Permanent Cosmetic Makeup

Permanent cosmetic makeup is a tattooing technique whereby makeup is made permanent by applying pigment to the top layers of the dermis by the use of traditional and modern tattooing techniques. While permanent cosmetics are commonly used to hide many skin defects including burns and scars, they are also used as a means of applying makeup permanently. The most common procedures done are eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, and full lip color. Some technicians offer eye shadow and cheek blush as well.

There are many reasons why people should want their makeup to be permanent, not the least of which is to save time. Working women and female athletes are quite happy to have their makeup tattooed permanently into their skin. They no longer have to worry about smudged lipstick or the effects of bad weather on their face because nothing can smudge and nothing can run. They will always look their best, even first thing in the morning.

It also saves them a lot of time. The amount of time women have to spend getting their makeup ‘just so’ is time lost to many of them, and permanent makeup is ideal for them. Should they need a change now and again, then they can use regular makeup as the exception rather than as the rule.

Others who would appreciate permanent cosmetics are the elderly. There are many reasons for this, though medical reasons are more common than vanity or expediency in their case. Many older women are unable to apply cosmetics as they once could due to a number of conditions. The trembling of palsy or Parkinson’s disease render many unable to apply lipstick or eye makeup without smearing it, and many find it difficult to hold cosmetics due to arthritis and multiple sclerosis. There are other conditions that make it very difficult for them to look after themselves in this way, such as poor vision and the inability to see to put their makeup on.

For the elderly such as these, permanent makeup would be a blessing. They would no longer have to struggle to put on their brows before being able to go out in the morning, and would also feel the confidence of knowing that they will always look their best. They would no longer feel housebound due to an inability to make themselves look good.

Another group that welcomes a degree of permanence in their makeup are sportsmen and women, who want to compete but also look good. Why should they have to make a choice? Why not look good as they triumphantly climb out of the pool? The term ‘degree of permanence’ was used advisedly, since no tattoo is truly permanent. There is a gradual fading and the cosmetics have to be maintained at the required level, especially if their purpose is to hide a defect such as a scar.

There is a wide range of the type of cosmetic work available, including eyebrow definition using natural looking hair strokes to simulate hair, or a soft “penciled in” look if the client so desires. For a more natural look to the eyes, lash enhancement can make the lashes look fuller without an “eyeliner” look. Lip color and lip liner can be done to define the client’s natural lip line that may have faded through the years due to aging or smoking. Topical anesthetics are used in most cases to keep the client comfortable during the procedure, which should last about an hour on average.

There are many other reasons why people choose permanent makeup. No one is born perfect, and some people might want makeup artistry done to give a “wide open” look to the eyes, or brows reshaped to give a youthful appearance. Permanent makeup is an alternative to cosmetic surgery in some simple cases, and a lot less painful with fewer potential complications. However, like surgery, there is a healing time of about a week, during which the colors soften and heal with a natural appearance.

If you are interested in permanent cosmetics, make sure to interview your artist. Ask to see “healed” photos of their work, and make sure they are licensed as required by the local authorities. If in doubt, ask for references from former clients. Those who are members of professional organizations such as The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals, and the American Academy of Micropigmentation, usually take their art very seriously. Remember, this is a form of tattooing, and the work will be there for a very long time. Now is not the time to go “price shopping” for the best deal.

In the end, permanent cosmetics can give you a sense of freedom and confidence knowing that the next storm is not going to affect your eyeliner or lipstick, because you neither have nor need them!

Do’s and Don’ts Before Your Permanent Makeup Application

Do’s and Don’ts of Feathered Eyebrows:

DO ensure that you go to a qualified, permanent makeup artist that has been certified by a school or agency. Most qualified Permanent Makeup Artists have certificates on the wall or on display at the clients request that show their experience and training. Most artists have several certificates from different training sessions they have attended.

DON’T buy cheap vouchers from online dealsites. Buy cheap, get cheap. You may save a bundle of money buying an online voucher today; however, you may pay a lot more later to have someone else fix the problems caused by that cheap voucher. Permanent makeup artists take pride in their work and usually will not lower their standards to publicize their services on cheap deal sites. An artist that has a sale or promo is much different than 50-70% using a dealsite.

DO ensure that you view the premises or office of the permanent makeup artist. You may want to pass by and visit the office of the artist that you are thinking of doing your treatment to ensure that it is a clean and safe location and not in an alley or back of run down building. If the artist and the office is kept tidy and clean, most likely the artist keeps their utensils, equipment sanitized and has high hygiene standards.

DON’T settle. If you have a bad feeling about the office, or the permanent makeup artist, than leave. You must be comfortable in the office and with the person that is about to use a blade or sharp needle to instil permanent pigment into your skin. If you are not comfortable, or have a bad feeling, than it is your right to stand up and leave. Most clients feel comfortable with the artist after their consultation, and some want to have the treatment right after the consultation because they feel comfortable and trust the artist. If you do not have that feeling, than either you are not ready for permanent makeup or you do not trust your artist. It is better to get a second opinion than to settle on one artist.

DO get a consultation with the permanent makeup artist first. We cannot stress this enough. It is imperative that you get a consultation with the artist first in order to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment, but also it gives you a chance to ask a variety of questions that you may have. How the artist answers those questions usually builds trust and confidence between the client and the artist. Again, if you are not comfortable with the answers you received, than shop around. Most permanent makeup artist give a free 15 min consultation to answer any questions you may have, however, to color match and shape the brows, there is usually a $50 charge or a minimal deposit on the treatment.

DON’T allow the artist to dictate what your brows should look like. This is your face and your eyebrows that you will have to live with for the rest of your life (or for long period of time anyway, because the brows do fade over time). Most permanent makeup artists understand the way the shape of the eyebrows should look based on the shape of your face, however, the artist will usually suggest the shape and even draw it in before any application is considered. Make sure you are happy with the shape and color of the brows you have chosen before any application.

DO see before and after photos of the permanent makeup artist. Most, if not all, permanent makeup artists have before and after pictures on their websites, Facebook page, on their phone, printed in an album, etc. Be very weary of artists that do not have any pictures, or if the pictures look generic. Some artists don’t post before and after pictures on their websites or have generic pictures because of privacy concerns for their clients who do not want to be identified, however, they will surely have lots of pictures to show in a printed album or on their phone.

DON’T PANIC. Those new to permanent makeup and who have just had a procedure completed will sometimes panic at the shape and color of the brows. Even though the artist explains the protocols and procedure, before the treatment, during the treatment and after the treatment, there are always those clients that need to be reassured over and over again. Most calls that come in after the treatment are that the shape is too thick and the color is too dark. Please remember to look at your aftercare sheets which address these concerns. The shape of the eyebrows is always thicker than they appear after the treatment and shrink up to 50% during the first 4 weeks. The color of the eyebrows always appear sharp, dark and more drastic after the procedure because the pigment is fresh and is stuck in the epidermis layer of the skin, this will shed off over the next 4 weeks and the color of the brows will diminish by 50%, leaving a more natural looking color that was agreed upon.

DO understand that this is a process. Clients do need to understand that this procedure is a process. Your first treatment will have drastic results, and you will have a new look that you do need to get used to. The appearance of the eyebrows will look darker and thicker than agreed upon; however, they will fade and shrink in the coming weeks. A touch up may be required, and usually is, in order to correct any shape or color issues. It is important to understand that your eyebrows may not be absolutely perfect after the first try, and that touch ups may be necessary, and yearly (1-2 years on average) color and shape touch ups may be required. Permanent eyebrows are permanent in that some pigment is left in the dermal layers of the skin permanently, however, the shape and color will fade over time because of age, medications, sun, etc.

DON’T be unrealistic. Often time’s clients will come in with pictures of eyebrows that they want, the Angelina Jolie or Sofia Vergara look and shape. It is important to understand that the look and shape of the eyebrows need to match the shape of YOUR face, not someone else’s. Your permanent makeup artist should and will work with you to determine the look and shape of your brows that will compliment your face, and try to give you the look of a star… but remember that you are the star of this show, and you need to ensure you have the brows to match.

Know Term Life Insurance and Permanent Life Insurance

There are two basic types of life insurance: term and permanent. Term insurance is purely life insurance while permanent (aka “cash value” or “whole life”) policies include a savings element.

Benefits of a Term Life Policy:

If you die during the term of your policy your beneficiaries get paid -that’s all there is to it. You aren’t paying anything extra to fund a savings account or cover investment fees. And because the market is so competitive for term insurance, companies have a huge incentive to keep prices low. With relatively little effort you can compare, shop and assure yourself of a good deal. You pay only for what you need when you need it. You typically need life insurance coverage for a specific period of time (until the kids are out of college, for instance).

Benefits of a Permanent Life Insurance Policy:

A permanent plan can give you access to some or all of the premiums that you have been paying for in a way favorable to your taxes. It’s with you until you die. This type of policy coverage is guaranteed for your life with no out of the blue payment increases. A term policy will expire at a certain date, and a renewed policy could have much higher premiums. Maybe the best reason for a permanent policy is to make sure your estate and investments don’t get eaten up by the government. A permanent policy can provide peace of mind that your family and loved ones will be taken care of for the future.

Remember, the decision to buy a permanent or a term life insurance policy will depend on your situation, your age, your financial well-being, and other factors. If you are a young family with some investments to protect but not financially stable a term life policy might be a good idea to protect those investments and your family. However, if you are financially stable with considerable investments, it may be a better decision in the long run to purchase a permanent plan.