Is Permanent Makeup An Option For You? Let’s Ask Irene Redman.

Permanent makeup is known as demographics, permanent cosmetics, or micro pigmentation. It is a cosmetic tattooing process performed to enhance the natural features of your face, eyebrows, eyeliner, lip shapes, or even a lip liner. It is a cosmetic technique that employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble make up. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them from old age, disease, chemotherapy or genetic disturbance. It helps to disguise scars and white spots on the skin.

Permanent makeup results in enhanced features of the face.  Results can imitate topically applied cosmetics or can be quite unnoticeable, depending upon the design, color and amount of pigment used. If you have faint eyebrow, no eyebrows or partial eyebrows, a cosmetic tattoo can help. A lip tattoo can reduce lipstick bleed and give definition in the lip line. With a colored lip tattoo, lip scars disappear and you can say good-bye to your lipstick. You can put your eye pencil away after an eyeliner tattoo as well. The process is similar to that of getting a tattoo. The person applying the permanent makeup uses a needle that penetrates your skin and releases pigment.

The colorant additives used in permanent makeup pigments are sometimes subject to pre-market approval as cosmetics and/or color additives are under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in the U.S. Permanent makeup regulations vary from country to country, sometimes even state-by-state or city-by-city. In most areas it falls under the Department of Health, State Boards of Cosmetology are often the oversight agency. In some areas a cosmetology or esthetics license is required. In other areas cosmetologists are prohibited from doing this procedure. Local health authorities for skin penetration procedures generally regulate cosmetic tattooing salons, which is a separate category from beauty therapy services. Permanent makeup might be a good alternative to a daily makeup routine.

Irene Redman is the founder of Avenue Hair Styling and Day Spa. She is located in Topeka, Kansas.