Regular makeup application is time-consuming, and for people with certain health conditions, applying makeup independently can even be impossible. If you want a makeup look without the daily effort, permanent makeup may be an option, especially since modern permanent makeup is more subtle and natural-looking than ever. Read on to find out if the technique is right for you.
What Is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is a type of precise and gentle tattooing, often called “micropigmentation.” Regular makeup involves applying pigments to the surface of your skin, whereas permanent makeup involves applying pigments just beneath the surface, where they won’t be worn off by day-to-day wear and tear. Permanent makeup artists are strictly trained and licensed to ensure your safety. Depending on the intricacy, procedures usually last 1-3 hours, with a separate consultation held beforehand. The cost is usually upwards of $200-300: a relatively small investment compared to the high cost of traditional makeup.
What Are the Benefits of Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup allows you to always wake up (and even go swimming!) with perfect makeup. There is minimal pain and healing time involved, and there are a variety of effects to choose from, from bold to natural-looking. Permanent makeup can even be used to help mitigate the appearance of scars and birthmarks. For people with disabilities, permanent makeup is a way to get a made-up look when applying makeup independently might otherwise be impossible. If you live a busy life (and who doesn’t?), permanent makeup also frees up time in your morning routine. You only need to attend the initial procedure, followed by a minor touchup once or twice a year: a much smaller commitment than most women make yearly with traditional makeup.
What Kinds of Permanent Makeup Are Out There?
The most common types of permanent makeup are permanent eyeliner and permanent lip makeup (i.e., adding pigmentation to these areas). Eyebrow microblading, a type of semi-permanent makeup that fills in and shapes over-plucked or naturally thin eyebrows, is also growing in popularity. Microblading gives near-instant results with minimal maintenance: after the initial session and one-month follow-up, you can roll out of bed with flawless eyebrows with minimal yearly touch-ups.
If you’re stuck picturing the harsh permanent makeup of yesteryear, it’s time to update that image: permanent makeup is now a widespread technique that can put you back in charge of your makeup routine. It isn’t for everyone, but you may want to keep it on your radar.