What Is Permanent Makeup?

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Some of you may know that I’ve used permanent makeup (PMU) to boost my sparse eyebrows.  

Before I ever sat down for the procedure, I wanted to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about permanent eyebrows.  Especially how to avoid the bad and the ugly.

The learning process started with simply understanding more about permaent makeup itself.  What is it?  Is it a kind of tattoo?  What is it really intended to do?  Is permanent makeup really permanent?

Here’s what I found out:

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup goes by many other names but all refer to the process of implanting pigment in the skin with a hand tool or power device to enhance or restore an attractive appearance.  

It’s used by both men and women, young and old.

Is Permanent Makeup Different From a Tattoo?

Even though cosmetic tattooing (PMU) shares a common history with conventional tattooing, PMU is now a distinct specialized process for enhancing people’s appearance.  When it comes to permanent makeup clients, a subtle, natural look that can be updated is usually desired rather than the vivid adornment of conventional body art meant to last a lifetime.  

To get an understated, shorter-term result, permanent makeup uses smaller tools and needles, different pigments, and shallow implantation.  

The process of traditional body art implants color fully into the dermis.  Pigment particles used in traditional tattoos inks are too large for the immune system to destroy.  Conventional tattoo colors are often lively primary and secondary shades.  

But permanent makeup implants color only into the uppermost layer of the dermis.  Its pigment particles are smaller and more easily broken down.  Shades are usually subdued, complex tertiary colors, like those of conventional makeup.  Pigments are easy to mix and customize.

Why Do People Get Permanent Makeup?

Permanent cosmetics are used to line eyes and lips; fill and mimic eyebrows; add color to cheeks, lips, and eyelids; enhance the hairline; and add freckles and beauty marks.  

They can also camoflage scars and stretch marks and restore the areola after breast reconstruction surgery.  

Permanent makeup can even be used to correct existing PMU that a client didn’t like.

Is Permanent Makeup Really Permanent?

Despite their name, permanent cosmetics aren’t intended to last forever.  But, they do last for many months and sometimes years and don’t wash off.  As such, they offer some advantages compared to ordinary (temporary) makeup.  

Even though permanent makeup fades away in time, it should be considered permanent because it may take a long time to disappear and in some cases it’s possible the PMU may not fade away entirely.

Because of the unlikely event that your permanent makeup doesn’t completely fade, you should carefully consider getting PMU, just as if it were a conventional tattoo.

Now What?

Now at this point, after digging up these facts, I felt I knew enough to go deeper.  

I wanted answers to my more detailed questions like 

If you’re curious too, just follow the links contained in the questions.

Let me know if you have any other questions not yet mentioned, and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Good luck in your quest for the eyebrows of your dreams!

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