Permanent make-up - FAQ's
There are a variety of reasons why people get permanent cosmetics. Many people want to save the hassle of applying make-up everyday. Others want to change or enhance their looks.
Sports enthusiasts and those of us who have very active jobs will opt for permanent cosmetics as they are often unable to wear conventional make-up, also, there are people who need feature correction, people with allergies to make-up, alopecia sufferers, those with vision impairment who have difficulty applying makeup, all benefit from permanent cosmetics.
All of these people can benefit from permanent cosmetics.
Whether you are coping with alopecia, cancer, surgical scarring, vitiligo or any other condition that has had an impact on your appearance, medical tattooing could help provide a solution. Appearances can be restored, as can confidence and self-esteem.
A suitable qualified and experienced permanent cosmetics artist can offer a wide range of fantastic treatments, depending on their level of training and experience. Take a look at some of our treatments pages to learn more about what is available!
Although permanent cosmetics and medical tattooing are a form of tattooing, the pain factor is considered to be less pronounced as the treatments are gentler and less invasive.
Permanent cosmetics and medical tattooing involves the application of pigment into the skin. A professional artist should use specialist equipment and techniques to ensure that the experience is quieter, gentler and less invasive. Although the treatments use needles, these do not penetrate as deep into the skin as tattooing and the needles are smaller.
The majority of Local Authorities require permanent cosmetics and medical tattoo artists working in their area to register with them, just like tattoo artists. This means that both they and the salon they are working in should have been inspected and awarded a registration certificate by their Local Authority. Ask to see their registration certificates to be sure your artist is working to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety!
Absolutely not. If you have natural brow hairs, your artist will work with what you have, subtly integrating their work to suit your natural brow style.
Brow and eye treatments tend to look darker in colour immediately after the appointment, while lip colours can look more intense. This softens in a few days. Lips are likely to have some residual swelling and can chap. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited.
Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin generally heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment, however, we don’t advise driving after a eyeliner / lash enhancement, in case your eyes are a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
Treatment times vary depending on how advanced or detailed the required result is. Although some treatments may take as little as 1 hour, you should set aside 2-3 hours for your appointment.
You can wear mineral cosmetics (such as freshMinerals) immediately, however, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing traditional cosmetics. If applying traditional cosmetics elsewhere, ensure you don’t get any in the treatment area, as this could lead to healing problems.
Permanent cosmetics are typically used to enhance your natural features, therefore after your treatment has healed, you can wear makeup to complement and enhance your permanent cosmetics.
This varies from person to person because skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained.
As a guide, it could be anything between one to five years before a new treatment is required, although refresher colour boosts are recommended for maintenance during this time. Once the colour starts to change you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost. It is important to remember that permanent make-up is a “low” -not a “no” -maintenance treatment.
Yes, you can train with us. Simply visit our training site to find out more!
Before getting a treatment with any permanent cosmetics artist, we recommend that you explore fully their educational background, client testimonials and porfolio. Whilst education is the foundation, ongoing skills development and maintenance of trained standards is something we consider to be essential for all artists.