How Permanent Cosmetics Works

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How Permanent Cosmetics Works

By Permanent Cosmetics of Utah

If you’re starting to get fed up with the hassle of ordinary cosmetics, you may be considering permanent makeup as an alternative. This is also a viable option for people who are having issues with hair loss. Before deciding to commit to Permanent Cosmetics Utah, it’s important to understand exactly what they involve. Here’s a basic guide to the tools, techniques, and materials used to give you Permanent Makeup Utah.

Basic Definitions

For a start, you should understand that despite the many different names for this procedure — permanent cosmetics, dermal pigmentation, micro pigmentation, etc. — what this boils down to is tattooing. It differs from ordinary body tattooing in a few minor ways, but the nature of the work remains the same: Foreign pigment is planted under the skin with the intent of changing your appearance permanently.


Permanent Cosmetic Utah Eyebrows

The vast majority of permanent cosmetics are applied to three main areas: The eyebrows, the lips, and the eyelids (i.e. permanent eyeliner). Permanent cosmetics are occasionally used in other areas to conceal the effects of hair loss or diseases which alter the skin’s coloration like vitiligo. Overall, eyebrows are the most popular target for permanent cosmetics, and eyebrow tattooing offers the lowest chances of unintended side effects.


There are three different tools which can be used to apply pigment in permanent cosmetics: the coil machine, the rotary machine, and the hand tool. The coil machine is the same high-powered device used for body tattoos while the rotary machine is a slower, gentler alternative. Hand application of permanent cosmetics offers the greatest degree of control, but it also requires the most time to complete. Hand-applied cosmetics may require multiple sessions to complete.


The pigments used for permanent cosmetics are significantly different from those used in body tattooing. They have a thicker consistency in order to sit properly under the very thin skin of the face. The actual colors used are also very different, chosen to emulate natural hair and skin tones rather than contrast with them.

Experienced permanent cosmetic technicians exercise great care with the selection of their pigments. They pick colors which will hold up as long as possible, resist the tendency to change color over time, and best suit your natural coloration.


Permanent Cosmetic Utah Eyeliner

While it is possible to get permanent cosmetic tattooing done without any painkillers, the vast majority of people who get these tattoos prefer some form of anesthesia. Over-the-counter painkillers are often quite sufficient, but specialized topical anesthetics may be used in the most sensitive areas (the eyelids and especially the lips). Some permanent makeup studios may work in concert with anesthesiologists to offer their clients lidocaine injections, but this is relatively rare.


Experienced technicians have a variety of different techniques to choose from when creating a permanent makeup tattoo. Eyebrows are the area where clients have the widest range of options, and the ideal technique will usually depend on how much natural hair you have in the area. Filling and shading are techniques used to provide a solid area of background color while hair stroke techniques lay in lines of pigment designed to resemble individual hairs. Good technicians will combine multiple techniques in order to deliver the most aesthetically-pleasing results. Shelly at Permanent Cosmetics of Utah uses three techniques: Softap, The Dixon Technique, and Micro Blade.


Even though it’s commonly called “permanent,” this form of tattooing is anything but. The pigments injected in the permanent cosmetic process typically break down within five to 10 years, and all honest micro pigmentation technicians will be open about the fact that their work needs regular touch-ups to maintain its best appearance.

In general, lighter colors will start to fade within a year, while dark browns and blacks may last twice as long. Regular touch-ups can easily restore your permanent cosmetics to their original appearance. Letting the pigment fade away entirely is also an option, although the tattooed areas may never return to the same condition they were in prior to your cosmetics’ application.

As with so many cosmetic procedures, your satisfaction with the results of permanent cosmetics will depend in large part on the technician you work with. Consult with a technician carefully before you make any final decisions and take care to ensure that your technician has the skills and experience necessary to deliver the results you want.

Permanent Cosmetics of Utah services the following areas: Salt Lake City, Sandy, Sandy City, South Jordan, West Jordan, Murrey, Draper, Saratoga Springs, Kearns, West Valley, Taylorsville, and many others.
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