Is anyone really "roll out of bed beautiful"?
Not many of us, but permanent make up...make up that is 'tattooed on'...CAN save you hours of time in the morning!
A recent offer seen on "Living Social" offered specials on permanent make up for eyebrows, eyeliner for upper and/or lower lids and lip liner with shading, with pricing ranging from $99 (upper OR lower lid eyeliner regularly priced at $250) to $225 for lip liner and shading (regularly priced at $700).
A partial description of their services reads:
A skincare specialist will apply an anesthetic to the skin and then insert small amounts of pigment into the top layers of your skin for a natural look that will very gradually fade over 12 or more months. Regular annual or semi-annual touch-ups will be needed.
First of all, I had NO IDEA, it would cost that much. Honestly, I've never had a tattoo, never considered having a tattoo, never priced a tattoo, so when I saw these prices, I have to admit, I was shocked.
When I was talking about it at work, a woman confided to me that she'd recently had her eyebrows done with permanent make up. Shocker number 2!
And, of course, my eyes went RIGHT to her eyebrows! Had she not said anything, I still wouldn't know...they looked GREAT! And she said it cost her $300, so the place advertising on Living Social was right in the ballpark as far as pricing was concerned.
I have to admit, it made me seriously consider it myself, so I did a little research...
What I didn't realize was that 'permanent' doesn't really mean...
well, 'permanent'. I thought you get it does once and, that's it, you're done. If you don't like it, you're stuck with it. After all, you don't see people going to have their tattoos refreshed. But, because it isn't done as deeply as a regular tattoo, it won't last as long.
As with any medical procedure, you have to do your homework.
In an article on the website Web MD, FDA spokesman Stanley Milstein, PhD, in Washington, D.C. is quoted as saying "Allergic reactions to pigments are reasonably rare, but it's difficult to remove the irritant. Anytime you implant a foreign body into the skin, it has the potential for results not anticipated. The reaction could occur years later as a rash or an immune system allergic reactions."
Iron oxide has been shown to be the safest pigment. Strangely, anything that is 'organic' or 'natural' meaning "anything that is vegetable based" is the most risky. The natural ingredients in vegetables and herbs can cause horrible allergic reactions.
So, how do you protect yourself? Be an informed consumer:
- Make sure the salon has a business license and a certificate showing it's been inspected by the local board of health.
- Find out if the practitioner has been tested and found competent. The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine is an accrediting body that requires a written, oral, and practical exam for certification.
- How many procedures has the practitioner performed and how long have they been doing it?
- Ask to meet people the practitioner has performed procedures on. Don't rely on a bunch of testimonials that can easily be written by the staff themselves or pictures that may have been taken off the internet.
- Consider aesthetics, safety, and comfort. "Physicians may not be the best practitioners. They may know the science, but not the artistry. The best choice might be a practice in which a nurse or cosmetologist works under the auspices of a physician.
- And if comfort is high on your agenda, be aware that the topical anesthetics a cosmetologist or tattooist uses are not as effective as injections in the hands of a medical professional.
- To avoid infection, make sure you see the practitioner remove a fresh needle from a package and open a fresh bottle of pigment. And follow instructions for caring for the treated area in the days and weeks following the procedure.
- Remember: Cosmetic styles change. Don't adopt a trendy look that could look dated in five, 10, or 20 years.
- Know your skin type...do you have sensitive skin? Are you allergic to hair dyes or metal or any other type of contact dermatitis?
- If it's not offered, ask for a test to determine possible allergic reactions. Have them put a couple of dots in an inconspicuous place on your body and leave it for a week or so to make sure you don't have any adverse reactions to the dye. Some people are so allergic, that they can't even have henna tattoos that are on the surface of the skin.
- Speak with PEOPLE YOU KNOW...people your trust. Who did they go to? Were they happy with the results?
- DO NOT ask to be made up with the 'current style' of make up. Styles change. Use permanent make up to enhance - or correct - your natural features and use it as a base on which to build.
Whether or not you decide to go with permanent make up (I'm still thinking about the eyebrows!) or continue on with your favorites, make sure that the beauty that is YOU shines thru!