What is Permanent Makeup and How Does It Work?

What is semi permanent makeup?

Semi permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure which involves injection of pigments into the skin layer(dermis) to create a lasting aesthetic eyebrow, eyelashes and lips appearance.

How does permanent makeup work?

The sterile single-use needle will be injected into a deep layer of the skin and deposits a small amount of pigment. After around 6 weeks, the permanent makeup begins to slightly fade and may require further administration of pigments.

Below is a diagram that illustrates how the pigment is injected into the dermis.

Apsara Diagram

Considerations before receiving treatment

Before you receive the treatment, you should have a detailed consultation with a cosmetic practitioner who specialises in permanent makeup. These experts will be able to advise you on what’s best based on your requirements.

Take some to decide if you’d like to proceed and, before you book an appointment, and if have any known allergies ensure that your permanent makeup practitioner completes a patch test to see if you have allergic reactions to any of their pigments.

In our Liverpool permanent makeup clinic, we follow the best safety practices to ensure there are no complications at any stage of your treatment.

Why do people get permanent makeup treatment?

There are a wide range of reasons why people get permanent makeup treatment for both health and beauty reasons.

  • Lack of time and expertise – With non-permanent ordinary makeup, it’s difficult to perfect your brows every single day, so having permanent makeup from a professional helps people keep their preferred look permanent. It also means they don’t have to spend as much time crafting their own look.
  • Hair loss – In more serious circumstances, people who experience hair loss from alopecia areata and chemotherapy find permanent makeup treatment can help them achieve permanently full eyebrows. 

Common permanent makeup techniques

Permanent makeup is a parent term for several procedures like microblading and powder brows, but there are more general techniques which are very common. Very similar to tattoos, permanent makeup pigment can be permanently injected almost anywhere on the body, but commonly this treatment is used to create permanent beauty spots, eyebrows, eyelashes and lips.