Permanent makeup is also known as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation. Whilst there are similarities to traditional tattoos, they are not the same thing and are actually a form of cosmetic tattooing. A traditional tattoo goes much deeper into the skin and uses different pigments, which are not suitable for cosmetic tattooing.
The technician will use a digital machine that implants pigment into the top layer of the skin (also called the dermis). These pigments should be hypoallergenic and pharmaceutical grade. Fine lines are drawn that look like hairs and these are combined with your own natural hairs to create the appearance of a full natural brow. Even if you have little or no natural brow, a complete brow can be created using multiple hair-strokes.
Unlike conventional tattoos, the pigments used for permanent makeup are made from mineral and organic material and are designed to fade over time. They typically last between 12-18 months after which you can have a top-up to your permanent make up with a maintenance treatment (sometimes called a colour boost) to refresh colour, shape and definition.
Why Would I Want Permanent Makeup?
If you’re one of the people who doesn’t have much in the way of a natural brow, then permanent makeup might be a good fit for you. We all know how time-consuming it can be to pencil in your brows each morning, with permanent makeup, you won’t need to any more.
The most common reason people decide to have permanent make up is due to having sparse brows. A permanent brows procedure can fill in the gaps and you can choose to have your brows as natural looking or as dense as you like. There are a number of different techniques used to create the look of your brows and these include: hairstroke brows, powder brows, ombre brows and combination (or combo) brows.
Even if you don’t mind the daily routine of pencilling in your brows, the demands of daily life can cause runs and smudges to even the most carefully applied make up. If you like to exercise, imagine having makeup that stays in place and looks immaculate no matter whether you’re spinning or swimming.
Besides the cosmetic and time-saving advantages of permanent makeup, it can also give you a boost in confidence and self-esteem by adding symmetry to your facial features and creating a more well defined and show-stopping brow.
Who Should I Go To?
Having someone apply permanent makeup to your eyebrows is no small deal. You should take your time and look around at examples of their work, reviews from past clients and if possible have a chat and see if you feel comfortable with the artist.
Your artist should be fully trained and they should be happy to give you details of where they undertook their training and who trained them. Kerry has been trained by Tracy Fensome, one of the UK’s leading permanent makeup artists at The Signature Academy.
Besides your artist holding all the relevant qualifications, the premises from which they operate should also be suited to the application of permanent makeup as well as be licensed by the local authority. Be aware of anyone offering to come to your home to perform your procedure. Kerry works from a treatment room at the Appledore Dental Clinic, located in Central Milton Keynes.
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