Many different types of women prefer permanent makeup nowadays due to its convenience of use and how it can boost your natural lools. Wouldn’t it be great if you would just rinse your face when you wake up in the morning? Since your face is already made up, then there is practically nothing to do. You can simply go wherever you want without having to spend too much time in front of the mirror.  

Whether you want to skip a few steps of your makeup routine or you are having a hard time getting that perfect eyeliner shape, permanent makeup is something that you should consider. Nevertheless, like any other type of cosmetic procedure, it is important that you know exactly what you are getting into before having permanent makeup done.

Keep on reading to know more about permanent makeup. This includes what it is, how it’s done, the different types of permanent makeup procedures, as well as what are its pros and cons, maintenance, and safety concerns. Also, learn how to select the best permanent makeup technician here!

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup has already existed even at the start of the 20th century. Also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, this procedure is designed to achieve the look that you want using having to use all types of makeup products. The most common permanent makeup procedures that most people want to have done are eyebrow tattoos, lip line tattoos, and eyeliner tattoos.

How Is Permanent Makeup Done?

This procedure should be handled by a trained professional who will inject a special type of cosmetic tattoo ink into the dermis, just below the epidermis. A disposable needle and a tattoo machine will be used. The tattoo machine that will be used is smaller compared to the average tattoo gun and it looks like a little pen. Since the injection is not inserted as deep into the skin as a typical tattoo is, then it means that permanent makeup does not last as long compared to an average tattoo.

Who Can Get Permanent Makeup?

While permanent makeup is for everyone, it is highly recommended for some types of people more than others. For example, those who would like to reduce the hassle of doing makeup and those who are struggling to put on their own makeup can benefit from permanent makeup. It is also perfect for people who are suffering from alopecia and other conditions which can result in eyebrow and eyelash hair loss.

People who have allergies to some makeup products or have sensitive eyes can also benefit from permanent makeup.

Who Cannot Get Permanent Makeup?

On the other side of the spectrum, there are also some types of people who are not advised to get permanent makeup ever. For example, women who are currently breastfeeding or going through pregnancy are not allowed to get permanent makeup done, as well as people whose skin is prone to scarring. Those who have active acne or blemishes on the area where the permanent makeup will be applied should also avoid permanent makeup services. These are also not appropriate for those who are suffering from immunosuppressive illnesses or those who have diabetes or taking blood thinners.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup?

Like everything else, cosmetic tattoos also have their pros and cons. It is very important that you should examine these carefully before you decide to get one.


While permanent makeup can last for a long time, keep in mind that this is not completely permanent, despite its name. It is ideal for those who have difficulty applying makeup because of vision problems or mobility. Permanent makeup is very convenient since it saves you the hassle and time of applying makeup each day.


Permanent makeup involves after-care maintenance, and it could hurt even if a topical anesthetic is being used. Colors can likely change over time and when mistakes are committed sometimes it is hard to correct. While permanent makeup does have its cons, these are fairly minor compared to their pros, which can definitely improve your life.

What Are the Common Types of Permanent Makeup?

The following are some of the most common types of permanent makeup that most women choose to get. 

Permanent Eyeliner

Permanent eyeliner is a popular choice for permanent makeup. Brown or black ink is applied either at the lower or bottom lash line. While getting a tattoo around the eyes sounds a bit scary, it can be done quickly and safely, like any other cosmetic tattoo.

A good permanent makeup artist can create various types of eyeliner effects, from a faded smokey look, a dramatic cat-eye look, or a very thin effect from enhancing the lash line. Permanent eyeliner is quite popular among those who are unable to get that perfect eyeliner shape as well as for women who have sensitive eyes. A great artist is capable of creating the illusion of symmetry by applying permanent eyeliner, perfect for people who have slightly unequal eyes.

Permanent Lip Liner

This is another very well-known type of permanent makeup. The artist will use a natural shade of peach, pink, or raspberry and embed it in the exterior edge of the lip line. This procedure will typically be performed in one hour.

Another option is a full lipstick tattoo which can likely last for about three hours. Any shade can be used, including red. Permanent lip liner or lipstick is perfect for fixing an asymmetrical lip line. It can also make your lips look fuller and evenly colored.

Permanent Eyeshadow

Permanent eyeshadow is often offered by some cosmetic tattoo artists. In this procedure, the eyelid will be tattooed with a single color. This type of permanent makeup option is not as popular as others. For instance, applying a light taupe with a powder effect just above your crease can look great. Sometimes, achieving this blended effect can be difficult if you will be the one applying your own makeup.

Permanent Eyebrows

There are various ways to tattoo the eyebrows. The traditional way is to apply a solid line of color. However, this can often be unflattering and can quickly turn into terrible colors. These days, there are other methods of eyebrow tattooing that could look more natural and fade beautifully. Your permanent eyebrows can be applied in a powder style to make it look like soft makeup. Or you could choose an ombre style that includes three different shades. Another option is a semi-permanent one which is also known as the 3D eyebrow tattoos or microblading.

Microblading is not considered a traditional cosmetic tattooing method. Rather, it is done using a cluster of needles formed like a blade. As a result, it can turn into a feathered eyebrow effect. This technique does not go as deeply into the skin, so it will not last more than two years.

Permanent eyebrows, regardless of what method is being used, is perfect for those who have difficulty in filling in their brows or those who are suffering from hair loss.

Maintenance of Permanent Makeup

After having your permanent makeup done, it is very important that you follow proper aftercare procedures. If you do not take good care of your permanent makeup, then you will be compromising its color and shape. The worst thing is you could end up with is an infection. In order to properly care for your cosmetic tattoo, you have to follow these tips:

  • As much as possible, avoid touching the tattooed area, except when you are cleaning them.
  • Be sure to wash your hands before touching the tattooed area.
  • Applying a nourishing cream on the affected area during the first two weeks at least twice a day is also advisable. Sometimes, your permanent makeup artist will give you a special cream to apply.
  • During the first week, do not apply anything on the tattooed area except for the special cream. Avoid using eye creams, face creams, exfoliants, oils, lip balms, or any types of makeup during the first week.
  • When going outdoors, be sure to wear a hat in order to avoid sun exposure. Ask your permanent makeup artist if you can use a zinc oxide cream for sun protection.
  • Avoid picking at the tattoo, even if the skin is starting to peel or crust.
  • During the first week following the permanent makeup application, avoid excessive sweating or going for a swim.

Is Permanent Makeup Safe?

Like any other tattooing method, permanent makeup also includes some risks. Nevertheless, as long as you are taking the necessary precautions, you won’t be experiencing any side effects and will enjoy its phenomenal results.

Necessary precautions means that you will have to choose a well-trained and experienced professional artist who will perform your permanent makeup service. Nevertheless, permanent makeup has some potential risks including the following:

  • Scarring could occur because of poor technique applied by the artist or if you are prone to scarring.
  • There could be an allergic reaction to the pigment being used. In order to avoid this, your professional permanent makeup artist will perform a patch test before performing the cosmetic tattoo, most especially on large areas.
  • Due to poor sanitary conditions, infection with blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV could occur.
  • An infection could also occur due to poor after-care or maintenance.
  • Sometimes, the topical anesthetic used to numb the skin can also cause a negative reaction, so it is also crucial to patch test the anesthetic.
  • Due to allergies or poor-quality pigment being used, negative reactions to MRIs or sun exposure could occur.

How to Choose the Right Permanent Makeup Artist

Selecting the person who will perform your permanent makeup can be a difficult process. Make sure that the artist has sufficient skills, experience, credentials, and practices good hygiene. You have to make sure that the artist is using top of the line, high quality cosmetic products and permanent makeup tools.

Beauty Techniques Institute of Permanent Cosmetics offers various types of training for permanent makeup. For more information, you can call us at (832)654-4595 or send us an email at