There is next to nothing we won’t do for a few extra minutes in the morning. We’ve all been there, about 5 snoozes in you come to that harsh realization that you can’t exactly afford to rock up to work/school straight out of bed; you need to slather on Sephora’s finest as fast as possible.
Every morning, in that precise moment, we find ourselves wishing we could wake up with our makeup on. Just like that, all our wishes and dreams were answered with the revolutionary release of permanent makeup. It started small; lash extensions, tattooed eyebrows etc. Then all of sudden there was a permanent makeup solution for almost every step of our routine.
The question in all of our minds is: is it safe? And most importantly, is it worth it? We’ve gathered all the info you could need to go forward and make your decision. There is nothing like pro and con-ing something to figure out if it’s for you.
What Is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is precisely what it sounds like. It is the process of getting makeup professionally tattooed on so that it is permanent and you no longer need to worry about doing it with makeup every single day.
The most common options are eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. Tattooed eyebrows have been around for ages now, whether to get a specific shape you want or to give you brows in spots you’re lacking in. These have been popular for years and years now, and most women swear by them.
Eyeliner and lips are more recent creations, but equally as popular. There is nothing a good cat flick can’t fix, and women have been struggling with perfectly applying liner for years now. Professionally tattooed liner can save us all plenty of hours of fixing our lines back and forth all morning.
Permanent lipstick is usually more of a corrective procedure, it is perfect for women that aren’t happy with their natural lip colour and want to make their lips rosier and to appear naturally pink.
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This part may seem pretty self-explanatory. The concept instantly seems life changing. How could it not?
Finally, the solution to all your time lost trying to get your makeup perfect (often failing at it) is here. You can constantly feel beautiful and never have to worry about getting a few extra minutes of shut eye. From tattooing eyeliner onto your lids to adding pigment to your lips, what more could you need?
For special events, you can just continue as usual and pack on as much makeup as you’d like, but for day-to-day activities you don’t have to put in the least bit of effort and still look flawless.
For those of us that have suffered with thin brows as a result of our younger years, or naturally darkly pigmented lip; permanent makeup is a dream come true. You can finally correct any issues you were naturally born with.
On the other hand, you can also add a few effects such as tattooing eyeliner on or adding a bold color to your lips. In those cases, it is important to find the most reputable permanent makeup technician. That way you can ensure that you’re going to get the most natural and even looking.
As long as you can guarantee it will be a job well done, then it’s hard to see the downfalls. Or is it…
The Bad and the Ugly
The best part of permanent makeup is that it is permanent, but that’s also its biggest downfall.
Permanent makeup can get most problematic when it is done based on trends. For example if you choose to get long eyeliner flick tattooed on because that’s what is in now, you might find yourself seriously regretting it in years to come.
The same goes for brows; brow trends are known to be the most fluctuating, you can never really commit to one single trend—look at brows in the 90s for God’s sake! This gets problematic because removing permanent makeup is as difficult, painful and expensive a process as removing any tattoos.
Another problem most women face is how the permanent makeup wears with time. Granted, you can get touch-ups, but most women really complain of the change in color of the makeup overtime. The most common of these is eyebrows turning blue; almost as terrible-looking as it sounds.
For those of us that just can’t wrap our minds around committing to a makeup trend for life, permanent makeup slowly loses its appeal. Sure, it’s insanely convenient and can leave us looking beautiful all day every day; but is it really worth the commitment and possible downfalls? For some of us, we are perfectly fine snoozing that alarm button one less time…