The most common question I am asked is, "What is Permanent Makeup?"
My generic response is: It is a procedure similar to tattooing whereby I implant pigment into the skin in areas where you would normally wear makeup. By implanting it into the skin, it never washes or perspires off and it is always there - allowing you to look great all the time!
A similar question I routinely hear is, "What is the difference between Permanent Makeup and Body Tattooing?"
There are several important differences:
First, I use anesthetics. I have actually had a number of women tell me they have had their Permanent Makeup applied by other technicians WITHOUT anesthetic. Apparently, the technician did not offer it and the client was unaware to ask for it. This is unacceptable. Anesthetics are widely available to a certified technician and should always be used. On the flip side, Body Tattooist's do not routinely use anesthetics.
Second, I use a different implanter than the Body Tattooist. I use an implanter specifically designed for the more delicate skin on the face - it has less psi (pounds per square inch) which is a term that describes the amount of force or pressure a tool or machine delivers. These specially designed implanters are much more gentle.
Third, I use different pigments. I use specially formulated pigments that are hypoallergenic and iron oxide free. Since many women turn to Permanent Makeup because they have allergies to topical cosmetics it is important that I be able to offer hypoallergenic products as a solution for these women.
The final difference is that I have had formal training in the art of applying makeup. This is most important. Permanent Makeup is more than lining the eyes and lips and drawing on eyebrows. It is selecting the right color/s that will enhance a woman's skin tones and eye color so the final result is natural and complimentary. It is also about knowing how to apply Permanent Makeup in a way that enhances a woman's features; small eyes can be made to appear larger, lips can be made to appear fuller, and eyebrows can 'open up a woman's eyes' allowing a more youthful look.
So, although the basic tenants of Permanent Makeup and Body Tattooing are quite similar in that both artists permanently implant or insert pigment into the dermal layer of the skin there are important differences. Should you decide to have Permanent Makeup, it is important that you have your procedure performed by a certified Permanent Makeup artist.