What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is the art and science of applying pigment into the skin. Most commonly called as micropigmentation, permanent cosmetic, cosmetic tattooing, or dermapigmentation all fall under the permanent makeup umbrella. Permanent makeup is a technique that requires a needle to transports cosmetic pigment (ink) into the dermis layer of the skin. This tattooing process gives women the confidence that they no longer need to spend countless time on putting on makeup as well as saving money in purchasing cosmetics.

The most popular procedures in permanent makeup are eyebrows, eye-lining and lip lines. Not only is permanent makeup used just for cosmetic, it is also used to help with imperfections, for example scalp micropigmentation, people who are losing their hair or thinning occurs. Micropigmentation is applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair. Another procedure that many are not aware of is micropigmentation of the areola, this occurs in women who have undergone mastectomies, or other breast surgeries. There’s countless of other procedures that cosmetic tattooing can improve in many areas.

How permanent is it?

It’s just that, it’s permanent. It does not wash off. Just like your traditional tattooing with time, some fading will occur. It is up to the client to continue their follow up care and touch ups recommended by your cosmetic professional every few years.

Do permanent makeup procedures hurt?

This industry has grown in the last ten yearsPermanent makeup technician have learned and mastered on how to make the client feel at ease. It’s normal to think that this type of procedure has a lot of pain involved, however, before a technician can start he/she needs to apply a pre-topical anesthetic (gel or cream type) over the area for a minimum of 10-20 minutes.

Once the area is numb, the technician will then start to open the skin with the needle. Once the skin is broken, another coat of topical anesthetic is applied. This anesthetic in most cases should have epinephrine, which will reduce pain as well as limit swelling. So to answer the question if permanent makeup hurts, the answer will be it will depend on the client’s tolerance level. Not every client is the same.

How long is the recovery?

Each client is unique on how long their bodies, can heal from any procedures. In general, the healing process for: eyebrows 5-6 days, eyeliner 6-7 days. Within the first 24-36 hours some swelling and redness may occur followed by the skin

How safe is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup has been practiced for many years. When done by a skilled person these procedures are safe. Be sure when selecting a permanent makeup professional, that he/she has the proper credentials and visible

Where can you get updated information about the field of permanent makeup?

There is a nonprofit organization that has newsletters, which have a lot of useful information in them. To join the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals you can visit the website at www.spcp.org for more details

How much does a professional permanent makeup artist make?

This all depends on the individual. In fact, a 2012 Forbes article called makeup artistry one of “America’s Most Surprising Six-figure jobs.” This is more towards someone who has been in the industry for a long time. Some may do this as a part-time, it all boils down on how much work you put into it.