What is Semi Permanent Makeup
Is it a Good Option for You?

by Linda Robison

Semi-permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, is a technique that involves depositing pigments into the upper layers of the skin to enhance or recreate certain features.

It is designed to provide long-lasting results, although it does gradually fade over time.

Like tattooing, semi-permanent makeup has increased in popularity.

In fact, it’s very similar to the process of creating a tattoo, with the idea of creating a permanent feature that enhances a person’s overall appearance.

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How can I use semi-permanent makeup

Here are a few common applications of semi-permanent makeup:

1. Eyebrows: Semi-permanent makeup can be used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows by filling in sparse areas, reshaping or defining the brows, or creating a fuller look. Techniques such as microblading or microshading are commonly used for this purpose.

2. Eyeliner: It involves applying pigments along the lash line to create the appearance of fuller and more defined eyelashes. This can eliminate the need for daily eyeliner application.

3. Lips: Semi-permanent makeup can be used to enhance lip color, definition, and shape. It can be helpful for those with naturally pale or uneven lip color, or for individuals looking to create a more defined lip line.

The process of semi-permanent makeup typically involves an initial consultation to discuss your desired results, followed by the application of pigments using a specialized pen or device.

Topical anesthetics may be used to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

The pigments are deposited into the skin's upper layers, and multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired color intensity and shape.

Why Use This Type of Makeup?

To give you an example, as some people age, the changes in their hormone levels cause thinning eyebrows.

Rather than draw on a pair of eyebrows every day, semi-permanent makeup fixes the problem.

When applied by a skilled hand, this new makeup trend looks natural, defines the eyebrows and unifies the face’s appearance.

You can get semi-permanent makeup applied to any part of your body where you would normally wear daily commercial makeup products.

Perhaps you like eyeliner but find it frustrating to apply correctly, or maybe you want a solid lip border for greater character and a sense of fullness.

The latter is a great way to avoid having injections with Hyaluronic acid fillers that are expensive and require regular treatments to maintain the look you want.

Taking it one step further, what about semi-permanent lipstick? Some women hate the feel of lipstick and gloss, and having this procedure done means never wearing it again.

What's Involved in a Semi Permanent
Makeup Procedure?

What might you expect during a semi-permanent makeup procedure?

A typical appointment takes about an hour and a half.

Very few people find it uncomfortable, particularly since the professional uses a topical anapestic if you wish. When all is said and done, your treatment should last for about three years!

Sounds great right? There are caveats (you knew that was coming). Before jumping into the salon chair, the methods for semi-permanent makeup are relatively new.

That means seeking out technicians with solid credentials and training (preferably with a portfolio for your review). Always investigate the background of any potential artist in this field.

Be aware, since this is a cosmetic process, it won’t be covered by your insurance unless there are extenuating circumstances from other medically provable problems.

For example, people with skin grafts or burns may look to this procedure to hide embarrassing scars.

And even if the makeup has to be reapplied down the road, it’s certainly a time saving process that might also save money over the long term.

Finally, like tattoos things can go wrong with semi-permanent makeup. There is a chance of infection if the technician isn’t diligent with proper sanitary conditions, for example.

Or, the procedure may not look like what you thought it would at the outset. It’s hard from looking at pictures, or even from having the artist pre-draw the makeup, to truly visualize the end-result.  

In the case of the latter, you can have the makeup removed, but then you’ve doubled your cost.

While it’s unlikely, check your technician's warranties on their workmanship (if any). Do they promise a certain number of years?

Offer touch-ups at a reduced price? What about your satisfaction with the results?

The way in which a professional presents themselves on these questions often indicates how happy you’ll be when all is said and done.

So talk with a professional to see if semi-permanent makeup is a good option for you.

Photo Source: IS Semi Permanent Makeup

Q: What is the difference between semi permanent and permanent makeup?

A: There really is no such thing as permanent makeup.

Semi-permanent makeup is not entirely permanent, as the pigments will fade over time due to factors such as sun exposure, skin turnover, and individual skin characteristics.

Touch-up sessions are typically recommended to maintain the desired results.

If you are considering semi-permanent makeup, it's crucial to find a qualified and experienced professional who follows proper hygiene and safety protocols. They should provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and address any concerns you may have before and after the procedure.



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