The Basics of Permanent CosmeticTattooing

By: David Roth

If you're tired of putting on makeup day after day and having to touch it up all throughout the day, permanent makeup might be for you. If you're tired of mascara, lip liner, lipstick, eyeliner, eyebrow pencils and more taking up precious room in your purse or bathroom, permanent makeup might be for you.

Also called micropigmentation, permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing designed to enhance your facial features and look like makeup.

Are you wondering what your permanent makeup options are?

You can have your eyebrows shaped and colored. You can add lash-thickening eyeliner. Lip liner and full lip color can change the look of currently too thin, too thick, and too pale lips. And you can blend uneven skin color or hide scars with camouflage.

Permanent makeup saves time on those days you have to run out of the house, but still allows you to modify and enhance your look further if you want.

If you work hard, swim regularly, or participate in athletics, permanent makeup avoids the mess of sweating while made up. You don't have to worry as much about going to touch up in the middle of the day.

Also, people with physical issues like Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinso's disease will find permanent makeup a blessing since they won't need to try to apply anything with shaky hands or rely on others to make them up.

Lots of people apply permanent makeup, but not all are good. Lots do it, but choose wisely. Permanent means permanent.. Look at work they've done. If they don't have before and after photos or references, go elsewhere. Don't be afraid to pay more for quality. This is not the time to be frugal. If done wrong, you can end up looking worse than when you went in, or the effects can fade very quickly.

Costs vary. As we mentioned before, don't skimp on price. Choose the best quality, period.

You will probably need to go in for a second application or touch up a month or so after the initial application. Check to see if the labor and materials for touchups are included in your base price.

Also, find out the process if you are not happy with the results. This question should not offend a true professional. Hopefully they have very few, if any, dissatisfied customers, but you are dealing with another human being who is just as fallible as you are. It's worth it to ask this question before you need it. You just might learn a lot about the person you're considering to permanently mark up your face.

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Rodger Harrison owns and operates Spring Creek Beauty Supply, which is an online store stocked with a variety of salon hair products, including Redken Rewind, Matrix hair products, curling irons, flat irons, and much more.

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