What is Permanent Makeup?

What is Permanent Makeup

Most people look for ways to cut their morning routines short so that they can get a few more minutes to relax in bed before starting the day. One simple way is to consider permanent makeup. However, most people still want to know, “What is permanent makeup?”

At OM Studio, we have the answers. We can tell you all you ever wanted to know about permanent makeup and how it can change your life.

Types of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup, or micro-pigmentation, is a cosmetic technique used to apply a permanent intradermal pigmentation to the skin in areas where makeup is usually applied. The most common types of permanent makeup are:

Permanent Eyeliner

Eyeliner is a great way to enhance the eyes, but applying it is difficult. With permanent eyeliner, you get one and done enhancement; no more daily irritation, no tugging on your eyes, and no more struggle to get them even.

Permanent Eyebrows

If someone has naturally thin, light-colored eyebrows, they may spend a lot of time trying to shape and fill in their eyebrows with a pencil. Permanent eyebrows are perfectly shaped, beautifully colored, and done.

Permanent Lip Makeup

Permanent lip makeup is the application of natural pigmentation to a person’s lip areas for any number of reasons. The most common reasons are to:

  • Correct Asymmetry: No one has perfectly symmetrical lips, eyes, ears, etc. However, some people may feel that their lips are more asymmetrical than normal, making them self-conscious. Lip makeup can disguise the slight differences.
  • Revive Naturally Pale Lips: Some people are born with more natural lip color than others. One option is the traditional lipstick, but lipstick is not ideal for everyone. It rubs off and needs application throughout the day. It can also look “caked on.” Lip pigment permanently stays in place and makes lips look natural.
  • Repair Thinning Lips: As we age, our body loses collagen, leaving our lips looking thinner. With lip makeup, you can reshape your lips to create an illusion of fullness, but it takes time and effort to do it. Permanent makeup is a natural-looking way to fight this natural aging process.
  • Allergies to Traditional Makeup: Unfortunately, though most makeup brands are allergen-free, some women cannot wear them. Permanent lip makeup gives people beautiful lips without the risk of irritation.

Is Permanent Makeup the Same as a Tattoo?

In some ways, applying permanent makeup is done the same way that a tattoo is, but this does not mean they are the same. Where the difference comes in is the process and the ingredients.

The Process

Tattoos: Tattoo artists use a tattoo gun to inject ink deep into the skin. The gun has several needles working at once, making it a much more aggressive gun than the one used for permanent makeup.

Permanent Makeup: Permanent makeup requires the use of what looks like a tattoo gun but with fewer needles for enhanced precision and control. It injects color just beneath the skin’s surface.


Tattoos: Tattoo ink comprises pigments and various other carriers or chemicals that give it a bold and permanent color.

Permanent Makeup: When mixing permanent makeup, pigments or iron oxides are mixed with water and glycerin. The most common colors are black, brown, and pink pigments.

Though each is similar, they are vastly different processes and techniques. Therefore, only someone with the proper training can apply permanent makeup.

What to Do After Permanent Makeup?

Aftercare is very important after getting permanent makeup applied. Doing it properly will ensure that your pigment’s color will stay where you want it and that there is virtually no risk of infection. To properly care for your permanent makeup, you will need to take the following steps.

Day One

The day you get your makeup applied, you will need to blot, not rub, the area with a clean tissue every five minutes, removing excess lymph fluids so that they do not harden on the surface of your skin. Please note that some scabbing is expected, but it is important that you do not pick at it.

Days 1-7

Wash your face twice daily, morning and evening, with a gentle soap (Dove, Dial, Baby Soaps). Do not rub vigorously; just wash it using an easy touch for about 10 seconds. Then pat to dry after all soap is removed.

You should moisturize your skin three times a day with a light moisturizer. Only use a little to keep the skin from drying out. Using too much can slow healing.

Daily Showering

After having permanent makeup applied, your make-up artist recommends that you avoid long showers and excessive moisture. Limit showers to only five minutes, and wash your hair and face last.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Take to Heal?

The permanent makeup application site heals in approximately seven days in terms of healing. However, this does not mean that the process is fully completed. There will be different phases that your makeup will go through, and this process may take up to a month.

Day One: Application

Typically, there may be some swelling and redness immediately after applying the permanent makeup. The color will look perfect. You can use a cool compress to reduce swelling if it is uncomfortable.

Day 2: Setting In

Your pigment may appear to get darker throughout the day. This pigment darkening is normal.

Days 3-6: Healing

You may experience some itching and dryness as the makeup scabs slightly. Again, this is common, and you should not be concerned. Just try to avoid scratching or rubbing the area.

Days 7-14: Scabs Come Off

Your application site will lose some scabbing that is there. Causing it to look patchy, and some areas may be much lighter than others.

Days 14-28: Your New Look

As the days progress, your makeup will change constantly. Pigments will darken, but some areas may still appear lighter than others. Do not be concerned with these small changes.

Days 29+: The Finishing Touches

After you heal, you will return for a follow-up. The follow-up will cover areas that did not hold the pigment and require a touch-up.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

Unlike a tattoo, permanent makeup is not something you will have to live with for the rest of your life. You can expect it to be perfect for up to five years. Then you may need to have a touch-up.

You can extend the lifespan of the pigmentation by wearing sunscreen and avoiding strong skincare products on your face.

Where Do I Get Permanent Makeup Done?

If you want to discover the beauty of permanent makeup, you can visit one of the Lisa OM Beauty Studios. They will be more than happy to help you with permanent makeup applications, scar camouflaging, ear piercings, and more.

How To Become a Permanent Makeup Artist

As women everywhere look for ways to speed up their morning routine, more and more are choosing permanent makeup. It is a safe alternative to makeup yet allows them to feel that they always look their best.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a permanent makeup artist, Lisa OM offers courses to help you get started on an alternative career path. All you must do is visit us online to learn more.


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