Permanent makeup (also known as cosmetic tattooing), is a fast-growing market in the health and beauty industry. Instituting techniques to help those with faint, partial, or no eyebrows, cosmetic tattooing can create a natural looking permanent replacements for hair, according to eyebrow tattooing London expert Janette.

There are techniques also used for lips. A lip lined tattoo can drastically reduce “lipstick bleed”, giving greater definition to the overall lip line. Coloring is another option, and scaring will disappear. Depending on the shade chosen, you could kiss lipstick goodbye forever.

The same applies to eye-liner. A popular choice by many undergoing cosmetic tattooing, having a permenant eye-liner will save a lot of time and money. Say no more to disorganized drawers full of pencils for several years.

Then there are some obscure methods, such as improving the appearance of a nipple after breast reconstruction. This is especially helpful to cancer survivors.

How do these processes work?

It’s just like a normal tattoo. A licensed professional (be sure they are) will use a sterilized needle that penetrates the skin, releasing pigment into targeted areas.

Before getting permanent makeup applied, a patch will need to test the skin for any allergic reactions. Afterward, colors are chosen based on suggestions from the tattoo artist. Then the technician will use a sterilized surgical pen to to sketch the area to be tattooed, and gently rub anesthetic gel onto the skin.

Using a hollow, rapidly vibrating needle, the artist will apply pigment into the epidermis of the skin. Each time the needle penetrates, a droplet of color is released into the hole the needle creates. Slight stinging is common, but burning is not.

Once your permanent makeup surgery is completed, it will take about three weeks for the color to fade into its permanent shade. At first, the color will look dark and shiny while surrounding tissue is red and swollen. A cold compress can reduce this swelling.

Antibiotic ointment is recommended to anyone with a new tattoo to help prevent infections. Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, and whenever not possible be sure to use sunscreen in order to prevent damage and post-inflammatory color changes. Complications are rare, but when occurring they can include infections and allergic reactions from the tattoo dye.

While not exactly cheap to order, over time the benefits of permanent makeup can be amazing. More than any money factor, the time it takes to be ready in the morning will be noticeably reduced. And it’s possible that your best looks are easier to maintain thanks to near perfect line work done by the technician. Keep in mind that insurance will not cover permanent makeup, but all expenses will eventually pay for themselves with a good cosmetic tattoo.