Are you sick and tired of waking up and drawing on your eyebrows every morning? Or maybe you’re no stranger to the struggle of applying lip liner every waking moment? Or even finding that your hands are getting shaky from redrawing on lipliner after it smudges? Maybe it is time to explore the elusive and life-changing world of: *drum roll* permanent makeup!

Permanent makeup has been the go-to choice for all kinds of women for decades. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning, rinse your face, and dash out the door, with your face already made up?

Whether you just find it difficult to get that perfect eyeliner shape, or if you would like to be able to skip a few makeup steps in your routine, permanent makeup might be worth considering. However, as with any major cosmetic procedure, you should know exactly what you’re getting into before getting permanent makeup done.

 

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing or micro-pigmentation, is a shallow tattoo that is meant to create the look one would normally achieve with various makeup products. The most frequent permanent makeup options people choose to have done are eyeliner tattoos, lip line tattoos, and eyebrow tattoos.

How Is Permanent Makeup Done?

Using a single-use, disposable needle, a tattoo machine, and special cosmetic tattoo ink, a trained professional injects the ink into the dermis – that is, the central layer of the skin, below the epidermis (the top layer).

The tattoo machine used for cosmetic tattooing is much smaller than the average tattoo gun, and is shaped a little like a pen. It doesn’t inject the ink quite as deep into the skin as a traditional tattoo machine would, which means that permanent makeup does not last as long as an average tattoo.

What treatments can I get done?

Lip liner or lipstick

Using a natural looking shade of colour and matching it perfectly to your skin tone, your technician will fill in the outer edges of the lip line. If your getting a full lipstick treatment, it will take a little longer than just lip liner and will involve the technician will colour the whole surface of the lips. You can get fire engine red if you want, but we advise going for a more natural colour as trends and moods change and you want to be able to change with them.

Eyeliner

Permanent eyeliner can be tattooed on to the bottom lash line, the top lash line, and even around the eye in either black or brown shade. Some skilled technicians can also give you fancier designs such as a winged eyeliner or a smokey eye (no more smudgey makeup for you!)

Permanent eyeliner is a great solution for those who have super sensitive eyes who dread putting on makeup everyday. It is also good if you have asymmetrical peepers, and the liner can sometimes help to even them up a little.

Eyebrows

For those with hedgehog eyebrows, this is your time to shine! For those of us with a little less hair in the brow department, it is also your time to shine because permanent eyebrows are a thing.

Back in the day, brows were tattooed on in a thin line that now looks a little like an emoji, but now you have other (more natural looking) options. Permanent brows can be achieved with a feathery tattoo or a powder tattoo that resembles soft makeup.

Tattooing eyebrows is a different procedure to microblading. Microblading is not the same as traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is done with a cluster of needles shaped like a blade, which creates a feathered eyebrow effect. It also doesn’t go as deep into the skin and it won’t last longer than 2 years. If you’re curious about microblading, check out our beginners guide here.

How long does it last?

It is difficult to say exactly how long your tattoo will last (we are all different hashtag rainbow!). Darker lines will last longer, around 10 years, while lighter lines like on the eyebrows or lips may only last around 5.

Can I get it removed?

Although tattoos are notoriously difficult to remove on the body (like that small elephant tattoo on your coworkers ankle that refuses to laser off) permanent makeup on the face can sometimes be a little less permanent. It will fade over the years without a touch up, and you do have the option of speeding up the process by getting dermabrasion to scrub it off, or to have a skin coloured pigment camouflage the makeup underneath.

That being said, do remember that it is after all, a tattoo. A good way to prepare for the treatment is to apply the same makeup every day for a few months before the procedure to make sure that it is what you want.

I want one! How do I prep for the tattoo?

First of all, make sure 100% that you want it. No point in freaking out halfway and having only one eyebrow on. Consider stopping by the salon to discuss the design and shape you want with the technician.

One week before the treatment, hold off on the exfoliants or skin-thinning creams. Also begin to moisturise the hell out of the area (you should always be going overboard on your moisturising and hydrating, but in this instance make sure you take extra care to treat the area).

Head into the salon for your consultation. Make sure to ask your technician about what tools and anaesthetic that are planning to use, and let them know if you have any allergies.

When it comes to describing the design you want, make sure to bring along a lot of photos of yourself wearing your choice makeup (clean shots, preferably in the daylight are best). If you want to mimic a celebrities makeup, bring along their images but be aware that your face will be different to theirs and the look may not work for you. The technician will draw on what they think the tattoo will look like to help you decide if it is right for you.

After Care

You did it, hurray!

After your appointment, your skin will be incredibly tender and may be swollen (especially the day after). Avoid touching the area, especially avoid picking or scratching at any scabbing that may occur in the first 2-3 days. Twice a day for the first 2 weeks after the treatment, apply a nourishing cream that your technician gives you. Also make sure to keep the area slathered in sunscreen and avoid swimming for a few weeks!

How long does it last?

It is difficult to say exactly how long your tattoo will last (we are all different hashtag rainbow!). Darker lines will last longer, around 10 years, while lighter lines like on the eyebrows or lips may only last around 5.

Ready to get inked? Book in your tattoo with the BloomMe app and say goodbye to tedious makeup!


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Are you sick and tired of waking up and drawing on your eyebrows every morning? Or maybe you’re no stranger to the struggle of applying lip liner every waking moment? Or even finding that your hands are getting shaky from redrawing on lipliner after it smudges? Maybe it is time to explore the elusive and…