What should you expect before you get Semi-Permanent Makeup?

Thinking of getting your makeup permanently applied? Maybe you hate applying your eyeliner, eyebrow daily, or you aren’t able to apply it as precisely as you’d like, or maybe you just hate the constant struggle of trying to achieve the perfect cat eye or perfect eyebrow. Or maybe you don’t have time every day and rushing to go to work without eyebrow. Whatever your reasons, you may find a solution in getting semi-permanent makeup.

First of all, it’s important to note that permanent eyeliner, eyebrow, lip tint isn’t really permanent (more on that later). It’s just the term that the industry uses, and is more accurately semi-permanent. A needle is used to deposit ink into the skin. The process isn’t the same as getting a tattoo because the pigment is deposited only into the first layers of the skin. The ink used for regular body tattoos is formulated differently and goes much deeper. The longevity of the color and its visibility will eventually fade depends on the skin of each person.

“As a precaution, we ask [clients] to stop taking any blood thinners for three days prior, most as possible 1 week before clients appointment, even things like aspirin, Advil, fish oils, certain vitamins, to minimize any potential bleeding, which normally doesn’t happen,” And if you’re pregnant or nursing, or have diabetes or other serious illnesses that affect your immune system and ability to heal, you may not be an ideal candidate of having a semi-permanent makeup or it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about it before you go ahead with your permanent or semi-permanent makeup application.

The technician or the beauty artist will work with the client and take into account their facial features to determine what size and shape the eyeliner or the eyebrow should be.

How long does the procedure take? The procedure will take depends on how [thick] the client wants it and the skin of the client, If they want traditional eyeliner, natural eyebrow or just like natural lip for lip tint, it can be done in one to two hour, including numbing and pre-drawing, but if they like a wing or cat eye, it would take longer.

Does it hurt? One of the most frequently asked questions about permanent makeup concerns the matter of pain. Luckily there are now many products the permanent makeup technician can use that will reduce the pain of any and all procedures. A numbing cream is applied to the area prior to the actual procedure. Once the effects of the cream kick in, the whole process should theoretically be pretty painless. However, everyone has a different pain tolerance, which means some people might find the procedure to be only minimally uncomfortable, while others may find it to be very painful even with a numbing cream. When thinking about it, most people assume permanent eyeliner is the most painful procedure. Some clients who’ve said their eyeliner procedure was more painful than microblading. Permanent lip work is the most painful procedure but well worth the effort. The freedom from not having to wear lipstick while exercising, going out in public and for any time where it might be a hassle, makes permanent lip color a wonderful service to consider.

What’s the healing process? You may experience some scabbing, but it will likely be minimal. If you do have scabbing, do not pick it off, you may notice little black flakes fall out. The application should generally heal within three to seven days, but a thicker application may take seven to 10 days. You should definitely avoid touching or rubbing while they heal, so you don’t spread any germs or bacteria around the area but the healing process differs from person to person and depends on several factors.

How long does it last? And if you hate it, will it ever fully disappear? The “tattooed” eyeliner typically lasts about a year, though it could last two or three years. However, the pigment will eventually fade. Some of my clients come back after about a year to get touch-ups. If you eventually decide you don’t want the eyeliner, it’s possible for it to completely fade in one to three years. Everyone’s skin holds the pigment differently, so it’s tough to say how long it will take for the liner to become invisible. Microblading generally lasts from 12 to 24 months, although depending on the individual it can last longer. From 12-15 months after your initial visit, you can book an appointment to maintain your eyebrow shape and give the color a boost. The healing process differs from person to person and depends on several factors.

The big question: How much does it cost? Having your eyeliner, eyebrow or whatever semi-permanent makeup you want to apply this way definitely doesn’t come cheap. Semi-Permanent makeup typically costs $50 to $800 per procedure, depending on the type of makeup, the body part and number of visits required. Eyebrows, which usually require two visits, usually cost $400 to $600. Permanent eyeliner usually costs $200 to $400 for just upper or just lower eyeliner, or $400 to $600 for upper and lower. A full lip color with liner, which typically requires two to three visits, typically costs $600 to $800. As with any tattoo, color can fade over time and periodic touch-ups might be required. And the cost still depends on the clinic or area.

Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.

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A driven, passionate, dreamer and explorer girl. I graduated from BSIS, A Freelance Makeup artist, Marykay Senior Beauty Consultant, I went to Extensive Makeup Including Basic, Personal, Bridal, Fashion, Photoshoot, Mature & Airbrush. And Beauty Course workshop for makeup artist eligible mentorship NC11. I also have training in Basic & Advance Facial treatment, Eyelash extension and lash lift. I had micro blading training recently. And I will be sharing more about beauty and my adventure.

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