Permanent makeup is essentially a tattoo that mimics the look of your Sephora staples, from brow pencil to liner. Just like at a traditional tattoo shop, the technician applies the pigment with a hollow needle. Depending on the procedure, it might be done with a manual blade or an electric tattoo device.
In the case of microblading that means creating tiny strokes that mimic the look of real hairs with a blade.
Meanwhile, lip tint and blush involves tattooing the area with a pinkish or red tint. And you guessed it: liner involves using black or brown pigment to line the upper lid and enhance the lashes.
These days, people are also using micropigmentation to fake freckles make vitiligo less noticeable, and fill in the hairline.
Is Permanent Makeup really Permanent?
While it’s not as permanent as a back tattoo, it’s definitely longer-lasting than even your most trusted waterproof liner.
Permanent makeup will remain visible anywhere from 1 to 3 years. When it comes to microblading, regular touch-ups are par for the course: usually you’ll need to hop back in the esthetician’s chair every 6 to 12 months to maintain results.
While a regular tattoo sinks deep into the dermis, the permanent makeup technique only penetrates the superficial layers in the skin. The dye particles are also less concentrated in makeup ink than the stuff at your local tattoo shop.
Eventually, your skin will metabolize it and will fade away — but how long that takes can vary widely.
What’s the procedure like?
Whether you’re getting your eyebrows, lips or liner done, the process typically takes 1 to 2 hours.
Before tattooing, your technician should sketch out the design so you know exactly what to expect. Together, you can tweak it to suit your unique preferences.