Permanent Cosmetics Frequently Asked Questions
Is it really permanent?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because color is implanted into the dermal layers of the skin and cannot be washed off. By permanent, it is implied that the pigment lasts for a few years and then may need re-touching. The skin on our faces replaces itself every 30-days, so over time, the color will fade. This is a good thing because as we age, our colors soften and our preferences change. Over time your permanent cosmetics can change with you.
Am I too old for permanent cosmetics?
Most of our clients range from 30 years of age through 75 years old, with the majority being in their 50’s and 60’s. It is in these ages that women realize they have been wearing their makeup the same for years and years and they are tired of, or unable, for various reasons, to apply their makeup any longer. Permanent cosmetics are a wonderful solution for maintaining the finished look you want without the fuss of daily makeup application.
What if I am someone who likes to use different colors when I apply my makeup?
The goal of permanent cosmetics is to enhance what has naturally already been given you. For instance, if your eyelashes are a dark brown color, then applying a dark brown eyeliner with permanent cosmetics will enhance that lash line. Additional color can still be applied with conventional makeup if a more dramatic look is desired for a given occasion. This pertains to eye liner, brows and the lips. There are dozens of permanent cosmetic colors available to choose from.
Is it painful?
Because there is a break in the skin, the application of permanent cosmetics can be slightly uncomfortable, particularly on the lips where the tissue has a lot of nerve endings.
The skill level of the practitioner in applying the ideal combination of topical anesthetics is key to keeping the client comfortable throughout the procedure, regardless of the method used for permanent makeup application.
In addition to the topical anesthetics, often people will take anti-anxiety or a pain reliever medication prescribed by their physician before their procedure. Most people are fine with just an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Aleve, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Post-procedure, an ice pack can help to alleviate any pain and swelling that might occur.
The technician performing your procedure will work with you during the procedure on deep breathing, an effective tool for relaxation and pain control.
How long does the procedure take?
The initial procedure can take anywhere up to 1.5 hours. This is largely due to the time it takes for the topical anesthetic to reach its maximum efficiency. Feel free to bring a book to read or to take a nap while you’re waiting for the anesthetic to take effect. Touch ups take approximately the same amount of time because we reapply over the same area. Note that heavy eyeliner application may require additional time and may incur additional cost.
Are permanent cosmetics safe?
Yes! Each individual tip is disposable and is never reused for a later procedure or patient but rather disposed of immediately after your procedure.
A registered nurse trained in universal precautions and infection control is the Owner and Operator of Beautiful You. She is licensed and certified to apply permanent cosmetics in the State of Missouri. She also has several thousands of application experience in doing permanent cosmetics over a ten year span, with an average of 30 – 50 procedures per week. All Beautiful You technicians are trained directly under the owner, Sheila Bowen, RN, BSN, MA.
Standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are followed at Beautiful You. Gloves are worn on every client and changed as needed during the procedure.
Documented allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare.
Will my permanent eyeliner look just like when I use a pencil, powder or liquid eye liner?
When you apply your pencil, powder or liquid eyeliner, you add texture to the surface of the skin. This in part enhances that lash line. Permanent makeup is implanted into the skin, and once healed, leaves a smooth surface just like your skin was before the pigments were placed there. If you apply eye shadow, you may not be able to see the permanent liner to the degree you were used to when you used your pencil or liquid liner. Some clients use a damp Q-tip on the permanent liner after they’ve applied their foundation and their eye shadow. This helps to make the permanent eyeliner more obvious.
Permanent eyeliner is great to have as a base when you don’t have time to apply your regular makeup, for sports, for an always “finished” look, for traveling, for swimming or out on the boat or for constantly watering eyes.