In today’s fast-moving world, there are many ways to cut back on the time it takes to do things; indeed, the refrain, ‘there’s an app for that,’ is both popular and true. But when it comes to your beauty regime, it’s much harder to cut corners. So, where better place to look for inspiration to do just that than from your favourite celebrities? Everyone from Angelina Jolie to Lucy Liu are always one step ahead when it comes to beauty innovation and this time, they’re teaching us about permanent make-up.
Permanent make-up, also known as micro-pigmentation, is the process by which tiny amounts of pigment are injected into the dermal layer of the skin to enhance or boost colour, or to give the illusion of make-up. The most common procedures are those on the eyebrows, lips and eye-liner, all of which are areas which normally need repeat touch-ups during the day to stay fresh.
The benefits of permanent make-up are very clear to see. There is no need to remove your make up at the end of the day, and nor is there any worry that your mascara will be halfway down your cheeks if you’re caught in a rainstorm. You can save sizeable amounts of time if your face is already ‘on’ when you’ve woken up, and the feeling of being permanently made up may well give a confidence boost.
You can swim, cry and dance the night away without having to worry that your face has slid away during the evening. And more importantly, permanent make-up can be used for those who’ve gone through a serious medical ordeal, such as a mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction, as it’s possible to provide a tattooed areola which looks very similar to the original. This can undoubtedly go far towards helping a woman regain some pride and pleasure in her body.
Also, those with any motor or physical disability that would otherwise prevent them from applying make up can also enjoy having the look that they love. But, as with any cosmetic procedure – and permanent make-up is classed as such – there are potential risks, which begin before you’ve even chosen what make up you want. You must search out a reputable clinic which is licensed to carry out these procedures. If you can find one which has a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist, the better.
Read reviews, ask questions and don’t be shy about backing down if something doesn’t feel right. Be certain that they offer you a consultation during which time you’re allowed to ask as many questions as you need. They, in turn, should draw on your face to give you an idea of the finished look. The procedure itself can be painful and swelling around the eyelids and lips which lasts up to 48 hours is not uncommon. Initially, the make up will be darker than intended as it takes to the skin, so if you were timing this for a special occasion, then a six week minimum to let the make up settle down is a must.
Another consideration to be made is will one look really suffice? After all, the modern woman has many different elements going on in her life, and doubtless matches her style to suit each one. Would hard black liner be suitable for a christening? Would bright red lips work in the office? If you’re a woman who likes to make statements with her make up, then permanent make up won’t give you the flexibility to do just that. If you are not sure you might be better trying a semi-permanent solution to try out first, like these mink eyelash extensions.
Although rare, allergies can be a serious concern as once the pigment has been injected, it is very difficult to remove. There are also the possibilities of developing either keloid formations – where scars grow past their natural boundaries – or granulomas. which are tiny nodules which form around the pigment. Any work with needles does carry a potential risk, so it’s imperative that the integrity, reputation and standards of the clinic are thoroughly researched beforehand. And finally, the cost of permanent make up – in the region of £750 upwards – makes this an investment that can’t be considered lightly.