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All you need to Know About Permanent Makeup

I’ m the kind of person who likes to look great, but dreads having to roll out of bed in the mornings due to the fact I’ ll have to go through all of the elaborate minutiae associated with makeup application.

Every morning is a private war for me; and it sometimes got to the point where I would rest in bed with the covers tucked over my head until 2 in the afternoon, simply because I didn’ t want to make use of my exceedingly tedious morning routine.

The idea has occasionally occurred to me to skip putting on make-up altogether, but I haven’ t left my house with out makeup on since before I was in high school, and am don’ t intend on changing that now.

After another completely wasted Saturday morning spent laying in bed and trying to pretend that I was still sleeping though, I finally decided that I had sufficient. I searched the internet for permanent makeup options. I desired to start out slowly; with a little permanent eyeliner or permanent lips liner or semi permanent lip liner maybe.

What is permanent makeup?

If you’ re wondering what permanent makeup is; it’ s i9000 essentially makeup that’ s been tattooed directly on to a person’ s face. The difference between permanent lips liner, for example , and the butterfly tattoo a person might have experienced inked onto their lower back, is that whereas tattoos are mainly meant to make a statement of some sort about somebody’ ersus personality, makeup is simply meant to enhance (or slightly alter) whatever’ s already there.

How is long term makeup applied?

As mentioned in the last paragraph, long term makeup is basically a bunch of tattoos. This means that it is usually applied exactly the same way tattoos are; except that they’ re generally applied by a plastic surgeon, since facial skin is much more delicate compared to skin in most of the rest of the body, and since the tattoo designs are usually placed really close to important parts of the body, like the eye.

Does applying permanent makeup hurt?

The short answer to that one is “ indeed. ” Getting a tattoo is essentially getting punctured a lot of times with the ink-filled needle. A permanent makeup job will be essentially the same task. A permanent makeup machine; a device used specifically for the application of long term makeup will often be used; although it pretty much does the same thing the tattoo needle does: deposit pigment into deep levels of skin.

With permanent makeup although, it isn’ t applied as deeply, and considering that it’ s applied to the face, most plastic surgeons will utilize topical or local anesthetic to whatever you want to place makeup on.

The most you will probably feel is going to be some minor discomfort, and there may be a bit of swelling and painful afterwards as well. You might want to ask your doctor about what you can do to cope with the after-effects.

What are the pros and cons of long term makeup?

The first con is fairly obvious. It’ s permanent. You’ ll have it for the rest of your life. Or even, since it’ s really likely that the ink can fade over time, you’ ll have it for at least a couple of years. This means that if you opted to have blue permanent eyeliner, you’ re going to have to live with that particular permanent eyeliner colour for a while, unless you’ re willing to undergo costly plus painful (usually more painful than the permanent makeup program process) tattoo removal to get rid of it.

Naturally , this is probably the reason why people get makeup in the first place, therefore it counts as a pro as well: the fact that it stays. It’ s really a double-edged sword.

This is why if you need to get makeup, you have to think long and hard before you make your decision; there aren’ t any morning after consider backsides once you have this kind of makeup on your face. A lot of treatment centers and beauty centers where makeup services are being provided will also have specialists to help you with your color and style choices.

To get the look you want and avoid bacterial infections, make sure that you get a cosmetologist or permanent makeup specialist a person trust, who uses sterilized equipment.

One more con to permanent makeup is the cost; something as easy as permanent eyeliner can set you back anywhere from three hundred bucks, to a thousand. It does help you cut back on the need to buy eye liner every few weeks or months though, which does help you save some money. If you think about it, this isn’ t that much of the con, really.

What about semi permanent make-up, like semi permanent lip liner? Is there a difference?

That depends on who you’ re talking to. Long term makeup is often also called semi permanent makeup; so you can choose to refer to your new lip liner job as semi long lasting lip liner or permanent lip liner. Sometimes even though, there can be a small difference between semi permanent and long term makeup. Some brands or cosmetic lines will promote their products or services as semi makeup, but can actually refer to ordinary cosmetics formulated to be especially long lasting.

Whether you’ re planning on giving make-up a try and going under the cosmetologist’ s needle along with permanent eyeliner or semi permanent lip liner, or just finding some reeeeeeaaally long-wearing semi permanent lip lining though, getting the colors and services that suit your needs could be easy, if you know what you’ re looking for.

Getting Permanent Makeup: After and before

In the video below, beauty gurus  Michelle and Laura of the  MMandLShow   visit Janette, a permanent makeup technician plus expert. Michelle is back for a second  round of long term makeup on her eyebrows, as well as her first round associated with eyeliner tattoos. During the procedure, Janette provides expert tricks and tips for choosing the right type of permanent makeup, as well as advice for that healing process.

Watch Janette perform the  whole procedure in the video below, and check out some of the video shows in the transcript below.

Permanent Makeup: Before

Laura: What exactly are you doing right now to Michelle?

Janette: I’ m just numbing her. And I’ ve put a little dye on her eyelashes because she can’ t wear mascara for five days.

L: What would you recommend to all of our subscribers in various locations if they’ re not able to fly to come and find out you?

J: So they want to go plus either see pictures [of permanent makeup].   Actual function is better to see. I am a referral-based only business. You can find some referrals from the person that you’ re going to see. Websites are great, pictures are great, but even if you could discover some actual people, that would be better. Good permanent make-up shouldn’ t be spotted, so that’ s the issue with finding people that have it done.

Selecting the most appropriate Color

J: After having these inked, you need to keep up on dying your eyebrows. That’ h the biggest mistake people do, especially the blondes. Therefore i always tell them that, okay, you cannot have tattooed epidermis and blonde fuzz on top of your face. That looks absurd.

L: So probably one of the hardest reasons for tattooing is picking out the color?

J: The colour, and finding a color that’ s going to correspond to the makeup color because it’ s not the same world. Therefore it’ s finding a color that’ s neutral yet warm, that’ s not yellow, that’ s not really pink… so it’ s hard to find the right mixtures. [Michelle’s] last color was like the dark sienna, which is almost like black-brown.

Michelle: You want to strategy [this procedure] when you’ re not performing something important for like, the following week, right?

J: Yes. You’ re going to look overdone… Later on we’ ll actually start to slip off from these within three to five days, and then they’ ll lighten. But till that point, you cannot put makeup over them.

The Healing Process

J: You’ re likely to get a little bit of scabbing, but what you want is just a scabbing that will flakes. You don’ t want a big, deep scab. The key to keeping this in really good is to maintain a lot of ointment on it so it does not scab.

Vitamin E oil that are in the capsules, if you pop all of them a couple times a day and rub that first, or simply squeeze it on there first, it filters down involving the hairs so it really sticks to the skin. And then you need to put a really tacky ointment on top. Aquaphor is awesome designed for eyebrows… You basically want to keep [your eyebrows] so moist, so wet that they don’ t scab. You’ re going to have a layer that comes away anyways, but you want to try to avoid scabbing.   I inform clients to do it every hour; that’ s overkill, however they actually will do it every two hours. And then before going to bed at night, you really want to cake on no matter what you’ re using. You want to do Vitamin E then Aquaphor, or perhaps you could use Vaseline over the top.

You never want to make use of Neosporin around your eyes… Some people can have this grotesque reaction to it… and the whole eyes swell up. It’ s awful. So I would never recommend using any kind of Neosporin [or] polysporin on the eyebrows… And you usually wouldn’ t even know you’ re allergic in order to it… you would just be getting red and swollen plus puffy. And people usually make the mistake of applying more Neosporin at that point, thinking they have an infection and it just gets even worse and worse… So you’ re better just to make use of Vitamin E oil, Aquaphor I think is one of the best, Vaseline, Handbag Balm. I make a little concoction of avocado, Vitamin e antioxidant oil, shea butter, and Aquaphor. So it’ h really tacky and it sticks well.

T: When should someone come back? Does everyone need a touch-up?

J: Yes, you want to give them six to eight days. Some technicians will tell you as early as two weeks. I would not suggest going back in two weeks; the skin is not healed.

The Cost of Permanent Makeup

L: What is the price of getting your eyebrows done?

J: Eyebrows are usually $350; sometimes down to $300, up to $400. But some people which are just going to do a hairline might charge you less, may charge you more. Do you need a full eyebrow done, do you need the half eyebrow done – and some people could simply charge less.

L: And then what about eye liner?

J: If it’ s top plus bottom waterline, $400. And lashline. So that’ t a full eyeliner. If you just want it top, it’ s i9000 $300.

Permanent Eyeliner

D: This is crazy. So you’ re doing the waterline?

J: I’ ve gone over [the waterline] once just a little bit, and then I’ ve put… another numbing, which is more of a gel form, and it generally works best once the skin’ s been broken.

Permanent Makeup Video clip - Waterline

L: And what color are you doing?

M: This is a black, black brown. You typically don’ big t want to put a straight black in their eyes because it’ s got so much blue in it that it gets azure really fast.

L: So what are some issues people should be aware of in regards to getting their eyeliner tattooed?

J: A lot of people are using lash growth products… I suggest going off them one to two months before you get your eye liner tattooed. The reason being is… that   is actually a capillary mattress that kind of gets pulled up to the surface. Once you have very much blood supply to the lashes, this becomes very weakling. And what happens is that as you go over [the top waterline], you’ ll get a bruise layer that will come out.

Ink is a bunch of particles in a liquid. So when the liquid is reabsorbed by the body, you’ re remaining with all these particles. But if you get a big bruise out there here, all these particles can run into that bruise. Therefore that’ s going to give you this really fuzzy range; it’ s called migration. You want to go off for two weeks – plus it makes it hurt so bad because you are usually bleeding.

The other thing is… ask your own technician if they use a product called Celluvisc. It’ ersus a thick eye drop. So I keep putting this particular into her eye the whole time, so that’ h going to coat her eyeball… and I put the numbing lotion on. You’ re going to have lower risk associated with corneal abrasion, meaning the numbing cream can burn off your eyeballs, so you really want to use a lot of Celluvisc which means you don’ t have a corneal burn from the numbing lotion.

L: Can you do [the procedure] if you’ re pregnant?

J: I actually don’ t like to do pregnant women. The reason is, I like you to consider Benadryl before coming, or an antihistamine.   And when your technician doesn’ t tell you that too, it’ h just a great thing you can do by yourself. Take an antihistamine, I say Benadryl, the night before and one before coming… It will help to dry up your eyes and it helps them not really swell so much, and it helps them not water a lot.

L: What about breastfeeding?

M: Breastfeeding, usually you’ re okay.

Long lasting Makeup: After

Permanent Makeup Video - After

M: What’ s the greatest mistake people make after [getting permanent makeup]?

J: Do not wash [your eyebrows] with cleaning soap. Don’ t put any facial products on them. They could get wet, but you don’ t want to overdo water. No hot tubs, no steam rooms, no pools. This is for five days. And no makeup. The biggest mistake is usually they let [their eyebrows] dry and they attempt to put their makeup on. Letting them dry is the greatest mistake. You want to keep this so lubricated that it doesn’ to have a second to dry, and it will stay in perfect.

M: So how long until you know the final result?

J: [Eyebrows] will continue to accept more than a month. So they’ ll keep fading, they’ ll soften, the color might change still just a little bit. I would say give everything at least four weeks. Within a 7 days, you pretty much know what’ s going to stay on the particular eyes.

One Day Later

Permanent Makeup Video : The Next Day

L: This is the next day at 11: 00 at night. [Her eyes] were a little bit more swollen this morning. They’ ve actually gone down. Wouldn’ t you say?

M: Yeah. When I woke up this morning I actually couldn’ t open my eyes – they were crusted together.

Two Days Later

Permanent Makeup Video - Day Two

M: Day time two. I was really bad at keeping the lubrication on.

L: How many times have you hot?

M: Just like once, you know.

Four Days Later

Permanent Makeup Video - Day Four

M: My own eyes are quite bloodshot today, but the swelling has gone down. My own eyes are protruding less. And I did ice my eyes yesterday evening.

Five Days Later

Permanent Makeup Video : Day Five

M: No swelling, the brows have faded basically. I feel like I can go out in public.

T: It looks really good!

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Karen Lang