|The New Semi-Permanent Makeup|
|Written by Heather White|
Semi-permanent makeup conjures up images of overdone: drag queen meets your old granny’s lip line. But there's a new generation of semi-permanent makeup that looks 100% natural.
Semi-permanent makeup consists of implantation techniques that deposit spots of pigment into the upper dermis of the skin, using highly precise digital equipment with pharmaceutical-grade pigments in a wide range of colours. The pigments can also be blended to suit your colouring.
A proper consultation is essential for pigment or anesthetic patch testing. Be sure to also look at photographs of your practitioner’s work and ask all the questions you need to in order to fully understand what the procedure is and how it works. For example, many don’t realize that the pigment appears 40% darker immediately after procedure and is more sharply defined. This softens and lightens as it heals. Also, as I’m sure we all know, searching for the minimum price often results in minimum quality. Makeup is an art like any other and an experienced, knowledgeable makeup artist will be able to offer you a service that is specialized to your needs and of the highest quality. Whatever procedure you decide upon will consist of three appointments: consultation, procedure and a touch up within four to six weeks of the initial treatment.
Look at any of the catwalks this season and you’ll see that eyebrows are setting the trend. With stunning shape and definition, beautiful brows can make a striking difference to your appearance. If you suffer from thinned eyebrow hair due to repeated plucking, have very pale eyebrow hair, or have lost hair due to age or illness, semi-permanent makeup can provide you with that perfect brow. Do you wake up in the morning feeling all piggy-eyed? Are you terrified to let your man see you without mascara? You’re not alone. These are actually the top reasons why women consider permanent eye make up treatments.
So what can the new semi-permanent makeup do for you?
Eyebrows: Always opt for the hair stroke technique. This gradually builds up single hair strokes for a natural look rather than the old block method which looks hard and drawn on.
Eyes: Eye enhancement and eyeliner are great options if you want your lashes to look darker and thicker or want full-on smoldering eyes. Men can also benefit from the procedure with a special treatment called “Guyliner”.
Lips: You can also have amazing, fuller-looking lips by recreating symmetry or adding a hint of colour, ranging from the look of lip gloss to lipstick. Lip enhancements are a wonderful way of subtly replacing lost pigment, especially to the outer border of the lips where it most commonly fades as we age. The new technique of blending the pigment with your natural lip colour ensures there aren’t any harsh outlines.
Breasts: Say hello to the latest trend in the UK: tittooing. The purpose of the procedure is to darken the nipples, define them and give that special cosmetic touch to the skin around the nipple also known as the areola. The procedure is semi-permanent, but with regular touch ups it’s suggested that a person can have perfect, “designer” nipples for life. Another benefit to this, combined with medical tattooing: you can now replicate the appearance of realistic looking nipples and areolas if you have had a mastectomy.