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Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup

Updated on August 13, 2013

What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is a is a form of tattooing that produces designs on the face that look like makeup, such as lip colouring, eye lining and eyebrow shaping. It can also be used to cover scars or uneven skin tone. Although described as permanent, generally the makeup tattoos will last around 5 years. However, this is a long time, so getting permanent makeup is not a decision you should take lightly. Here we look at some of the pros and cons associated with permenent makeup.

Advantages of permanent makeup

There are several different advantages to having permanent makeup.

You are not going to have to worry about doing your makeup when you get up in the morning especially when you are running late.

You can correct any of your small imperfections.

You can correct any asymmetry that you might have in your lips.

Permanent makeup can help to beautify your lips. It can give your lips a fuller look and disguise lips that are thinning due to aging.

You will not need to worry anymore about the lack of or missing eyebrows. Your eyebrows are very important since they can frame the face. Many older women have gaps or very thin brows due to over plucking or the aging process. Permanent eyebrow tattooing can easily correct this.

Permanent makeup will put more focus on your eyes. This is because permanent eye lines will achieve a very natural line on your upper and lower lash line. Therefore, your eyes will look more complete and larger.

The seventh advantages is your lashes can be made to look more lush.

Permanent makeup can help cover any discoloration in your skin. It can be used to add color in the areas where there is no color so the problem is disguised.

Permanent makeup can be applied in the area of the areola around the nipples where you might have scars from a surgery. It can also be used to produce a new areola if you have had yours surgically removed.

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Disadvantages of permanent makeup

There are also some disadvantages of permanent makeup, which should be considered before you decide to take the plunge.

Permanent makeup cannot be applied to certain areas of your skin. Some of these areas will include freckles, warts, or moles.

Certain people are not going to be able have permanent makeup. These people will include someone who is HIV positive, someone who is allergic to the permanent makeup, or someone who has certain ailments such as diabetes or hepatitis. You cannot have permanent makeup if you are pregnant, or take blood thinners.

A person is going to need to stay out of the sun for a few days after they have had the permanent makeup applied.

Permanent makeup will cause some swelling on your skin. This is because of trauma from the permanent makeup when it is applied to your skin.

You will have a small scab that is going to appear on your skin. Most of the time, this is going to happen a few days after you have had the procedure.

You will have to get touch-ups every now and then to make sure that your makeup always looks like you want it to.

You will absolutely need to make sure that the person who is applying your permanent makeup is a professional. This is because if they are not, you will probably not like the results that you get from your treatment session, and you could also pick up an infection.

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While permanent makeup can give you fantastic results, and it is a real solution if you do not like putting on your makeup everyday, it is not something you should rush into. Before having any cosmetic procedure, you should discuss it at length with a consultant before deciding if it is the right choice for you.


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