Before committing to any sort of treatment, you’ve gotta research, research, research! Just like if you were buying a new shade of lipstick. Well, the same goes for permanent makeup, except it’s probably more important that you do as it’s, well, you know, it’s going to be there quite a while. To help narrow down your research, here are some of the most common questions asked before getting permanent makeup.
Traditional makeup sits on the very top layer of skin, which is why it can be so easily taken off. Permanent makeup on the other hand involves implanting pigment deep beneath the uppermost layers of the skin for long-lasting effects. This pigment mimics the effects of conventional makeup and enhances facial features but once healed in to the skin, will not smudge or rub off.. Once the skin fully heals, the inserted pigment will remain in place, gradually fading over time as it breaks down in the skin.
While there are a thousand weird and wonderful ways to apply makeup, from using credit cards for a sharp winged eye to a fork for nose contour, permanent makeup focuses on working with our natural beauty and enhancing what is already there. Different effects can be created to achieve your desired result such as soft shading, etched lines, or even super fine hair strokes. Whether you like people to know you’re wearing makeup or prefer it to be more subtle, you can achieve both of these looks with permanent makeup.
Ah, one of the most asked questions before getting permanent makeup. When performed by a licensed professional, permanent makeup is very safe. At Young LDN, we have the absolute pleasure of having Dr Emily Strong on our team with 14 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, so you can bet she knows her stuff. We’d trust her with our lives, and most importantly, our brows.
The benefits of getting permanent makeup include a perfect application that lasts all day, saving time in the morning (aka more lie-ins), avoiding flaring up allergies to traditional makeup, and anyone who just wants to say “I-woke-up-like-this”. *Cues Beyonce – Flawless*.
We always advise having a consultation before getting permanent makeup. This is typically carried out in advance of the day of your treatment to look at the area being treated, discuss what you’d like to achieve, the preferred technique and ensure there are no medical conditions present that may affect your suitability for the treatment.
To make sure you’re a viable candidate for permanent makeup, we’ll also perform a sensitivity test.
So, we know it’s called ‘Permanent Makeup’, however, you can expect the pigment to fade over time. The stricter you are with aftercare, the longer it’ll last. We’d recommend getting a touch-up every 12-18 months to maintain definition and vibrancy to keep your pretty features poppin’.
The brows, lips, and eyes are the most popular facial features to be treated with permanent makeup. Brows can be sculpted and thickened with a combo of shading and fine hairs, while lips can be lined and filled for a fuller appearance. And the eyes? Consider them lined for life (or a longgg time) giving the illusion of more lashes.
We want you to be completely satisfied with the final result, which is why we pre-draw the shape with a traditional cosmetic pencil, taking into consideration the most flattering shape for your facial features and personal preferences. Once you’re happy with the shape, we will use it as a template during your treatment.
While the outcome of permanent makeup and microblading is to insert pigment beneath the top layers of the skin, they differ in implantation technique. Permanent makeup uses a needle cartridge held by a digital machine, while microblading uses a handheld blade that is dipped in pigment, which coats it, it is then pulled through the skin.
The digital machine used with permanent makeup also offers more techniques such as soft shading, which is particularly useful for the lips and eyes. Microblading anywhere but the brows is uncommon in London.
Patients often compare the pain while getting permanent makeup to being a similar level to getting their eyebrows threaded or waxed. Still, to make the process as comfortable as possible, we do apply a topical numbing cream to the area being treated.
Immediately after getting permanent makeup, it’ll appear a lot more vivid than the final result when it’s fully healed, so whatever you do, don’t panic. Over the next 5-14 days as it begins to heal, the area will lightly flake and fall from the skin, softening the results up to 30%. You must not rub or pick the area and let it happen naturally as this can remove the pigment (we’re looking at you, zit pickers!).
More sensitive areas such as the eyes and lips may experience some mild swelling, but you can expect this to ease within 24-48 hours.
This depends on which area you’re treating, although, you can expect your appointment to last 1.5-3 hours. Because of the mild swelling that may occur in sensitive areas, we recommend you avoid booking your treatment just before any important social events, just in case.
For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Young LDN.