permanent makeup

Manchester's most in-demand Permanent Makeup Artist

What is Permanent Makeup?

Whether you’re new to permanent makeup or have had procedures before, your final healed result is all about the artistry and a deep understanding of skin and skin physiology. In the hands of a trained, experience and caring artist like myself, permanent makeup is an uplifting, confidence-inspiring and enjoyable experience.

The purpose of permanent makeup is to accentuate your unique features and sometimes change aspects that you’re not comfortable with. By enhancing your beauty with permanent makeup, whether I’m providing microblading services, ombre brows, an eyeliner tattoo or lip blush, my clients enjoy a hugely rewarding and often life-changing transformation.

As an art form requiring a high degree of patience and skill, it is important to choose your artist wisely, just as you would with any other cosmetic procedure.

Frequently asked questions

Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, involves the application of pigments into the skin to enhance features such as eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips. Unlike traditional makeup, which requires daily application and removal, permanent makeup offers long-lasting results.

Microblading is a type of permanent makeup, adopted for creating hairstroke brows using a hand tool called a microblade. Permanent makeup is a broad term for permanent facial cosmetics including eyebrow tattooing, for eyeliner tattooing or for lip blushing.

Discomfort levels during permanent makeup procedures vary from person to person, but most clients report only mild discomfort during the procedure.

Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may appear darker and more intense than expected, but this will fade over the following weeks. Some redness and swelling may occur, but it typically subsides within a few days. Following proper aftercare instructions is crucial for optimal healing.

While rare, potential risks of permanent makeup include allergic reactions, infections, and scarring. It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced technician who follows strict hygiene and safety protocols to minimise these risks.

Permanent makeup is suitable for individuals looking to enhance their features, save time on daily makeup application, or address specific concerns such as sparse eyebrows or uneven lip colour. However, it may not be recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals with certain skin conditions, or those prone to keloid scarring.

The longevity of permanent makeup varies depending on factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare. Generally, eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years, while lip blush tattoos may last 2 to 5 years. Periodic touch-up sessions are recommended to maintain the desired look.

Researching and selecting a skilled and certified permanent makeup artist is crucial for achieving satisfactory results. Reviewing portfolios, reading client testimonials, and scheduling consultations to discuss expectations and ask questions can help you find the right artist for your needs.

Yes, you can still wear traditional makeup if desired. However, keep in mind that permanent makeup provides a long-lasting base, and you may only need minimal touch-ups to enhance or adjust the look as needed.

Following proper aftercare instructions and scheduling periodic touch-up sessions as recommended by your technician are essential for maintaining the longevity and appearance of your permanent makeup.

Touch-up sessions are typically scheduled 4 to 6 weeks after the initial procedure to address any areas where pigment may have faded unevenly and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired look. These sessions help prolong the longevity of your permanent makeup.

Is permanent makeup a tattoo?

Permanent makeup artists work on the face.  The face is a vastly difference canvas than the body for several physiological reasons.

The skin is much more complex on the face and there is no other part of the body home to such varying tissue structures in close proximity. For example, the eyebrows are clearly quite different from the eyelids, where the skin is thin and there is far less dermal activity. In addition, lips have no glands or follicles at all and, therefore, no entryways for tattoo.

These variables alone mean that the permanent makeup artist must have a deep and thorough knowledge of how their art effectively marries skin with utmost priority placed on client comfort, reasonable session duration, and, most importantly, retention.

In addition to the differences in the skin, there are a host of important considerations that must be made by a permanent makeup artist to protect a client’s safety and investment.  Skin that has been damaged by the sun will require a careful approach.  Clients who are taking certain medications or supplements or who are going through medical treatments may not be suitable candidates.  If they are, the artist may need to customise his or her treatment plan for optimal healing and results.  Permanent makeup artists tend to do more thorough consultations than their body art counterparts.

Lastly, the colours used are different.  Most body artists do not use the colour brown while permanent makeup artists only use browns, blacks and pinks in varying hues for eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.  No other colour is suitable unless the client is seeking a very customised treatment.

Permanent makeup artists need to consider the healed results, and ensure that the pigmented areas heal on target.  In consideration of lips, because of the thinness of the tissue, ensuring a correct healed result requires an intuitive understanding of both colour theory and skin tone.

To illustrate, older clients have thinner skin.  This means that the underlying structure is often more visible through the skin.  This impacts the healed colour of all permanent makeup treatments.  These considerations are less imperative on the body, as body artists tend to use more primary colours that remain stable, and the skin on the body tends to become thinner later in life.  We always notice the signs of aging on our face first.

Ongoing education

Permanent makeup artists are typically engaged in ongoing learning, always expanding their skills, learning new techniques, and remaining up to date on sanitation controls and client safety.

This robust industry is teeming with training opportunities and large conferences where artists gather, network, and remain connected.  In fact, given the size of the industry and the number of artists in it, it is also small in terms of collegiality and connections.

Artists work together to establish and uphold the highest possible standards, understanding the responsibility they bear to clients.  They know that poor workmanship reflects poorly on the entire industry and so the camaraderie is admirable and impressive.

Why do clients choose permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup artists today strive not only to be the best they can be, but they also help clients find solutions.  No longer a luxury service, today’s permanent makeup clients are people who seek to enhance their natural features.

Perhaps brows started off as or became sparse over time.  The application of brow cosmetics can be tiresome. Artists not only know how to tattoo beautiful soft and natural looking brows, but they are also able to meticulously shape them to suit each individual face using either microblading or eyebrow tattoo techniques, making them more symmetrical, adding some lift to the eyes and ensuring the finished result amplifies the client’s face and bone structure perfectly.

When creating an eyeliner, the artist may add a remarkably simple touch to add depth and dimension to the eyes, or they may create a look ranging from classic to exotic, even adding eyeshadow.  A treatment like this renders the daily routine of applying eyeliner completely unnecessary.

Best of all, it is long lasting.  A treatment like this helps clients with shaky hands, poor eyesight, or a busy schedule.  It is fabulous for outdoorsy types, athletes and, of course, anyone with skin sensitivities.  The latter group is growing due to many dubious ingredients in skin care products that can sometimes harm more than help.

In executing a lip tattoo treatment, an artist can bring about better symmetry to the lips and restore contour that diminishes with age.  We tend not to care for our lips through life like we do with our skin.  This lack of attention, combined with day-to-day exposure, causes the once pink vermillion to turn whitish.  Smaller lips add to an aged appearance.  A treatment many clients seek lip tattoo for in recent years is one which addresses dark areas of pigmentation.  An advanced artist can restore even skin tone, leaving the lips looking natural and healthy.

From perfect eyebrows which give the illusion of a lifted face, to the enhancement of the eyes with expertly applied eyeliner, to the amplification of the lips with colour and contour, permanent makeup should be a client’s first consideration before injections and surgery.  The transformations that are achievable in permanent makeup are nothing short of breathtaking.  A 60-year-old client can leave a studio looking 45, simply with a set of dazzling eyebrows.

In summary

In consideration of what permanent makeup can accomplish it is comparatively much more affordable than other interventions.  Today, artists use state-of-the-art equipment and carefully compounded pigments which are completely safe.  Permanent makeup today is applied to softly and gradually fade, leaving opportunity for colour boosts and shape adjustments as time passes.

This is perhaps the most significant development in this industry—ensuring even fading, avoiding locking clients in forever, thereby leaving opportunities for updates and changes.