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Permanent Makeup Guide: Everything to Know About Tattooed Makeup

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

If a genie were standing in front of you and said it would grant you one wish, you'd probs ask for something, like, the ability to time-travel or teleport. Me? I'm asking to wake up in the morning with a full face beat that takes absolutely zero effort. I know, it sounds like a joke, but I'm actually soooo serious. Can you imagine waking up, not having to do your makeup, and rolling out the door? Welp, thankfully for me, this wish is a low-key reality now—all it takes is some permanent makeup.

For the ~uninformed~, permanent makeup is a tattoo technique (yup, tattoo!) that can leave you with full brows, tinted lips, and a sharp cat eye for years. And unlike the tattooed makeup of the '80s and '90s, permanent makeup of 2020 actually looks like makeup, not a line of tattooed ink along your lids or mouth.

Is permanent makeup safe?

Permanent makeup can be totally safe, but there are a lot of factors you need to consider beforehand to avoid any complications or infections (because, yes, it can happen). First, research the studio like crazy. Like, full-on stalk their Instagram to see before and after pics, DM former clients, and make sure the artist is licensed to perform the procedure. If they don't check off all of the (or, you know, go elsewhere). And before you book an appointment, go see your derm and make sure you don't have any allergies or sensitivities to ink (it's rare, but it can def happen).

And last, but not least, make sure you're taking excellent care of your permanent makeup during the healing process. Your aftercare depends on your specific permanent makeup (more on that, later), but typically, you'll want to cover the area with an ointment for a week or so and keep it from getting wet. The healing process is a lot shorter than a normal tattoowhich takes up to three weeks—because the needle doesn't go as deep into the layers of your skin. That said, you can still expect a lot of the same things as normal tattoos: scabbing, flaking, and dryness.

How long does permanent makeup last?

Well, that totally depends on what treatment you get, but generally it will last you anywhere from one to three years. So, not really permanent, but, hey, more permanent than the eyeliner that smudges off your face by the end of the day, right? And the reason it doesn't last forever, like a regular tattoo, is because permanent makeup doesn't reach the deeper layer of your skin—it's more of a superficial tattoo.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique where a blade is used to create super thin, hair-like strokes that give off the appearance of Insta-worthy, filled-in brows. The needles scratch your skin and deposit pigment into the teeny-tiny wounds, which, yes, sounds painful AF, but surprisingly isn't. That's because most specialists, apply a numbing cream beforehand, which takes the pain down several notches. TBH, it kind of feels like getting your brows threaded while on your period. Not super comfortable, but totally manageable.

How long does microblading last?

Here's the thing: Microblading definitely doesn't last forever (hence the semi-permanent thing). Because the cuts aren't as deeply ingrained as a real tattoo, your body ends up metabolizing it (meaning, it'll start to fade naturally). That means you can either let your permanent makeup fade, or if you want to keep your brows looking amazing long-term, you can go back every 12 months for a touch-up.On average, microblading lasts anywhere from one to two years. When When you done first seccion, you should come back in 6-8 weeks later for a check-in to see how everything was healing, and for a quick touch-up. To keep them in tip-top shape.

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