Semi-Permanent Makeup

Semi-Permanent Makeup vs Cosmetic Tattoo

November 30, 2017 - 11:09 am

There seems to be confusion between the terms semi-permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing. Essentially, the two treatments have the same end goal and regardless of what you may want to call it or describe it as, either way the procedure is indeed a tattoo.

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures such as cosmetic tattoos are considered permanent because the colour is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance or colour retouch.

Semi-permanent make up is a much gentler form of cosmetic tattooing. It penetrates into the dermis, and sometimes even to the subcutis - the difference being the depth of the penetration of the skin. Semi-permanent makeup pigments in the epidermal area, barely touching the dermis, which means it doesn't last as long (usually up to 2 years), but this does depend on the each skin type. This makes sense because the skin grows out just like your hair and nails and dead skin cells are shedding all the time. Your skin is living tissue that’s subject to change from various external and internal factors. When placed into the skin, any color will also become susceptible to change, most commonly fading.The inks are also different, and are in fact, not called inks but pigments - meaning that the texture is a lot thicker. The needles also tend to be finer with semi-permanent makeup procedures.

As you can see there are quite a few similarities between the two, essentially it is the tools and techniques that stand these two treatments apart. Blink offers many different types of semi-permanent makeup procedures such as microblading/feathering, airbrushing/powder fill brows, eyeliner, lip colour, lip liner, etc.

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