What not everyone knows is that permanent makeup has other uses besides creating ‘brows on fleek’ so we’re going to tell you a little bit about these… Permanent makeup can also be used to create desirable almond shaped eyes, lips that look perfectly pouty all day long but perhaps most importantly, it can be used …
What not everyone knows is that permanent makeup has other uses besides creating ‘brows on fleek’ so we’re going to tell you a little bit about these…
Permanent makeup can also be used to create desirable almond shaped eyes, lips that look perfectly pouty all day long but perhaps most importantly, it can be used for medical purposes. Cosmetic tattooing can help restore the confidence of someone who’s lost an areola (nipple) to breast cancer by creating the illusion of a 3D nipple in its place. In some cases, it can also be used to camouflage scarring, improve the symmetry of a cleft lip or even help to restore features on a burns survivor.
Did you know that we can tattoo on a ‘fake nipple’?
There’s something about the word ‘nipple’ that causes people to snigger isn’t there? Sadly for many women who’ve been through the traumatic experience of breast cancer it’s no laughing matter. Often as a result of a mastectomy women lose one or both of their areola (nipples). A boob doesn’t really look like a boob without one so for many it serves as a poignant reminder of the battle they’ve fought. Being able to create the illusion of a 3D areola by carefully selecting pigments to match the individuals skin tone makes a huge different to these brave ladies who’ve beaten cancer. Many women say it completes their journey of recovery so it’s something most permanent makeup artists feel very passionate about!
Another area of use within the medical category is scar camouflage. This can be life changing for victims of abuse or people who have suffered extensive burns for example. The inspirational Katie Piper who survived horrendous facial burns after an acid attack, had her eyebrows and lips tattooed back on to redefine facial features lost in scar tissue. Permanent makeup has many uses that go beyond purely vanity but two more common areas we tattoo are eyes and lips…
Have you heard the saying the eyes are the windows to the soul?
Well, every window looks better with a frame which is where eyeliner comes in… I know that without some sort of eyeliner, my lovely big eyes look more piggy than pretty! Most of us wear eyeliner. We put it on most days in a bid to bring our eyes back from the depths of our face to where they’ve vanished. If applied well it accentuates the eyes but one wrong move and you’ve gone from winged-wonderment to wonky-weirdo in a flash! Eyeliner isn’t easy to apply at the best of times and if you’re a glasses or contacts wearer you’ve got a tougher job on your hands than most to create a look that isn’t unintentionally ‘smudgy’. It can be a beast for staying put and unless you’re Alice Cooper, the panda eyes are not a good look. This is where eyeliner tattooing can be a godsend…
Now, using a pencil or if you’re feeling daring, a liquid liner, is no problem but the thought of having someone coming towards your eyes wielding a needle has most of us running for the hills! A lot of people wince at the thought of having their eyeliner tattooed but let me give you some facts:
• YOUR EYES ARE CLOSED THE WHOLE TIME! You do not have to watch as a needle approaches your eyeball.
• We numb you. It’s actually waaaay less sore than you’d imagine! Believe it or not it’s usually the wiping away of the pigment that most people find more tender than the tattooing itself.
• It doesn’t take long! The tattooing doesn’t take very long, a large part of the treatment is spent making sure the eyes are nice and numb
It’s a fab option for either a subtle or dramatic eyeliner that will stay put through hilarious movies, swimming, allergy attacks, pouring rain, funerals, you get the idea…
Last but not least, my absolute favourite area to tattoo- the lippies!
I just love me some lip action, the brighter, the better! Lip blush tattooing is a bit of marmite treatment, women seem to be in 2 groups of ‘not bothered a jot’ or ‘can’t live without it!’. Although I love a vibrant colour, I have a vast selection of pigments ranging from super-duper natural nudes to rosy reds. The nudes are fab for tweaking a lip shape and I find it’s a fantastic alternative to lip fillers if you want to create the illusion of fuller lips without actually having any injectables. As we age we lose the colour and definition of our lips so this is brill for bringing your lips back to life and to the forefront of your face.
Key question: Does it hurt? A little bit, yes. Lips are a vascular, sensitive area however as with all permanent makeup treatments I numb the area during and throughout so it’s very tolerable.
It lasts a good few years and for those worried about being stuck with one colour day in, day out, you’re still able to apply your favourite lippy colours over the top safe in the knowledge that a few wines in, there’ll still be some colour left that’s not on your glass!
I hope that’s helped clear up a few myths and explained cosmetic tattooing in a user-friendly way.