Is Permanent Makeup Right for You?

Lovely red lips, perfectly shaped eyebrows, and flattering eyeliner. Permanent makeup holds the promise you'll work all day, go to the gym, dance all night, and wake up in the morning with makeup in place. It’s also helpful for those with allergies to traditional makeup or for people with difficulty applying cosmetics. Permanent makeup can even be used to even out changes in skin pigment caused by scars.

Permanent makeup is considered micropigmentation and is similar to tattoos. It involves using a needle to place pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of the skin. To produce the desired results, permanent makeup usually requires one or more touch-up procedures after initial application.


Permanent makeup can be applied to create the appearance of hair and is often used to define, shape, and fill in sparse areas of the eyebrows. Permanent eyebrow makeup can also be used to create the look of a full pair of eyebrows for people who have lost all their facial hair, often due to chemotherapy or other medical conditions. An experienced technician can produce the appearance of individual eyebrow hairs and create a natural look.


If you're tired of reapplying lipstick throughout the day, or you're dissatisfied with thin or crooked lips, permanent lip makeup can create fuller, more defined lips. You can pick a shade that matches your favorite lipstick, or a neutral shade for a natural look. Both permanent lip liner and lipstick can be applied in a variety of colors. If a more natural color is used, lipstick color can still be applied, and the permanent lip makeup will prevent color from bleeding. When a vivid shade is applied, all that is needed is a subtle lip gloss to enhance the lips.

Permanent lip makeup can add fullness, balance crooked or uneven lips, and even minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the lips. However, caution should be taken when having permanent makeup applied to create fuller lips, as color that extends beyond the natural outer edge of the lips can create undesirable results.


Permanent eyeliner will always stay on, so you’ll always look like you just put makeup on. It will save you time in the morning and can even make your eyelashes appear thicker and denser. Getting permanent eyeliner can eventually save you money if you’re using an expensive traditional eyeliner.


In the hands of a skilled person, the procedures are generally safe. Many risks associated with permanent makeup are the same for tattoos on other parts of the body. Bleeding may occur during the tattooing procedure, and swelling, bruising, and tenderness of the treated area is common. Poorly sterilized tattooing equipment can lead to infections, and although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to certain shades of cosmetic tattooing ink. Other risks include the formation of irregular scars called keloids around the tattoo.

Our Expert

Kim Sizemore of My Retreat Med Spa went to permanent makeup school in Florida and is certified and in compliance with all State and health department requirements. She has been a leader in the field for 20 years, always keeping up on the best and latest products so you achieve the desired, beautiful outcome!







Jennifer Wuest with reference to Web MD

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