Is Permanent Makeup Safe for Your Eyes and Face?

Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is an attractive option for many American women for a variety of reasons. Some want to have a professional makeup look or spend minimal time doing their makeup, while for others it may be important to look good while engaged in physical activity.

While these may be valid reasons, it is important to consider whether permanent makeup is safe for your face and eyes. Review the following information to determine whether permanent makeup is the right option:

  • Cosmetic tattooing – permanent makeup is a form of tattooing; common requests are for permanent lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrow color or to darken eyelashes and avoid the need for daily use of mascara
  • Licensed professionals – individuals applying permanent makeup should be licensed by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals to ensure they are trained properly in the technique
  • Physical reactions – individuals may have an allergic reaction to the dyes used in the permanent makeup, including swelling, cracking, peeling, blistering or scarring or develop granulomas – nodules that form around ink particles
  • Infection – this is the biggest danger with permanent makeup as unclean tattoo needles may cause hepatitis or staph infection
  • Color dye concerns – the Federal Drug Administration reports that some dyes used in the tattoo inks are not approved for skin contact; some are industrial grade colors suitable for printer’s ink or automobile paint
  • Healing – once permanent makeup is applied, it may take at least a month for the skin to heal
  • Cost – permanent makeup applications cost between $400 and $800; if the makeup color fades, color re-enhancements can cost $200 to $400 an hour
  • Aging and dissatisfaction – if the final look isn’t satisfactory, it cannot be removed permanently as some dye will remain on the skin; since skin usually changes with age, permanent makeup lines may droop or become distorted over time

Permanent makeup may be an excellent solution for many individuals, including those with physical limitations or shaky hands who find makeup application difficult, or for those who work in a hot or humid environment and want to look fresh or professional. Before scheduling an appointment, review the qualifications of the makeup practitioner, the inks used and possible side effects.

If you, or someone you know, have permanent makeup, tell me about the experience and results – Karen Gustin, Ameritas Group