Permanent vs. Semi-Permanent Makeup: What to Know Before Choosing Either

The world of makeup is a fascinating one. Especially considering the fact that makeup has been used as a symbol of expression for centuries. The first archeological evidence of permanent makeup dates back to the Stone Age, 3300 B.C. "Permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, and micropigmentation are all names for the same thing, which is implementing pigment into the papillary layer of the dermis (skin)," explains permanent makeup artist Kendra Bray, who is the owner of Better Brows & Beauty. To give you some historical context, the early practices of permanent makeup were found on Egyptian and Nubian mummies in 2000 B.C. It was practiced in China in 1000 B.C. Research confirms that permanent makeup has been around for some time, widely practiced across cultures like the Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Greeks, and Egyptians.

The cosmetic tattoo craze is at an all-time high today. You've probably caught on to the popularity of microblading, one of the most popular permanent makeup eyebrow trends that took off a few years ago. If you're wondering about the purpose of turning to a cosmetic procedure, there are many. "Many clients turn to permanent makeup so they can decrease their morning routine," explains Bray. "Others turn to it as a solution if they are uncomfortable doing their own makeup. Some like the idea of perfecting their base look with permanent makeup and then building with topical makeup for a more glamorous look. Clients with allergies to many topical makeup ingredients turn to permanent makeup as a solution from reactions. Lastly, there are numerous medical conditions that cause clients to seek solutions."

To give you a better understanding of permanent makeup versus semi-permanent makeup, Bray gave us the rundown on everything you need to know before saying yes to the procedure.

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