Semi Permanent Makeup

From eyebrows to eyeliner, and lip blush treatments, the popularity of permanent makeup treatments has sky rocketed in recent years, due to the apparent acceptance of self-improvement, and an ever growing social media world with false, edited images and glamourised enhancements.

Often referred to as semi permanent makeup, it should be considered permanent, as there is no guarantee the pigment will completely fade, however it can be referred to as semi permanent because of the nature of it fading over time and needing annual top up’s.

What is Semi Permanent Makeup?
Medical grade pigments are implanted into the upper dermis via a small handheld device or a microblade in the style of a hairstroke pattern or powder to mimic that of makeup, or otherwise. Using a machine, a sterile needle penetrates the skin hundreds of times a second (often numb) implanting the pigment into the correct layer by the artist in their desired effect. Once the skin has gone through the healing process, the pigment that has been successfully placed into the correct layer will remain, these particles of pigment will slowly fade over time as we are exposed to the sun, as we wash our faces and rub our skin, and go about our lives.

Microblading works in a slightly different way to the machine method in that the microblade, often a curved row of 18 tiny pins, runs across the skin creating a channel for the pigment to be rubbed into. The layer of the skin remains the same, and the longevity of each is very similar, however microblading typically doesn’t last as long before it needs a top up. Please see the microblading treatment information page for more information.

Done well, on the right skin type, these treatments can look incredibly effective in replicating hairs, defining eyes, and crisping up a broken lip border which has softened with age.

What is the healing process?
When done correctly, and again, on good skin, the healing process can be very quick and minimally disruptive to your daily life. Typically the treated area will look slightly darker for a few days, before it then begins to flake away, like colourful dry skin. Once this has flaked away, a “milky” layer of skin is present, which can mask the pigment underneath making it look invisible and this can be disheartening, it is important to ride this out and wait for this milky layer to shed to reveal the pigment over the coming weeks.

During this healing period you must not get your brows wet, and you must not sweat! Your artist will give you their own tailored instructions however these are the two hard and fast rules.

Which method is best for me?
This will mainly come down to skin type – microblading is less suitable for most skin types than the machine method. Oily, porous, tough, mature, sun damaged, or overly thin skin are a few examples of skin types which typically won’t yield a crisp, true to colour, long lasting microblading result. In some cases once healed all of the pigment can be completely gone. It is not advisable to keep trying as the skin will become damaged and untreatable. An ombre/powder brow would be the best option in this instance.

Should your skin be normal/dry and in good condition, the method best for you is essentially the one you would like to wake up with on your face every day – whichever method you like the look of the most.

Am I suitable?
Noting the skin types mentioned above, there are of course some medical conditions which would be consider contraindications for treatment, along with being under 18, pregnant, breastfeeding, and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.