Permanent Makeup: A Guide

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Before opting to get your makeup tattooed on, there are some important things you should take into account.

While you may be sure that permanent makeup is for you. It is important that you have all the correct information before going ahead and getting your makeup applied permanently.

For a useful guide to permanent makeup, have a read below:

1. It is not 100% permanent

While tattoos may last a lifetime, permanent makeup tends to only last a couple of years, before it starts to fade. Permanent makeup fades because the ink is not injected as deeply into the skin as it is for regular tattoos.

While your makeup may fade, it will still be very visible and may end up looking a mess. That is why most tattoo artists and beauticians recommend opting for natural looking permanent makeup, instead of a bright makeup design.

Although permanent makeup can fade, this isn’t always the case. If you are unhappy with how you tattooed makeup looks, while you can opt for tattoo removal, it may not be entirely successful.

Tattoo removal can be highly successful. However, it depends on the ink colours and area of the tattoo. For example, permanent eye makeup may be difficult or even too dangerous to try and remove due to its location.

2. Permanent makeup can damage your skin

Although it is unlikely, it is still important to keep in mind that permanent makeup may cause you to have an allergic reaction. This could either be a severe allergic reaction – swelling and blistering of the skin or a more minor one. It totally depends on your allergies, body and skin sensitivity.

It is also important to keep in mind that no ink colour is considered to be entirely safe as tattooing inks are not regulated. That is why it is vital to pick a licensed artist that comes recommended by a beautician or other specialist.

3. Make sure the studio you are in is sterile

Although you may not think that you are at risk from anything dangerous, if the machinery is not sterile then you could contract an infection, hepatitis or even HIV. So, it is important to ensure that you pick a studio you know is clean and sterile.

A professional tattooist or permanent makeup artist will know just how important machine hygiene is and will make sure that their studio is squeaky clean. If you notice anything out of place – like a dirty needle or an unclean piece of machinery, leave immediately and go elsewhere.

4. Not all colors fade

Whilst permanent makeup is not 100% permanent, certain colours are less prone to fading. Darker colours, such as the blacks and browns used around your eyes are more likely to last longer than lighter shades, such as those used on your lips.

To avoid permanent makeup that ends up looking smudged after a few years, ask your tattooist or makeup artist to use only iron oxide pigmented inks on you. Iron oxide pigments are the best ones to use to avoid a smudged or uneven look.

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