Are you keen to find a way to skip the morning makeup ritual and sleep in a little later? Sick to death of seeing ‘fright face’ in the mirror every morning? Then chances are you’ve considered semi-permanent makeup. Today, we take a look into the world of this revolutionary new beauty treatment-and what you really need to know before you make your decision.
What even is semi-permanent makeup?
Semi-permanent makeup is, effectively, a cosmetic tattoo. Sure, you aren’t adding a rose to your tush, but it’s exactly the same principle. Ink is injected below the surface of the skin, creating the illusion of mascara, lip liner, hair- almost anything you could want, actually. You’re probably most familiar with microblading- using ‘hair-like’ strokes to fill in and enhance eyebrows.
It’s one of the fastest growing beauty industries worldwide, and we understand why. No more slipped liner. No more hours in the mirror. Just looking great 24/7. As with anything in life, however, it isn’t all rainbows and kittens. Here’s what you need to know before making your final decision.
What’s great about semi-permanent makeup?
Let’s start with the good stuff. What makes people ‘take the plunge’ and get semi-permanent makeup?
Firstly- and this one is a biggie- it’s a great way to restore or boost self- confidence. Microblading, for example, uses a fine, diffuse line style that accurately mimics real hair. Should we care if our eyebrows are kinda skimpy? Probably not… but the myriad of beauty products on the market tells us reality is otherwise. While sparse eyebrows, or ‘small’ eyes, may be a tiny thing, it can be a confidence killer too. Semi-permanent makeup options like this help you feel better about the face in the mirror- and when you feel good, confidence naturally follows.
That’s not the only benefit they bring to the table, though.
- Time saved: You’re not going to be spending your mornings applying careful makeup layers.
- It’s always there: No more hiding from the world until your makeup is done. Your chosen look sticks with you 24/7.
- No disasters: Smudges are a thing of the past. Swim, play, sweat… it doesn’t matter.
- Corrects flaws: If you’ve suffered hair loss, awkward scarring or similar small issues, semi-permanent makeup can ‘fill in’ instead.
- No allergies: If you spend half your time buying makeup in the hopes your tender eyes don’t react, this could well be your answer.
That’s an impressive list. That’s not the whole picture, however. As with everything in life, the procedure for semi-permanent makeup isn’t free of its own risks. What should worry you, and what can you disregard? Let’s take a look.
Potential downsides of semi-permanent makeup
Let’s be honest- this isn’t actually ‘makeup’ in any way. It’s a cosmetic tattoo. Despite the way it’s often portrayed, this is a pretty serious body modification. Of course it can be a very welcome one if done for the right reasons- but are you down with that? While the nature of the areas treated ensure that your semi-permanent makeup will fade out in a year or three, it’s still a pretty radical step to take and can’t easily be undone. Be sure this is what you want. And start with less. It’s easy to add in, extend or darken, then undo a heavy-handed job.
It will hurt, and the procedure typically requires a topical anesthetic. Expect a little downtime. It’s not impossible for the ink to trigger allergies, either. A patch test before committing is always a good idea. And vegans, do note- not all tattoo inks are vegan-friendly, so pick your practitioner carefully. You’re going to need to commit to careful, sterile aftercare exactly as dictated by your practitioner- and choose a sanitary, clinical salon in the first place. You don’t want a botch job. If extensive consultation isn’t part of the package, rather stay away.
How do you ensure you get the best experience possible?
Still keen to get in on the action? Here’s how to ensure you have a good experience.
- Choose your practitioner carefully.
- Consult carefully with them to determine the end look
- Opt for results that look like ‘enhanced natural’ rather than strictly makeup
- Follow all aftercare recommendations
- Avoid sun exposure to maximize the lifetime of the ink
Is semi-permanent makeup for you? Would you consider going for the procedure, or have you already had a great experience? Be sure to let us know.