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Top 10 Questions about Permanent Makeup – Everything You Need to Know

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Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, has become a popular solution for those seeking to enhance their natural beauty and simplify their daily beauty routine. This innovative cosmetic procedure involves the application of pigment into the skin to create long-lasting, semi-permanent enhancements to various facial features. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are common questions that arise. In this blog, we will address the top 10 most frequently asked questions about permanent makeup to help you understand the process better and make an informed decision.

  1. What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique that involves implanting pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using specialized needles. It is often used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips, as well as to camouflage scars and other imperfections on the face. The procedure creates semi-permanent results, typically lasting several years.

  1. How long does permanent makeup last?

The longevity of permanent makeup varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including the individual’s skin type, lifestyle, and the specific procedure. Generally, permanent makeup can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. Over time, the pigment may fade, and touch-up sessions are recommended to maintain the desired look.

  1. Does permanent makeup hurt?

The level of discomfort experienced during a permanent makeup procedure is subjective and varies among individuals. Before the procedure begins, a topical anesthetic is typically applied to minimize any discomfort. More numbing products can be added during the procedure. Most people report feeling a slight scratching or tingling sensation, but the process is generally well-tolerated.

  1. What are the most common types of permanent makeup procedures?

The most common types of permanent makeup procedures include:

Eyebrow Tatooing:

Creating natural-looking eyebrows using fine, hair-like strokes and/or machine shading.

Top 10 Questions about Permanent Makeup - Everything You Need to Know
Microblading by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo

Permanent Eyeliner:

Enhancing the eyes with semi-permanent eyeliner in various styles.

Classic Eyeliner tattoo
Classic Eyeliner, One of 4 Eyeliner Styles by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo


Lip Blushing:

Adding color and definition to the lips for a more youthful appearance.

Lip Blush Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo
Lip Blush Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo


Freckles & Beauty Marks:

Add a touch of fun, a sun-kissed glow or a dramatic beauty mark.

Freckles & Beauty Marks by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo
Freckles & Beauty Marks by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo

Areola Restoration Tattoo:

Restoring the look of a natural nipple & areola after mastectomy or other top surgeries.

Areola Restoration Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo
Areola Restoration Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo

Scar Camouflage Tattoo:

Minimize scarring on the body with natural skin toned, camouflage tattoo.

Scar Camouflage Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo
Scar Camouflage Tattoo by DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo
  1. Is permanent makeup safe?

When performed by a qualified and experienced professional, permanent makeup is generally considered safe. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks involved. It is essential to choose a reputable and licensed technician to minimize potential complications and ensure proper hygiene and sterilization practices are followed.

  1. How much does permanent makeup cost?

The cost of permanent makeup varies based on the procedure, the artist’s expertise, and the geographic location. On average, permanent makeup procedures can range from $400 to $1000+ for the initial appointment and a touch up. It is important to note if the studio you are researching includes touch ups in the price or if they are additional. Everyone needs a touch up, even if it is presented as optional. You want to look perfect, right?

  1. Can permanent makeup be removed or corrected if I don’t like the results?

While the term “permanent” is used, keep in mind that the results are not truly permanent and will fade over time. However, complete removal of the pigment can be challenging and may require multiple laser treatments and may never be completely removed. It is crucial to carefully choose your technician and communicate your preferences before the procedure to minimize the risk of dissatisfaction. We suggest looking at gallery images posted by the artists as well as reviews of the artist and the studio they work.

It’s also important to understand how cosmetic tattoo inks have changed over the recent years. The inks have been vastly improved and are maintaining the color composition better, without turning bluish. If you have had microblading years ago and are experiencing a color change, it could be from the older inks. The good news is that you can reach out to a studio who offers multiple brow services and discover if you can have them microbladed again, or try Ombre Powder Brows with a color correction.

  1. What are the risks and potential side effects of permanent makeup?

Potential risks of permanent makeup include infection, allergic reactions to pigments, scarring, and dissatisfaction with the results. To reduce the risk of complications, follow aftercare instructions diligently and inform your technician about any medical conditions or allergies you may have.

  1. How should I prepare for a permanent makeup procedure?

Before your permanent makeup appointment, it’s essential to:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications or supplements unless medically necessary.
  • Discontinue the use of retinol creams and other skin irritants in the treatment area.
  • Arrive at the appointment with clean skin and no makeup.
  1. Are there any aftercare instructions I should follow for permanent makeup?

Aftercare is crucial to ensure proper healing and long-lasting results. Your technician will provide specific aftercare instructions, but generally, you should:

  • Keep the treated area clean and dry for a few days.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds.
  • Avoid swimming and saunas for at least two weeks.
  • Apply any recommended aftercare products as directed.

Permanent makeup can be an excellent solution for those seeking to enhance their natural features and simplify their daily beauty routine. By understanding the basics of the procedure and following proper aftercare, you can enjoy beautiful, semi-permanent results. Remember to consult with a qualified and experienced professional to address any concerns and achieve your desired outcome safely. As with any cosmetic procedure, staying informed and keeping up-to-date with the latest information is crucial.