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7 Permanent Makeup Considerations That Might Change Your Mind

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We’re always looking for things to speed up our beauty routines, so we can spend less time in front of the mirror and more time in bed each morning. The more multitasking, efficient, and long-lasting the product, the better—and permanent makeup takes this idea to a whole new level. Imagine waking up with perfectly full brows every morning or never having to worry about smudging your eyeliner. Sounds pretty amazing, right? But obviously, tattooing makeup on your skin is much more of a commitment than throwing a new blush-and-lippy combo into your basket at Walgreens.

Micropigmentation procedures are not only popular with people who want to simplify their beauty routines, but also with those who have undergone chemotherapy and have lost their hair, or have had reconstructive surgery on their breasts and want to define their nipples. Tattoo eyeliner and eyebrows are the most popular, but permanent makeup can also include lipliner, lipstick, beauty marks, and scar camouflage. Permanent makeup is something to consider carefully—just as one would an artistic tattoo. So we did a little bit of the legwork for you.

The Price You Pay
Permanent makeup can cost anywhere from $50 for a beauty mark to $400 for eyeliner to $800 for eyeshadow, depending on the procedure and where it's being performed. Michael Gold, M.D., founder of Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville—which specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology—advises getting it done in a doctor’s office rather than a spa, salon, or tattoo parlor, although it will be more expensive. “Ultimately, the most important thing is the skill level of the provider, and you’ll have more luck finding experienced and skilled technicians or doctors in this type of environment,” he says.

Do Your Research
To ensure your technician knows what they’re doing, ask to see their license first and check that it matches up with state regulations. Once you’ve got that squared away, you’ll want to see their work to make sure it's your preferred aesthetic. Ask to see photos of previous clients or, better yet, if you can see their work in person. “We first advise patients to learn the facts about permanent makeup, as there are people who perform procedures who have no clue what they are doing,” warns Gold. “I end up needing to use lasers to get rid of the mess that was created—for example, one patient got permanent eyeliner but didn’t like the placement, so I had to remove and redo the tattoo for her.”

Know What You Want
To avoid this situation, Gold encourages clients to think of permanent makeup as a tattoo elsewhere on the body. “Placement is ultimately an individual decision—the professional shouldn’t force you into anything, but rather give you a professional opinion of what will achieve your desired results.” [Read the full story on Refinery29!]

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