What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup, also known as Permanent Cosmetics, Cosmetic Tattoo and Micropigmentation, is the process of implanting small particles of mineral pigments slightly below the skin to achieve the illusion of makeup or skin tones. The color can last 1-5 or more years and is a convenient alternative to daily application of conventional makeup. It employs both science and art and has been used for years by Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, and Dermatologists.
Who benefits from Permanent Makeup?
• Wants a more youthful fresh look
• Wants to save time putting makeup on
• Has hair loss through over tweezing or the aging process
• Has pigment loss through the natural aging process
• Has allergies to conventional makeup
• Has vision loss making it difficult to apply makeup
• Are individuals with Alopecia and vitiligo
• Wants Areola reconstruction after breast surgery
• Wants scar camouflage
• Works in an industry where conventional makeup is not allowed
• Has an active lifestyle – athletes and swimmers love it!
Is it permanent?
Since Permanent Makeup will not wash off, it is considered permanent. However, fading over time will occur based on several factors which are:
• Body chemistry
• Use of exfoliating products
• Sun exposure
• Colors chosen and depth implanted
How long will Permanent Makeup last?
Permanent Makeup will last a long time. Most people request a color boost or maintenance between one to five or more years.
Does it hurt?
I use a two-step topical anesthetic process which is specifically designed for use with Permanent Makeup. Most clients remain very comfortable throughout the entire procedure and some have even fallen asleep. Since every person is different, some people feel a little pressure or pinching and some feel nothing at all.
Is it safe?
The highest standards for safety and technique are followed. Only single use disposable supplies are used during the procedure. All OSHA and State of Oregon regulations and guidelines for safety and cleanliness are followed or exceeded.
How do I know this is for me?
If you would enjoy a permanent solution to conventional makeup, you will love this. If desired, conventional makeup can still be used 1 week after your procedure. If you prefer to frequently change your colors or “look” you will want to keep using conventional makeup.
Does it look natural?
Very natural – my goal is to enhance your natural features by using colors that look the best with your eye color, hair color and skin tone. My emphasis is on creating a carefree natural look that enhances your features. I use state of the art equipment and pigments that have been designed specifically for Permanent Makeup.
How do I know what shape or color to choose?
I will work with you in designing the right shape and color for you. We will not start the procedure until you are satisfied with the shape and color.
Can I remove or change it?
Permanent Makeup can be removed with lasers with limited success, however it is not easy nor without possible complications. Small shape and color adjustments can be made. This is why my approach is conservative. Starting with a light application, then adding more or darker color at the follow-up visit.
What does it cost?
Pricing varies by procedure, artist, and geographic location but can range anywhere from $200 to $1,800. My prices range between $225 and $600. Your ultimate decision should not be based on cost comparisons – the adage “you get what you pay for” is as true for permanent makeup as it is for plastic surgery. Shop based on results and see an artists actual pictures of clients and not purchased pictures. If they don’t have pictures, find someone else. This is YOUR face!
Practitioners with inadequate training can yield bargain-basement results that may
potentially cost you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in correction work.
What should I look for when choosing an artist?
Look for someone who is trained in the art of Permanent Makeup and licensed in their state. The State of Oregon has the highest national standard for educational licensing
requirements. There are many states that do not require licensure…so make sure the artist has gone through a minimum of 100 hours of Permanent Makeup training. Another quality would be someone who is actively engaged in continuing education….and most important, meet the person first and trust your intuition. It’s normal to feel nervous, but you need to feel comfortable with your artist.