The art of tattoo has been around for about 8 000 years. Permanent Makeup, on the other hand, is much newer. This method of enhancing natural beauty was favoured even by Cleopatra. However, new era in permanent makeup started in 1891, when the very first brows were tattooed in the USA. Nowadays permanent makeup is favoured by women of different ages. It could be done for brows, eyes, lips, beauty marks, areolas and even to camouflage scars.
The quality of permanent makeup depends on craftsmanship of particular professionals, equipment used and pigment quality. The craftsman should have a deep knowledge of face proportions, understand client’s character and be good at colour theory.
When it comes to equipment choice, only machines designed for permanent makeup processing should be used. These type of machines allow pigment insertion with the least trauma for skin. The formula is simple: more traumatized skin = less pigment retention. For instance if a coil machine, which is normally used in body tattoo industry, is used in a permanent makeup procedure, very likely the outcome will be scars, and brow hair and lash loss. During permanent makeup procedures with a proper machine, pigment is placed in skin no deeper than 1mm.
Pigment quality is another essential component that affects micro pigmentation results. It is important to use permanent make-up pigments and not tattoo pigments. Tattoo pigments have different molecular structure and behave in skin slightly different. They easier transform their colour to basic ones (red, blue) and there is a chance that they will cause colour stains on the skin right beside the tattooed area.
Well done permanent makeup lasts 1-2 years. The life of permanent makeup depends a lot on skin qualities. For mature and drier skin, results will last longer. Whereas, for younger oilier skin it will be less, because of higher exfoliating activity of this skin type.