Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which uses tattooing methods to correct color and improve facial features; it can consist of coloring eye lines and eyebrows, contouring and coloring lip skin, or disguising certain defects from accidents or birth marks. Though it is a procedure that exists since the twentieth century, there is still controversy and indecision about it. In some countries, permanent makeup is regulated and requires having a license, while in others it is simply allowed to exist or is altogether prohibited. Some countries prohibit the use of the term “permanent” because it is known that most tattoos may fade along the years, but supporters of the practice claim that permanent makeup is as permanent as it gets.
When deciding to get permanent makeup done, make sure you do a bit of research first and maybe even consult a dermatologist about your skin type and possible allergies or other conditions that might forbid you from furthering this endeavor. Also, make sure you find a good permanent makeup salon that has all the regulations and health approvals, or even ask to see a certificate of registration. This makeup method is realized to enhance the features by using colors on the lips, eyebrows and eyes; you can opt between natural colors with a more discreet look, or something more powerful that will make you look like you always have a bit of eyeliner and rouge. In the first few days or weeks, the makeup will look darker and more unnatural, so don’t be scared, because in time it will fade away. As the skin heals, so will the colors fade and you’ll look natural and beautiful.
Though it is called permanent makeup, you may have to repeat the procedure some years later, because as the skin cells regenerate, the colored ones die and fade away. The duration of your makeup can also be influenced by environmental factors, like if you spend a lot of time outdoors, in the sun and exposed to the elements, especially if you’ve opted for the natural, discreet makeup.
If you’re unhappy with the results of your permanent makeup, you can remove it just like you would a normal tattoo; but this doesn’t mean the procedure is easy or cheap, so it is important to be sure about wanting permanent makeup in the first place and finding a high-quality salon for it. The removal procedures can consist of laser resurfacing, surgical removal or dermabrasion, which is a chemical exfoliation.