What is Semi Permanent Makeup?

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

Permanent makeup is also be known as permanent cosmetics, semi permanent makeup, micro pigmentation and cosmetic tattooing. The treatment consists of tiny particles of colour pigment which is implanted no more than 1mm below the skins surface using a digital machine. Whilst permanent make up is a form of tattooing, the results can be as natural or bold as you like, gone are the days of big block brows!

With various techniques available including hair stroke (one by one, tiny hair like patterns are implanted to match the flow of your current brow), Ombre (a fuller pixelated HD style brow) and Combination which mimic the natural hair strokes with fuller definition at the tails of the brow, there's a style suitable for everyone. It's important before you make your decision, you meet with your technician and explain exactly what you're looking for. They will be able to assess your skin type during your appointment and discuss the options available to you.

Research, research, research! I cannot stress enough how important it is that you research your technician. Look at their work via social media, read the reviews and bring photos to your consultation showing the style and shape you're looking for. Every artist will have their own style and it's important their portfolio of work matches exactly what you're looking for.

I hope this gives you a little insight in to the world of SPMU (Semi permanent make up) please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Unlike a conventional tattoo where pigment is implanted into the skin at a deeper level, below the exfoliating layers of the skin, spmu (Semi Permanent Makeup) is implanted at a more shallow depth, depending on the area of the skin where colour is being implanted.

The other main difference is SPMU artists use pigments, versus tattoo ink. Both have different ingredients and different particle sizes. Please be aware that Natasha offers semi permanent makeup with a machine. Whilst the end results are very similar, this is NOT the same microblading which is a hand-held too.

Does it hurt?

The discomfort is different for everyone and is due to each individuals level of sensitivity. Topical aesthetic is applied to numb before and throughout your procedure and every effort is made to ensure you are comfortable throughout. Typically, many clients say they sometimes feel a small scratch and is no more painful than threading or tweezing.

How long will it last?

We would recommend topping up the brows every 12-18 months after the initial procedure however this can vary from person to person. A number of factors to be considered includes, sun exposure, age, skin type and skincare routine, however this is all discussed at the consultation. A top up procedure is usually required as the skin continually produces new cells which in turn will eventually push out the pigment.

Semi-permanent makeup has become hugely popular over the last five years and can be great for individuals who have little or no hair, who don’t have the time to apply brows every day, people with allergies to conventional makeup, people with none asymmetrical features for example, eyes close together/far apart or uneven natural brows.

It is important to know that whilst the procedure is called Semi-Permanent makeup, effects can vary with different skin types. The skin is our largest organ and each individual is completely different. For example you will likely find that candidates with oily skin and large pores will fade quicker than (normal) skin types.

Am I eligible for a brow procedure?

You must be at least 18 years of age and are ineligible for a brow procedure if you are pregnant, breast feeding, HIV, hepatitis, taking skin medication or have keloid scarring.

How many sessions does it take for a new set of brows?

You will require a minimum of two procedures. A third procedure may be required which we will review on your touch up.

What to expect during the healing process?

It is completely normal to experience minimal swelling and tenderness immediately after the procedure, however this usually subsides within a couple of hours. The first few days following your procedure, your brows will appear much darker than the end result. You will then find the pigment scabs and falls off and will appear much lighter than the end result. During the 4-6 week healing process the pigment becomes more visible which is when you will come back for your colour boost to achieve the desired colour and shape.

How long does the procedure take?

Please allow up to 3 hours from numbing to finish. On occasion this could be slightly quicker or longer depending on each individuals skin.

What should I do to look after my brows once I’ve had the procedure?

Please read through the aftercare instructions. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure the best possible results. DO NOT rub or pick your brows however tempting as it may seem as this will pull away the pigment and could leave you with patchy brows.

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