The allure of permanent makeup is obvious: you can go about your daily life without ever reapplying makeup or worrying that it’s smudged. From work to the gym to a good night’s sleep, your makeup will always look perfectly applied. What’s the truth about cosmetic tattoos, though? Are they truly permanent? Read on to learn everything you’ve wanted to know about permanent makeup.
Who Gets Permanent Makeup? There are a number of reasons why someone would get permanent makeup:
• To naturally enhance their current appearance.
• To wear makeup when traditional makeup results in allergic reactions or skin sensitivity.
• To look their best even when working out, something that’s especially important for athletes who train all the time.
• To never worry about sweating off or smudging makeup.
• To be able to wear makeup even when visually challenged, which can make applying makeup difficult.
• To be able to wear makeup even when faced with dexterity problems like arthritis.
• To always have makeup applied even when their life or career provides little personal time.
It’s important that you meet the minimum age requirement for permanent cosmetics. It’s also helpful if you tend to heal quickly from minor wounds.
Types of Permanent Makeup
Eyeliner isn’t the only type of permanent makeup you can get, although it is among the most popular. You can also have lip makeup and eyebrow makeup applied permanently. Both top and bottom eyeliner can be permanently applied. There are a few different options when it comes to lip color, including lipliner, lipstick, and a blend of both. Some people also get permanent cosmetics to cover up scars, imitate hair (for example, to fill out eyebrows) or to add or cover up beauty marks
What Exactly Is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup and cosmetic tattoos are a type of micro-pigmentation (also called derma graphics or micro-pigment implantation), which is closely related to a regular tattoo as well as medical restoration. Ultimately, the procedures are the same, but they’re used for different reasons. Note that the type of ink used in permanent makeup is different than the ink used in traditional tattoos. The ink used in permanent makeup is more delicate than the dye used in other types of tattooing.
The very first step of getting a cosmetic tattoo is having a consultation with the tattoo artist or specialist. These consultations should be complimentary – be wary of anyone who charges you for an introductory consultation. Also, consultations don’t mean you’re agreeing to get the procedure, just that you’re interested in finding out more about it. During the consultation, the tattoo artist, doctor, or specialist will talk about the types of makeup (shapes and colors) that are the most flattering for your face shape and skin color. Often, pigments have to be blended to get the right color for your specific skin tone. This is a good time to ask to see before and after pictures of past clients who’ve received permanent makeup.
During the procedure, a needle is used to put pigmented granules underneath the top layers of your skin (technically into the dermis’ upper reticular layer). There are several devices that may be used for cosmetic tattoos, including tattoo coil machines, tattoo pens, rotary machines, and hand devices. First, an anesthetic is applied to the skin. After the initial application, a touchup visit is generally needed between one and three months after the procedure. During the followup appointments, the healing process, work, and pigment color will be evaluated. At this point, it’s also possible to adjust the permanent makeup, such as by making the effect cooler or warmer. The width of eyeliner can be adjusted as well, and other similar changes can be made.
Tattoo artists aren’t the only people who can apply permanent cosmetics. Some cosmetologists, dermatologists, nurses, and aestheticians provide the service as well. Contact Sally Hayes today to start your journey with an experienced permanent makeup artist.
How Permanent is Permanent?
When people say “permanent” makeup, do they really mean 100% permanent, as in “it will never go away”? It can be hard to tell. After all, “perms” aren’t actually permanent – those curls fall out eventually! So how permanent is a cosmetic tattoo? “Permanent” is technically the right term, since the color will never leave your skin, but in terms of appearance, cosmetic tattoos aren’t permanent in the way you think they are – they fade and can also be removed with laser tattoo removal. Read on for more about the permanency of cosmetic tattoos.
At first, the permanent makeup will look extra dark, but it won’t stay that way. During the first several days, your cosmetic tattoo will appear darker than you expected because your skin is still healing. As the skin heals, you’ll notice that the permanent makeup lightens and softens. As your skin goes through the healing process, small scabs will form, giving the makeup a deeper appearance. Eventually, these scabs will slough off. However, don’t pick at them – if you do, you may permanently scar your skin, which could affect the tattoo.
Like other tattoos, cosmetic tattoos will eventually fade. The good news is that permanent makeup fades gradually, so there won’t be any huge, noticeable difference all of a sudden. The more elements your face is exposed to (like if you spend your afternoons hanging on the beach and swimming in the ocean), the faster the permanent makeup will fade. The reason permanent cosmetics are called “permanent” is because the pigment is tattooed into the skin and can’t be removed by washing. Ultimately, when you get permanent makeup, color is injected into your body’s molecules and those molecules are permanently in your body, which means the color is as well.
The actual permanency of cosmetic tattoos will vary from person to person – an individual’s body chemistry can cause a tattoo to fade quicker than the same tattoo on somebody else. Your age, how thick your skin is, how your skin scars, and other personal factors affect how dark your makeup will appear and how much it will fade over time, as well as how quickly it will fade.
How to Take Care of Permanent Makeup
Think of your permanent makeup as a couch that’s placed near a window or outside: the more it’s exposed to sunlight, water, and other elements, the quicker it will fade. The same will happen to your permanent makeup over time, although it’s unlikely that it will ever fade away completely.
There are a few ways to keep your permanent cosmetics looking fresh, including:
• Wear SPF whenever you leave the house. Slather on a sunblock that has a minimum SPF of 45.
• Don’t exfoliate the area with the cosmetic tattoo.
• Use Vaseline over the makeup to protect it from fading when you go swimming.
• Expect to make appointments to enhance or refresh the tattoos. You’ll also want to do this if you want to change the color or style of your permanent makeup, or give yourself an overall new “look.” The lighter the color of the permanent makeup, the quicker it will fade and the more touchup appointments you’ll need.
• Use mild topical products and if you notice that a product is quickly fading the tattoo, switch to another product.
• Avoid having processes done to the skin, like facials and skin peels.
• Some medications can speed up the fade rate of permanent makeup. If you regularly take a certain medication and you think it’s making your permanent makeup fade quickly, talk to your doctor about switching medications.
How often you need to get your permanent makeup touched up depends on a lot of factors, but typically, these are the timelines for touchups:
• Blonde makeup and light taupe makeup should be touched up every ten months to one year.
• Medium-toned brown makeup needs to be touched up every year.
• Dark brown and black makeup tones need to be touched up once every one or two years, depending on how quickly the makeup fades.
Don’t believe a cosmetic tattoo artist who tells you that you won’t ever need a touch up! Even the most skilled permanent makeup specialists know that it’s impossible that a client will never need a touch up. The fact that permanent makeup fades has nothing to do with the skill of the person applying it.
Is Permanent Makeup Safe?
If you have a cosmetic tattoo applied by someone who’s familiar with and skilled in cosmetic tattoos, the procedure is relatively safe. However, there are plenty of unqualified tattoo artists who are applying cosmetic tattoos, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a seasoned pro. Your first tip-off will be the price. If you find someone who’s willing to do a cosmetic tattoo for cheap, steer clear of them – the quality will be as low as the price tag. The more advanced the procedure (such as scar coverup), the more important it is to seek out an experienced and qualified specialist. Contact Sally Hayes today to schedule your consultation.
Certain types of permanent makeup aren’t recommended by professionals, such as eye shadow – it’s never certain what the color is going to do once applied to the skin and you could be unhappy with the result, blush is also not recommended. Most professionals will suggest that they perform a patch test ahead of time to find out if you have any adverse reactions to the pigment.
If an allergic reaction occurs, a large part of the skin will be affected, which could result in some real damage and require serious reconstructive surgery. While it’s rare for an allergic reaction to occur, if it does, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of the irritant. Sometimes reactions don’t occur right away, but rather years later. Allergic reactions range from rashes to immune system problems.