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Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, can eliminate the daily hassle of applying makeup. Permanent cosmetics never run or smear, and are great for people with allergies to traditional cosmetics as well as for those who have a difficult time applying makeup. Below, learn more about the most popular types of cosmetic tattooing, including permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup.

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a form of tattooing in which pigment is implanted into the upper layer of the skin, and can be applied using a variety of tattoo methods, including a traditional tattoo or coil machine, rotary or pen machine, and by hand. Although permanent cosmetics can fade over time and require periodic touch-ups, they are considered permanent because the color cannot be washed off.

To produce the desired results, permanent makeup usually requires one or more touch-up procedures after initial application. For this reason, most technicians include the price of a touch-up procedure in the price of the application. Initial permanent makeup application typically takes one to two-and-a-half hours to complete, and touch-ups take significantly less time. Permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup are the most common; however, cosmetic tattooing can also be used to redefine weak facial features and camouflage scars on any part of the body.

Permanent Eye Makeup

Permanent eye makeup can be applied in a variety of ways to help enhance the eyes. Permanent eye liner can be applied to line both the top and bottom lids, to create a soft look, a defined line, or anything in between. Permanent eye shadow is available in a variety of colors and may be applied in a variety of styles. Because eye shadow is one of the most difficult types of permanent makeup to apply, it is important to choose an experienced technician.

Permanent Eyebrow Makeup

Permanent makeup can be applied to create the appearance of hair and is often used to define, shape, and fill in sparse areas of the eyebrows. Permanent eyebrow makeup can also be used to create the look of a full pair of eyebrows for people who have lost all of their facial hair, often due to chemotherapy or other medical conditions. An experienced technician can produce the appearance of individual eyebrow hairs and create a natural look.

Permanent Lip Makeup

If you are tired of reapplying lipstick throughout the day, or you are dissatisfied with thin or crooked lips, permanent lip makeup can create fuller, more defined lips. You can pick a shade that matches your favorite lipstick, or a neutral shade for a natural look. Both permanent lip liner and lipstick can be applied in a variety of colors. If a more natural color is used, lipstick color can still be applied, and the permanent lip makeup will prevent color from bleeding. When a vivid shade is applied, all that is needed is a subtle lip gloss to enhance the lips.

Permanent lip makeup can add fullness, balance crooked or uneven lips, and even minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the lips. However, caution should be taken when having permanent makeup applied to create fuller lips, as color that extends beyond the natural outer edge of the lips can create undesirable results.

Cost of Permanent Cosmetics

The cost of permanent makeup is often directly related to the experience of the technician and quality of the service provided. You can expect to pay more if your procedures are performed at a physician’s office or specialized clinic rather than at a salon or spa. In general, a single procedure costs between $200 and $800, which should include at least one follow up visit, and post-procedure skin care products. Some technicians may charge as much as $250 per hour for advanced work.

Risks and Benefits of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup can be an option for people with allergies to traditional cosmetics, as well as for people with poor vision or motor function who have difficulty applying makeup. Experienced technicians can create an extremely natural look with the proper application of permanent makeup.

Many risks associated with permanent makeup are the same for tattoos on other parts of the body. Bleeding may occur during the tattooing procedure, and swelling, bruising, and tenderness of the treated area is common. Poorly sterilized tattooing equipment can lead to infections, and although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to certain shades of cosmetic tattooing ink. Other risks include the formation of irregular scars called keloids around the tattoo, and a possible interference with MRIs.

Overall, dissatisfaction is the largest risk factor associated with permanent makeup. Although there is some flexibility in changing the colors and shapes of permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup, and laser tattoo removal may be an option, those considering permanent cosmetics must remember that the results are meant to last a lifetime.

Search Cosmetic Dermatologists Using DocShop

It is extremely important to choose an experienced and qualified technician to apply your permanent cosmetics because the results are permanent. If you are interested in permanent eye, lip, or eyebrow makeup, use DocShop’s online directory of experienced dermatologists from throughout the United States to find a cosmetic dermatologist in your area.

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