How Permanent Cosmetics Works

If you’re starting to get fed up with the hassle of ordinary cosmetics, you may be considering permanent makeup as an alternative. This is also a viable option for people who are having issues with hair loss. Before deciding to commit to permanent cosmetics in

, it’s important to understand exactly what they involve. Here’s a basic guide to the tools, techniques, and materials used to give you permanent makeup.

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Basic Definitions

For a start, you should understand that despite the many different names for this procedure — permanent cosmetics, dermal pigmentation, micro pigmentation, etc. — what this boils down to is tattooing. It differs from ordinary body tattooing in a few minor ways, but the nature of the work remains the same: Foreign pigment is planted under the skin with the intent of changing your appearance permanently.


The vast majority of permanent cosmetics are applied to three main areas: The eyebrows, the lips, and the eyelids (i.e. permanent eyeliner). Permanent cosmetics are occasionally used in other areas to conceal the effects of hair loss or diseases which alter the skin’s coloration like vitiligo. Overall, eyebrows are the most popular target for permanent cosmetics, and eyebrow tattooing offers the lowest chances of unintended side effects.


There are three different tools which can be used to apply pigment in permanent cosmetics: the coil machine, the rotary machine, and the hand tool. The coil machine is the same high-powered device used for body tattoos while the rotary machine is a slower, gentler alternative. Hand application of permanent cosmetics offers the greatest degree of control, but it also requires the most time to complete. Hand-applied cosmetics may require multiple sessions to complete.


The pigments used for permanent cosmetics

are significantly different from those used in body tattooing. They have a thicker consistency in order to sit properly under the very thin skin of the face. The actual colors used are also very different, chosen to emulate natural hair and skin tones rather than contrast with them.

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 exercise great care with the selection of their pigments. They pick colors which will hold up as long as possible, resist the tendency to change color over time, and best suit your natural coloration.


While it is possible to get permanent cosmetic tattooing

  done without any painkillers, the vast majority of people who get these tattoos prefer some form of anesthesia. Over-the-counter painkillers are often quite sufficient, but specialized topical anesthetics may be used in the most sensitive areas (the eyelids and especially the lips). Some permanent makeup studios may work in concert with anesthesiologists to offer their clients lidocaine injections, but this is relatively rare.

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Permanent Makeup Techniques

Experienced technicians have a variety of different techniques to choose from when creating a permanent makeup tattoo. Eyebrows are the area where clients have the widest range of options, and the ideal technique will usually depend on how much natural hair you have in the area. Filling and shading are techniques used to provide a solid area of background color while hair stroke techniques lay in lines of pigment designed to resemble individual hairs. Good technicians will combine multiple techniques in order to deliver the most aesthetically-pleasing results. Dixon Method, Microblade and Softtap can be used and are the best trained methods.

Permanent Cosmetics Results

Even though it’s commonly called “permanent,” this form of tattooing is anything but. The pigments injected in the permanent cosmetic process typically break down within five to 10 years, and all honest micro pigmentation technicians will be open about the fact that their work needs regular touch-ups to maintain its best appearance.

In general, lighter colors will start to fade within a year, while dark browns and blacks may last twice as long. Regular touch-ups can easily restore your permanent cosmetics to their original appearance. Letting the pigment fade away entirely is also an option, although the tattooed areas may never return to the same condition they were in prior to your cosmetics’ application.

As with so many cosmetic procedures, your satisfaction with the results of permanent cosmetics will depend in large part on the technician you work with. Consult with a Permanent Cosmetics Artist carefully before you make any final decisions and take care to ensure that your technician has the skills and experience necessary to deliver the results you want.

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Permanent Makeup Lip Liner PERMANENT LIPS As the aging process advances, the lips lose volume and the vermillion border of your natural lip line loses definition making your lips appear thin and flat. Permanent lip tinting can give you back the appearance of a youthful, natural, smudge and fade free lips! Who benefits from Permanent Lips? • People who have allergies to traditional makeup • People who have active sports and fitness lifestyles • People who are busy and constantly on the go • People who want “smear free and fade free” lipstick • People who have difficulty applying their makeup because of poor vision, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis • People who have thinning lips and disappearing lip line • People who want to enhance their cupid’s bow, lip line and lip color PERMANENT EYEBROWS A pigment close to your natural hair color is chosen and tattooed onto your brow area to create symmetry and balance, or to create an arch that would “brighten up” the appearance of your eyes, or to create realistic eyebrows simulating hair strokes to give the effect of three dimensionality. These simulated hair strokes will fill sparse brows or create brows where there is none. We offer a variety of permanent brow techniques to fit your personal style. Who benefits from Permanent Eyebrows? • People who have allergies to traditional makeup • People who have active sports and fitness lifestyles • People who are busy and constantly on the go • People who want “smudge free” brows • People who have difficulty applying their makeup because of poor vision, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis • People who have thin brows due to over tweezing or radiation therapy • People who have Alopecia • People who want to enhance their brows Ethnic Skin Permanent Cosmetics Salt Lake City’s Best Permanent Cosmetics for Men and Women of beautiful ethnicty’s Ethnic Skin Permanent Cosmetics Permanent Cosmetics of Utah is ideal for all individuals who desire to enhance or correct the symmetry and shape of their eyes, lips and brows. Many people of color are concerned whether or not they are good candidates for permanent cosmetics due to their individual ethnic skin characteristics. For best results, it is important that you choose a technician who has had specialized training in the requirements and care of ethnic skin, and how this skin responds to the color application process. Permanent Cosmetics of Utah has over 10 years of experience dealing with the specific cosmetic needs of people of color. We are specialists in the application of Permanent Cosmetic colors and camouflage for all skin types and ethnic backgrounds. We work closely with medical estheticians to ensure that we address the special needs of ethnic skin as required. Preparing Ethnic Skin for Cosmetic Procedures in Salt Lake City Depending on their ethnicity, some clients may have a propensity to hyper- pigment (get darker) or hypo-pigment (become lighter) as a result of a cosmetic procedure. As a precautionary measure, depending on the color and condition of your skin, we may recommend that our clients use Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid (licorice product), Vitamin C or lactic acid to bleach the skin for at least 2-4 weeks prior to any initial lip, scar camouflage or scar therapy procedure; or as a follow-up for 2-4 weeks after an initial color application. (Not all people of color will require skin bleaching before their initial procedure). If you as of now have hyper-pigmentation in the regions you are considering for permanent cosmetic color, you should help these ranges ahead of time of your system for best results. Our professionals will be upbeat to make proposals for you amid your consultation. Shelly at Permanent Cosmetics of Utah offers Permanent Eyebrow, Eyeliner, and Lips Makeup to Salt lake City Valley, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Kearns, Sandy, Lehi, Provo, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountains and all over the Wasatch Valley.

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Before And After Eyebrow Tattoo Various Benefits Of Permanent Cosmetics Permanent make-up refers to a form of tattooing in which colored pigments are inserted into the upper layer of the skin. A variety of tattooing methods are used for this form of tattooing. It is also known by the name of cosmetic tattooing or micro-pigmentation. There are a number of benefits of permanent cosmetics especially for people who are unable to use traditional cosmetics due to some reason. Here is a list of some of the main benefits of this form of tattooing. One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic tattooing is that it saves a lot of time. People these days have very busy schedules that include numerous commitments and long commutes. Such busy lives mean that people often do not have time to do touch-ups all day. With permanent make-up, they don't need to worry about fading or smudging of the make-up as it doesn't come off after showering, working out or swimming. This form of make-up is also preferred by people suffering from various physical disabilities or individuals who are suffering from impaired motor skills such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or arthritis. People with such disabilities find it difficult to regularly applied make-up on their own. On the other hand, they can continue to wear permanent make up without any worries as they do not need constant touchups. Similarly, people with poor eyesight prefer this form of make-up. People also use permanent makeup for cosmetic reasons. Many people invest in permanent make-up after reconstructive surgery of breasts or face especially when someone's skin pigment was lost during surgery. There have also been cases where people have undergone these procedures for improving the results of cosmetic surgery. For instance, some people tend to lose their eyebrows when they suffer from hair loss. Such people prefer permanent eyebrow tattoos. Similarly, people also use permanent make-up to hide their unsightly scars. It is also preferred by people who suffer from pigmentation conditions such as Vitiligo that result in appearance of white patches on the skin. As far as the time taken for the make-up procedure is concerned, the whole process takes less than two hours to complete and the touch up after the initial application take much less time. The most common types of permanent make-up include lips, eyebrows and lips. Permanent make-up is also used for redefining the weak looking facial features as well as for covering up any scars on the body. In the case of permanent eye make-up, it can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the eyes. For instance, permanent eyeliner can be applied to the top as well as bottom lids for creating a defined line and soft look. Similarly, permanent eye shadow can also be applied in a wide variety of colors and in a variety of styles. Eyebrows are also often enhanced with the help of permanent make-up. Cosmetic tattooing is often used to create appearance of hair and for defining, shaping and filling in parts of the eyebrows that are sparse. People who lose all their facial hair due to various medical conditions such as chemotherapy can use permanent make-up to create the look of full eyebrows. Many women do not like reapplying lipstick again and again throughout the day. Some of the women also do not like thin lips. They often opt for permanent make-up for having more defined lips. There are a wide variety of shades available including neutral shades for natural look. Lipliner as well as lipstick can also be applied in a wide variety of colors. It can add fullness and balance uneven looking lips. It also helps in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles around lips. As far as the cost of permanent make-up is concerned, it depends on the procedure as well as reputation and experience of the technician. For instance, the procedures at a specialized clinic or at a physician's office are going to cost a bit more than the procedures at a spa. However, these procedures are still extremely affordable with each procedure costing anywhere from $200 to $800. This cost usually also includes the price of a follow-up visit as well as various skin care products. As mentioned in the beginning, many people opt for permanent make-up as traditional cosmetics are not an option for them. Some people are allergic to traditional cosmetics whereas others find it difficult to apply make-up on a regular basis. One of the most important things you need to keep in mind that there are some risks associated with this procedure. For instance, tattooing may lead to bleeding, bruising, swelling as well as tenderness of the treated area. Similarly, if the equipment is not properly sterilized, it may lead to infections. However, all of this can be easily avoided if you make sure that the procedure is done by only an experienced technician.