From brows to eye­lids to lips, here’s your primer on mi­cropig­men­ta­tion—in­clud­ing the highs, lows, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

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The truth be­hind semi-per­ma­nent makeup pro­ce­dures.

As a girl who gets very lit­tle sleep (by choice), re­sents nightly makeup re­moval, and im­bibes an alarm­ing amount of al­co­hol ev­ery week­end, I like to whiz by my morn­ing makeup rou­tine so I’m out the door as soon as hu­manly pos­si­ble. Be that as it may, I’m a stick­ler for—at the very least—brows you can see from a dis­tance, sym­met­ric-ish eye­liner, and lips that look like they be­long to a liv­ing per­son. Pro­ce­dures for semi-per­ma­nent makeup have been around since the 1930s, but it’s only now that the trend is catch­ing on. And be­cause we at Cosmo love our read­ers so much we’d lit­er­ally bleed for ya, I de­cided to un­dergo all three pro­ce­dures for your pe­rusal and con­sid­er­a­tion. First off… Brow WOW WHAT: eye­brow MICROBLADING Cost: p12,000-p28,000 Named af­ter the ul­tra­fine blades used to make su­per­fi­cial in­ci­sions on your skin, it’s the most sought-af­ter of the three, and for good rea­son: There are in­jectable lip fillers and eye lift surg­eries, but the den­sity of your brow hair re­mains rel­a­tively un­al­ter­able, no mat­ter how much moolah you’re will­ing to burn. The treat­ment was pi­o­neered by Phi­a­cademy, a global com­mu­nity of rig­or­ously trained brow artists who shape your brows ac­cord­ing to “phi,” or the “golden ra­tio” that suits your fa­cial fea­tures. When your brows are lit­er­ally math­e­mat­i­cally en­gi­neered for you, you know you’re in good hands.

Af­ter care­fully mea­sur­ing your ideal brow pro­por­tions, the artist ap­plies numb­ing cream to prep you for the pro­ce­dure. Then, hy­per­re­al­is­tic lines are painstak­ingly drawn in to match the color and thick­ness of your nat­u­ral brow hairs. The re­sults are a far cry from the cringe­wor­thy “block brows” of the early 2000s. For three to five days, they’ll look darker than usual, but only be­cause the pig­ment has been ab­sorbed only by the skin’s epi­der­mis (the top­most layer). Wait it out and be re­li­gious with after­care, be­cause af­ter four to six weeks your skin will fully heal and show the fi­nal re­sult. Your be­spoke brows should last for two years, de­pend­ing on fac­tors like sun ex­po­sure, skin oili­ness, diet, and ex­er­cise. But we don’t rec­om­mend switch­ing up your life­style just to keep your brows look­ing perf; the whole point of microblading is for your brows to work for you, not the other way around.

For­in­quiries,con­tact Ron Ma­clang-peña, the Philip­pines’ pi­o­neer Phi­browsartist(face­book. com/ron­pe­na­makeup, 0999-881-2669).

eye-eye, CAP­TAIN WHAT: SEMI-PER­MA­NENT eye­liner Cost: p28,000 We’re just gonna come out and say it: Ap­ply­ing eye­liner is a bitch. Man­ag­ing a flat­ter­ing, smudge-free line on one side is one thing, but did Leonardo da Vinci paint a se­cond Mona Lisa right af­ter he was fin­ished with the orig­i­nal? More to the point,

wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the morn­ing and know in your heart that you’re never go­ing to be late for work? Be­cause we’ve all seen her at least once: the hi­lar­i­ously tardy girl wear­ing eye­liner so sharp it could cut through steel, flail­ing to­wards the gen­eral di­rec­tion of her of­fice. To which we nod sym­pa­thet­i­cally.

Ex­pect a process that is al­most com­pletely sim­i­lar to brow microblading, but with a lot more trust in­volved—since your eyes will be closed the whole time, you’ll have to be hon­est with your artist once you feel any dis­com­fort or pain. Be sure to al­le­vi­ate any af­ter-pro­ce­dure swelling with an ice pack and a good night’s sleep. The re­sult­ing line is thin, sub­tle, and doesn’t wing out at the cor­ners. Once the heal­ing process is com­plete, you’ll wake up with per­fectly lined, fool­proof peep­ers for up to three years. Say­onara, liq­uid eye­liner! Theeyede­fine­pro­ce­dure isavail­ableat­browhaus, Green­belt 5(face­ Browhaus­man­ila, (02) 501-3998). Pucker up what: semi-per­ma­nent lip tint cost: P15,000-P35,000 One fi­nal re­al­ity check: There ex­ists no such lip­stick that can with­stand the heat of an im­pas­sioned MOMOL ses­sion (or a par­tic­u­larly oily dish). If you’re look­ing for ride-or-die pig­men­ta­tion, a semi-per­ma­nent lip tint is your best bet.

If you’ve got­ten inked in the past, the lip tint pro­ce­dure will feel fa­mil­iar, but much more painful; lips are re­plete with nerve end­ings that are in­cred­i­bly sen­si­tive to touch, let alone a tat­too ma­chine. For more nat­u­ral-look­ing lips, pick a red tint, and for a made-up look, bub­blegum pink or tan­ger­ine or­ange might be up your al­ley. Ex­pect peel­ing and dry­ness in the first three to five days. The re­sult is a barely-there stain that adds just the right amount of color to your lips, so if Korean beauty is your thing, you’re gonna love this. Booky­ourlipt­in­tap­point­ment with­pret­ty­looks,up­town Pa­rade, BGC (pret­ty­looks.,(02)989-4430). Th­ese pro­ce­dures are big in­vest­ments that’ll set you back at least five fig­ures if you want qual­ity crafts­man­ship, but if the long-term pay­off means more hours of sleep and zero smudg­ing for sev­eral years, why not con­sider it? Just be­cause makeup is a form of art doesn’t mean you can’t be more ef­fi­cient about it!

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