Permanent Makeup


The permanent makeup market is growing drastically and seeking more convenient and natural options every day to progress the treatments further. Permanent makeup is done by using either an electric tool or manual tool (known as microblading), depending on what you’re having done. The tools have micro needles attached that are used to then implant pigment into the skin.

Choosing the right artist is a really important factor in receiving the professional enhancements that you are looking for. But, with so many artists in Manchester, how do you decide which one to go for? Ask for evidence of their qualifications and to see certification. Where did they train? How long have they performed this treatment for? Check reviews and testimonials from their previous clients. Use your own judgement to make your decision. It’s essential you do your research, to ensure you walk away with the perfect permanent makeup.


There are currently many techniques used in permanent makeup. Chances are you have already heard of microblading, thanks to the ever-growing social media interest in eyebrows. But there are other permanent makeup techniques that are not as well-known but used by many celebrities worldwide.


Trained specialists can give you natural lip blushes by using darker pigments on the edges of the lips and softer shades towards the middle. This process, known as permanent lipstick, contours the lips, creating a natural pout and enhancing the colour, making your lips look fuller and brighter. Lip blush can also improve symmetry of the lips.


Eyeliner – Specialists use a tattoo machine that gently inserts micro-droplets of pigment on the lash line, giving the appearance of thick, fluttery lashes. Or the permanent eyeliner can be tattooed above the lash line if you’re looking for that cat eye look. This is a completely customized treatment to get the exact look you’re wanting.


Sometimes referred to as dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, or cosmetic tattooing, who knew facial tattooing would become so popular? The procedure for cosmetic tattooing is like that of body tattooing. A needle is used to implant pigment into the skin. The pigment is cosmetic, with less of a metal base to it, so the pigment doesn’t hold as well as body tattoo ink. Tattoo ink is a lot more concentrated than permanent makeup pigments meaning the colours often appear bolder, brighter and sharper. Permanent makeup pigments have much smaller particles than tattoo ink meaning that healed results appear much softer and more natural – perfect for replicating brow hair strokes or subtle lip blush. Permanent makeup artists use micro needles for the implantation and don’t go as deep into the dermal layer of skin as you would with a body tattoo.

Originally used to help those with health conditions who struggled to apply makeup or suffered hair loss due to illness, permanent makeup has since evolved a lot. The permanent makeup back then was a tattooed solid colour that would last over 10 years. The ink used before was carbon-based or laden with titanium dioxide. The body broke down these chemicals, causing the tattoo to turn into tones of blue or green. The case is even the same for tattooed lip liners. Now permanent makeup is so natural and subtle it is practically unnoticeable.


The definition of permanent is – lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely. On average permanent makeup can last for three to five years. Although it lasts for a long time, fading is inevitable. Fading happens for many reasons at different stages for different people, such as if you have oily skin, your age, sun exposure, lifestyle, skin care products, the list goes on.

There are ways to prolong fading by making certain skincare choices. Avoiding sun exposure is important, the UV light causes the pigment to fade. To avoid this try wearing hats to shield your face when out in the sun, also when the permanent makeup is healed there are some sun blocks you can use on your face that are safe with the pigment. It is also essential to avoid using skincare products that contain strong acids or retinols.

The concept of implanting pigment into the skin is not new and is thought to go back as far as 3200B.C. As for permanent makeup, it became popular in the 20th century but has been around for longer. Salons used to treat women with a ‘complexion treatment where they would tattoo them with vegetable dyes without informing the women the procedure was in fact a tattoo.

Permanent makeup no longer relies on tattoo guns and inks. Developing into a practice and profession focussed on precise, delicate applications. Traditional tattoo artists perform creative, colourful lines using artistic and creative drawings to create body arts that stand out. The permanent makeup professional however aims for her work to blend in, to look totally natural and practically unnoticeable. Technology has advanced a lot between the 90’s and 21st century.

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