What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup involves the insertion of pigments into the skin using a very thin needle that enters the skin thousands of times per minute, similar to a tattoo machine. Since it does not go as deep as a tattoo needle, the color doesn’t last forever, so it is often called semi-permanent makeup. The ink remains in the skin for 2-5 years, allowing you to look your best during this time. The pigment decomposes very slowly and starts disappearing over time, but at a rate that’s not noticeable. The actual duration depends on your age, type of skin, type of ink, your habits and environmental factors.
The most common applications of permanent makeup are of a cosmetic nature, namely eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips. However, demand is growing much more rapidly for paramedical applications such as madarosis (eyebrows), scars, areola, vitiligo, and alopecia.
Why Permanent Makeup?
- Very high latent demand.
- It makes people feel good about the way they look.
- It’s easy to learn with our world-class instructors
- Low investment
- Ideal complement to surgical procedures.
- Very profitable
Cosmetic Permanent Makeup
The goal of cosmetic permanent makeup is to make it look like you have put on makeup very carefully, all the while saving you the time of actually doing so. Cosmetic permanent makeup is most commonly applied to the face, in particular to the eyelid (eyeliner), the eyebrows and the lips.
Eyeliner: Better definition of the eye, more expressive look and the appearance of thicker eyelashes. This application is extremely common because for most women it takes a long time to properly apply eyeliner, yet it’s one of the quickest permanent makeup procedures, so it doesn’t cost much but the benefits are very valuable.
Eyebrows: Fuller eyebrows with the shape and color of your choosing. It’s ideal for women that don’t have thick enough eyebrows. Even though there is a wide range of options, for most people we recommend a natural look. This means having good balance and harmony between eyebrow color, hair color, skin color and eyelash color. Cliona™ teaches you how to simulate a single strand of eyebrow hair at a time in order to provide that natural look.
Lips: Higher definition of lip contour, correction of asymmetries, and permanent color of entire lip if desired. Scars on or near lips can be covered up, and even the shape of the lips can be redefined.
Paramedical Permanent Makeup
Besides cosmetic applications, permanent makeup also has several paramedical purposes, including madarosis (eyebrows), scars, areola, vitiligo, and alopecia. Cancer patients undergoing either surgery or chemotherapy often can use the help of permanent makeup. For example, after a mastectomy or tumor removing surgery that removed or altered the breast’s areola, the areola can be redefined and recolored and scars can be camouflaged as well. Men and women often lose their eyebrows during chemotherapy, and most people, especially women, do not want to lose their eyebrows. When people know they have the option, many choose to get their eyebrows done with permanent makeup before they undergo chemotherapy so that when they do lose them it’s not so noticeable.
Micropigmentation techniques continue to improve, and newer colors and better quality inks have been developed over the last few years, allowing professionals to create a more perfected, yet still very natural looking, appearance. If done right, a paramedical application of permanent makeup will not even be noticeable.