A Guide To Permanent Makeup: Cosmetic Tattooing Tips
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A Guide to Permanent Makeup: Cosmetic Tattooing Tips

Have you ever dreamed of having those perfect eyeliner shape every time, or even a quick way to apply you morning makeup without the hour-long setup? There is a solution for your dream, and its called permanent makeup. With any cosmetic procedure comes risk and challenges, and this guide is here to prepare you better before you proceed with getting permanent makeup.

In this guide, we will present you with all of the information you will need to make a decision on permanent makeup as well as decide whether permanent makeup is for you and your lifestyle. We will divulge the exact process of what it is, how it’s done, the pros and cons, and the various types of permanent makeup services that are currently available. We will cover the safety risks involved as well as, maintenance, and choosing the perfect makeup artist to get you the permanent look of your dreams.

So, let’s get started with on our adventure to the permanent makeup lifestyle.

What is Permanent Makeup?

A Guide To Permanent Makeup: Cosmetic Tattooing Tips

Permanent makeup dates back to the early 1990s and was widely known as cosmetic tattooing or micropigmentation. Micropigmentation is a shallow tattoo that is meant to create a look that is typically created with the usage of various makeup products and techniques. Most people who elect to have permanent makeup done usually choose to have either their eyeliner, lip lines, or eyebrows tattooed.

How is Permanent Makeup Applied?

The makeup artist uses a single-use hollow needle, a tattoo machine, and special cosmetic tattoo ink that releases color into a hole in your skin. Ink is then injected into the central layer of the skin, just below the epidermis (the uppermost layer of the skin).

The makeup tattooing machine is much different than the average tattoo gun. It’s shaped more like a pin, which is fitting since the artist is applying makeup and not creating images. The tattooing machine doesn’t inject the ink nearly as far into the skin, which causes the makeup not to last as long as a traditional tattoo.

Why Choose Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is for everyone, but there are cases in which a person could be more suited for the procedure.

  • People with alopecia or other hair loss conditions where they loose hair from their eyelashes and eyebrows constantly.
  • People who have issues with a steady hand and sharp eye.
  • People who want to cut down the time and hassle of applying their own makeup.
  • People with sensitive eyes and allergic to many of the popular makeup brands and products.

When you shouldn’t Choose Permanent Makeup

This is not an extensive list of reasons not to try permanent makeup nor is it saying never try it — just some cautions. These are the same precautions that would be issued if you were to get a standard tattoo.

  • People who are taking any blood thinners or have diabetes.
  • People who have an immunosuppressive illness.
  • People with active acne or blemishes in areas desired to have permanent makeup applied.
  • People prone to skin scarring
  • People going through pregnancy or currently breastfeeding.

Getting Permanent Makeup: The Pros & Cons

Like all other choices in life, there are pros and cons. Before decided to get this procedure done, it would be wise to examine carefully before making a decision.


  • Permanent makeup saves you the hassle of applying makeup everyday.
  • Lasts a long time, but isn’t permanent 
  • Best solutions of people who have issues with a steady hand or sight.


  • Permanent makeup can hurt even with the uses of anesthetic treatment.
  • There are risks with having the procedure done
  • Mistakes can be difficult to fix
  • Over time, the colors may change
  • extensive aftercare is required

The above cons are minor in comparison to the pros of permanent makeup and the serious improvement in a person’s life.

The Cost of Permanent Makeup

A Guide To Permanent Makeup: Cosmetic Tattooing Tips

A permanent makeup session could cost between $50 and $1,500 depending on you are planning on getting and the clinic you ultimately choose. For example, a lip line tattoo is usually on the lower end, costing around $200 or so, where full lipstick is likely over $600 or more.

Eyeliner and eyeshadow tattoos are in the middle of the pricing scale, costing around the $700 for both the top and bottom eyeliner. The eyebrow tattoos are usually more expensive. An excellent way to think of cost is, if it requires more coverage area, it would be wise to always plan for the permanent makeup tattoo to be on the higher end.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

It’s hard to know how long it will take for your makeup tattoo to fade. There are a lot of variables that dictate who and when it will happen, like genetics and sun exposures. Darker makeup tattoos, like eyeliner, will last much longer, while eyebrow makeup might like 5 to 8 years.

Other techniques like microblading, could last up to three years. During that time, its recommended to have a few touch-up; since the color and the shape of your brows may change or fade.

Written by Sarah Stone

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