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Permanent make-up: would you ink for your big day?

Are you willing to say "Till death do us part"… to your make-up?

Permanent make-up techniques have made major advancements in the past few years. It’s not all about tacky tattooed-on lip liner any more! While it may not be for everyone, there are definitely some great options out there, and it means you don't have to worry about smudged eyeliner or invisible eyebrows on your wedding day. 

Work with what you have 

This is the one time where you really should take a close look at the areas that bother you. You shouldn’t tattoo on red lips or dramatic cat eyes but if you have sparse eyebrows, it could be a great solution. Permanent make-up can fill out your brows or create an even lip line. Subtlety is key here! Bold make-up is great for special nights out but it’s not what you want to wake up to every single morning. 

An ideal candidate 

Permanent make-up may not be right for everyone, but it can be great for others. If you have sensitive skin that often reacts to traditional cosmetics, or if you have a condition that makes it difficult to apply make-up, it is an ideal solution. If you wear glasses daily and have a hard time putting on make-up without your lenses, it could make your mornings much easier. 


Shop Around

This isn’t the time to go bargain hunting! If you are considering getting permanent make-up done, go in for some consultations. Ask to see each salon’s portfolio to get a realistic idea of your results. Look for reviews online. Remember, you are getting a permanent tattoo on your face! It’s extremely important that you feel comfortable and confident in your choice. When you visit the salon, look for a business license and a health inspection certificate on the wall. There are a lot of shops that advertise permanent makeup but many of them have very questionable qualifications. Don’t be shy about asking questions. Seasonal discounts and Groupon deals are great but it is very important that you are getting your work done by a seasoned professional. 

Pain Factor 

Permanent make-up does hurt. How much it hurts depends on where you are having it. If you have ever gotten a tattoo, you have an idea of what to expect. The good news is that it will be a very small tattoo. The bad news is that your face, particularly the areas around your eyes, are extremely sensitive. You should expect to spend the first day with cool compresses on your face. After that, the swelling will go down pretty quickly, so it’ll just be a matter of keeping your skin care regimen very basic for the first month until your skin is completely back to normal.  

Be Realistic

Don’t let the name fool you. 'Permanent' make-up isn’t exactly permanent. Like any tattoo, it will fade. It’s particularly important to wear sunscreen and protect your eyes with sunglasses to keep your new make-up looking its best. Even under ideal conditions, expect it to fade after a few years. Some salons will offer free or discounted touch-ups so ask around while you’re choosing a skin care specialist. 



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