Thanks to technological advances and cutting-edge products, semi-permanent makeup is not only a reality but is readily available in several salons and spas across the country. What are the benefits of getting semi-permanent makeup…they are almost too many to mention. For one, you don't have to worry about applying makeup every single day. From powder brows to lip blushing and permanent eyeliner, the techniques used to guarantee perfect application without you having to do a thing.
When people apply their makeup, the look can be inconsistent, and it can be too harsh. It can be uneven in places. Imagine having the ideal amount of makeup consistently applied, and you don't have to spend hours in front of the mirror. This is why semi-permanent makeup applications are so popular now. We lead busy lives, yet we still want to look our best when at work, at home, out for the evening.
Below we break down some of the more popular types of semi-permanent makeup treatments that people go to salons or spas to have done.
What exactly are powder brows? Using a device similar to a tattoo gun, the technician injects pigment into the skin to enhance eyebrows, giving them an almost powdery effect. Because there is an injection of pigmentation, the results are long-lasting, with some clients stating that the effects last for a year before a touchup is required.
The key in this form of semi-permanent makeup is to ensure that you visit a technician who has ample experience with this technique. While the tool they use is essential, a great deal of the success of powder brows depends on the technician's skill level.
Quick hand motions inject the pigment, thereby creating an almost pixelated effect. The technician has to be spot on with their technique here. Make no doubt about it; they are very much of a tattoo artist caliber—the ones who are good at what they do.
The art of powder brows comes in with the shading that is done. Initially, it looks like the eyebrow was filled in with a pencil. Once shading is done, the result should look layered and completely realistic.
So why should you have powder brows done? For lots of reasons, especially if you are a person who finds themselves drawing in their eyebrows every morning, powder brows completely get rid of that hassle. And you have beautiful and luxurious-looking brows with just a yearly touchup required.
Your brow artist/tech might suggest you get an initial 8-week touchup in some instances. This is to ensure that brows are flawless. Keep in mind; natural fading can occur with this type of semi-permanent makeup. Exposure to the sun and various elements contributes to the rate at which any fading might occur. You can address any questions with your technician before your powder brow appointment.
Another modern semi-permanent makeup technique is lip blushing. Lip blushing is much like powder brows in that a tattoo type technique is used to inject pigmentation into the lips, thereby giving them a semi-permanent color. Using tiny needles, the technician will inject dye into the lips, thereby enhancing the overall hue and helping to provide an improved contour to the shape of the lips. The results are stunning, and as with other forms of semi-permanent makeup, the results are long-lasting, with touch ups needed every couple of years in most cases.
When you go for your lip blushing session, the tech will provide you with something that will numb the lips. Then, using tiny needles, the pigment gets injected into your lips. This, as with powder brows, is done in a layered way to achieve the most natural and lustrous results possible. As the numbing agent takes effect, you will review with the technician key details about the process, such as what sort of shape you're looking for and the overall color/tone you desire. Generally, the whole process takes about two hours—though it can take longer in some instances.
As far as the pain factor with lip blushing—something that many people inquire about—it really will depend on your overall personal pain tolerance. Some people feel very little pain. And, of course, the numbing agent that gets applied certainly helps to take the sting out of it.
Eyeliner can be one of the trickiest forms of makeup to get perfectly fitting. While it may be called "permanent eyeliner," generally, touch ups are required, and it is considered more of a semi-permanent makeup procedure. However, most only need such touch ups once every couple of years. As with lip blushing, a numbing agent is applied as this can be a more sensitive area in which to get injections.
The whole process can take about 2-2.5 hours. Like with many other forms of semi-permanent makeup, eyeliner of this nature is done using a pixelated effect, which adds more layers. More layers look far more natural than merely drawn on with a typical tattoo gun. This, as with other procedures, also comes down to the skill level of the artist/tech administering the injections.
As far as recovery and downtime, you will want to avoid creams and lotions around the eye area for a couple of days. Also, there could be some swelling, slight bleeding, and bruising for a couple of days following the process. You want to be very gentle in terms of that area
Semi-permanent makeup really can be a wonderful thing, not only saving you time but ensuring that your makeup is flawless. Pricing will be different based upon the treatment, the area treated, and where you go to have it done. You will need to do some research and choose carefully when it comes to where you want to have your semi-permanent makeup procedure.
At Pristine Spas, our permanent makeup techs are not techs at all, and they are artists, some of the best we've seen.