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By : Jocelyne Boutros   
Permanent Make-up, Ready to Go

How good would it be to wake up feeling radiant, fresh, and ready to go with your makeup already on? Filled eyebrows, delicious pink lips, perfectly traced eyeliner, thick lashes and blushed cheeks… a dream come true, right?


Nowadays, this is not much of a dream anymore; it has become possible with permanent makeup, or the art of always feeling gorgeous and being ready to go in no time! Imagine sparing over 100 hours a year in makeup application; mascara, lip gloss that fades an hour later - if you’re lucky, and nerve-wrecking eye liner that never goes on right from the first application and ends up running down your face at the first tear or rain drop.


Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique that employs tattoos or permanent pigmentation of the dermis, as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup such as eyebrows filling or shaping, eye lashes, eyeliner, lip liner and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips and eyelids. 
It is also used, in many cases, to disguise scars, white spots on the skin due to Vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of sections of the skin, or to restore the breast’s areola after breast cancer surgery. The end result is usually very similar to that of topically applied cosmetics and can be quite unnoticeable, depending on the amount of pigment used, the design, and the chosen colors of course. 
Although permanent makeup sounds like THE solution to every woman’s waste of time, it goes without saying that it is neither a danger-free, nor regret-free technique, regardless of how minimal both could be.


Are you sure?
Before making a decision about getting makeup tattoos done, there are a few important factors you should take into consideration. As its name implies, permanent makeup is permanent and thus cannot be easily removed. Of course, nowadays there are many techniques that allow to get rid of unwanted ink on most body parts through laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or even surgical removal but as for the sensitive areas, such as the eyes, most technicians or dermatologists will not agree to touch them. Remember that removal is more difficult, costly and painful than the tattooing itself.


Can you handle the pain?
Tattooing is somewhat painful, after all it does consist of needles moving up and down very fast, forcing into the top layers of your skin, but the level of pain depends on the person and the tattoo site. Moreover, most specialists will offer to apply topical anesthetic in order to give you an enjoyable and painless experience. The procedure takes approximately an hour and needs about 7 to 10 days to heal; during which time the permanent makeup looks harsh due to the color remaining in the outermost epidermal layers of the skin. The color softens during the healing process as the upper layer of the skin sloughs and is replaced by new cells.



The pigment remains in the skin but its beauty span revolves around several influential factors that can affect the length of time during which the permanent makeup looks it best; the climate - sunny or not, quantity and quality of pigment deposit in the skin, and personal activities such as swimming or gardening.   


Why not?

Although the entire process is not rocket science, makeup tattooing may result in some complications such as allergies to the pigments, formations of scars, granulomas (a small area of inflammation due to tissue injury), skin cracking and peeling, keloids (excess growth of scar tissue at the site of a healed skin injury), blistering, and local infections. In extreme cases, the use of unsterilized tattooing instruments may infect the patient with more serious diseases like HIV or hepatitis, that is why it is essential to acquire a maximum of information about the beauty parlor or clinic you are about to visit and to make sure that the technician wears surgical gloves, uses sterilized tools and disinfects the tattoo sites with either alcohol or an antiseptic solution, or both.
The best way to maximize your outcome and minimize your risks is to choose a qualified expert to perform your micro pigmentation even if this means paying a little more. After all, the money spent on your beauty is worthy of your health.

Why yes?

Throughout the many techniques used to make your face look lively, radiant or your traits distinguished, permanent makeup promises one thing: to make you feel satisfied with your looks, to spare you with the hassle of touch-ups during the day or the night, and to give you the opportunity to make full use of your time by starting your day ready… or at least your face is.


What is tattoo-able?

Eyebrows take the longest healing time of any permanent makeup procedure, but are usually the least painful too. Some women want to add hair, others want to remove some and there are those who would like to change the shape or even the color. Many techniques are available in order to give you the desired effect or outline; drawing the entire eyebrow or filling it with a “powder” effect, with the color of your choice, usually the closest to your hair color and compatible with your skin tone.
Some people are unable to grow lashes, have very thin ones that are almost inexistent, or simply desire a fuller look. In some cases, this may due to alopecia, chemotherapy, medication side effects or even compulsive plucking. Blepharopigmentation or permanent eyeliner can help. Ideally, the pigment is placed between the lashes as a series of closely spaced dots as opposed to a solid thick line, which is usually used as eyeliner, thick or thin, depending on the individual’s desire.
Permanent eye shadow is a specialty application; it requires a great deal of skill on the technician’s part. The color needs to be applied so that it looks translucent, which takes skilled blending and proper placement. When deciding to get eye shadow tattooing, avoid choosing a trendy color so as not to regret it later on in the future, instead, go for a more classic look that you would not grow tired of.
Permanent lip liner can even out asymmetries in your natural lips, creating the appearance of a more defined and plumper lip line. You can also fill your lips with a pinkish color that will give them an everlasting candy look.
Other permanent makeup techniques that are used more or less frequently are; the permanent blush that gives some color to your cheeks but is rather difficult to apply, using the same technique as the eye shadow, and the permanent beauty marks either above the lip or under the eye to create that Cindy Crawford/Marilyn Monroe look all girls have once imitated in front of their mirrors. These two techniques are also used to cover scars or depigmentation spots.

Each woman has certain desires to fix this or that about her face, her figure or her body; it is in the human nature of our elegant gender to always want to look better, prettier and younger. Although makeup tattooing is no magic, it is pretty close to it when it comes to relieving you from the smearing and running of cosmetics that not only leave you frustrated but can also ruin quality time. Permanent makeup is indeed a relief for on-the-go women who could use this extra hour in the morning to do something other that getting makeup on. As for all the other women, tattoo makeup is a guarantee for always feeling beautiful, vigorous and glowing regardless of the season, the time of the day or the night or their age.

While permanent makeup sounds and looks like the ideal thing to do, remember that it does not go without risks, dangers and sometimes regrets. So think well, look around and do not be embarrassed to ask the technician all the questions that come to your mind, remembering this is not only your beauty that’s at risk but also your health.
Somebody said: “beauty is not caused, it is…” I say: hey, there’s no harm in giving it a push sometimes!