightly incorrect can create apparent lines on person’s face. A person’s skin tones can also change with age. Since the tone of this makeup stays the same, patients often experience undesirable tone lines as they get older. Permanent makeup procedures can also fade due to sun exposure, environmental effects, and genetic factors.

After the procedure is completed, patients can also experience fading in the short-term. It is not uncommon for patients to report darker skin tones for a couple of months after having the procedure. During this time, patients may need to wait to see how the final results will look. Depending on the results, patients may need to seek additional treatments from their care provider. However, one procedure is usually enough to give patients what they are looking for.

The most important limitation of permanent makeup is its lack of regulatory approval. To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet ruled on the legal status of existing treatments. However, these treatments have been around for several decades. At the time of writing, the FDA has not gone after any of the market leaders that were operating in good faith. The other primary limitation of permanent makeup is that it can cause adverse side effects. These negative side effects are particularly prevalent for individuals who choose to complete these procedures on their own. In most cases, professionally trained doctors can prevent most of these negative side effects.

According to the FDA

Unlike the tattoo industry, the permanent makeup industry has not been subject to the rules that are supposed to be enforced under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This legislation is supposed to require companies to seek FDA approval in order to market the dyes used for permanent cosmetic procedures. After several decades of existence, the permanent makeup industry has not received any authoritative guidance about its legality from the FDA. Due to this implied precedent, it can be inferred that the FDA views permanent makeup as safe. This has also been substantiated by interviews and statements made by some of the FDA’s leading officials.

The lack of regulatory guidance in the permanent makeup industry has been primarily driven by competing priorities. In today’s world, there are simply too many scams and illegitimate products that the FDA must investigate. Due to limited resources, the governmental agency has consequently been unable to justify offering official guidance. However, the agency has made efforts to facilitate state-level adoption of accreditation standards. The American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) is approved by the FDA to certify permanent makeup practitioners. In some states, approval from this organization is required for all individuals looking to practice in the permanent makeup field.

The implications of this lack of FDA guidance means that patients need to work with a permanent makeup provider that is approved by the AAM. Patients should also extensively inquire into a prospective provider’s experience. Online reviews can be a great place to discover whether a provider can be trusted. In some cases, it may even be a good idea to ask for references. Patients need to make sure that their provider is reputable to avoid getting permanent results that are undesirable.

Working With a Doctor

Some of the thought leaders in the cosmetics profession are starting to claim that consumers can complete permanent makeup procedures on their own. It is true that YouTube and online information can be useful for certain cosmetic procedures. For example, thousands of quality videos can be found online about how to apply lipstick. However, this does not imply that individuals can apply permanent makeup with basic instructions. These at-home treatments are possible, but the results are not going to be desirable.

When looking to have a permanent makeup procedure done, prospective patients need to make sure that they work with a licensed doctor. Doctors have been through at least a decade of professional training. During this time, doctors learned how to adapt to unique situations and protect patients from permanent cosmetic damage. The reality is that these procedures are unsafe to do from home. A specialized doctor is needed to ensure that these procedures are done right.

In today’s cosmetics marketplace, the reality is that some providers cannot be trusted. Studies conducted by the FDA have indicated that more than half of all permanent makeup professionals do not have a reputable certification. These findings should be seen as truly alarming for patients who are looking to have one of these procedures done. Without a competent doctor, patients are inevitably going to have complications that they do not know how to manage. If this happens, patients could be left with permanent damage to their skin tissue.

Potential Complications

The potential complications of a bad permanent makeup procedure can cause the opposite of the intended effects. During self-administered treatments, patients often experience infections. These infections can cover a broad area of a person’s face. In the worst situations, patients could even be exposed to Hepatitis and HIV. Allergic reactions to the skin dyes are also very common. As a result of these reactions, many patients experience permanent scarring. Unfortunately, this can necessitate more invasive plastic surgery to partially fix the damage.

The problems associated with permanent makeup procedures can also be experienced by patients who visit a licensed doctor. Until researchers have a full understanding of the human genome, no doctor can predict how a person’s body could uniquely react to certain chemicals being introduced into the skin. For this reason, all patients take some risk when they decide to do a permanent makeup procedure. However, a reputable doctor would know that these problems can mostly be avoided by testing a single area before treating the entire body. Below are some of the most common adverse side effects of a permanent makeup procedure.

Allergic Reactions

The most common side effect that patients experience is an allergic reaction. In most cases, allergic reactions are relatively minor. Even the FDA has said that allergic reactions related to a permanent makeup procedure can usually be cured with consumer Benedryl. However, the permanent nature of these makeup procedures can make an infection difficult to get rid of. If a patient has an adverse reaction to one of the chemicals that were used, the allergic reaction could be permanent. As a result, the affected area could swell up severely. In some cases, this can require professionals to amputate the affected area.

Allergic reactions only occur in a minority of procedures. However, it is still important for patients to be prepared for them. Doctors are trained to test an area before treating the entire body. If the sample area reveals an allergic reaction, doctors can try other chemicals that are less likely to irritate the skin. Doctors can also take action to minimize the damage that allergic reactions can cause. Therefore, patients who use a doctor are much less likely to suffer a severe allergic reaction.

Artificial iron oxide is the primary ingredient used for permanent makeup procedures. Organic permanent makeup procedures attempt create the same effects by using herbs, extracts, and even animal byproducts. With most consumer products, organics and natural products are usually seen as a more healthy alternative. Unfortunately, unethical cosmetics manufacturers have been trying to convince consumers that organic permanent makeup supplies are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The reality is that the opposite is generally true due to artificial compounds being more sterile. Most importantly, they contain fewer byproducts that are likely to cause an allergic reaction. This means that medical-grade iron oxide is much safer than artificial alternatives.

An allergic reaction can cause severe side effects. The most common side effect is an uncontrollable rash. Most patients can fight these rashes with the assistance of a professional doctor. However, these rashes can quickly get out of control. Patients who attempt to complete a permanent makeup procedure on their own could let the rash grow for several days. By the time that the patient ends up in the emergency room, the hospital may have to amputate the affected area. Other side effects include infection, uncontrollable growths, and scarring.

Infection

An allergic reaction can quickly turn into an infection. If the treated area becomes infected, harmful bacteria and pus can quickly take over. When infections are treated promptly, patients are usually able to prevent more serious side effects. However, patients are often embarrassed about going back to their doctor because of an infection. Some patients are also uninformed about the potential dangers of an infection. As a result, these patients are the most vulnerable to a severe infection that can quickly take over the entire body.

Patients who fail to immediately fight an infection could face very serious consequences. Patients could need to have the affected area amputated by a professional doctor. Other patients could experience an infection that spreads throughout the entire body. However, these problems can be prevented by working with a professional doctor after completing the procedure. Reputable doctors will usually tell patients to return for several follow-up procedures to ensure that the skin is healing properly. If doctors notice an infection, they can immediately take steps to minimize the potential harm that it could cause.

Some patients can also experience infections long after a permanent makeup procedure has been completed. Certain environmental factors can cause infections to emerge. Studies have shown that electromagnetic radiation could be one of the primary cause of these spontaneous infections. Individuals who work near high-powered electrical equipment may need to be careful to ensure that an infection does not form.

These infections can also be experienced by individuals who receive an MRI. Due to the high amounts of electromagnetic radiation that this medical equipment emits, the magnetic iron oxide can sometimes cause an infection. These infections are usually very mild. The existence of iron oxide can also cause MRI results to be distorted. As long as patients inform their doctor about their permanent makeup, this is not a problem.

Growths

Granulomas are undesirable masses that manifest themselves inside of the tissue around a foreign substance. These granulomas have been known to form after a permanent makeup procedure. In most cases, the can simply be cut out. However, it is important to work closely with a medical professional to ensure that they do not come back.

Nodules are inflamed tissue and fluid that can quickly turn into an infection. These can sometimes form under the skin of patients who have undergone permanent makeup procedures. Nodules are not cancerous, but it important to assess them immediately to prevent thyroid problems, mineral deficiencies, and blood poisoning.

Scarring

Keloids are severe scar tissue that can form in areas treated with permanent makeup. These can have lasting effects that can reverse the potential advantages of permanent makeup. Although these are somewhat rare, they are especially prevalent with patients who administer their own care. Keloids most commonly occur when permanent makeup is removed. However, patients should still monitor the treated area to ensure that keloids do not start to form.

The Verdict

Permanent makeup procedures that are done by a trained practitioner are usually safe. However, self-treatment is not appropriate for the application of permanent makeup. There are too many potential complications that non-specialists could not possibly be aware of. Self-treatment can also result in negative results that look far worse than a person’s natural skin. If you are considering the possibility of having a permanent makeup procedure done, make sure that you work with a reputable doctor. Your doctor should be certified by the AAM. You should also check online reviews to ensure that your prospective treatment provider is truly reputable. By doing this, you can expect to get positive results from a permanent makeup procedure.

Solution For Over-Tweezed Eyebrows

Written by: john Date of published: .

One of the most popular self-esteem boosting techniques that is now widely available in the area of makeup is permanent cosmetic tattooing. Permanent makeup professionals are always going to be the best possible option to apply this long lasting makeup. Permanent cosmetics are open to several different areas of the face for a variety of reasons depending on the needs and wants of the client receiving the beauty treatment. It is often reported by clients that one of the most frequent reasons heard by permanent cosmetic experts is that over plucking, shaping, waxing, and / or tweezing of the eyebrows has caused a moderate to severe thinning of the eyebrows. More and more people are looking into permanent solutions for cosmetic issues. These individuals want to steer away from the daily makeup regimens or procedures and also the monthly, if not more often, makeup purchases. Having cosmetic tattoos applied to fill out and enhance natural eyebrows is a lifelong and cost effective treatment for the complicated issues caused by over plucked eyebrows.

Having eyebrows tweezed, waxed, and plucked by oneself or beauticians may seem like a fast, harmless, and easy way to get that ever so desired perfect facial look. What most people do not realize until too late is that this process, even when done by professionals can, and often does, cause a significant amount of harm without too much good to show for it. Eyebrow tweezing, plucking, waxing, shaping, threading, etc., are all methods of eyebrow removal that work in a similar fashion by plucking hairs out of the skin all the way down to the root. These methods, unlike shaving with a razor or using depilatory creams, is dealing with hair underneath the skin, and unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, even the assistance of a tweezing expert can not prevent the risk of lifelong harm caused by over tweezed eyebrows. There are several health concerns that can arise with any conventional form of eyebrow shaping through tweezing, waxing, and plucking, etc.

Over plucking can lead to extreme thinning of the eyebrow hairs over time. This happens because each time the hair is plucked it will always inherently come back thinner and not as strong as the original hair that was removed. The use of permanent cosmetic tattoos will make up for the fact that over tweezed eyebrows will most likely never grow back to be as thick and luxurious as they once were. Cosmetically tattooed eyebrows will ultimately replace the need to use a daily eyebrow liner or powder. These are makeup items frequently utilized by people who are aiming to obtain the look of thicker brows.

Legitimate follicle damage and even complete annihilation of the follicles will lead to the sparseness or “balding” of eyebrows. Regardless of whether or not a person seeks out a beauty professional who aims to use only the finest and most up to date proper plucking and shaping techniques, there is always going to be a risk of damage to the eyebrow’s hair follicles. Each individual follicle is responsible for the growth of each individual hair. If a follicle is forever damaged by plucking or other trauma, that specific hair will never grow back again. This issue is also compounded by the fact that each follicle is limited to a finite number of times it will grow back in a lifetime. Even if a follicle is never really damaged, it will in time eventually stop producing hairs naturally all on its own. Permanent eyebrow makeup will correct all of these troubles caused by the cosmetic issue of sparse eyebrows. While follicles may never heal or produce hair again, stopping the cycle of plucking and tweezing will prevent any more follicles from being damaged unnaturally. This is an added bonus to the dynamic look created by permanent eyebrows.

Hair follicles can also become injured due to infection no matter how small the amount of tweezing, waxing, or plucking taking place may be. Using instruments to shape the brow will always run the inherent risk of transferring bacteria and other germs from the items to the eyebrow skin, follicles, and surrounding areas in this region of the face. Tweezing and plucking opens up the pores of the eyebrow and surrounding areas where the hair follicles are housed. This creates a perfect breeding ground for infection. This worry will be addressed with the application of permanent eyebrow makeup, because any risk of infection is nearly eliminated after the initial healing period after the permanent makeup if first done. Of course there is a minute risk of infection directly after the initial application of cosmetic tattoos, but this is very minimal when compared to the increased risks associated with tweezing and plucking eyebrows on a regular basis.

In addition to suffering the ill effects of thinning and infection, eyebrow hairs can become ingrown leaving unsightly scars and irreversible damage. Ripping a hair out by its root is always going to cause some redness and discomfort. This issue can be further compounded when a hair breaks off just below the skin’s surface but right above the root. If this occurs, the hair is likely to become ingrown and the area will become red and swollen resembling a pimple or whitehead blemish. Plucking hairs out of their follicles against the grain and not in its natural growing pattern is risky, too. It can be extremely difficult, even for beauty professionals, to tell how which way wild eyebrow hairs are growing. It is simple to imagine how years of plucking, waxing, and tweezing of the eyebrows can and will cause irreparable damage to them. Permanent cosmetic eyebrows that are tattooed on the skin can reverse the negative looks of thin, sparse, or scarred eyebrows.

Those that are negatively affected by the health and cosmetic problems caused by over tweezing, plucking, and shaping should not feel to down on themselves, guilty, or discouraged. Even those who have never had their eyebrows unnaturally shaped will experience normal thinning, loss, and fading of the pigment of natural eyebrows. Some medical conditions, environmental pollutants, and injuries can cause eyebrow loss or other harms, too. Each of these are normal consequences of life that can adversely affect physical appearances. However, this does not mean people want to or should be forced to live with them. Professional permanent makeup artists are here to assist anyone get the look they are going for with their eyebrows.

It is normal and natural for people to want to look their best no matter what the circumstances. Eyebrow shaping is one of those things that is often seen as an essential part of self care and grooming. The proper arch and well shaped eyebrow can make quite a difference in one’s appearance with its ability to frame a face perfectly or restore a youthful look. No one wants the overbearing commitment of frequently applying makeup to eyebrows that need extra help in the fullness department, and yes, even just once a day can get to be entirely too time consuming for many people. In addition to daily wear, there are of course the times when eyebrow makeup is going to need to be reapplied. This not only includes the normal and gradual wearing off of makeup during everyday life but also the times when applying makeup is not at all practical such as during exercise activities like swimming, running, aerobics, dancing, or any other time sweating and perspiration is taking place. It is also common for people to simply not want to take the time to apply regular cosmetics, and there is no shame to be had in this.​ Permanent makeup professionals are eager to work with people to find the eyebrow shape that works best for them.

Qualified permanent makeup artists are going to be able to assist on a whole other level when compared to run of the mill beauticians found in most beauty salons and boutiques. Permanent makeup up professionals go through extensive training on the proper procedures and techniques to assist clients in achieving the highest level of care and satisfaction with the final beauty treatment. Permanent eyebrow makeup can enhance any and all facial features, brighten faces and eyes, while also taking years off of the appearance of one’s age.

The psychological factor of not having to worry about damaged and sparse eyebrows can not be ignored. Constantly sensing the need and feeling pressured to be wearing makeup in order to minimize and conceal cosmetic facial flaws can take a toll on one’s mental health and overall well being. Oftentimes the owners of sparse eyebrows have feelings that their splotchy brows look too unnatural or highly unattractive. Having permanent eyebrow makeup applied can help restore self esteem in the person who is also emotionally damaged by the over tweezed eyebrow. There is no shame to be had in wanting to feel better about one’s own physical appearance. It is an old school beauty saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if the person who wants to feel beautiful is not yet feeling their best, it is okay for them to take the steps to achieve that ultimate feeling of beauty. The emotional importance of self care is well documented and grooming or personal beauty care is a wonderful way to partake in this healthy activity.

Maintaining the look of a well manicured eyebrow can get to be very costly while not to mention overly time consuming when it is taken into account that eyebrows may need to be groomed once a month or at least every other month. Obviously having permanent eyebrow makeup treatment is going to eliminate the monthly bills associated with eyebrow maintenance. Having more time to focus on other areas of your life and not fussing over eyebrows every few weeks is a major advantage!!

The pigment of eyebrows is something that can be affected by over tweezing, because the less dense the eye brows are, the lighter the hairs may appear. One of the not so obvious benefits of permanent eyebrow tattoos is getting to choose a color that will duplicate the natural color that has been lost. It is also pretty interesting that a brand new color can be chosen to compliment one’s skin, eye, or hair color. The possibilities are endless and unlike natural eyebrows whose color can never be chosen, permanent eyebrow tattoos are going to be exactly what the client desires.

The application of permanent eyebrow makeup is one of the most sought after solutions available and is often used to correct the many issues that are caused by over tweezing and plucking of the eyebrows. Permanent cosmetic tattoos are going to restore the look of sparse brows, cover up scars or pigmentation issues that are a result of ingrown hairs or infections, and fill out the areas damaged by years of over tweezing. This cosmetic procedure produces a very natural appearance that successfully and accurately mimics the look of natural eyebrows. The recipients and issuers of the permanent makeup will pick the color that best suits the skin and hair colors of the client. The shape will be assisted by the natural arch of the person’s structure and also determined some by the makeup professional. Of course nothing is ever finalized without the client’s approval. Satisfaction is key and many people often report that not even their closet friends or family members can pinpoint what is different about them when they see their friends for the first time after receiving permanent eyebrow applications.

Most Frequent FAQ’s About Permanent Makeup

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

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.

Permanent Makeup For Scars

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

People from diverse walks of life choose to undergo cosmetic surgery procedures for a number of reasons. How we appear is a point of interest dear to the hearts of all people, regardless of the culture or society that they are living in.

A person may choose to undergo cosmetic surgery for any number of reasons. Among the reasons a person may pursue cosmetic procedures are for purely aesthetic purposes, or as a necessary end to help restore a person to a completely natural appearance following medical or cosmetic treatments.

Some of the most popular and recommended cosmetic surgeries include face lift treatments and surgeries that involve the breasts of a female’s body. Patients undergo these types of cosmetic surgeries to achieve several different kinds of results, but it is necessary to realize that any type of surgery will leave visible scars.

The amount of scar tissue that a person may develop will vary on a case to case basis, because how susceptible a person is to developing scars is different from person to person. The potential for scar tissue to develop exists where ever a surgical procedure is performed.

In this article we would like to expound upon face lift and breast surgery procedures. We would also like to discuss the benefits of cosmetic tattooing to cover up any scars that result from undergoing either of these procedures, as well as cosmetic tattooing as a stand alone procedure.

Permanent facial makeup can be used for the eyebrows, to create permanent eyeliner, to color an individual’s lips, and to reduce or prevent skin shine.

Face Lifts

A number of factors play determinant roles in how a person’s appearance will change over time. Genetics, environment, habits, and emotional states are all will all play a role in how a person’s features will change as they age. Face lifts are employed to restore a more youthful appearance to an individual’s facial features, but having one will not stop or prevent the aging process.

Face lifts typically consist of a combination of separate procedures that effect different areas of the face. Not all procedures will be necessary and will vary from person to person. No two people will necessarily require the same procedures. Different procedures focus on different areas of the face.

There are procedures for the lower area of the face, the middle area of the face, the upper and lower areas around a person’s eyes, and the forehead area. Conditions that a face lift will treat include sagging in the middle area of an individual’s face, deep lines in lower eyelids, lines along the nose, lines at the corner of a person’s mouth, fat that has developed or moved position, the formation of jowls, and loose skin.

Cosmetic tattooing is an absolute must for anybody who undergoes any type of cosmetic surgery on any area of their face, and should be taken into consideration as a packaged set of procedures for those who are contemplating getting any type of cosmetic surgery.

Breast Surgery

Cosmetic surgeries that involve alterations to the breasts and the areas around the breasts include augmentation, reductions, reconstruction, and lifts.

Augmentations involve enlarging the breasts of an individual, but are also implemented to improve symmetry between the breasts and to restore breast firmness. Surgeries on the breasts are typically minimally invasive and may not require incisions to the breasts at all. Breast augmentations can be accomplished through incisions made in the armpits of a patient.

Reductions reduce the size of breasts, and are typically undergone to alleviate symptoms of pain for individuals with large or heavy breasts. During these kinds of operations excess skin, fat, and breast tissues are removed.

Reconstruction is often employed in the event that an individual has undergone a mastectomy, or removal of the breasts, mostly after operations to heal or prevent breast cancer. This kind of procedure recreates the appearance of natural breast tissues, but the normal functions and sensations of the breasts do not return. Reconstruction is purely cosmetic, and is most likely to be employed in the event of a mastectomy.

Lifts typically involve the removal of excess skin, and are similar in nature to a face lift. This type of operation is usually employed when the amount of skin present is greater than the actual breast tissue that is present. Sometimes skin loses elasticity creating the excess of skin.

Breast Surgery and Scars

Several different types of incisions are employed depending upon the type of surgery being undertaken. Certain surgeries require incisions around the chest and underneath the breasts of a patient. Other surgeries require incisions around the areolas of a breast and then down through the breast. Then there are surgeries that only require incisions around the areolas.

Many breast surgeries require a surgeon to make incisions around the areola of a breast; however scars may be located on other areas on or around the breasts depending upon the demands of a particular surgery. Cosmetic tattooing can be used to blend the tone of scar tissue with the tones of the skin of surrounding areas. Cosmetic tattooing is not only employed in the event of surgeries that require incisions or to treat the appearance of scars, but they may also be elected for purely aesthetic purposes.

An aesthetic use for cosmetic tattooing of the breasts involves treating areolas in order to change their size or alter their color. In some cases the cosmetic tattooing procedures are used to recreate the total appearance of areolas, but this only creates an image and is not a construction of actual areolas. Other applications of this procedure include correcting discoloration of the nipple areas of breasts, which may have occurred from breastfeeding or a number of other causes.

Some permanent makeup techniques are employed to create the appearance of areolas. These cosmetic procedures are usually undergone after reconstructive surgeries, most commonly in the event that a patient has undergone a mastectomy. These types of cosmetic practices do not necessarily work on existing areolas, but are instead used to create the appearance of areolas when such features are actually absent. However, such procedures can be used to help to restore coloration and appearance to existing areolas after a surgery involving the breasts.

The aforementioned benefits of cosmetic tattooing are numerous in their applications relative to face lifts or breast surgeries. An experienced and skilled permanent makeup artist such as Sally Hayes can help potential patients achieve the results that they desire for any purpose. If you have cosmetic needs that you would like to address in a safe and professional setting, contact Sally Hayes today for further information and to discuss your permanent makeup options.

Cosmetic Camouflage

Cosmetic camouflage techniques have been developed to minimize the appearance of scars, ideally removing them from visibility all together. Cosmetic camouflage is the application of permanent make up and is more accurately referred to as cosmetic tattooing.

Cosmetic tattooing is important because face lift procedures affect different areas across a person’s face. Cosmetic tattooing will help to blend the color of scars to match with the tone of the skin surrounding the afflicted areas. Permanent makeup helps restore confidence because it effectively hides all evidence of cosmetic surgeries.

Benefits of cosmetic tattooing upon the facial area include precise coloring and shaping. Areas featuring permanent cosmetic tattooing will already be precisely shaped and colored by a skilled expert from the field of permanent make up. Money will be saved because an individual will not have to spend money on cosmetic supplies that will wear off over time. Grooming processes will become much easier and quicker.

A person can act confidently all day without the worry that their makeup will run or fade. A person will save time because they will no longer have to sit to apply makeup, and they can rest easy at night without having to worry about removing make up before they go to bed.

In the event that a person has undergone cosmetic procedures upon their breasts, cosmetic tattooing can be used to create any desired appearance. Cosmetic procedures to the breasts are best suited for creating, or recreating natural appearances.

Discuss the appearance that you would like to achieve with your trained professional permanent makeup artist, as they will be able to assist you in making the best possible choices in regarding any permanent makeup procedures you may desire to have done.

Benefits of Permanent Lipstick

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

Permanent lipstick is the process of having pigments placed beneath the first layer of skin in your lips to provide you with the appearance of lipstick. It is similar to a tattoo, but it differs in that the dyes do not penetrate as deeply. Permanent lipstick provides numerous advantages to makeup enthusiasts, as it will save them the time spent constantly applying and reapplying lipstick throughout the day. It is also an excellent option for people who struggle with makeup related allergies, as the dyes used are simple and safe, resulting in extremely rare cases of allergic reactions. Though permanent lipstick will not last forever, it will last a very long time and typically only require touch-ups about once per year. Additionally, regular topical lipstick can be easily applied over top, should you ever desire a new color or hue.

Benefits of Permanent Lipstick

There are countless benefits to receiving a permanent lipstick procedure. If you wear makeup daily, the time spent applying and touching up your lipstick each day can add up quickly. Permanent lipstick will enable you to free up your mornings to more important tasks, such as eating a balanced breakfast or spending more time with your children. You will only need to have a touch-up done about once per year, and each appointment should take about two to three hours. Two to three hours per year is a significant contrast to the 15 to 20 minutes a day most women spend applying lipstick. In addition to the time you will save, you will likely save money as well. The cost of lipstick can add up quickly, particularly if you invest in top-quality brands.

Permanent lipstick is an ideal option for those suffering from eyesight problems as well. When you have trouble seeing, it can be difficult to apply lipstick properly. This often results in sloppy application and embarrassing stains around the lips. Fortunately, with permanent lipstick, you will never have to worry about how your lipstick looks, because it will look perfectly applied all of the time. One of the major perks of permanent lipstick is that it will continue to look fresh day after day.

Topical lipstick can smear, cake, or fade throughout the day, often looking sloppy or unprofessional. With permanent lipstick, your lips will always be perfectly accentuated and without any imperfections. You will never have to worry about leaving embarrassing lipstick marks on glasses or your partner’s face, as permanent lipstick can’t rub off. You won’t have to scrub any more lipstick stains from your clothing, saving you time and money spent on laundry. Also, should you decide you are in need of a different shade, you can easily apply topical lipstick over your permanent lipstick, allowing you just as much freedom and versatility as before.

Permanent lipstick looks natural and conforms perfectly to your lip lines. You won’t have to worry about picking a shade that doesn’t match well or about applying it outside of your lip lines. You will have a professionally styled makeup that looks great week after week. Your specialist will be able to work with you to help you choose the best color to accentuate your features. They are experts, well trained in the art of identifying just what hue will go best with your skin tone, hair color, eye color, and overall facial features. Additionally, the lipstick will fade over time and can be professionally faded as well, should you ever decide you want it removed. There are numerous ways to help expedite the fading process from home, so you will always have the option to return to your old lip color later.

Choosing Your Color

The color you choose for your permanent lipstick should be determined based on your existing features. You will want to choose a natural color, one that accentuates your features without drawing too much attention to your lips. Your makeup artist will be able to work with you to determine exactly which hue will best suit your features. You can try on topical lipsticks of various hues to determine which one is the perfect fit in advance. Keep in mind that the lipstick will fade over time as well. If you decide later that you would rather have a different hue, a new color can be applied over top at your next touch-up.

The lipstick color you choose should be one that perfectly complements you skin tone, hair color, eye color, and facial features. For olive skin tones, you can wear just about any shade and look good. Nude lipsticks, pink-tinted lipsticks, and light orange lipsticks are all good options. For fairer skin, going with a pink hue will really allow your features to pop. Fair skinned people will want to avoid colors that are too light, as they will make the person look a bit washed out and faded. For people with darker skin tones, you will want to go with deeper hues such as plum or maroon. Avoid lighter colors, such as nude or pink lipsticks.

Though skin tone is most important, the lipstick shade you choose should also depend on the color of your hair and eyes. For instance, a light pink or nude lipstick has a knack for accentuating brown or black hair and brown eyes. For lighter colored hair or blue eyes, you will want a bit deeper, more vibrant pink or red. Before committing to a permanent makeup procedure, spend a couple of weeks experimenting with a variety of natural lipstick hues to determine which hue best suits your skin tone and style.

When to Receive Touch-ups

Eventually, all permanent lipstick is bound to fade. The most common cause of fading is sun exposure. The ultraviolet rays of the sun kill the cells on the surface of your skin. This causes the skin cells to flake off and be replaced by new cells. The more rapidly the cells flake away, the faster your permanent lipstick will fade. Most people find that a touch-up of about once per year proves sufficient for keeping their permanent lipstick looking vibrant and fresh. However, this timeline will vary depending on your individual circumstances.

By keeping your lips in good health, you can prolong the life of your permanent lipstick. Frequently apply lip balm to your lips to keep them soft, supple, and rejuvenated. The more your lips dry out and flake, the faster your permanent lipstick will fade. Additionally, consider applying lip balm containing SPF, as this will provide you added protection from the sun. When you notice your lipstick has faded and you want a deeper hue, schedule another appointment to have your lipstick freshened up. If at any point you decide you are unsatisfied with your current hue, you can have a different color of permanent lipstick applied over top.

Permanent Lipstick for Allergy Problems

Many people suffer from allergic reactions related to the lipstick they wear. Lipstick often contains countless ingredients, sometimes incorporating the use of harsh chemical additives and dyes. Lipsticks are known to incorporate the use of fragrances, metals, methylparaben, propylparaben, acetate, and red22 are just some of the harmful ingredients found in lipstick. They can result in allergic reactions, as well as contribute to a variety of other health problems including cancer and reproductive problems. Additionally, these additives can cause breakouts, rashes, blisters, and swelling for those with sensitive skin or allergy problems.

Given the long ingredients lists in topical lipsticks, it can be nearly impossible for the allergy sufferer to determine which ingredient is causing the reaction. Because of this, finding a suitable hypoallergenic lipstick can prove problematic. If you are struggling with allergies related to your lipstick, or are simply concerned about the potential toxicity of certain ingredients, then undergoing a permanent lipstick procedure may be the answer to your problems.

The dyes used for permanent lipstick are non-toxic and perfectly safe. Though, some people have shown to have an allergic reaction, it is exceptionally rare. Pigments such as iron oxide are used in the procedure, which have been shown to be one of the safest pigments available. Additionally, you can rest assured that there are no added chemicals and toxins in the dyes. Nonetheless, those suffering from problematic allergies should always consult a doctor before undergoing a permanent makeup procedure. The doctor will be able to further guide you on the risk associated and whether the procedure is right for you.

Permanent Makeup: What Not to Get

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

In the world of permanent makeup, there are great procedures and there are procedures that are just a bad idea. Some will change your life for the better and some will make it worse. In short, you can have an easier life or an irreversible blemish. A talented and trustworthy permanent makeup artist knows which procedures are good and which are bad. She will not offer you a procedure that she knows can go horribly awry. Her job is to make you look your best with as little effort as possible, not help you make a bad choice that you will regret in the future.

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a tattoo designed for beauty. Like other tattoos, it involves the use of a gun, needle and color medium that is injected into the skin via the needle. The makeup artists will identify the area and color of the intended makeup before creating a makeup look in the style the client prefers. Really, a permanent makeup artist is a combination between a makeup artists and a tattoo artist. She uses a needle instead of a brush and she certainly has a more lasting impact on her clients’ lives.

Ideally, permanent makeup enhances existing features and looks absolutely natural. The makeup artist is a tattooist who can make skin look more youthful, cover scars and replicate the look of makeup with a tattoo gun. Think of it as applying makeup as you would at home, but with ink injected into the skin instead of makeup over the skin. Like traditional tattooing, permanent makeup is a procedure that requires cleanliness and professional to eliminate risk of injury or infection. A good permanent makeup artist will work quickly, cleanly and help alleviate any of the mild discomfort associated with the procedure.

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Benefits of Permanent Makeup

The benefits of permanent makeup are many. The procedures that a responsible artist would advise can make you look like you are wearing makeup all the time. You will never be without your signature look. Imagine being able to get out of bed looking quite as gorgeous as you did the night before. If that is not enough, you will also save time and a lot of money by opting for makeup that you never have to freshen up or repurchase again. A tube of good lipstick can run upwards of $18 or more. It is advisable to get new lipstick every few months. That adds up to quite a lot.

If the idea of having something bold on all the time frightens you, you can opt for a neutral no-makeup, makeup look that just gives you a refreshed, youthful appearance. You do not have to get red lipstick and black eyeliner. You can go for a softer look that can easily transfer to a night look with just a bit of makeup to enhance your permanent makeup. It will wash off and you will have your day look back with no effort.

Why Permanent Makeup is Not for Every Makeup Need

Permanent makeup is, well, permanent. The color and area choices you go for today will be the same you are stuck with when you are 70. Blue lipstick might be all the rage now, but in twenty years? So, going for fad makeup is typically a bad idea, but it goes deeper than that. Tattooing just does not work to correct some issues, some procedures have more risk than they are worth and some are just silly for other reasons. Makeup is a fluid thing and you do not want the same face on for the rest of your life. The best procedures leave plenty of room for creativity while still offering the beauty benefits of makeup. Others will leave you stuck in a beauty rut for the rest of your life. For these reasons and more, some permanent makeup choices are not advisable.

As with most beauty services, there are practitioners who will perform the following permanent makeup tattoos. Remember that the choice is ultimately up to you and an artist that is willing to take risks with you may not be your best option. If an artist is trying to talk you into a procedure that you know may be a mistake, go somewhere else. Everyone has to make money, but responsibility should be the most important thing when dealing with permanent makeup and the tools it requires.

Why Not Permanent Blush?

As Sally Hayes puts it, blush is too much of a liability. It can spread out more than you would like. Some people have allergic reactions to the products used to produce a permanent blush. The color is not always what the client desires. Adding up all of these potential problems, it is just too much of a hassle for both the artist and the subject. Besides, blush is a quick application that even those unfamiliar with makeup can achieve.

Having permanent blush can also affect how you do your makeup. You do not apply blush before foundation, so you will be reapplying blush anytime you use foundation or do contouring. What is the point if you are going to cover it up? Moreover, some tinted moisturizers and similar products may change the color of your permanent blush. You do not want your cheeks to have a muddied appearance. You want the precise color that goes with your look. Applying above your skin care and color correctors is the best way to achieve this. People who do not use foundations and tinted creams will not have this problem, but the liability remains the same.

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Why Not Permanent Eye Shadow?

Eye shadow is one of the most variable makeup products on the market. It comes in shades from the lightest of pearl whites to the boldest of blacks. Every color in the rainbow and so much more can go on your lids. You can combine colors, use a wash of color or even create a work of art on your eyelid. Why would you want to be stuck with the same look for the rest of your life when there are so many options? In addition, makeup styles change with every passing season and general styles are typically out within a decade. Sally Hayes worries that the color a client chooses will go out of style. If the fashion changes, a client with dated permanent makeup will be unhappy with her choice in a few years or even sooner.

Why Not Permanent Beauty Marks?

Beauty marks come in and out of fashion and have done so for decades. You do not want to have a beauty mark permanently tattooed on your face when it decides to go out of fashion again. It is a very obvious look that is not easy to hide. Moreover, applying a beauty mark with a pencil takes mere moments. The reason for permanent makeup is to eliminate time consumption, save money and keep novice makeup artists from having to do difficult applications. The cost of applying a beauty mark is next to none, it is super fast and anyone can do it.

Permanent makeup artists will attest that there is another reason for avoiding a beauty mark tattoo. Tattoos fade and perfect marks are hard to make. As for the former, fading is not so bad when you are dealing with a red being slightly less red. However, when you are dealing with a dark mark on your skin, fading can make it look like a horrible blackhead or like you have food or dirt on your face. As for bad beauty marks, professionals often see clients who have had botched beauty marks tattooed on that need correcting. For that reason alone, you should avoid having someone permanently tattoo one on your face.

Can You Cover Dark Spots With Permanent Makeup?

Unfortunately, problems with darker pigmentation in the skin cannot be corrected using light tattoo ink. It simply does not work. If you have dark spots on your skin, your best chance at covering them is a traditional concealer or foundation. These go over the skin to cover any spots and thus work like a new coat of paint. The artist injects the permanent makeup pigment into the skin, so it will not work in the same way. Luckily, using foundation and concealer is easy if you go to a beauty store and have your lighter skin matched to a good foundation that will cover your darker areas.

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Can You Cover a Birthmark With Permanent Makeup?

For the same reason that it is impossible to cover a dark spot with light pigment, it is impossible to cover a birthmark. Dark skin will not become lighter if you inject ink into it. There are other options for problematic birthmarks with which doctors and dermatologists can help you. Besides, professional removal is a better idea. Even if you could cover a birthmark with permanent makeup, if the birthmark is raised, you will still have a flesh-colored bump.

Why Not Permanent Under Eye Concealer?

Under eye concealer is intended to lighten dark circles. As mentioned, dark skin cannot be lightened with a tattoo. In addition, the dark circles under your eyes change with passing days, as you age and with your sleep cycle. Even if you could cover dark circles with permanent makeup pigment, you cannot expect what covers it one day to work the next. In the end, you would have to buy under eye concealer to cover the spots that spread out past where your darkness was the day you got your makeup. Use a liquid under eye concealer to cover darkness as it arises. This way, you can use as little or as much as you need.

Why Not Scalps?

Scalp tattoos can cover white scarring or offer the illusion of hair for bald individuals. However, there are setbacks to this procedure, so it is best to avoid it. Firstly, it is not even close to hair. It is a tattoo and that is obvious upon inspection. If the makeup artist is not very careful about the size and shape of the needle, it will look even more like a tattoo instead of tiny hairs still in the follicle, as it should.

If you have some hair still left, a scalp tattoo can cause an embarrassing problem. The tattoos are meant to look like a recently shaved head. If your hair starts to grow in, you will be left with a very strange look. Keeping up with shaving can mitigate this, but only to a certain degree. Hair does not grow on a schedule.

Finally, there are problems with naturally aging and the permanence of scalp tattooing. Hair can turn gray or recede even more. This leaves you having to repeat the procedure if you lose more hair and with unmatched hair on your head if your hair turns gray. As for your skin aging, you may wrinkle, sag or get discolored spots on your head that throw the whole look off. Sometimes, it is just better to have no hair at all. The tattoo will fade with time and exposure to the sun, anyway, so you may grow unhappy with your scalp tattoo as time goes by.

The Bottom Line

Clearly, choosing permanent makeup should take some consideration. Know what you will want, make sure it is something basic enough that you can live with it for the rest of your life and make sure it is a safe bet. Think of it this way, you can still save a lot of money on eyeliner, lipstick and brow powder. You can manage a little blush from time to time.

Contact permanent makeup artist Sally Hayes today to schedule your consultation.

Avoiding Bad Permanent Makeup

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

Finding an Excellent Permanent Makeup Artist

Choosing a permanent makeup artist can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. When done correctly, permanent makeup can enhance your life and boost your self-confidence, while saving you precious time. It can be a wonderful, life-altering procedure that gives you the freedom to hop out of bed in the morning, completely ready to tackle each day. You will no longer be attached to your bathroom mirror, spending several minutes working on something as simple as your eyeliner, eyebrows, or lips.
After all, those minutes add up over the course of a year. How much time would you gain by having permanent makeup applied? Good permanent makeup empowers you to sail through the beginning of your day with ease, allowing you to spend more time with family and friends.
On the other hand, bad permanent makeup can be extremely traumatic, causing unhappiness and insecurity for the unfortunate person on the receiving end. Complications such as infection, allergic reactions, and fading can even occur. Also, there is the fact that it is permanent. The art of laser tattoo removal has not been perfected yet, so consumers are urged not to go into the permanent makeup process thinking that it is completely reversible. Although fading can occur, this will often take many years. It is always best to assume that the procedure will be completely permanent. And, as you know, you only have one face. Treat it well.
Our faces are what we present to the world, our eyes often referred to as “mirrors to the soul”; if something is wrong with your face, it can have a drastic impact upon your life. This is why it is so crucial to choose the right person to apply your permanent makeup.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keep this in mind as you go about selecting a technician to apply your permanent makeup. You will save yourself a world of trouble simply by locating the right person for your needs. But how exactly does one choose the best permanent makeup artist? The process should be similar to that of picking a plastic surgeon, or any good doctor. At first, it can seem a bit daunting and there may be many technicians in your area from which you can choose. Starting with friends’ referrals can be a good idea, but if you’re the first of your friends to undergo a permanent makeup procedure, you will have to start fresh.
You may want to check the website of The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals (www.spcp.org), to see if any of their members are listed in your area. It is important to note that permanent makeup is not strictly regulated in most states; this is why you must take care to ensure that your permanent makeup specialist has the proper credentials.
After you’ve located a permanent makeup professional in your city, then it’s time to meet for a consultation. When you arrive at the office, take note of the surroundings. Is it clean and well-organized? Does it appear to be a medical type of setting? Do they change gloves after each client? Make sure that the permanent makeup artist uses clean and sterile needles; for health reasons, this is of the utmost importance.

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Also, do not hesitate to ask questions about the technician’s experience. Consider the fact that you would not want to get a tattoo from someone who is just learning how to do it, or perhaps has just studied for a few days. This particular type of work requires expertise that is gained through experience, and you certainly do not want to be a guinea pig for someone who is still learning the ropes!
Now, once you have determined that the technician possesses the appropriate amount of skill, it is time to look at their portfolio. Analyze the photographs that they show you. What sort of clients have they worked with in the past? Do they specialize in the procedure that you want? Does the style of makeup represent you well?
As with “regular” makeup artists, style can vary a great deal. The important thing is to ascertain whether or not the technician’s style matches your own. If you prefer a more subtle look and you notice in the pictures that the technician has more of a heavy hand, then it probably will not be a good fit.
Also, certain permanent makeup applications will be far more difficult than others. For example, many permanent makeup technicians are well-versed in creating beautiful eyeliner looks. It should be relatively easy to find a technician who can do this for you. Conversely, not all technicians are skilled in the art of applying a realistic blush, eyeshadow, or lipliner. These services require more expertise and attention to fine detail, and you must be especially careful when selecting a technician for these particular needs. Some permanent makeup specialists even offer camouflage services, helping clients to cover up scars from operations such as facelifts and breast surgeries. These are even more advanced procedures, and demand additional finesse from the technician.

Naming a Price

Once you feel comfortable with the permanent makeup artist that you have selected, it is time to determine what the cost of the procedure is going to be. The final price of your permanent makeup will often vary, based upon several factors. One big factor is the technician that you select. Obviously, the in-demand specialists are able to charge more, because they have more of a wealth of experience from which to draw. Some technicians may have a waiting list, so it is possible that you’ll have to wait a bit before you’re able to have your permanent makeup done by them.
Also, it may take several sessions to achieve your ideal look. The technician will probably make a price assessment based upon how intense the work will be and how many visits you will need.

The Procedure

Obviously, the process will vary based upon which service you are receiving. For the most part, however, you can expect to have numbing cream applied to the area being altered. Then your technician will start applying your permanent makeup. Some people are more sensitive to pain than others; you know your pain tolerance better than anyone, so it is best to make sure that you’re adequately prepared. Also, hormones can even affect pain tolerance. Your reaction to the application may vary during different times of the month, so timing can be everything. Depending upon your particular situation, it may even be a good idea to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before or after your session.

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The Recovery

Ideally, everything will go perfectly, and after enduring a few days of light scabbing—which is to expected—you will be thrilled with the result you see in the mirror.

What If It’s Not Perfect?

First, it is important to wait at least several days, sometimes even a few weeks, for the permanent makeup application to settle after your last session. Similar to post-plastic surgery protocol, you should not make any rash decisions based upon the result you see immediately after the service. Hopefully, you selected the correct technician and you trust their judgement. Try to calm your anxiety and wait it out a bit.

You Received Bad Permanent Makeup

It’s been a few weeks, maybe even a month, and your initial panic has subsided. But you still absolutely hate the permanent makeup you see in the mirror. Take a deep breath and try to relax, then start with a new strategy.

If you believe that the issue may be easily fixed, then your first trip should be to see the technician who applied the permanent makeup. Explain exactly what it is that concerns you. Hopefully, the technician will understand what you communicate, then complete the simple fix.

It’s More Serious Than That—You Received Really Bad Permanent Makeup

As terrifying as this can be, it’s still important not to panic. There are actually technicians out there who can correct the work of others, and some have a great deal of experience in this area! For instance, with the uptick in the popularity of thick eyebrows, many consumers decided to correct their overplucked brows by getting permanent makeup. Unfortunately, some of those people were unhappy with how their brows looked afterwards. Some of them ended up with orange-tinged brows, or even brows that did not look realistic. Fortunately, skilled technicians were often able to step in and correct the coloring, as well as create a more natural eyebrow by using eyebrow hair strokes.
For every bad technician, there is a great permanent makeup artist out there who can correct their work. Issues such as uneven lips, crooked brows, and bad coloring can all be addressed by an excellent technician who is skilled at doing corrective work.
In this instance, it is doubly important to select the right technician. If your issue is orange-tinted eyebrows, for instance, then locating a permanent makeup artist who has addressed similar issues in the past will undoubtedly give you more peace of mind. Communication is key; it is important to state in specific terms what it is about the permanent makeup that you do not like.
It is best not to immediately consider laser tattoo removal unless it is completely necessary, as this procedure also comes with a whole host of risks. While trying to fix your bad permanent makeup, you certainly do not want to make things worse by causing even more discoloration and possible scarring. If you are having your eyebrows corrected, it should be noted that lasers can destroy the roots of your eyebrow hair permanently. In addition, laser tattoo removal is often very expensive. Most clients are happier with the results they achieve from a corrective or “camouflage” job from a talented technician.
Other methods of addressing bad permanent makeup include dermabrasion and saline treatments to fade the ink. Of course, because permanent makeup does fade, there are always those who proceed with the “wait and see” method, using topical gels such as aloe vera in an attempt to fade their bad permanent makeup. But one day of walking around with bad permanent makeup can feel like a lifetime—and possibly affect things like your career—so it’s best to consult a professional who can actually fix the problem.

How Long Can I Wait to Fix Bad Permanent Makeup?

Again, this depends on the individual, but as a rule, you should wait at least a month before fixing permanent eyeliner, and six weeks or more before addressing issues with lipliner or eyebrows. Waiting can make people anxious, but taking action before the skin has properly healed can exacerbate the problem. Furthermore, the specialist will not know what to treat unless the permanent makeup has completely settled.

The Bottom Line

Permanent makeup is a wonderful thing; it provides fantastic options for athletes, people who are allergic to normal cosmetics, and those who don’t necessarily trust their makeup application skills anymore. It can free women up from their daily routine, allowing them to do more of the things they love. However, as with any procedure, it is important to research your specialist and communicate exactly what you want. And, although the word “permanent” can cause anxiety when the final result doesn’t please you, there is no need to panic. Although the situation can be harrowing when you’re experiencing it, bad permanent makeup can be corrected.

Contact permanent makeup artist Sally Hayes today to schedule your consultation.

Permanent Makeup for No-Hassle Mornings

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

If you’ve ever had your eyebrows waxed and dyed, then you know how convenient it is to eliminate one part of your morning ritual. Consider how much faster your morning goes when you first get a new haircut and know exactly how to style it. The fact is that you can save a great deal of time by going to the next level with permanent makeup. A trusted solution for decades, permanent makeup is ideal for perfecting your eyebrows, eyeliner, lip color or to camouflage scars. You’ll save time every morning, and you’ll save a great deal of money on cosmetics in the coming years. Here are just some of the reasons why more and more people are turning to permanent makeup.

The Perfect Choice for Busy Women

Whether you’re a busy working mom, a professional jetting up the corporate ladder, or a stay at home mom with a full calendar, you can probably use a few more minutes in your day. When you wake up with your makeup already in place, there’s no need to spend time morning in front of the mirror. You can focus on getting the hair perfect, taking care of breakfast and putting things together for your early morning appointments.

One of the biggest challenges with putting on makeup every morning is making sure you get it right. Some days it feels too heavy and other days you go too light. Making corrections takes time that you don’t have, and that extra five minutes in the powder room can push back your entire day. With permanent makeup that’s expertly applied, you can focus on other important things and feel confident that you look your absolute best.

Active People are Flocking to Permanent Solutions

Any athlete will tell you that she quickly gives up on wearing makeup to workouts or meets. There’s no point in applying the powders, creams and liners when they’ll just be washed away by sweat and towels. If your sport of choice involves getting in the pool, then makeup is absolutely pointless. Whether you’re an athlete or just love staying active, you’ll appreciate the value of having makeup that’s truly waterproof. You won’t have to worry about having raccoon eyes after going for a jog, and you can swim with confidence knowing that your makeup won’t smear or vanish.

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This is why so many active people are making the switch to permanent makeup. Whether you’re finishing a tough round of weights or going for a walk around the block, your face will still look perfect. You also won’t have to waste any extra time in the locker room afterwards. A quick wash followed by your favorite face cream will have you ready to face a busy day.

No More Touchups

In addition to the time spent every morning with makeup applications, there’s also the time lost every day on reapplying it. Even the best makeup will not remain in place through a long work day and busy evening, so you have to spend a little time reapplying your eyeliner and lipstick before you go out to dinner. You may even be giving up part of your lunch break to fix your face and ensure that you’re ready for the afternoon meetings. With permanent makeup, you won’t have to lose another minute to touchups. Your makeup will look incredible from the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow at night.

Steady Makeup in All Situations

Other people may have the time to apply makeup but not the physical ability. It takes a steady hand to get eyeliner right, but people with Parkinson’s, some types of arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other disabilities may find it difficult to artfully apply makeup. Many aging women and those with disabilities simply give up on wearing makeup at all, but there’s a better choice. Sally Hayes knows how to expertly apply permanent makeup for a natural look that’s beautiful. You won’t have to worry about your eyebrows being uneven or having smudged eyeliner. You can look more youthful and radiant without having to struggle with gripping the pencil, trying to see your image in the mirror clearly or maintaining a steady hand.

The Best Choice for Brows

Light eyebrows are a problem for many women. As you age, the hair along your eyebrows will naturally thin, and this makes you look older than you like. Women with very light hair color may have people asking if they shave their eyebrows, and that can be embarrassing. Even if you’re willing to skip the eyeliner for a day, you find it difficult to ever go without your eyebrow liner. Coloring in the brows is one of the most time consuming parts of your day, and paying for a salon to color them is both costly and inconvenient. With permanent makeup, you can have your eyebrows done to perfection.

Whether you’re a teenager or moving into your golden years, you’ll see an immediate difference when you have the eyebrows tattooed. They’ll match the arch of your brow perfectly and be in balance with each other. The shape and thickness will be customized to suit your style so that you can feel great about how you look. Rather than spending an extra five minutes on your eyebrows every morning, you can spend that time focusing on more important things like choosing the perfect earrings.

Ideal for People with Allergies

Whether you have allergies to cosmetics and have to go natural every day or you have seasonal allergies that leave you with watery eyes, permanent cosmetics are a great solution. Our safe colorants can be used on most people, so you can enhance your eyes or lips without worrying about an allergic reaction. If seasonal allergies leave you with weeping eyes, you can still look and feel your best with permanent makeup that won’t wash away.

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Faster Treatment for Scars

If you have uneven skin pigment or scarring, then you may be familiar with all the different foundations and cover-ups that are available. The problem with these superficial treatments is that they’re not terribly effective and they tend to clog your pores. You may wind up feeling like your makeup is caked on or dealing with acne outbreaks. With permanent makeup, these problems are eliminated.

Camouflage permanent makeup allows you to cover the scars and start erasing the memories. Rather than facing them fresh every day, you can essentially tattoo over them and effectively make them a thing of the past. We offer this treatment for a range of body and facial scars, and this is also a top treatment for other discolorations on the face and body.

Slight Additions to Customize the Look

Most women enjoy getting dressed to the nines once in a while, and permanent makeup doesn’t mean that you have to look exactly the same every day. Permanent lip color highlights your lips in with a natural shade, but you can still enhance them further with lipstick. While permanent eyeliner ensures that your eyes will always look beautiful, you can still add some color to the lids with eye shadow. However, you won’t have to worry about constantly touching up your makeup throughout the evening. You can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you’ll still look great even as your topical enhancements wear off.

More than Time – Saving Money on Cosmetics

How much do you spend every year on cosmetics? It’s not just going out and replacing that jet black eye liner that you fell in love with. It’s also tossing makeup that’s expired or proved to be the wrong color. Women spend an incredible amount of money every year on makeup for home and little travel sizes for touchups on the go. In addition to saving a great deal of time over the coming years, you’re also going to save money by eliminating the needs for eyeliner, brow liner and lipstick. If you regularly have your brows colored, then your savings will grow even more as you skip this costly procedure. Many women find that their permanent procedure winds up being less than the cost of cosmetics over the span of a few years.

Avoid the Pain

How many times have you slipped with the eyeliner and accidentally hit your eye? Not only does it hurt, but you also have to start the makeup process all over again because your liner smudges. With permanent eyeliner, you won’t have to worry about accidentally hitting your eye again. People often believe that permanent makeup will hurt because it’s a form of tattooing, but this isn’t true. The fact is that most people have a positive experience with permanent makeup and find that it doesn’t hurt at all. Some people say it tickles, and others claim that it felt a little scratchy or mildly uncomfortable. However, very few clients report feeling actual pain during the procedure. In fact, we’ve had clients fall asleep while we were working on their permanent makeup.

We have a registered nurse on hand to apply a superficial dental block if you find that the lip color application is a little uncomfortable. A lidocaine topical anesthetic is used as a numbing agent when working on some scars to ensure that there is no pain. Our goal is for you to look and feel beautiful, and we want to make this a great experience. If you’ve avoided this procedure because you were concerned about pain, then you may want to give it some more consideration.

Touch-Ups

Although they’re called permanent, tattoos do fade with time and sun exposure. This is why you may need to have your look touched up every few years. We believe in applying makeup with a natural look so that you can easily change your hair color without worrying about your brows clashing, and your natural eye and lip colors can easily be enhanced further with topical shadow or lipstick. However, you may choose to have the colors enhanced after a few years. In general, eyebrows last around two to four years depending on how fair your skin is, lip color usually lasts closer to five years, and eyeliner has the greatest longevity with an average of five to seven years.

Allow for Healing

While you’re going to save a great deal of time on your daily routine, you should also allow a little time for healing. Eyebrows have the longest healing time and generally take about a week before they’re completely back to normal. However, you won’t have to mess with the eyebrow pencil again once the work is done.

Eyeliner comes with a shorter healing time, and many women will start putting on mascara again within 24 hours. You’ll need to hold off on any eye shadow for about three days, but you may love your look so much that you won’t want to bother with eye shadow unless it’s a special occasion.

Allow a few days for the lips to heal fully, also. Many women report that their lips just felt chapped after the procedure, and you can use a little lip balm to soothe them. It won’t take any time at all before you’re smiling over the great new look.

You deserve to look your best every minute of the day. Whether you’re stepping out of the water after a morning swim or sitting down with your grandchildren after playing hard all day, you want to look beautiful. With traditional cosmetics, this meant taking time away from more important things to put your face on. With permanent makeup, you can simplify your morning routine and ensure that you look your absolute best. You’ll save time and money over the coming years, and you’re sure to love the natural, beautiful look of makeup by Sally Hayes.

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