The topic that I rarely get to read about in the beauty world is permanent makeup. There are some information out there, but are usually very basic and one dimensional. So I like to share with you a little bit more about permanent makeup, what it is and who is it for.
Personally, I have experienced permanent makeup as I am certified to do them and also got permanent makeup done to myself. I can tell you the point of view of both.
Why did I decide to get permanent makeup?
Probably many of you can relate to my story of over-plugging my eyebrows in the early age. Yeah, I was going wild with the tweezers and end up having very sparse brows. After a few years living life with bad eyebrows and limited makeup skills, I finally made the decision to get them permanently done. I can’t speak for entire Asia, but in Vietnam, permanent makeup is very popular among women, young and old.
To Vietnamese people permanent makeup is not only to fix or disguise you imperfections. It’s especially use to enhance your beauty.
In the West the common assumptions about permanent makeup are, it’s only for older women, people who suffer scarring, cancer patient, sparse brows, pigmentation disorder etc. Although permanent makeup can be a great solution for them.
When we think of permanent makeup, people would see in their mind an old lady with dark blue eyebrows that are too high on her face. Well I don’t blame them, because people have seen more the worst of permanent makeups and nobody raves about the great ones. That’s because you wouldn’t be able to recognise permanent makeup if they are well done. Just like plastic surgeries, some looks fake and some you can’t even tell.
Now days there is various colors to choose, or you can also pick and mix the colors together, if you can’t find a single color that suits you.
The permanent makeup can be done on:
There is actually lots of ways to get your brows done with permanent makeup. The old method is to color the whole brow all evenly. I got mine done the “gradient” way – the inner part of my brows were done lighter, then the color got stronger towards the end. The tail of my brows are the darkest parts, I don’t have hair growing there any more because of over-plugging.
In Vietnam some girls with thick black brows, got the tail of their brows permanently makeup done, so they would be more defined. The results are as natural as they are filled in with powder or brow pencil. You don’t have to tattoo your entire eyebrows with one shade or one way. You can combine different shades with different methods to get your desired brows.
I have my brows done 3 times already. Yes that many! They do fade over times and depending on how the permanent makeup been done, your type of skin and what do you do to your skin, will determine how long it last on you.
- Upper and lower lash lines
You can get your eyeliner tattooed on you eyelids, if you wish. They can be done in any color and any style.
I say that you should have high tolerance to pain when deciding to get permanent makeup. Of course, everyone’s pain tolerance is different. But the eye area is very delicate, and just like lining your eyes with real makeups, you want the tattoo to be really close to the lash lines and to be defined. So the needle needs to go over your skin over and over again.
I remembered how nerve-wracking it was, when I first tattooed a real client. Imagine, I was holding a tattoo machine on top of someone’s eyeballs. Screwing up wasn’t an option.
Lining, coloring and reshaping the lips are more popular to older women. Most younger ones wouldn’t understand, why would any women want to settle to one lip color. But stepping into someone’s shoes, who’s been suffering discoloration on her lips, or any part of her face where it’s most noticeable. Permanent makeup can be the best solution for them.
Reshaping, re-creating, coloring the areolas or to camouflage scarring. This is usually done to cancer patient after breast and areola reconstruction.
There are many ways to get permanent makeup done. I don’t want to go into specific details what are the different methods, because I rather leave it to you to do your own research, if you’re interested to get permanent makeup and different permanent makeup artists have their own way of doing them.
Just like any tattoos, you should take your time and consider it carefully. Permanent makeup can be removed later if you’re not happy with it, but the progress can become complicated and may leave to scarring or hyperpigmentation. I recommend you to find a trusted professional makeup artist, whom’s works you have seen before.
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