What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup (also known as semi-permanent makeup, or micropigmentation) is a form of tattooing. It can be applied on the brows, lips and eyes (eyeliner). Pigment is placed under your skin, which technically stays there forever, but visually it does fade over time due to the way the body heals and the molecules in the pigment fade and shrink. So the pigment is permanently there, but the ‘look’ does not stay forever. See more information on the Fade Factor
How is permanent makeup applied?
Pigment is implanted to a very shallow depth beneath the skin in one of two ways:
1) With a microblade (a hand-held tool, made up of a series of tiny blades) which is one option for brows. Or…
2) With a digital tattoo ‘pen’ specifically designed for permanent makeup. A tiny needle moves very quickly to implant the ink, creating beautiful results!
Why get permanent makeup?
Have a look at my previous blog ‘6 Reasons to get PMU’ but to summarize: if you want perfectly applied eyebrows, lip colour or eyeliner that does not smudge, this is the perfect option for you!
Does it hurt?
Everybody’s pain threshold is different, but generally, only a minority of people experience minor discomfort. However, many clients actually fall asleep or just enjoy lying down for an hour or so! Topical numbing cream is applied, so it really is a totally bearable (if not relaxing!) experience.
Will permanent brows suit me?
Not everyone wants thick, bold statement brows. The first step of my consultation is to listen to exactly what you want – whether it’s natural looking hairstrokes, blocked brows or a total re-shape. Your new brows will be perfectly designed just for you and can be as natural, or as bold, as you choose.
If I get lip colour will I regret always having the ‘lipstick’ look?
Permanent lip colour can never have the exact same effect as lipstick – the way the lips heal after the treatment means that the end result will be just a hint of colour, similar to the colour opacity achieved with a lip gloss. The pictures you see of brightly coloured lip tattoos is usually because the pictures are taken immediately after the treatment when the colour is strong. However, this fades up to 70% for the end result. If you really only want a more defined contour, go for a colour close to your natural colour. Otherwise, choose a colour at least 2 shades darker or brighter than your natural colour. Just add lip gloss and you’re ready to go!
Is permanent makeup safe?
Of course, as with any procedure, there are always going to be some associated risks. However, these are extremely minimal and because the highest standards of sanitation are followed, the risks are close to negligible. Only individually packaged, pre-sterilized cartridges are used for each client, and the highest standards of health & safety are followed at Bournemouth Permanent Makeup. Pigments are gamma-ray sterilized and contain no PPD’s, so allergic reaction is highly unlikely. A patch test is always provided.