Last week I wrote about whether the pain of permanent makeup was worth it (spoiler alert: I love it) and it seems it’s a topic that people are kind of rabid to know more about, because the questions flooding my inbox about the process and its pros and cons were kind of overwhelming. Thus, we’re back ahead of schedule for post two of my Permanent Makeup series (I’m slowly working my way up to entire face—and I don’t even look freaky or overdone or anything).
As you can see from the slideshow, it took about a week for my eyebrows to fully heal, the redness subsided the day after application, and the light scab that forms under your brow hair is gone after about five days. During that time the worst thing I had to suffer was a little bit of brow itch. In the end, I couldn’t be happier with my new and improved brows. Waxing is a total thing of the past — I tweeze strays along the ink line and if I mess up, no one is any the wiser because I’ve already got color underneath.
Some other questions I’ve been asked about my permanent face?
Q: Is it really a facial tattoo?
A: Yes and no. It doesn’t go as deep as a traditional tattoo, and the organic pigments used fade out over time.
Q: Did it hurt?
A: Yes. I mean, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, but y’know— it didn’t feel like bunny kisses. On a scale of one to a regular tattoo, I’d say it hurt a little more than a regular tattoo, but took a lot less time.
Q: So, do they use a tattoo gun on your face?
A: While internet research yielded a few reviews from people whose specialists had used traditional tattoo guns or something similar, my permanent makeup was applied with a tapping technique similar to the Tebori method often used in Japan.
Q: How long does it take?
A: From start to finish my brows took under an hour. Probably about 30-40 minutes. When I had my liner done more recently it was even shorter—about 15-20 minutes.
Q: Do you need touch ups?
A: It’s normal after the first application for some spots not to take the pigment quite as well as others. Most cosmetologists recommend a follow-up visit to touch up after a month.
Q: What happens when it starts to fade?
A: Nothing. After 3-5 years it will start to lighten evenly. Either you put makeup over it, or you don’t, but it doesn’t look offensive.
Q: What if you don’t want to wear makeup?
A: Then you probably shouldn’t get micropigmentation done. ; )
Any other questions you’d like answered about Permanent Makeup? Leave them in the comments!