Permanent Makeup Facts and Procedures
Tiered of applying make-up every day or having it smudge everywhere, smear or flake?
Why consider permanent makeup
Having permanent make-up is convenient and a daily time saver. You may opt in to having permanent makeup because you are prone to allergies from regular makeup. Some consider permanent make-up because of physical disabilities that affect their ability to apply makeup.
Most ladies opt for permanent eyebrows, eyeliner or colored lips. Some choose permanent makeup, also called cosmetic tattooing, to camouflage facial scars, such as a cleft lip. It’s even used by women who have had mastectomy’s or other breast surgery to achieve a more natural look.
What you should know in advance
If you think permanent makeup is the way to go, leaving you waking up looking refreshed, here are some things you should know.
Avoid certain areas. Stay away from the cheeks because if you ever want to remove the color, standard laser tattoo removal attempts will turn it black.
Prepare for some discomfort during the procedure. The average discomfort level is three on a scale of one to 10. A good technician exercises patience to minimize discomfort and will apply topical anesthetic creams and gels before and after treatment to help control pain.
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Know your technician’s credentials. Research your technicians before choosing one and getting references if you can from someone whose had permanent makeup applied. Technicians should hold appropriate certifications. Request a consultation to see the work area, examine certificates and discuss what you want done.
Prepare for your session. Wear your makeup the way you want it applied or bring it with you so the technician will know how you want to look. Say if you’ve never had permanent makeup done, request a skin color test to check for sensitivity and don’t be afraid to wait a week to see how the test area looks after it’s healed.
Share important medical history. If you have a medical condition.
Keep in mind that less may be best. Avoid regrets by going conservative. Removing permanent makeup is difficult and leaves a change in skin texture. You can always add [color] but you cannot always take it away.
Plan to get regular touch-ups. Despite the marketing, permanent makeup fades over time because technicians use a different grade of ink than tattoo artists. Permanent makeup on the face typically gets more weather exposure, as well as cleansers and conditioners. You can request annual touch-ups to keep your makeup looking fresh.
Get prices in advance. Prices vary by market and usually are a la carte, with some technicians billing per eyebrow or eyelid, rather than per set. Additional fees for touch-ups or color boosts may also apply in the first year.