‘Permanent’ make-up can reduce beauty-routine time

By on April 30, 2009

by Gwen Allen
Women who won’t leave home without their “face on” have a daily ritual of applying makeup and taking it off that can be rather time consuming.

There is an alternative, but it comes with a price that is both physical and financial.

According to the society of Permanent Make Up Professionals (SPCP), the cost of permanent makeup can range from $400 to $800. Permanent make-up (micropigmenation) is a form of tattooing and can be used in place of some forms of everyday make-up to enhance eyebrows, eyes, lips and in some cases even cheekbones. Giving women more freedom from their makeup routine, Deborah Davis of the Deborah Davis Day Spa in Elmhurst said permanent make-up has become a must-have for many women.

“This really isn’t a new trend, it has been around for about 22 years,” Davis said. “The only difference today is that we have newer pigments, tools and techniques. But as far as application, that is still based on a client’s preference.”

She said her spa specializes in liner, eyebrow and lip application. Though it is called permanent, she said its name is relative.

“This (make-up) is not for life, they fade and diminish like any other tattoo,” Davis said. “That is why I recommend a black or dark black/brown for eyeliner because the darker pigmants stay longer.”

She said some applications require a touch up within a few years and that there are actual conditions within the body that can diminish the application quicker.

“There is really a lot of science behind this, a lot of variables can affect it,” Davis said. “Saltwater, sun, even if you’re low in iron, because some places use an iron oxide pigment, so if the body is low on iron it will leach the color.”

Davis said her spa requires a preliminary consult to discuss these issues and the clients committment, prior to the application of any product.

Though she said permanent make-up is good for any age, she said most of her clientele is in thier 40s and 50s and not the type of person most would expect to wear permanent make-up.

“The majority, oddly enough, are women who don’t wear a lot of make-up and so they don’t want to mess with it every day,” Davis said. “So you give them a brow or fill in their lips then they don’t have to mess with it for awhile.”

Davis said permanent make-up is an art form, and she is continually striving to improve her craft.

“You know both sides of the face are not created equally, so you’re not working with two of the same, it adds another dimension to this work,” Davis said. “It’s a constant learning experience and that is why I continue to go to classes, because you can never know enough.”

Kate Ciampi, owner of perfection Dermagraphics in Des Plaines and Executive Director of SPCP, recommends the following criteria in choosing a qualified technician.

“First of all, check to be sure they are a registered facility through the Department of Health, there should be a sign displayed with a registration number,” Ciampi said. “Second, ask what professional organization they belong to, this shows that they care about continued education. Also ask to see a portfolio and ask if it is their work, not a stock photo, along with references. If they can’t show you their work or give you references then there is a problem. Finally if the place looks dirty, then go somewhere else.”

Types of treatments
• Eyebrows
• Eyeliner
• Lip coloring
• Scare camoflage
• Lash enhancement
• Hair imitation
• Beauty marks
• Lipliner

Pain management
Like tattoos, most people experience
some discomfort. There are different
methods to deal with pain
management, such as:
• topical anesthetic ointment
• anesthetic locals
• nerve blocks

Keep it safe
• All needs should be new and sterile
• Other machine parts should be
pre-sterilized and disposed of in a
sanitary manner
• Other equipment and supplies should
be kept in a sanitary manner
• Gloves should be new for each client
• Clean sheets should be used for
each patient.
• The room or treatment area should
be in an area free from other

Side effects
• Swelliing of the treated area
is common
• Some areas lead to some bleeding
and/or bruising during the procedure
• Tenderness tends to last for
a few days