You know those nights when you’re just too tired, too tipsy, or too “something else“, to take off your makeup before you go to bed? Well, imagine never having to worry about waking up with smudgy raccoon eyes again. Imagine your lipstick stuck on your smoocher instead of your sheets. Imagine ditching your overflowing collection of brow pencils and stencils. Over the past few months I’ve watched three of my city-chic coworkers save tons of money and time by opting for perennial pretty with permanent makeup. Hmmm… maybe they are on to something.
Permanent makeup, also called micro-pigmentation, is actually tattooed the same way as any other tatt. For brows, you can have the shape drawn on first and then decide on the coloring that would best work with your skin and hair . The aesthetician will make tiny hair-like lines that blend right in to your skin and any brow hairs that you already have. The girls I know who’ve had this done say that you will need a second appointment to perfect the shading, but after that, you’re all set. They also warned to NEVER use black ink which apparently fades and turns blue over time.
Eyeliner can be applied in any style you like and often leads to fuller looking lashes as well. Waterproof, sweatproof, and smearless, this is popular with sporty stylistas and trendy travelers alike. And can you imagine fuller, fadeless lips? No awkward cheek staining kisses or gauche glob up glasses- ooh la la!
If you do decide that permanent is the way to go, here are a few pieces of advice. Be sure they open the packages in front of you so you know that the equipment is sterile. Be sure the facility you choose is clean and well maintained , and that they take time to answer all of your questions. Just like any tatoo, it is permanent, so you definitely want to go to a reputable artist, who is fully qualified and takes pride in their work. Also, if you ever consider having any kind of laser treatments after you go permanent, be sure to tell your plastic surgeon. Lasers can sometimes turn the pigment black, and it can’t be reversed so be careful.
I’m not sure permanent makeup would curb my spending at Sephora, but it is definitely an intriguing idea. A less complicated morning routine would give me a little more time to sleep, snog, or blog!
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