A Permanent Fix
Should you give micropigmentation a go?
What is permanent and semi-permanent makeup all about? Micropigmentation allows you to correct and enhance facial features, such as thin lips or nonexistent brows. Semi-permanent procedures generally require touchups sooner than permanent ones, but both will likely leave irremovable pigment under your skin long-term.
How it works
The procedure involves a thin needle that pierces skin over and over again, embedding natural organic pigments beneath skin to add permanent or semi-permanent colour. Always ensure the person you’re going to for micropigmentation is a qualified specialist. Determine their background and qualifications by asking to see work they’ve done. ‘Inks should be medically approved/registered, and be approved by the European Union and the US Food & Drug Administration,’ says Nicol Frank, an artist at Blush South Africa. ‘If a specialist cannot vouch for these registrations and qualifications, you run the risk of ink instability and no guarantee of what your results will look like a few years down the line.’
Brows on fleek (R2 500)
Permanently tattooing brows, like microblading, helps add defi nition to your face. You can go natural or dramatic – just remember it can be difficult to mimic eyebrow hairs with a needle, so it may not look as natural as you want. Microbladed brows last from three to five years; you’ll need a colour refresher every 12 to 18 months.
Permanently winging it out (From R1 800 to R2 100)
If your signature look involves winged liner but your hand is not steady, permanent eyeliner might be the answer. Be warned: the pain during the procedure can be excruciating because the skin around the eye is super-sensitive. But that pain is shortlived. Permanent liner stays put for up to 10 years; you’ll need to touch up the colour every 12 to 24 months.
Colour my lips (R3 900)
Since Kylie Jenner revealed her fuller lips, pouting in photos has become a signature Insta pose. You too can enhance your lips by over-lining them to give them more definition. The procedure doesn’t make lips fuller – it creates the illusion of fuller lips. Like eyeliner, this can last for up to 10 years, with colour touch-ups every five years.
Should you or shouldn’t you?
The best part about permanent makeup is you wake up with a face-beat every day. But there are cons, including undesired results caused by pigment instability – or even asymmetrical brows or lips. Yikes!
‘The great thing about permanentmakeup treatments is that they’re antiageing,’ says Frank. ‘The needling process encourages collagen production, making skin more elastic and youthful.’