Permanent Make-Up

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Imagine having eyeliner or lip color that never smears, never loses color, is always perfect – from the time you first open your eyes in the morning until you shut them at night. Some women are opting to use permanent make-up to achieve this. This type of cosmetic technique uses tattoos to give you truly everlasting make-up.  Some  of the more common areas tattooed are:

    • Eyebrows – you can create complete eyebrows or enhance what you already have. The finished product can resemble hair strokes, a powdery look or give you shades of color.
    • Eyelash enhancement – small dots are placed in lash roots – the upper, lower or both, to make your eyelashes look fuller
    • Eyeliner – permanent eyeliner can be used on the upper, lower or both eyelids
    • Lip color – you can outline and define your lips or give full color to your lips so you don’t need to apply lipstick

    There are many different reasons women choose to have permanent make-up. You may have sensitive skin or allergies and traditional make-up causes skin irritation or with aging or illness, your eyebrows have thinned or disappeared, you may have an active, outdoor life where traditional make-up doesn’t stay put, arthritis in your hands make it difficult for you to apply make-up or you may simply want the convenience of having make-up in place – all the time.

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    The name permanent make-up implies that your tattoo will remain constant, however, tattoos do fade over time and some women want to have them freshened up every couple years.


    Preparing for Permanent Make-up

    Before deciding what you want, you may want to work with a professional make-up consultant.  If your permanent make-up needs to be increased, the tattoo artist can do it, however, if you decide it is too much, there isn’t much that can be done. Therefore, it is important to know beforehand exactly what you want. For example, how thick do you want your eyebrows? Do you want eyeliner on your upper and lower lids? Do you want a very thin line? Do you want a thicker line? Once you have your make-up applied the way you want, have the consultant take a photo to bring with you to your appointment to have the permanent make-up applied. Working with a consultant and trying different combinations helps you explain your needs to the artist.


    There are some precautions you should take in the days leading up to your appointment:

    • Do not suntan in the days leading up to the procedure
    • Do not participate in activities that will cause heavy sweating as it can expand your pores
    • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, ibuprofen diet pills, multi-vitamins, St. John’s wort, blood thinners, ginkgo-biloba or evening primrose oil for several days before. If you have been prescribed any of these medications, talk with your doctor before stopping the medications.
    • Avoid alcohol and caffeine prior to the procedure
    • If you have had any eye surgery, including Lasix, you should wait between 3 and 6 months

    You should wear or bring your favorite make-up with you to the appointment, including your eyeliner pencils and your favorite lip color. You should also bring a pair of sunglasses with you to wear home as your eyes may be sensitive after the procedures.


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    After the Procedure

    Just as with any tattoo, there are precautions you should take after the procedure to reduce your risk of infection and to help keep the color intact (there will be some fading of the color during healing):

    • Do not expose treated areas to the sun for at least one week to 10 days
    • Use a clean cotton swab to apply ointment to the area 3 times per day or however often your artist recommends
    • Do not rub, scrub or pick at the tattooed areas
    • Do not go swimming or soak in a hot tub, be careful in the shower to not expose areas to the full pressure of the shower
    • Do not use Retin A or products containing glycolic acids. Do not use peroxide or Neosporin until fully healed
    • Avoid facials
    • Avoid strenuous activity for several days.

    You will notice some light to moderate swelling of the areas for several days. You can use an icepack to help reduce the swelling. You may also feel itching but it is important to not scratch.


    When Choosing a Make-up Artist

    Before having any procedure done, check to make sure the tattoo artist has all licensing that may be required in your area (this may be different from state to state) and that the shop is clean. All equipment should be sterilized and the artist should always use sterile gloves.


    Ask to see before and after photos of previous clients. You may want to speak directly to the clients to find out more about their experiences and how they feel about the results.




    “Benefits & Questions,” Date Unknown, Staff Writer, Permanent Make Up by Jolie


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    “Permanent Makeup: Pre-Care & After Care,” Date Unknown, Staff Writer, Permanent Make-up by Mary, Inc.


Published On: February 14, 2013