Frequently Asked Questions

What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is a non-surgical procedure known by several names such as “micropigmentation,” “micropigment implantation,” “permanent cosmetics” or “dermagraphics.” The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. Tiny droplets of custom blended colors are skillfully deposited used to enhance features of the face. The process starts with an initial consultation, followed by the actual procedure (application of pigment), and a follow up visit for adjusting the shape, color or density of the pigment. Properly applied by an experienced technician, permanent makeup can be more natural and realistic in appearance than conventional cosmetics.

How much does permanent makeup cost?
First understand that permanent makeup is not a typical beauty treatment such as a manicure or haircut. In fact, in many states, regulations prohibit these procedures from being performed in hair or nail salons for this very reason. You should expect to pay several hundred dollars for a competent technician. This cost is a reflection of the technician’s investments made in education, supplies, equipment and facilities which ensures your satisfaction and good health.

What about color choices?
Colors and shades are custom-blended to match your favorite pencils and lipsticks. However, should you later decide on a different color, it can be lightened, darkened, or even changed. Color choices may be recommended based on artistic color analysis. Although the final decision is yours, natural shades are typically encouraged.

Is permanent makeup safe?
All procedures are performed with one-time disposable supplies and follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA regulations. Make sure that your technician has formal training with blood borne pathogens. According to the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM), facilities where you are at risk of environmental contaminates such as nail dust, hair clippings, etc. should be avoided. In fact, in many states, regulations prohibit these procedures from being performed hair or nail salons for this very reason. If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. A few of the most important things to watch for are:

  • All needles should be new and sterile for each client. Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of after each use. Your visual inspection should reveal that the equipment,  your technician, and the environment are being maintained in clean and sanitary manner.
  • New gloves should be worn for each client and changed as many times during the procedure as needed.
  • The technician should be knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
  • Clean coverings or sheets should be used for each patient.
  • The room or treatment area should free from contaminants, and your technician should be complying with OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Compliance directives.

What about medical problems?
The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. American Academy of Micropigmentation, member professionals have ongoing opportunities for continuing education in the areas of sterilization, sanitation, and the most up-to-date industry standard techniques and practices. Following your after-care instructions carefully should further eliminate possibilities of infection and other risks.

Can I still have an MRI?
This urban myth has been tried on the popular television show “MythBusters.” Most of the pigments used by Beauty EverLasting, are plant and vegetable based. However, even in the pigments that do contain trace amounts of metal, the amount implanted into the skin is less than a fraction of a percentage of the amount of metal in a common tooth filling. Test studies have confirmed that the “iron” particles in pigment are too microscopic to react as true metal pieces but rather are more accurately compared with “metals” which already exist microscopically in the body.

What if I don’t like it?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, there is some flexibility in changing the color intensity or shape. Beauty EverLasting maintains a conservative approach and a policy of “err on the side of caution.” Simply put: you can always add more pigment but it’s much harder to go in the other direction. Remember that most color will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. If the artist is truly experienced and focuses on a “natural” look, you will be very happy with the
results.

Is infection possible?
Conjunctivitis (pink eye), although rare, would be the most likely infection possible. However, if you follow your after care instructions carefully, there should be no infections. There is always the possibility of an infection even with a small scratch; however, most do not experience noteworthy problems following these procedures. Remember that you must keep the area clean and follow your after care instructions carefully.

How long will the procedure take?
The typical permanent makeup procedure will take from 1 1/2 to 3 hours, of which only about 1-1 1/2 hours is the actual insertion of the pigment. Consultation, design work, time for the topical anesthetic to take effect, and icing down after the procedure account for the remainder of time. Most people require at least one touch-up procedure, which is typically performed approximately 30-45 days after the first procedure.

How many applications are needed?
Generally, two applications are needed in order to achieve your desired look. However, many clients are fully satisfied with just one application. If a second application is needed, it is typically scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure.

Does it hurt?
In most cases discomfort is not reported. Typically, if it is reported, it’s extremely minimal. Procedures are performed with the most effective topical anesthetics providing substantial numbing of the area to minimize or eliminate any discomfort you may feel. Most report feeling nervous or apprehensive at first, but once the procedure is started they realize that it’s not nearly what they were afraid of. Lips can be the most sensitive area, and most people report a bit more discomfort.

What can I expect immediately after the procedure?
Expect slight swelling and redness. Usually the swelling subsides within 48 hours. Initially, your permanent makeup will appear darker and brighter than what it will ultimately heal to. In most cases, people leave looking as if they had “a good cry.” Sometimes, after the first night, you may have crusty eyes upon waking. Remember that everyone is different, thus everyone’s reaction is different – some people report absolutely no swelling, while others report some swelling.

What is the healing period like?
Most clients are able to return to work or their other daily activities immediately following their procedure without any embarrassment or discomfort. Superior-strength topical anesthetics help prevent unsightly swelling and bleeding. For approximately 5-7 days following the procedure, you will need to apply a thin film of ointment to the procedure site. During this healing period, you will notice the color soften into your skin. See before/after care page for more detailed information.

How long will my permanent makeup last?
If properly applied by a competent technician, your permanent makeup should last for several years depending on your skin type and how well you care for it. Over time, the color will lighten and you may want to have the color refreshed. Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin. However, as with any tattoo, fading can, and often does occur, requiring some color refreshing.

What can I do to protect my permanent makeup?
During exposure to sun, use a good sunscreen. I recommend an SPF of 30+ applied on the tattooed area. It also can’t hurt to apply a small amount of vaseline to the treated area to create a barrier when going for a facial, swimming etc.

Who shouldn’t get permanent makeup?
People who tend to easily hyper-pigment, keloid formations, or marked reaction to skin trauma. People who have been off Accutane for less than one year. For people with tendencies to cold sores/herpes, an anti-viral prescription is needed prior to getting permanent lip color applied. A person who spends a lot of time in the sun or in tanning beds or booths without protection is NOT a good candidate for permanent makeup since the UVA rays will change the pigment tones, sometimes even turning browns to blues. A person who is undergoing a major life trauma should NOT get permanent makeup. It is generally thought of as unwise to alter one’s physical appearance while undergoing major stress in life. It’s probably best to wait until the issues causing the trauma are resolved.