Some men and women would never dream of getting a tattoo. Maybe they think tattoos are too edgy, too out there, or even cheap looking.
But when we're talking about permanent makeup, that’s exactly what it is — a permanent, beautifying tattoo. And as with any tattoos, there are pros and cons to getting them.
So what’s the difference between a regular tattoo and permanent makeup? Tattoos are artistic “paintings” on the skin, often colorful and depicting scenes of nature, numbers, animals or names. They are frequently done to symbolize something important, or simply for the love of body art.
Permanent makeup is not art, in that sense of the word. It is a form of tattooing that colors part of the face, outlines other parts, and enhances the appearance so that a person wakes up looking more defined, fresher and put together without the bother of having to apply a lot of makeup.
Many men and women do this to improve self-esteem, having suffered hair loss from illness or a hair loss condition like alopecia. They simply want to look like their own selves again.
And for others, as EmpowHER’s Deborah Mitchell reports in her article about permanent makeup, there are other reasons. She quotes an interview with a micropigmentation specialist Charles S. Zwerling, MD, FACS, director of the American Academy of Micropigmentation, “Cosmetic reasons is one area, but there are many more practical applications," Zwerling said.
Putting on makeup can be impossible for many women with conditions that cause tremors like arthritis, MS, Parkinson's disease. Permanent makeup eliminates their frustration. Women with vision problems or who have had a stroke may not be able to apply makeup.
There are many options for permanent makeup. The most common are tattooing eyebrows, lips, eye lids (upper and lower) and even tattooing on eye shadow. Before considering this permanent solution, ask yourself:
Am I prepared to look like this forever?
If you’ve been wearing the same kind of lip and eye color for the past 30 years, then permanent makeup might be a good solution.