We recently talked about microblading, a simple but effective way to semi-permanently shape and fill your eyebrows and, at the same time, reduce the time you spend applying—and reapplying—makeup. Microblading is part of a larger beauty initiative called permanent makeup.
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is a cosmetic process that uses micropigmentation (tattooing) to enhance the color and shape of your facial features. Permanent makeup renders definition and color to eyebrows, eyelids and lips. It can mimic the look of just-applied lipstick, lip liner, eyebrow pencil and eyeliner, or it can be quite unnoticeable, depending upon the design, color value and amount of pigment you choose. In other words, you can opt to simply enhance your natural look or go for something more dramatic.
Why Should I Consider Permanent Makeup?
The most obvious benefit is reducing—or even eliminating—your everyday makeup routines. If you are very active, if you have lost hair or lip color due to aging, medical issues or are sensitive to traditional makeup, permanent makeup is a great option.
How Is Permanent Makeup Applied?
Your esthetician is specially trained to work with you to determine the best look for your eyelashes, lips or eyebrows. Once you and the esthetician have agreed upon an appropriate look that is in concert with your facial features, she will apply a numbing product before using a tattoo pen (or, in the case of your eyebrows, a microblade) to carefully apply pigment to achieve the desired outcome. The procedure usually takes between a half hour and 90 minutes.
You should expect your lips or eyebrows to be slightly swollen immediately after the procedure, or your lash line to be a bit reddened for a few days. At first the color will be a bit strong but will fade to the desired shade as your epidermis forms a new layer. Healing should be complete within a week or two.
How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?
Don’t worry! You are not committed for life to the look you choose this year. Duration is influenced by individual factors, including your exposure to sun and your use of skin serums and lotions, which may eventually fade color. Your natural skin tones are also a factor in changing color value over time. Very natural-looking applications will probably require a touch-up before more dramatic ones do.
Generally, however, permanent makeup lasts from between 18 months and three years.
Permanent makeup is a safe, effective and increasingly popular part of the modern beauty regimen. Call us for a consultation!