Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure that can save the time and hassle of the daily makeup routine. However, there are pros and cons you should know.

Permanent makeup is also known as cosmetic tattooing, micro-pigmentation, dermagraphics and micro-pigment implantation. The application method for permanent makeup is performed with the same equipment used for tattoos.

When considering permanent makeup you will first want to have an initial consultation to discuss what you are thinking. Then you will have the procedure and then one or two follow up visits. A typical procedure take 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


The main advantage of permanent makeup is just that … its permanent. You don’t have to put it on every day. Having permanent makeup is perfect for those that are highly active and don’t want their makeup to slide off when they sweat. It is also ideal for people who have poor eyesight or nerve disorders that make applying makeup difficult.

Early risers and persons with skin sensitivities to makeup should also consider permanent makeup. Basically, anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of putting on makeup every day would enjoy the benefits of having their makeup permanently applied.


The primary drawback to permanent makeup is just the same as the pro reason. Its permanent. You run the risk of not liking the end result. The procedure can also be painful and there is bruising and swelling for up to 72 hours after the procedure. There will also be the need for touch up applications, as over time, the color will fade.

In addition, it can be an expensive procedure. You also have to consider that although you can apply traditional makeup over your permanent makeup, it could be difficult to change your makeup to match your outfit or to “glam” up for a night on the town.


According to The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, the average cost for a permanent makeup procedure is between $400 and $800. This cost does not include any touch up procedures that may be necessary. If you have your procedure at a physicians office or specialty clinic, the cost could be more.


When choosing a technician to perform your procedure, dont decide on cost alone. You need to locate a technician that has prior experience in applying permanent makeup. Makeup procedures require advanced training above and beyond what a traditional tattoo artist has. Be sure to have initial consultations with several technicians before determining who will perform your procedure. Ask to see before and after photos of previous clients. Most importantly, choose the technician you are the most comfortable with.

Common Procedures

Areas that are common for permanent makeup are eye liner, lip liner, eyebrows and full color of the lips. There are also other options, so be sure to discuss your thoughts openly with your technician.

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