A Per­ma­nent Fix

Should you give mi­cropig­men­ta­tion a go?

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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.’

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