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Question: What is permanent makeup?

Answer: Believe it or not, there are actually procedures for tattooing makeup onto your face. While this may seem a bit scary, it’s actually a lot more common than you might think. Permanent makeup first became popular in the 80’s as a way to ameliorate the effects of alopecia—or the loss of hair—in certain areas such as the eyebrows. Permanent makeup comes in the form of eyeliner, eyebrow liner and lip liner. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering getting permanent makeup:

It’s not technically permanent.

With time, the color will begin to fade and you’ll need to get it touched up every few years depending on the desired shade you are going for. This may be good news for some, since it means you won’t be tied down to the same makeup look for the rest of your life!

There may be some skin reactions.

The tattooing process can cause swelling, blisters, and scabbing—so it’s important to apply ice for 15 minutes after the procedure to keep the area from becoming too inflamed.

You can choose the colors.

Thankfully, clients are able to pick out which shades they would like for their permanent makeup, instead of just a one-shade-fits-all type of situation (eek!). Just like your favorite eyeliner or brow pencil, you can work with your practitioner to choose the perfect shade for you.

Be prepared to clear your plans after the procedure.

For a few weeks following the permanent makeup application, the tattooed areas will appear quite dark and shiny, along with the expected swelling and redness. This look can be quite alarming, and you may begin to panic after you see how stark your new makeup look is—but don’t fear, as this will fade within a few weeks and you’ll be left with the shade that you chose originally.

It’s a bit costly.

Permanent makeup can range anywhere from $250 to $800, so be absolutely sure that it’s something you want to invest in before scheduling your appointment.

Many women swear by permanent makeup and love the look and ease of only having to apply a few products a day instead of doing their usual full-face routine. Make sure that you schedule your appointment with an experienced and reputable practitioner—one jagged line can totally distract from the rest of your face, so you’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing and has a steady hand.

Would you ever consider getting permanent makeup?