How Not to Become a Real Life Halloween Character with Semi-Permanent Makeup

Since Halloween is just around the corner, today we're not talking about how to celebrate and commemorate this spooky season with stylish aesthetics, but how not to be the main character in an aesthetic horror story!

People choose permanent makeup to recreate their favorite look in a semi-permanent way, so they can maintain a flawless look anytime, anywhere. As interest in eyebrows has exploded exponentially over the past few years, the eyebrow tattoo technique has gone mainstream. But eyebrows are only part of the story, and as technology develops and the masses demand it, customers can also get lip blushing, blush tattoos, eyeliner tattoos, scar camouflage, and even artificial freckles.

Technology and artistry have really advanced these days to give people the most natural enhancement, but remember the key term for semi-permanent makeup is "permanent", so you're still making a permanent decision - at least one that will last a few years decision.

The ideal result of permanent makeup is to get the most natural look possible, but there are always “surprises”. Come to think of it, do we ever see people in our daily life with overly open mouths, heavy eyebrows, and weird faces? They are most likely cases of failed permanent makeup.

We'll start by looking at this story from the Daily Mail. The article examines the experiences of a few different women who regret their visit to a local beauty clinic. From liquids being sprayed in their eyes to blisters and permanent scarring on their skin - nasty stuff!

Dr Brad McKay warns us that when choosing a permanent medical procedure such as a tattoo, you should not go to cheap clinics that cut corners and hire staff without formal training, if you pay the lowest price, then you will end up paying more to fix it. This article goes on to look at a woman who went to a clinic to get her eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner tattooed at a cheap price well below market price and paid for it. If you visit that link and scroll down the page, you're sure to see some Halloween-worthy photos.

Aside from a visual disaster, if not properly sanitized during the procedure, clients can contract hepatitis B or C, leave permanent scars on the face, or even serious, life-threatening illnesses.

 

TOP TIPS BEFORE PERMANENT MAKEUP

Find PMU Artist with Formal Training

Before choosing a PMU artist, you need to verify that he or she is trained, certified, insured and inspected. Ideally, they will need to be trained and certified by a recognized training academy, be listed on a public registry. They will also hold professional indemnity insurance. You should approach any professional service with a high degree of concern and skepticism, check that the clinic environment is clean and hygienic, that items are changed on a client-by-client basis, and if instruments and materials are reused, ask how it is sterilized before receiving treatment. Reading online reviews of artisans on objectively managed platforms such as Facebook,ins and google business is also a good way to ensure that practitioners consistently adopting best practices.

Confirm Style

Confirm that the makeup artist's style suits your thoughts and needs, and viewing before and after photos of the artists can help set your expectations for the final result. Browse through the artist's previous work and ask if the artist has experience doing permanent makeup for people of your race and skin color? Has his skill level remained constant, producing the same brows/eyeliner/lip every time? Has the skill improved and evolved over time? Take your time and do your research.

Consider Contraindications

Not everyone can have semi-permanent makeup, and you can discuss this with your artiste during your consultation. There are some contraindications that may prevent you from having certain cosmetic tattoo treatments.

In general please skip all PMU procedures if you:

  • Have high blood pressure or a heart condition
  • Take blood-thinners such as aspirin or similar medication
  • Have diabetes
  • Are pregnant or lactating
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have herpes simplex
  • Suffer from certain skin conditions e.g. rashes, blisters, psoriasis or eczema
  • Take steroids such as cortisone, Accutane, Retin-A or Renova
  • Have an allergy to makeup
  • Have acute acne in the treatment area
  • Are susceptible to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Have hypertrophic scarring or keloids
  • Have spider veins or a birthmark in the area they want to be treated
  • Have a blood disorder e.g. sickle cell anemia, haemophilia or a platelet disorder
Detailed Consultation

A detailed consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable professional is required prior to any treatment. Consultations are not just about the results you want, but also help the permanent makeup artist decide if the program you want to do is right for you, or if there are any medical reasons why it shouldn't be done. During the consultation, when you talk or meet with the micropigmentation artist, please also consider how he or she makes you feel, is it comfortable talking to the artist, how thoroughly she answers your questions, and does the artist make you feel comfortable? Clear communication is the key to getting the results you want, and it's helpful later in the treatment process, you don't want to put yourself in the hands of someone you don't trust and make you uncomfortable. After all, if you don't, you might end up being the star of the next Halloween party you're attend!

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