So, you’re considering having a semi-permanent makeup procedure? There are many different options to choose from that can help you save time and money in the long run. In this article, we’re answering the question, how does semi-permanent makeup work?
What is semi-permanent makeup?
Semi-permanent makeup is the application of a certain pigment to make it look like makeup has been applied. SPMU is growing in popularity for many reasons, such as it requiring little maintenance and saving people time when they get ready and do their own makeup.
Semi-permanent makeup can also be referred to as permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing and micro-pigmentation. So, if you come across any of these terms, it’s essentially the same thing.
SPMU is suitable for most people, as long as you are over 18. A trained practitioner should also ask about your medical history before agreeing to offer the treatment. You should avoid having the treatment near any areas of skin conditions. These include eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and more.
Before any cosmetic treatment takes place, you should be invited for a thorough consultation. This allows you to ask any questions you have and discuss the expected outcomes of the treatment.
During this appointment, you should also have a patch test. A patch test requires a small amount of pigment to be applied to the skin. You should monitor the pigment for as long as the practitioner advises and report any signs of irritation.
Where can you get semi-permanent makeup done?
There are many places on the face where you can get semi-permanent makeup done, and some are more common than others. The most common semi-permanent make-up areas are the lips, eyebrows and semi-permanent eyeliner.
The lips can include a semi-permanent lip liner or lip blushing. Therefore, it does not differ much from conventional makeup. Add a stunning lip gloss, and you’ll have the perfect pout. Eyebrow tattooing can include ombré brows, hybrid brows, and even brows using hair-like strokes!
Having semi-permanent makeup done in just one of these areas can help you to save time when getting ready. Implementing pigment can also help you to enhance your natural beauty.
How does semi-permanent makeup work?
Semi-permanent makeup works by using a small needle to insert pigment into the first layers of skin. The pigment and tool used will depend on the areas being treated.
When you arrive for your treatment, you’ll be asked some questions. Then, the therapist will take some time to map out the desired look. This is most commonly done around the eyebrow area. This is the time to ensure that the therapist is mapping the correct shape that you desire. Once you’re happy with the mapped-out shape, a numbing cream should be applied.
While the cream gets to work, you’ll be asked to specify the colour you’d like to achieve from your SPMU procedure. The practitioner should have a range of colours and be able to show you these on real people. They may run through the aftercare information while you wait for the numbing cream to work fully. This will include advice to avoid direct sunlight and sweating.
You should be advised on the entire process, including the fading process, which is completely normal. It takes around four weeks for the treated area to eventually fade to its intended colour.
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Does semi-permanent makeup hurt?
A topical numbing cream should be applied before any semi-permanent makeup treatment takes place. This should eliminate most of the discomfort that could be felt.
Some patients say they can’t feel anything during the beauty treatment, while others can feel mild scratching. The numbing cream should reduce the discomfort associated with the treatment. You should chat with your beauty therapist if you are worried about any discomfort.
How long does semi-permanent makeup last?
The length of time that your semi-permanent makeup treatment will last depends on various factors. On average, you should expect to see the pigment for twelve to eighteen months. This can, however, be extended with regular touch-ups.
Some semi-permanent makeup treatments can last up to three years. This is useful as it allows you to enjoy the cosmetic tattoo look and update it in the future when perhaps your skin tone or trends will change.
You should be invited for your first top-up appointment around six weeks after the initial appointment. This allows the beauty therapist to see the actual results and assess any areas you may wish to define further.
A qualified technician will give you a better idea of when to book a follow-up appointment to maintain your desired look. After some time, you’ll experience the semi-permanent make-up colour fading rather than disappearing altogether.
Semi-permanent makeup cost
The cost will depend on where the semi-permanent makeup procedures are done and the area covered. All beauty therapists should be able to advise you on the price before they begin the cosmetic tattooing treatment.
You must select someone with relevant qualifications and experience when searching for a semi-permanent makeup therapist. You should also visit the premises to see the cleanliness and procedures in practice.
If someone is offering semi-permanent makeup services for a much lower price than everyone else, it’s worth asking why. Don’t forget that semi-permanent makeup isn’t an easy fix if something goes wrong. That’s why it’s vital that you research the therapist and consider that it is really what you want.
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We hope this blog has been useful regarding the beauty trend of semi-permanent make-up. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our SPMU training. We’re always happy to help!