Just think of permanent makeup as your permanent lifesaver for missing eyebrows. Permanent makeup takes pigment and implants it underneath the skin, similar to a tattoo, and gives natural beautiful results. Permanent makeup has become incredibly popular in the last 10 years due to its convenience. In fact, even Vogue magazine has published an article about why celebrities like it so much. Celebrities with permanent makeup include Angelia Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Nicolas Case, Collen Rooney, Eva Mendes, Megan Fox, Rihanna, and Madonna. It may not appear as if your friends and people you know have permanent makeup, but good results go undetected.
How does permanent makeup differ from a tattoo? The main difference is how it is placed in the skin. Permanent makeup is built in layers creating soft pixels over each other increasing the color saturation slowly. Think of a crayon coloring over the same spot over and over. It gets darker as you go. A tattoo goes directly into the skin at 90 degrees below the dermis and stays there.
There are two methods to put color in the skin, by hand or by machine. Using these 2 methods we create 3 different types of brows known under various names, mainly for marketing reasons. Let me explain to you what each method really is.
Microblading - lines drawn by hand creating beautiful patterns which look exactly like real eyebrows. Some think of it as paper cuts using ink. This technique is not recommended for most people. Oily or wrinkly skin will blur these lines or they may not lay properly on the skin. It is only used on young, dry, healthy skin and lasts between 6-18 months.
Blade and Shade (Microshading) - a hybrid of microblading and shading. This technique is used on those who are eligible for microblading but have some areas with more hair and some with less, making the microbladed lines appear too obvious. The shading fills in the blank spaces. It lasts the same amount of time as microblading and is not recommended for everyone.
Powder Brows - Everyone else, which is the majority of people chooses powder brows, also knowns as ombre brows, shaded brows, or machine brows. Some even call it the old school name of eyebrow tattoo. However, remember it is not the same as a regular tattoo because it does not go as deep into the skin and layers the color appearing more natural.
On occasion, powder brows are used to cover previous permanent makeup eliminating the need for removal. Powder brows last up to 3 years depending on skin type, activity level, and aftercare.
The color appearing in the bottle or color chart is not the same as the final results for 3 reasons.
1. Initially the color is sitting on top of the skin, but once healed the color is seen through the skin. The skin acts as a film altering the look of the color based on our melanin.
2. Much of the color sloths off or is pushed out as our skin naturally sheds over time especially if you use exfoliating products, go in the sun or tanning beds, or sweat a lot.
3. The amount of saturation depends on how many layers of color are applied making it lighter or darker even when using the same color.
All permanent makeup is applied gently in layers, slowly building the color to give the most natural looking results. Two separate applications, 6 weeks apart, are required for all brow types to achieve long lasting results. On the first application, the body may reject some of the color or see it as foreign. It also builds the foundation of the canvas to apply color the next time like painting a wall in two layers. The second application completes the canvas with the full amount of color to retain over long periods of time. When applied correctly, the color must appear twice as dark, at each application, as the desired final results because most of it will fall right off within the first few weeks. If implanted too lightly it disappears entirely within a few weeks. Remember not all the color will fully deposit or stay in the skin.
How long is the healing process?
Permanent makeup is safe and not invasive. The brows look pretty immediately. However, the initial healing to prevent infection is 5 days. It takes 4-6 weeks to complete a full skin cell turnover cycle to see accurate color retention. See eyebrow healing chart!
Eyebrow Color Correction - Unwanted brows can be a result of poor work done years ago before techniques advanced. In order to color correct successfully, the brows must be faded or may require some removal. Color correcting over highly saturated brows is ineffective. There is no space in the skin to deposit more color at the proper depth. The skin will push the ink right out.
Before your eyebrow appointment:
Step by step process of your eyebrow appointment:
What can you expect after permanent makeup eyebrows?
Color retention will depend on these 4 things.
Henna is a plant derived skin & hair stain used for centuries to color eyebrows. It lasts longer than traditional brow tint and is perfect to enhance your shape and increasing dimension.
Henna brows are a precursor for those wanting better eyebrows but not ready for permanent makeup. However, it only lasts up to 2 weeks on the skin and 6 weeks on the hair. Permanent makeup lasts up to 3 years. Skin must be prepped well by exfoliating and removing any barriers preventing the color to develop.
Step by Step Process
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